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“Life’s but a walking shadow; a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And is heard of no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full.

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1 “Life’s but a walking shadow; a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And is heard of no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.”

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3 The Man That Would Be Shakespeare Born April 23 rd, 1564 Started out performing with “The Lord Chamberlain’s Men” Gave him a chance to write a play Henry IV, Pt. 1- It stunk but they gave him another shot

4 Many playwrights with nowhere to “play” Barn turned into theatre Puritans burn it down Globe built Globe burns Globe rebuilt Globe burns Reconstructed in the 1990’s

5 o Aristocrats o The Queen/King o The Groundlings!

6 When in a play... Only men were permitted to perform Boys or effeminate men were used to play the women Costumes were often the company’s most valuable asset Costumes were made by the company, bought in London, or donated by courtiers

7 The Cost of a Show 1 shilling to stand 2 shillings to sit in the balcony 1 shilling was 10% of their weekly income Broadway Today: –$85 Orchestra –$60 Balcony –10% of a teacher’s weekly salary

8 Set in Scotland Written for King James I (formerly of Scotland, now England) Queen of Denmark (James’s sister) was visiting Shakespeare researched The Chronicles - Banquo is an ancestor of King James I

9 King Duncan of Scotland –Murdered by cousin Macbeth –Honest and good Malcolm & Donalbain –Sons of the King –Malcolm is the eldest son Macbeth –Duncan’s most courageous general –Ambition to become king corrupts him causing him to murder Duncan

10 Banquo –General and Macbeth’s best friend –Suspects Macbeth in Duncan’s murder –An actual ancestor of King James I Lady Macbeth –As ambitious as her husband –A dark force behind his evil deeds Macduff –Scottish general, suspects Macbeth of murdering the king –Macbeth has his family murdered –Swears vengeance

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12 The Scottish Play It is believed to be bad luck to even squeak the word ‘Macbeth’ in a theatre Legend has it you will lose all your friends involved in the production--horribly MORE ON THAT LATER...

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14 Def. “Man of high standard who falls from that high because of a flaw that has affected many” - Aristotle Macbeth is one of the most famous examples of the tragic hero. However, how could John Proctor also be one?

15 So what really happens? Good guy goes bad Guy wants power Married to a pushy control freak She wants power Kills people- LOTS of people Gets power Gets paranoid (a.k.a. goes crazy) Ticks off a lot of people Want more power! Kill! Kill! Gets what’s coming to him in the end

16 “Life’s but a walking shadow; a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And is heard of no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.” - Act V; s.5

17 The Scottish Play Referred to as The Scottish Play or The Bard’s Play-even those who don’t believe won’t say the name out of respect Believed to be ACTUAL spells cast in the scene with the witches Shakespeare “borrowed” language from a coven of witches who later cursed the play after seeing it performed

18 The Bard’s Play Causes for belief/fear: –Actor died during premier because an actual dagger was used rather than a prop –Many fight scenes—more cause for accidents –Often performed by theatres in financial trouble (due to popularity); theatres eventually closed –Hazing

19 HECACTE Greek goddess of witchcraft, magic, the night, the moon, ghosts, and necromancy Her inclusion intensifies, or triggers, the curse

20 Reverse the Curse If the name is spoken in the theatre, the offender must: –Immediately leave the theatre –Turn three times –Spite over the left shoulder –Recite one of the following "Angels and ministers of grace defend us" (Hamlet 1.IV)Hamlet "If we shadows have offended" (A Midsummer Night's Dream 5.ii)A Midsummer Night's Dream "Fair thoughts and happy hours attend on you" (The Merchant of Venice, 3.IV)The Merchant of Venice


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