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  • Merchant of VeniceDone by: Tay Wei Sheng (26)
  • Shakespeare’s life
    Is an English poet and playwright
    Is 52 years old
    Shakespeare was buried in the Holy Trinity Church
    During his life, Shakespeare wrote 36 plays and 154 sonnets
    Almost four hundred years after Shakespeare's death there are 15 million pages referring to him on Google
    The football club Tottenham Hotspur was named by one of Shakespeare's characters, Harry Hotspur
  • Shakespeare’s life
    Shakespeare probably attended King Edward VI Grammar School in Stratford from the age of seven
    On 29 November 1582, Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway November the 27th at Temple Grafton, a village near Stratford
    They then had their first child, Susanna baptisized on 26 May 1583, twin children, a son, Hamnet and a daughter, Judith, were baptised on 2 February 1585
    Between 1589 and 1592, Shakespeare began his writing career and he was inspired to write by nature and by some novelists like Ovid and Seneca
  • Shakespeare’s life
    Shakespeare's family was about at the middle of the social system in money and status
    His wife was considered as one of the small farmers while his father was one of the craftsmen
    Hence, his family was considered as middle class
  • England in Shakespeare’s time
  • England in Shakespeare’s time
    • During the Elizabethan Age, when Queen Elizabeth ruled England
    • There were three big epidemics of plague, the first occurred between 1592 and 1594
    • The second one happened when Shakespeare was growing old, between 1603 and 1604, which was caused by narrow dirty streets and no clean water
  • England in Shakespeare’s time
    Major divisions:
    NOBILITY, who came from families with titles and high positions;
    GENTRY, who owned and managed landed estates but did not otherwise work;
    MERCHANTS, who conducted large businesses;
    SMALL FARMERS (Shakespeare's wife's family was in this social group);
    CRAFTSMEN, who were expert workers in one particular form of manufacture (Shakespeare's father was in this social group);
    SMALL FARMERS, who rented land from the nobility and gentry;
    SERVANTS,
    VAGRANTS, people roaming around with no means of support
  • England in Shakespeare’s time
    • The globe theatre had features like trap doors where supernatural characters can pop out suddenly and had a ceiling where they can descend from heaven to earth
  • Renaissance
    • Cultural movement that spanned roughly the 14th to the 17th century, beginning in Florence in the Late Middle Ages and later spreading to the rest of Europe
    The Black Death
    • Brought to Italy in the Autumn of 1347 by Genoese ships from the East, where the disease carried by fleas on rat hosts had savagely depopulated vast areas.
  • Renaissance
    • Cultural movement that spanned roughly the 14th to the 17th century, beginning in Florence in the Late Middle Ages and later spreading to the rest of Europe
    The Black Death
    • Brought to Italy in the Autumn of 1347 by Genoese ships from the East, where the disease carried by fleas on rat hosts had savagely depopulated vast areas.
  • Renaissance
    The Black Death
    • Brought to Italy in the Autumn of 1347 by Genoese ships from the East, where the disease carried by fleas on rat hosts had savagely depopulated vast areas.
    Gunpowder, Siege Engines and Chinese Inventions
    • Weapons were invented in China before they were “discovered” in Europe
  • Renaissance
    Influence
    • allowed Shakespeare to explore the humanity of every character regardless of their social position
    • knowledge of Greek and Roman classics applied
    • “human” characters with psychologically complexity were created