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This is William Shakespeare. Who Was Shakespeare Shakespeare lived in the late 16 th century and died in the early 17 th century (Yes, thats 400 years.

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1 This is William Shakespeare

2 Who Was Shakespeare Shakespeare lived in the late 16 th century and died in the early 17 th century (Yes, thats 400 years ago) Shakespeare lived in the late 16 th century and died in the early 17 th century (Yes, thats 400 years ago) Shakespeare was a playwright and a poet Shakespeare was a playwright and a poet Shakespeare not only wrote plays and poems that we still enjoy today, but he changed the English language Shakespeare not only wrote plays and poems that we still enjoy today, but he changed the English language He was the original rap star He was the original rap star

3 What do you know about rap stars? Rhyme Rhyme Know how to use and manipulate language Know how to use and manipulate language Offensive to some people Offensive to some people Often use crude language Often use crude language Talk down to other rappers Talk down to other rappers Incredibly popular Incredibly popular Create new words and slang that the common people begin to use Create new words and slang that the common people begin to use

4 What do we know about Shakespeare? He likes to rhyme He likes to rhyme Knows how to use and manipulate language Knows how to use and manipulate language Offensive to some people Offensive to some people Often uses crude language Often uses crude language Talks down to other writers and actors Talks down to other writers and actors Incredibly popular Incredibly popular Created new words and slang that the common people of England began to use Created new words and slang that the common people of England began to use

5 How many words can one man invent? How about 1700 that are part of our common language

6 Have you ever heard these? Addiction Addiction Advertising Advertising Assassination Assassination Blanket Blanket Bump Bump Dawn Dawn Generous Generous Obscene Obscene Outbreak Outbreak Eyeball Eyeball Hint Hint Lonely Lonely Secure Secure Skim milk Skim milk Undress Undress Unreal Unreal Worthless Worthless Lower Lower Gossip Gossip Fashionable Fashionable

7 Shakespeare lived in this house in Stratford-upon-Avon

8 Williams Parents William Shakespeare was born to John and Mary Shakespeare William Shakespeare was born to John and Mary Shakespeare His accepted (not necessarily accurate) birthday is April 23, 1564 His accepted (not necessarily accurate) birthday is April 23, 1564 John was a wealthy business owner John was a wealthy business owner One community position John held allowed his children to attend grammar school for free One community position John held allowed his children to attend grammar school for free

9 Williams Schooling It is assumed Shakespeare attended school due to his fathers position in the community It is assumed Shakespeare attended school due to his fathers position in the community There is little record of Shakespeare before he emerged in London as a professional actor. There is little record of Shakespeare before he emerged in London as a professional actor. Some jobs he may have held are: lawyer, schoolmaster, glover, student, and tutor, but no one is sure. Some jobs he may have held are: lawyer, schoolmaster, glover, student, and tutor, but no one is sure.

10 Williams Marriage Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway in 1582 Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway in 1582 Hathaway was 26 years old and pregnant at the time of their marriage Hathaway was 26 years old and pregnant at the time of their marriage They had three children: Suzanna (1583) and twins Judith and Hamnet (1585) They had three children: Suzanna (1583) and twins Judith and Hamnet (1585) Hamnet died in 1596 and the sorrow for this loss is reflected in Shakespeares later works Hamnet died in 1596 and the sorrow for this loss is reflected in Shakespeares later works

11 But Shakespeare wrote plays in London

12 Performing his plays in the Globe theater

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14 William in London Shakespeare moved to London in 1585 Shakespeare moved to London in 1585 In London he became a successful actor and began to write plays In London he became a successful actor and began to write plays Notice that this is the time his twins were born. Notice that this is the time his twins were born. While in London, Anne and the children stayed in Stratford. This explains the mistress we often hear Shakespeare write about. While in London, Anne and the children stayed in Stratford. This explains the mistress we often hear Shakespeare write about.

15 What is a Universal Theme? Universal themes are why we still study Shakespeare 400 years later Universal themes are why we still study Shakespeare 400 years later It is a message that transcends time. That is, the message will never get old. It is a message that transcends time. That is, the message will never get old. The message concerns events that still happen in our lives today. The message concerns events that still happen in our lives today. This is not something that only happened back in the day This is not something that only happened back in the day

16 Universal Themes In Shakespeares Plays Love Love Revenge Revenge Fate vs. Free Will Fate vs. Free Will Obedience Obedience Power Power Loyalty Loyalty Ignorance Ignorance Compassion Compassion Betrayal Betrayal Friendship Friendship

17 Shakespeare died in Stratford in this is his grave in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford


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