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  • 1. William Shakespeare Lek Hong (14) (2P3)
  • 2. Shakespeare’s Life
    • A English Poet and Playwright
    • Widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language
    • And the world's pre-eminent dramatist
    • He wanted to be an actor, but when the theatre closed, he became a writer
  • 3. Shakespeare’s Life
    • Dropped out of school at the age of sixteen to be an apprentice at his father’s shop
    • Married Anna Hathaway at the age of eighteen and gave birth to two children
  • 4. Shakespeare’s Life
    • Enrolled at the King's New School in Stratford at the age of four
    • Studied latin and greek for six days a week
    • Eventually went on to London to become a playwright
  • 5. Shakespeare’s Life
    • His father, who was supposed to be a farmer, became a glove-maker, a profitable trade
    • He became mayor of a town, while wife Mary was from a rich and ancient landowning family
  • 6. English in Shakespeare’s Time
    • People lived in small towns and villages, where the great majority were farmers
    • Most people stayed a villagers throughout their entire lives
    • Transport was difficult, mainly on horses
  • 7. English in Shakespeare’s Time
    • Great difference between ordinary people and the rich and powerful
    • Queen Elizabeth I ruled England from 1558 to 1603, and people believed that they were the very divination and representation of God Himself.
  • 8. English in Shakespeare’s Time
    • The monarchy were the most powerful and influential people, and could sentence deaths without question
    • People believed that they had a fixed position in life, no democracy
    • People at a certain social level were likely to stay there
  • 9. English in Shakespeare’s Time
    • At that time, England was at the age of poetry and drama
    • Theatres had no roof at the centre (the stage), so they depended on sunlight
    • Audience stood at the yard in front of the stage
  • 10. English in Shakespeare’s Time
    • Those who paid higher prices could sit on seats
    • Highest storey for machinery to lift actors
    • No props for scenery, so narrator describes places, and audience could use their imagination
    • No actresses
  • 11. The Renaissance
    • Means “Rebirth of Learning”
    • Began in Italy in the fourteen century and spread throughout Europe
    • There was new interest in the ancient Greek and Roman classics and new forms of art
  • 12. The Renaissance
    • Period of change, questioning and vitality
    • People no longer believed everything they were told
    • Tried to find out things by themselves