Groundlings – lower-class audience members who stood for the duration of the play; paid a penny or less Nobility – Kings and Queens; a company could get arrested for certain vulgarity during plays, but not Shakespeares
True or False? Women were not allowed as actors in theater; therefore, men played the parts of female characters in Shakespeares plays.
All male cast Very little to no stage directions No curtain; change of scene and acts depended on the Chorus and dramatic speeches: Soliloquy – a character is alone on stage speaking his or her thoughts out loud Monologue – a character is with others on stage; the character is the only one talking
The majority of Shakespeares sonnets examined the themes of: A. Time, Love, and Beauty B. Death, Hate, and Ugliness C. Love, Birth, and Death D. Nature and the Seasons
Sonnets, not plays provided Shakespeare with income. The Sonnets of Shakespeare, consists of 154 sonnets Sonnets 1-126 - addressed to a beloved friend, a handsome and noble young man Sonnets 127-152 - to a malignant but fascinating "Dark Lady," whom the poet loves in spite of himself. Nearly all of Shakespeare's sonnets examine the inevitable decay of time, and the immortalization of beauty and love in poetry.
Romeo and Juliet is considered a(n): A. Tragedy B. Romance C. History D. Comedy
Shakespeare wrote more than 30 plays. These are usually divided into four categories: 1). Histories – Henry VI 2). Comedies – Comedy of Errors 3). Tragedies –Hamlet, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet 4). Romances - The Tempest
Comedy Tragedy - Mostly everyone gets - Mostly everyone dies married in the end. in the end. - Mythical, magical - Realistic characters, creatures royalty and nobility - Several couples have - The main characters humorous conflicts cause their own downfall.