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William Shakespeare

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Transcript of William Shakespeare

The Chamberlain's Men
Shakespeare joined the Chamberlain’s Men in 1594, which later became the King’s Men, which was the most prominent theatre company in London.
They were the favored acting company by Queen Elizabeth I.
He worked as an actor and playwright in London while his family stayed in Stratford.
Shakespeare's Influence on Pop Culture
His play,
Hamlet
, was where Agatha Christie got the title for 'The Mousetrap', and where Alfred Hitchcock found the name, for his thriller, 'North by Northwest.'

Additionally, Mumford and Sons named their album 'Sigh No More', from Much Ado About Nothing.

Iron Maiden’s song "Where Eagles Dare", is actually a quote from Richard III.
Overview
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England in 1564 (we do not know the exact date).
His wife was Anne Hathaway, and they had three children together.
He died in 1616 in Stratford with his family.

Shakespearean Terminology
How many of these have you said?

"In a pickle" - The Tempest
"Gossip" - A Midsummer Night's Dream
"a wild goose chase" - Romeo and Juliet
"the green-eyed monster" (jealousy not Fenway Park) - Othello

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Shakespeare coined over 2,000 words and phrases.
Shakespeare's Pigeons
Shakespeare was actually cause for the pigeon problem in New York...

In 1860, a Shakespearean super-fan released sixty pigeons into Central Park in an attempt to introduce every bird mentioned in Shakespeare to North America. According to the article, scientists estimate that the descendants of this released flock now number in the area of 200 million.
He named you!
Do you know anyone named Jessica? Because if so, then just know that Shakespeare invented that name! Shakespeare's Jessica was Shylock’s daughter in The Merchant of Venice
Shakespeare's Globe
Sheakespeare's plays were open to all, with standing room (as we call it) at one penny and seats reserved for its wealthier patrons.

The true origin of the modern play: In Shakespearean times, there were no backdrops, no lighting, hardly any acoustics, and few (if any) props. Therefore, much of the play had to occur in the viewer’s imagination.

The only 'props' were the dramatic costumes and the infamous Globe-burning cannon. Because of the lack of lighting, the playhouse had an open roof and plays occurred in the early afternoon (2 pm until 4 or 5 pm).

Julius Caesar was the first play performed in 1599 and a journal entry claimed that "we witnessed an excellent performance of the tragedy of the first Emperor Julius Caesar" performed by about 15 actors.
William Shakespeare: The Bard
His Most Prominent Play
If you ask any common person about Shakespeare, most people would claim
Romeo & Juliet
, as the mpst famous and influential romance of all time. However, most scholars will argue that
Hamlet
is his greatest literary work, being that his famous soliloquy "to be or not to be" is a staple to modern literary theory.
Without Shakespeare...
Works Cited
Anderson, Hephzibah. "How Shakespeare Influences the Way We Speak Now." BBC Culture. BBC, 27 May 2014. Web. 25 May 2015.
Littell, McDougal. "William Shakespeare." ClassZone.com. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, n.d. Web. 17 May 2015.
"Shakespeare FAQ." Shakespeare FAQ. Absolute Shakespeare, 2005. Web. 25 May 2015.
Spatola, Jamie. "10 Ways Shakespeare Changed Everything." Mental Floss. Felix Dennis, n.d. Web. 25 May 2015.
Shakespeare is easily the most influential playwright and author of all time. His invention of iambic pentameter and of many words in the English language inspired many other authors, playwrights, musicians, and artists of all mediums. Additionally, he set the precedent for complex three-dimensional characters and shaped human psychology by really delving into a human's inner working, as opposed to the Medieval characters before him.
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