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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare






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    • William Shakespeare
      Done by: Choy Yu Yong (2P306)
    • Life of William Shakespeare
      Shakespeare was
      English poet
      Regarded as the greatest writer
      World’s pre-eminent dramatist
      Born in 1564
      Married 26 year-old Anne Hathaway at the age of 18
      Had 3 children
      Died in 1616
    • Life of William Shakespeare
      Childhood – Adulthood
      Son of John Shakespeare, successful glover and alderman and Mary Arden
      Had one brother and several sisters
      Dropped out of school at the age of 16
      Became an actor
      Switched to a playwright around 1592
      Wrote many renowned plays
    • Life of William Shakespeare
      Works of Shakespeare
      Romeo and Juliet
      The Tempest
      Merchant of Venice
    • Life of William Shakespeare
      Shakespeare got many of his sources and inspirations from previous plays that had been written
      Shakespeare also explored history and nature as a source for his plays
      The reason why plays from Shakespeare were so well received was because Shakespeares’ plays were profound and had much in-depth thinking put into it, thus being so well-received
    • England in Shakespeare’s time
      Elizabethan Age
      England was ruled by Queen Elizabeth
      Very different from modern England, streets were narrow and dirty, rats were everywhere and everyone fell sick easily due to the plague
      The time when Englsihpoetery, music and literature were at their peak
    • England in Shakespeare’s time
      The rich were extremely rich, and could employ hundreds of people to work for them. They also paid poets and musicians huge sums if they appreciated their talents
      England was also fairly well-off compared to other nations of Europe
      People were able to lead a stable life, fulfilling their daily needs
    • England in Shakespeare’s time
      The theatres
      Were open-aired, not enclosed
      Made use of sunlight to light up the stage
      Had trapdoors to facilitate plays
      Mainly wooden stages, no props used
      Had a highest storey to operate machinery to lift up actors
    • England in Shakespeare’s time
      Significant events
      The Spanish Armada
      The Spanish War
      The Black Death
    • The Renaissance
      Means “Rebirth”
      Used to refer to the golden age of Europe
      Started in Italy during the 14th century, and began to spread to all parts of Europe
      The age where people found new forms of art and learnt to appreciate them
      There was also new interest in the Greek and Roman classics
    • The Renaissance
      People started to question, and ask, no longer just believing
      The time of exploration, where people experimented and researched to find out new things by themselves
    • The Renaissance
      Shakespeare began to add more Greek and Roman classics, as well as the arts to make his play more appealing to his audience
      He also removed all hierarchy as The Renaissance was a period where everyone was equal
    • The End
      Thank you !