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William Shakespeare

  1. 1. Done By: Leow Wei Sheng (2P315)<br />William Shakespeare<br />
  2. 2. Who is he?<br />A famous playwright and actor<br />Born on 23rd April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon<br />Son of John and Mary Shakespeare<br />Married to Anne Hathaway and had three children<br />Died on the 23rd April 1616<br />High social status<br />Father was town mayor<br />Mother was from a rich and ancient landowning family<br />
  3. 3. Childhood Life<br />Attended the King’s New School<br />Left school at age fifteen or sixteen<br />Became an apprentice in his father’s shop<br />
  4. 4. How did he became a writer?<br />He was an actor at first<br />The bubonic plague closed the theatres of London, so Shakespeare turned to writing<br />Inspired by other great writers of his age<br />
  5. 5. Shakespeare’s Plays<br />He wrote many plays<br />Some famous plays include “Macbeth”, “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”<br />Plays were very well received and he grew rich, rich enough to buy the second largest house in Stratford<br />
  6. 6. Shakespearian England<br />An age of great poetry and drama<br />Science and Medical knowledge was progressing very fast<br />Many people believed in astrology<br />Protestant<br />Ruled by Queen Elizabeth I <br />Affected by the Renaissance <br />
  7. 7. Social System<br />Everyone at any level of society was very likely to remain there<br />Could not rise to a position of power through education<br />Example a farmer’s son was likely to remain a farmer<br />There was a system of hierarchy<br />
  8. 8. Impact on Shakespeare’s Works<br />His plays reflect the difference between the classes of people<br />Usually about aristocrats or famous people<br />
  9. 9. Elizabethan Theatres <br />Theatres had no roof<br />No electricity and lighting<br />Central area contained a stage and a yard<br />Contained seats at the higher floors<br />Extra floors above the back of the stage which contained machinery<br />Trapdoors going down through the stage<br />Back stage<br />No scenery<br />
  10. 10. Impact on Shakespeare’s Plays<br />His plays include inside scenes<br />The backstage was used for Juliet’s tomb in “Romeo and Juliet”<br />Sometimes, there were scenes which used the area under the stage, scenes such as tomb and prison scenes<br />The actors could move freely<br />Plays had to rely on words to show the audience where the scene was set<br />
  11. 11. The Renaissance<br />Rebirth of learning<br />Increased interest in the art and learning of ancient Greece and Rome<br />Marked the end of the middle ages and the start of the modern world<br />Began in Italy in the 1400s<br />
  12. 12. The Renaissance<br />The scholars, scientists and artists had new ideas, but also turned to the past<br />Greater knowledge of ancient science and beliefs<br />Scholars were inspired think again about established religious thinking<br />New theories such as the theory of the Sun being the centre of the Solar System<br />
  13. 13. Impact on Shakespeare’s Plays<br />One of Shakespeare’s plays, “Julius Caesar”, is based on the ancient Roman general, Julius Caesar <br />His play “Richard II” illustrated the struggle of a heirless throne, in the case of Queen Elizabeth I<br />
  14. 14. Shakespeare’s Influence <br />He greatly influenced the English Language<br />Before, the English Language was not fixed<br />Once his plays became popular, they helped to standardize the English Language<br />Many Shakespearean words and phrases became embedded in the English Language<br />
  15. 15. Thank You!<br />