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Shakespeare’s Writing. His Plays Shakespeare had a total of 39 plays Shakespeare was famous for writing plays in 3 categories; comedy, history, and tragedy.

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1 Shakespeare’s Writing

2 His Plays Shakespeare had a total of 39 plays Shakespeare was famous for writing plays in 3 categories; comedy, history, and tragedy.

3 Comedy A Mid Summer Night’s Dream – A magically, mythical, fairyland type setting in the woods that is filled with romance and love throughout the characters. – There was a love triangle between a group of four who were trying to slit up into 2 couples. – At the same time, a king and queen were fighting over an orphan boy and the king used magic to make the queen love a man with a donkey head.

4 History King John – John was the king fighting against his nephew, Arthur, a young boy. – John captures Arthur and plans to have him tortured. – The Dauphin of France had the opportunity to claim John’s crown because Arthur was captured. – Another character, Richard Plantagenet, the son of Richard the 1 st (John’s older brother), Irony is used throughout the story.

5 Tragedy Romeo and Juliet – Two young people fall in love but encounter difficulties because their families are in a blood filled feud. – Shakespeare’s word choice makes it easy for all young lovers to relate.

6 His Poetry The Phoenix and the Turtle – In this poem Shakespeare writes about a Phoenix burning itself on fire then another Phoenix rising up from its ashes. – This poem is interpreted in many ways. – One way is, the phoenix and the turtledove burn in the fire and produce an offspring of another phoenix. – Others see this as a celebration of reincarnation of two things coming together.

7 The publication of his plays Our present day lifestyle consists of the many heartwarming words of William Shakespeare. It was haphazardly in Shakespeare's own day that the protection of any playwrights words mattered. From Shakespeare's eyes, he viewed his plays publishes inexpensive editions called audios, in which he created 38 in his lifetime.

8 The publication of the First Folio Few of his former colleagues had published the 1623 First Folio, a collection of his 38 plays, after Shakespeare’s death. The First Folio consists of Macbeth, which is the only source for 18 plays Other plays vary from quartos.

9 Publishes, playing, and planning Shakespeare was trying to find people to finance his plays. He was trying to find people to negotiate with him and make an agreement on a contract on who would own what play. Some of his plays cost 20 shillings, or 240 cents. (one shilling= 12 pennies). In the 1800’s copies were often cleaned, rebounds, and perfected. This nearly destroyed all evidence of early ownership.

10 Henry Folger Henry spent his life collecting Folios. He said he had 82 but only 79 were legible enough to read He gave each play, fragment of a play, and leaf of a play a number for origination.

11 Works Cited “Shakespeare’s Works.” Folger Shakespeare Library. Folger Institute. 4 Mar Web. 29 Apr


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