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  • The Merchant Of Venice
    The Merchant of Venice
    Task 1
    Done by: Zhu Jiahua (33) 2P3
  • Shakespeare Facts
    Famous playwright and poet
    Lived around 400 years ago
    Widely known as the greatest English writer
    His plays have been translated into every major living language
  • Shakespeare’s Life
    Born around 23rd April, in Stratford-upon-Avon
    The third child of eight children, of John and Mary Shakespeare
    Shakespeare’s social status at the time was quite high
    His father was a glove-maker, and became rich, rising to positions of importance in the town, becoming the mayor
    Mary Shakespeare was from a rich and ancient landowning family
  • Shakespeare’s Life
    Began education at around the age of seven, at the local grammar school, the King’s new school
    Studied Latin and the classics
    Left school at the age of fifteen or sixteen
    Worked under his father as an apprentice or trainee
    Married Anne Hathaway at the age of eighteen
    Anne gave birth to Susanna, the twins Hamnet and Judith
    Hamnet passed away at the age of eleven
  • Shakespeare’s Life
    Eventually went to London
    Became an actor and playwright
    Member of the group of actors called The Lord Chamberlain’s Men (renamed King’s man when James I became King in 1603)
    Became famous for writing tragedy, comedy and history plays, as well as poetry
  • England in Shakespeare’s time
    Vast difference from the England we know today
    People lived in small towns or villages
    Majority were farmers
    Transport was very difficult
    People also carried on many trades and crafts
    Clothmaking, leatherwork, pottery, carpentry etc.
  • England in Shakespeare’s time
    London was the capital city
    Trade was carried out with many other countries
    Crowded and dirty
    Several outbreaks of plague and other diseases
    The people had a strong sense of social class
    People who were born in a social class normally stayed there
    Big gap between the rich and the poor
  • England in Shakespeare’s time
    Rich people supported drama or music, becoming “patrons” to a group of actors or musicians, paying them for their work
    Queen Elizabeth I was the head of all these rich and powerful people
    Ruled England from 1558 to 1603
    Patroness of poetry, drama, music and all the crafts
    Poetry and drama flourished in England at that time
  • England in Shakespeare’s time
    Theatres had no roof
    Depended on sunlight for lighting
    Plays were not done in the night as there were no lighting
    Plays were not done too early because the sun may be too bright
    The audience stood in the yard in front of the stage
    Those who could pay higher prices sat on seats
    There were no props for scenery, so the narrator has to show where and when the story takes place
    No actresses! Female were played by young boys
  • The Renaissance
    Means “the Rebirth of Learning”
    Began in Northern Italy and spread throughout Europe
    The people turned away from the restrictive ideas and believes of the middle ages
    The idea of free thinking and growing knowledge
    New interest in the new form of art as well as the Greek and Roman classics
  • The Renaissance (Significant Events)
    Black Death
    Discovery and translations of Plato’s works
    Copernican revolution
    Discovery of the New World
    Invention of the printing press
  • The Renaissance (Impact on Shakespeare)
    Changed the way of thinking of the people
    Influenced the way Shakespeare wrote his plays
    Less focus on religion and plays became more realistic
    Characters had more depth in terms of thinking
    Allowed him to explore the humanity of every charater, regardless of social status
    Used his knowledge of Greek and Roman classics in his plays that were suppressed by the Catholic Church before the Renaissance
  • The End