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Shakespeare Plays 101
Transcript of Shakespeare Plays 101
What Are Shakespeare's Histories?
Where and When Are They Set?
Who Are They About?
What Inspired Shakespeare?
How Did Shakespeare Portray the Events?
Shakespeare Plays CI
How many plays did he write?
Why were his plays popular?
What were his most famous plays?
When did he start writing plays?
(101 in Roman numerals)
A Midsummer Night's Dream
extremely famous for his poems/sonnets
started writing them in the early 1590's
wrote 154 sonnets and 5 poems
Shakespeare's earliest poems were called "Venus and Adonis" (1592-1593) and "The Rape of Lucrece"(1593-1594
wrote his earliest poems when the theaters were closed due to the plague
List of poems:
Venus and Adonis
The Rape of Lucrece
The Passionate Pilgrim
The Phoenix and the Turtle
A Lover's Complaint.
Sonnets are fourteen-line lyric poems, traditionally written in iambic pentameter - that is, in lines ten syllables long, with accents falling on every second syllable, as in: "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"
created a book called "The Sonnets" (created during the 1590's and early 1600's
"The Sonnets" was compilation of the 154 sonnets Shakespeare wrote
"The Sonnets" was first printed in 1609
the book was re-published in 1640 with the poems in a different order
Andy, Jason, Eric, and Gosha
The most popular sonnets are considered to be sonnets number: 126,130,29,116, and 18
-One of Shakespeare's genres
-Loosely follow historical events
-Not historically accurate; for entertainment
How many tragedy plays did William Shakespeare write?
-10 in total
-Set in Medieval England
-Range from 12th century-16th century
What were William Shakespeare's most famous tragedy plays?
-Hundred Years War and Wars of the Roses
The Comedy of Errors
-Focus on English kings
-Explore social structure; include entire
-E.g. Henry V and Falstaff
-The Famous Victories of Henry the
-The Union of the Noble and Illustre Famelies of Lancastre and York
King Lear (1605)
Romeo and Juliet (1594)
-More about Queen Elizabeth than history; "Tudor Propaganda"
-Praises Tudor Dynasty; reflects nationalism
-Advises against civil war
-Henry V portrayed as an ideal hero
-Last member of York Dynasty portrayed
Antony and Cleopatra
Romeo and Juliet
Timon of Athens
Video- Henry V
Why were his tragedy plays so popular?
Unique diction (use of slang)
Character's thoughts & feelings are
Shakespeare's poetic style
Large variety of themes (tragedy), topics
& characters (kings, young lovers, ect.)
Separation (ex. Romeo & Juliet)
Always a sad ending
When did William Shakespeare
start writing tragedies?
What was his first tragedy play?
Image & Video References
(In order of appearance)
Shakespeare Puppet: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/shakespeare.png
Old Script by aeFusion: http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs18/f/2007/130/d/0/Old_Script_by_aeFusion.jpg
Elizabethan England Scene: http://www2.springfield.k12.il.us/schools/springfield/eliz/images/ElizLifeb
Henry V Portrait: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/01_03/15kingMOS_468x703.jpg
Battle of Agincourt Scene: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_bN9se-ul_aE/TMSjh9bIUTI/AAAAAAAACzk/qokLa1XtqMk/s1600/henry.JPG
Queen Elizabeth I Portrait: http://www2.springfield.k12.il.us/schools/springfield/eliz/images/QueenEliz
Shakespeare Typography by Jonny Hannah: http://www.unruly.ca/unruly/wp-content/uploads/complete-shakespeare-by-jonny-hannah-450x456.jpg
Henry V Portrait: http://www.luminarium.org/encyclopedia/henry5.jpg
Falstaff Portrait: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e4/Eduard_von_Gr%C3%BCtzner_Falstaff.jpg
Medieval England Map: http://www.mymedievalengland.com/images/england_map2.jpg
Hundred Year’s War Scene: http://mrbelloblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/100-years-war.jpg
Lego Shakespeare: http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131106080333/lego/images/f/fe/Cmf_shakespeare.jpg
Henry V (1989 film) St. Crispin’s Day Speech (Video): Youtube link- /watch?v=A-yZNMWFqvM
Titus Andronicus Book Cover: http://www.feedbooks.com/book/2952/titus-andronicus
King Lear: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-news/8186869/Past-King-Lears.html
Othello Portrait: http://www.hermes-press.com/othello.htm
All's Well That Ends Well
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
Love's Labour's Lost
The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Merchant of Venice
Shakespearean Tragedy Overview
Classification of drama
Stressful & suspenseful plot & events
Characters usually in high status (royalty or military(ex. King Lear & Othello)