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  • 1. How The Great Bard Was Born
    The English Renaissance and William Shakespeare
  • 2. “He was not
    of an age,
    but for
    all time”
    Ben Johnson on William Shakespeare
  • 3. The most famous writer in history was just as influenced by the culture he was born into as he influences modern culture. In learning about his life and reading his works, we learn about ourselves and about human nature. It is no mistake that every high school student in this country studies Shakespeare. He is quite simply the best and you are about to experience the power of his writings.
    William Shakespeare circa 1609
  • 4. The Renaissance Period
  • 5. The Renaissance Period
    • Renaissance literally means “rebirth”
    Rebirth of classical literature and art forms
    • A Renaissance occurs when life is good (people are not fighting for survival)
    • 6. It is a high time for art and literature
  • Italian Renaissance
    • Occurred from 1300-1550 A.D.
    • 7. Marked as high time in art (THINK Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo)
    • 8. Authors: Petrarch (sonnets) and Castiglione (courtier book)
    • 9. Influenced the English Renaissance Period
  • English Renaissance
    • Occurred between 1400-1600 A.D.
    • 10. Began with Henry VIII and ended with King James I
    • 11. Highest point occurred during Queen Elizabeth I’s reign
    • 12. High time in literature: Sidney, Spencer, Marlow, Shakespeare
    • 13. Courtiers (professional kiss-ups) were very important
    • 14. Social classes were strictly enforced
    • 15. Theaters thrived but were considered low-class
  • Social Mobility
    • During this time period, it was nearly impossible to rise above your birth—if you were born a peasant, you died a peasant.
    • 16. Family name and nobility were very important
    • 17. One way to try and rise above your birth was through the practice of patronage—though how far you could rise was pre-determined by your family name.
  • The Tudors
    English Reformation and Renaissance
  • 18. Henry Viii
    • From the Tudor line
    • 19. Had SIX wives: Catherine of Aragon(divorced), Anne Boleyn(beheaded), Jane Seymore (died), Ann of Cleves(divorced), Kathryn Howard (beheaded), Katherine Parr (survived)
    • 20. Divorced the Catholic Church in order to marry his mistress
    • 21. Wanted a male heir
    • 22. Fathered two daughters (Mary and Elizabeth) and one son (Edward)
    • 23. Was Catholic, Protestant, Catholic, Protestant . . . .
  • Prince Edward
    The sole male heir to Henry’s throne
    He was Protestant and upheld this faith in the country once in power
    Was ill and died shortly after gaining the throne
    Left behind no heir (too young to do so)
  • 24. Bloody Mary
    • After Edward’s short reign and early death, Mary took the English throne.
    • 25. Devoutly Catholic and looking to vindicate her mother (Henry’s first wife), Mary vowed to wipe out Protestantism.
    • 26. Ordered the mass execution of Protestants to restore the Catholic faith.
    • 27. Died of cancer
  • Queen Elizabeth I
    • “Bastard” Queen, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn
    • 28. Was both acknowledged and disowned by her father when he was alive
    • 29. Devoutly Protestant
    • 30. “Virgin Queen”—never married, used her feminine wiles to gain and maintain power
    • 31. The art of flirtation became a lucrative enterprise during her reign
    • 32. Encouraged poetry and theater
    • 33. Powerful, wise, and important monarch
    • 34. Sustained many plots against her life
  • King James I
    Was Queen Elizabeth’s Godson, inherited her throne.
    Patron of theater—Shakespeare’s King’s Men were his favorite acting troupe.
    Solidified the Protestant faith with the creation of the King James Bible
  • 35. What does this have to do with Shakespeare????
  • 36.
  • 37. Brief Biography of William Shakespeare
    April 23, 1564-April 23, 1616
  • 38. He was baptized on April 26, 1564
    There were no such things as birth certificates at this time. However, babies were usually baptized three days after their birth—hence Shakespeare’s birth date of April 23, 1564
    He was married at the age of 18 to 26 year old Anne Hathaway (she was pregnant)
    He fathered three children (two girls, one boy)
    His son died young
    He was part owner of the Globe Theater
    He died on April 23, 1616
    The Five Provable Facts About Shakespeare
  • 39. Everything else that is “known” about the world’s greatest writer is speculation, best guesses, and agreed upon facts.
    Due to the lack of actual evidence of Shakespeare’s life, many people have questioned whether he really existed or not.
    The collection of works credited to him are all too similar to be the works of more than one person.
    Others argue that Shakespeare could not have been smart enough to write such important literature.
    Pure genius is often misunderstood
    It is a Mystery . . .
  • 40. Educated Guesses On The Rest of Shakespeare’s Biography
    • William Shakespeare was one of seven children born to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden
    • 41. He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon
    • 42. His family was respected and wealthy—but not noble
    • 43. He attended grammar school and learned Latin
    • 44. There is no evidence of further education beyond this
    • 45. By the early 1590’s Shakespeare had left his wife and three children in Stratford-upon-Avon and traveled over 100 miles away to London to pursue his acting and writing career. He lived there for most of his adult life.
    • 46. His marriage was not great—he rarely went home to visit his wife and upon his death, he willed Anne his SECOND-BEST bed. Everything else went to his daughters.
    • 47. He became VERY wealthy in his life time which afforded him the chance to buy his family’s coat of arms (a sign of nobility) and the largest estate in Stratford.
    • 48. His patrons included Sir Henry Wriothesley and King James I
  • Shakespeare’s Career
    • Wrote 37 plays
    • 49. Wrote comedies, tragedies, histories, and romances (not what you think)
    • 50. Also wrote 154 sonnets and several narrative poems all dedicated to Sir Henry Wriothesley
    • 51. He was an actor, writer, director, and business man
    • 52. Became known for his imaginative use of language and timelessness
  • Effects of the Monarchy
    • Shakespeare had to adjust his writings based on who was in power in England.
    • 53. Under Elizabeth—women were portrayed as strong, Catholicism was mocked, marriage was not made to be the ultimate goal for characters
    • 54. Under James—the practice of courtiership was mocked and Shakespeare was freer to fully develop his characters
  • Midsummer Night’s Dream
    “The course of true love never did run smooth”
  • 55. Play Background
    • Was one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays
    • 56. It is a comedy—there is a happy ending
    • 57. It was written for a noble wedding
    • 58. It contains a play within the play—namely Pyramus and Thisbe.
    • 59. There are four plots interwoven together throughout the play
  • As We Read . . .
    • Try to identify how Queen Elizabeth affected the telling of this tale
    • 60. How are women portrayed?
    • 61. How is marriage portrayed?
    • 62. Look for messages about LOVE and the nature of love
    • 63. Determine whether or not this play is appropriate for a wedding celebration.
  • “If we shadows have offended,Think of this and all is mended:That you have but slumbered hereWhile these visions did appear.And this weak and idle theme, No more yielding than a dream,”
    Wait until you see how it unfolds!