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William shakespeare

  1. 1. WilliamShakespeare<br />LAP ACE 2011 <br />SohZheng Yang 2P325<br />
  2. 2. biography<br /><ul><li>Born on 26 April 1564
  3. 3. He married Anne Hathaway at the age of 18
  4. 4. He had three children
  5. 5. Died 23 April 1616 at the age of 52</li></li></ul><li>Shakespeare’s Life<br /><ul><li>An English poet and playwright
  6. 6. Widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist
  7. 7. His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays,154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems.</li></li></ul><li>Shakespeare’s Life<br /><ul><li>Probably educated at the King's New School in Stratford</li></ul>Family<br /><ul><li>He was the son of John Shakespeare, a successful glover and alderman
  8. 8. His mother a daughter of an affluent landowning farmer
  9. 9. 7 siblings</li></li></ul><li>Shakespeare’s Life<br />Social Status<br /><ul><li>High social status as his family was of the wealthy merchant class or petty gentry.</li></ul>Inspiration to write<br /><ul><li>Probably by nature</li></ul>(Birds were a constant subject)<br /><ul><li>Great novelists of his day like Ovid and Seneca.</li></li></ul><li>England in Shakespeare’s time <br />England in Shakespeare's time was known as the Elizabethan era<br />It is often considered as the golden age of England history<br />Ruled by Queen Elizabeth 1<br />Historical Events<br />Anglo- Spanish War (1585-1604)<br />The defeat of the Spanish armada (1588)<br />
  10. 10. England in Shakespeare’s time <br />Social System<br />Some families moved from one class to another, but most people were born into a particular class and stayed there.  <br />The Nobility  <br />The head of each noble family is a duke, a baron, or an earl.  These are the lords and ladies of the land. These men are rich and powerful.<br />The Gentry<br />Wealth was the key to becoming part of the gentry. <br />The Yeomanry <br />Middle Class people who have saved enough to be comfortable but who could at any moment, through illness or bad luck, be plunged into poverty. <br />
  11. 11. England in Shakespeare’s time <br />The Poor<br />The sick, the disabled, the old and feeble, and soldiers who are unable to work because of wounds.<br />Due to the “enclosure”, towns became larger and people who rely on agriculture, did not have anymore land to grow crops. Thus, they did not have a job and are unable to support themselves and their families.<br />
  12. 12. England in Shakespeare’s time <br />Elizabethan theatres<br />Do not have a roof<br />No lighting and electricity<br />Two sets of stairs, either side if the theatre<br />Trapdoors and Canons<br />Impacts on Shakespeare’s plays<br />The cannon was used to create a dramatic special effect such as heralding great entrances<br />Actors could easily disappear and appear via the stage trapdoors<br />
  13. 13. The Renaissance<br />The activity, spirit, or time of the great revival of art, literature, and learning.<br />Cultural movement that spanned roughly the beginning of the 14th century to the 17th century, marking the transition from the medieval to the modern world. <br />
  14. 14. The Renaissance<br />Black death/Plague (1348 - 1350)<br />The prices and the value of land started to drop from 40 to 30 percent<br />Caused about 30 to 60 percent of Europe’s population to drop<br />Deaths of Charles VI of France and Henry V of EnglandHenry VI crowned King of England (1422)<br />
  15. 15. The Renaissance<br />For example, Shakespeare made use of the history of Henry IV and converted it into a play which consists of 2 parts. Henry IV play depicts a span of history that begins with Hotspur's battle at Homildon against the Douglas late in 1402 and ends with the defeat of the rebels at Shrewsbury in the middle of 1403.<br />
  16. 16. References<br />http://www.brandonsd.mb.ca/crocus09/library/social_classes_in_shakespeare.htm<br />http://www.wikipedia.org/<br />http://www.google.com.sg/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi<br />
  17. 17. THANK YOU<br />