What does this quotation about William Shakespeare mean?
Born April 23* 1564 Stratford Upon Avon, London – no more than 2500 people lived there at this time Dad: John Shakespeare – worked with leather Mom: Mary Arden * some say the 23 rd while others claim the 26 th - due to the lack of written records and documentation of the time
Went to Grammar School in Stratford, no college for him, though Married Anne Hathaway – NOT the actress! Had 3 kids (Susanna & twins Judith and Hamnet) 1585-92 went to work in London Wrote an acted with Lord Chamberlain’s Men then they became the Kings Men 1610 he finally retired
37 plays 154 sonnets 2 long narrative poems Plays translated into ALL living languages Most quoted works other than the Bible – WOW! Most performed playwright of all time Invented 1,500-1,700 words that we still use today – at the time he had an expansive vocabulary and knew how to conjugate words well
Most works were written between 1590-1613 Early plays were comedies and histories Then Shakespeare wrote tragic-comedies – who doesn’t love a rollercoaster of emotions?! Wrote tragedies until 1608
Tragedy Likely written around 1595 Contains highly moral tone: disobedience, as well as fate, leads to the deaths of two “star- crossed lovers”
Tragedy 1599 1 st performance Sept 1599 Caesar isn’t central character Brutus is
Follows Aristotle’s formula – main character’s personal motivations connect all cause-and-effect chains Protagonist is a flawed character, but admirable and quite likable – their flaws lead to the tragic downfall within play ( both Romeo & Julius ) Death is a definite Fate is always a factor
Tragedy - a dramatic composition, often in verse, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or of conflict with some overpowering force, such as fate or society, to downfall or destruction.
In 1599 the Chamberlain’s Men moved into a new theater: The Globe (Shakespeare was part owner, along with 5 others) Julius Caesar (1599) was actually one of the 1 st plays performed here Lord Chamberlain’s Men became The King’s Men after Queen Elizabeth died – Shakespeare had close ties with her as she loved drama (plays) Groundlings: paid lowest admission charges & stood entire time Rowdy events: fights usually broke out, alcohol was allowed Stage lacked scenery yet costumes & props were elaborate
Enjoy the synopsis of Shakespeare’s life via the following TWO links: 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc2MQh_GwkQ 2. https://www.brainpop.com/english/famousauthorsandbooks/williamshakespeare/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc2MQh_GwkQhttps://www.brainpop.com/english/famousauthorsandbooks/williamshakespeare/