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The merchant of venice

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