Presentation on theme: "Or at least pretend to… ;). Greatest writer in the English language Plays have been produced more often and in more countries than any other author."— Presentation transcript:
Greatest writer in the English language Plays have been produced more often and in more countries than any other author Lived during Renaissance Plays appealed to all classes Globe Theatre – open, 3 story, no curtains, little scenery; props, sound effects and costumes created setting Quick fact Shakespeare
He contributed more words, phrases, and expressions than any other Created assassination, bump, and lonely; dead as a doornail, for goodness sake, and green-eyed monster Shakespeare’s Impact on English Language
Tragedy – drama that ends in catastrophe (death) for the main character & other important characters (supernatural element – contribute to actions of tragic hero) Tragic Hero – usually nobly born & may have great influence on his/her society; has fatal flaws (weakness or error in judgement) Comic relief – humorous scenes that relieve overall emotional intensity Vocab to Know
Allusion – brief reference to something outside the play that the audience is expected to know; ex. A reference from another work of literature like Greek or Roman mythology & the bible ex. “Speak to my gossip Venus on word…” Foil – characters whose personalities are a sharp contrast to another ex. Lennie & George Vocab to Know
Dramatic conventions – devices theater audiences accept as real even though they do not necessarily reflect the real-life behavior: Soliloquy – speech by a character when he’s alone to let audience know what he’s thinking; reveals secrets; villains explain behavior Aside – character’s remarks to the audience or another character that others on stage aren’t supposed to hear; ex. p. 994 Vocab to Know Dramatic Conventions
Unrhymed lines of iambic pentameter – lines that have 5 unstressed syllables followed by 5 stressed syllables Romeo: But soft! What light through yon der win dow breaks ? Fairly close to regular, natural patterns of speech Blank Verse
Setting: Verona, Italy, 14 th century. (I was there and ate an entire pizza; it was the best pizza I’ve ever had.) Initiating Event: fight between 2 families Main Conflict: R & J love each other, but their families hate each other. R=Montague J = Capulet Good Ole Romeo & Juliet Oh, wait. They’re not old, they’re dead.
Romeo loves Rosaline and Juliet is slated to marry Paris. Romeo hears about the party the Capulets are hosting (to get Paris & Juliet to know each other) and crashes the party. Romeo & Juliet meet and instantly fall in love; later they realize their families are feuding. This conflict is the catalyst for the play. SO?
An – sometimes means if Ay – yes Coz – cousin Doth – does Thee – you Thine – your Thou art – you are Thou wert – you were ‘tis – it is Word
As you read/watch: Evaluate character’s speech and actions to figure out his attitudes, personality, and motives (look for foils!) Evaluate tragic hero’s strengths and weakness, esp. tragic flaw Look for cause & effect relationships Finally…