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Shakespeare - 56

A short biography

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on 26 March 2013

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Transcript of Shakespeare - 56

The Theatre the plays Elizabethan Age Myths What's in a name? Entertainment No women! No props In Spain, France and Italy women were played by women. In England ... they were played by boys. London No limits of time, place and action. INNOVATIVE Plays could go on for hours, but ... people had to stand Elizabeth 1: Mary Queen of Scots - Elizabeth's cousin Ruled from 1558 - 1603 A bit of history Nickname: Bloody Mary E) all of the above. The spelling was not fixed
in Shakespeare's day, even Shakespeare himself
wrote his name in numerous ways. Shakespeare didn't write Shakespeare The virgin queen 'Mary from the block' Shakespeare's Language 1/10 of the most
common expressions Seems old but
it's actually Modern
English. Shakespeare's English
still used rurally. Shakespeare had the largest
vocabulary of any
English writer. He used about 20,000
different words. Old English: 449-1100
Middle English: 1100-1500
Modern English: 1500- present The bible only used
6,000 different words.

Shakespeare wrote about lots
of different things:
romance, war, kings etc. Shakespeare used words
that are common in the area
he came from - so he did write
all the plays. Popquiz:
Most of the audience stood on the ground
around the stage to watch the play. These
'groundlings' only paid a penny. Where were
the best seats for important spectators? A. In a small room called a box with a window onto the stage.
B. In an armchair in front of the stage.
C. On the stage itself? C - The most important people
sat on the stage, sometimes the
groundlings had just as much fun
watching the famous guests as they
did the plays at times. Popquiz:
The church was against play performances in the city of London. They said plays were sinful and kept people from going to church what else were plays blamed for? A. The plague
b. drunkenness
c. starving children A. In 1592 there was an outbreak of the plague in London. Crowding together could cause the disease to spread so closing the theatres made sense but priests said the theatre CAUSED the plague. When London theatres closed in 1592 and 1593 the actors
went on tour around the country. This caused them special
problems. What were they? A. They couldn't find theatres to perform in.
B. They kept getting lost because there were no
good maps.
C. They couldn't make enough money to eat. C. Theatre companies didn't need theatres to perform in. They could set up a platform in the yard of an inn and give their performance. But travelling around, feeding horses and stying at inns cost money, and that came out of the actors' wages. They earned half what they would have been paid in London. Some companies even sold their scripts and costumes so they could pay for food. Was he rich? Was he extremely intelligent? This phrase was coined by Shakespeare and is still used
today, you even have t-shirts and stickers with this phrase: doth (most commonly used by Shakespeare)
dost (used this 1 in 4 times)
does (used less frequently; too modern) A word like 'also' was already used but Shakespeare only used it 36 times in ALL of his plays. An oddity that cannot be explained, other writers did use it. DOTH Mention five things
you learned about Elizabeth 1. And write down ...
5 things about Mary Queen of Scots. This phrase was written by:
a) Shakeshaft
b) Shakespere
c) Shakspere
d) Shakespeare No: he was well-off
but he did not own his own
plays, they were sold to the
company. Again: no, he did
write about a lot
of different topics though;
so he knew a lot about
various subjects. Everything
he read, he remembered. THE END - CONTINUE
with the website also a MYTH of course
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