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  • 1. Fundamental Shakespeare Lesley Chastain-Crum
  • 2. Fundamental Shakespeare
    • A Brief History
    • Tragedies
    • Comedies
    • Resources
  • 3. A Brief History
    • Timeline of Shakespeare's Life
    1. Read the Timeline of Shakespeare’s Life 2. Explore the Globe Theatre Globe Theatre Virtual Tour 3. Click on the red button to answer the questions
  • 4. Comedies
    • What is a comedy? Shakespeare wrote three main types of plays; comedies, tragedies, and histories. Comedic plays don’t take themselves too seriously, and generally have happy endings. Shakespeare wrote many famous comedies, including:
    • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    • The Taming of the Shrew
    • Much Ado About Nothing
    • As You Like It
    Fast Facts
  • 5. Tragedies
    • A tragedy generally has a disastrous ending, and usually deals with a tragic flaw in the main character. Shakespeare wrote many tragedies, including:
    • Romeo and Juliet
    • Hamlet
    • Macbeth
    • Othello
    Fast Facts
  • 6. Self-Test
    • What year were theatres in London closed due to the plague?
    • How many seating levels were in the Globe?
    • In what year did Shakespeare write The Merchant of Venice?
  • 7. Answers
    • a) Theatres in London were closed due to the plague in 1592, during a pivotal time in Shakespeare’s career.
    • b) There were three seating levels in the Globe Theatre.
    • c) Shakespeare is thought to have written The Merchant of Venice in 1596-1597.
  • 8. Fast Facts: Comedies
    • A Midsummer Night’s Dream features the famous quote, “The course of true love never did run smooth.”
    • The Taming of the Shrew is Shakespeare’s take on the classic “battle of the sexes” theme.
  • 9. True or False?
    • 1. Comedies usually have happy endings.
    • 2. Comedies deal with serious subjects.
    • 3. Shakespeare wrote lots of sci-fi plays.
    False False
  • 10. Fast Facts: Tragedies
    • Romeo and Juliet is the source of famous quotes, such as “Oh Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?”
    • Macbeth contains the scene where three witches chant the chorus, “Double, double toil and trouble.”
    • Hamlet is a role that has been played by very famous actors, including Ralph Fiennes, Richard Burton, and Sarah Bernhardt.
    • Othello is an exotic outsider who eventually commits suicide after being tormented by Iago.
    True or False?
  • 11. True or False?
    • Romeo and Juliet is a comedy.
    • Macbeth contains a scene with three creepy witches.
    • Hamlet is an omelet choice at Denny’s.
    • Othello and Iago are best friends.
    False False. True. False.
  • 12. Resources
    • Boyce, Charles. (1991). Shakespeare a to z . 1991-11-10.
    • Shakespeare, William, & Bourus, Terri. (2006). A Midsummer night . Sourcebooks Mediafusion.