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shakespeare's sources

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Andrea DeVries

on 19 January 2013

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by: Andrea DeVries Shakespeare's Sources The stories told in shakespeare's plays are not original. Rather, Shakespeare sourced his plots and characters from historical accounts and classical texts. Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare's most famous play "Romeo and Juliet" was based off of Arthur Brookes poem "Romeus and Juliet." Shakespeare's inspiration and sources Most of the main sources shakespeare used where people, writers, and poets. Shakespeare's Sources Giovanni Bociacco- An Italian poet who published a collection of stories called 'Decamaron' in the 14th century. His source for: All’s Well That Ends Well, Cymbeline and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Arthur Brooke- Although the plot behind Romeo and Juliet was well-known in Shakespeare's time, it is believed that Shakespeare primarily worked from Brooke’s 1562 poem entitled The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet. Source for: Romeo and Juliet More sources Saxo Gramaticus- In around 1200 AD, Saxo Grammaticus wrote Gesta Danorum (or “Deeds of the Danes”) which chronicled Denmark’s Kings and told the story of Amleth. Amleth is Hamlet in latin. It is believed that Shakespeare would have had to work from the original Latin. source for: Hamlet Raphael Holinshed- Holinshed’s Chronicles records the history of England, Scotland and Ireland and became Shakespeare’s primary source for his historical plays. However, it should be noted that Shakespeare did not set out to create historically accurate accounts – he reshaped history for dramatic purposes and to play into the prejudices of his audience. source for: Henry IV (both parts), Henry V, Henry VI (all three parts), Henry VIII, Richard II, Richard III, King Lear, Macbeth, and Cymbeline.
This ancient-Greek historian and philosopher became the main source for Shakespeare’s Roman plays. Plutarch produced a text called Parallel Lives in around 100 AD that contains over 40 biographies of Greek and Roman leaders. Plutarch- Source for: Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Timon of Athens. More of Shakespeare's Inspirations Shakespeare's greatest influences were the works of other great writers. William also got his inspiration from poeple closest to him, His family.

He gave many characters from his plays names, based off of names from loved ones. Romeo and Juliet was based off of an actual event that happened in verona in 1303. He wrote the play about the event in Verona, but embelished the characters more, and added to the overall story. Shakespeare had various sources for different genres of his written plays Play Genres Classical- Main sources were, Plutarch and Ovid GENRE Sources Historical- Main source was Raphael Holinshed Literary- Main source was Giovanni Boccaccio Different Source Types Shakespeare not only got his inspiration from other writers, poets, and people but from different language Histories. Shakespeare got some inspiration from English, Roman, Greek, Scottish, and Danish History. He also got sources from folk tales, legends, older plays, and of course, his own imagination. Cites http://www.bardweb.net/works.html



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