Presentation on theme: "1 5/3/2015 Introduction to Shakespeare. 2 5/3/2015 The peak of intellectual activity Emphasis on individual and choice Renewed interest in science, commerce,"— Presentation transcript:
2 5/3/2015 The peak of intellectual activity Emphasis on individual and choice Renewed interest in science, commerce, philosophy, and the arts Began in 14 th century; peaked during Queen’s reign Renaissance Era
3 5/3/2015 Plays produced more often, in more countries than any other author “Greatest playwright of all time” Grammar nugget: note spelling of “playwright” 1564-1616 Wife, daughter, twins Eventual owner of Globe Theater Old Willie
4 5/3/2015 Elizabethan Age: late 1500’s Queen Elizabeth was the last member of England’s royal house Strong monarch Supporter of English culture She gave theater high esteem Not into tanning
5 5/3/2015 Position of high office under the Queen Two men in this position sponsor the theater Shakespeare begins acting and writing for Lord Chamberlain’s Men Elizabeth attended productions Lord Chamberlain
6 5/3/2015 London was center of Elizabethan stage London had more theaters than any other capital Attracting rich and poor, unlike other cities, created much success Held up to 3,000 spectators Picture our entire school in a theater Spectators cheered, booed, hissed, and threw rotten vegetables Props and sound effects drove play Improper for women to be on stage Theater in Shakespeare’s Day
10 5/3/2015 Contributed more to English language than any other writer “Word musician” -George Orwell Old Willie the Word Ninja
11 5/3/2015 Characteristics of Shakespearean Tragedy
12 5/3/2015 Protagonist, or central character (good guy) Usually fails or dies because of character flaw High rank or status Shows strength while facing fate Tragic Hero This is Zorro. He was an awesome hero from long ago. You’ve probably never heard of him because your generation has replaced real heroes with dorks like Zac Efron.
13 5/3/2015 Works against the protaganist (bad guy) Can be a character or force Antagonist Shakespeare: bloated.
14 5/3/2015 Character that contrasts with another The contrast highlights both characters’ traits Ex: timid v. chatty Ex: OCD v. slob Foil
15 5/3/2015 Speech given by character alone on stage Teachers do this (Now perhaps?) Lets audience know what character is thinking Helps audience connect, sympathize or empathize with character Soliloquy
16 5/3/2015 Character’s remark to audience or another character that others on stage do not hear Reveals private thoughts Aside
17 5/3/2015 Soliloquy v. Aside 15 sec. sketch examples
18 5/3/2015 Suspense Keeps the reader interested Moves the plot forward Edge-of-your-seat device
19 5/3/2015 Dramatic Irony Audience knows more than the characters Ex: audience knows about R&J’s demise before they do Helps build suspense
20 5/3/2015 Pause An incident introduced just before the climax to mislead the audience
21 5/3/2015 Contrast Paints bright oppositions for the sake of emphasis and clarity, arousing deep emotions
22 5/3/2015 Poetic Justice The hero is rewarded and the villain is punished Also the title of an old movie starring 2pac Before he died, of course. At least I think so.
23 5/3/2015 Serious Face Laugh: Hahahahahahahaha Serious Face A humorous scene lightens an intense mood Heightens seriousness by adding contrast Comic Relief