The Life and Works of William ShakespeareAfter watching the video, try to answer the following questions (theanswers are all in the video):When was Shakespeare born? ________________________________What were his parents’ names?______________________________Where was he from? ______________________________________What kind(s) of works did he write (Novels, scientific books, poems,plays, Etc.) ______________________________________________________When did he get married? __________________________________What was his wife’s name? __________________________________Write some titles of Shakespeare’s works:___________________________________________________________________________When did he die? _________________________________________
The English writer and poet William Shakespeare is considered the greatest playwright of all time. Unfortunately, we don’t know many details about his biography. There are no portraits, pictures or drawings of Shakespeare while he was still alive. Shakespeare married at 18 and wrote his first known play when he was 25 years old; he also acted in some of the plays. Shakespeare only finished grammar school and never studied in the university. There are over 80 different translations of his plays and poems. The number of translations of Shakespeare’s works all over the world is second only to the Bible. More than 25,000 different words are used in the works of Shakespeare, including many that he created. Most people use only 2,000 or 2,500 words in speaking and writing: so, Shakespeare used ten times the normal amount of words!Here are some words created by Shakespeare and still used in today’s English:Alligator, bedroom, dawn, downstairs, upstairs …….A really surprising fact: the great writer’s wife and children were all illiterate! The Globe Theatre This is the Globe Theatre, London. It’s a modern reconstruction of the ancient theatre where Shakespeare’s company acted. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed the original theatre in the 17th century. The new Globe Theatre was opened to public in 1997.MacbethMacbeth is a play by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare wrote threetypes of plays; histories, comedies and tragedies, and Macbeth is theshortest Shakespeare’s tragedy. He wrote it between 1603 and 1607,during the reign of King James I of England.Macbeth is one of Shakespeares most popular plays, and is often actedin theatres and movies. There are several comic books, novels andmovies based on the story of the play.