Deanna HinmanSecondary English EducationGrades 9-12Ages 14-18
William Shakespeare was born onApril 26, 1564. Between the datesof 1585 and 1592 William began hiscareer as an actor, writer, and partowner of a play company called,“Lord Chamberlain’s Men.”Williams plays consist of histories,tragedies, and comedies; some ofwhich have become some of themost beloved stories of all time.Today we will look at some ofWilliam Shakespeare’s mostpopular plays.
This is William Shakespeare’s wife, AnneHathaway. She outlived William by 7 yearsand they had three children together;Susanna, Hamnet, Judith. Anne was from awealthy family and in their times shewould have been seen as a “catch.”Shakespeare, however, could not give herthe life that she was used to on a writerssalary. It is said that Anne was pregnantwith Williams child before they weremarried which was unheard of and thiswas the reason that the two married. Onthe other hand, William’s Sonnet 145 waswritten for Anne.
Romeo and JulietRomeo and Juliet is WilliamShakespeare’s most well known playoverall. It is a tragedy that depicts andyoung man and young woman of twofamilies who are mortal enemies. Thetwo must hide their love from each oftheir families; however with a lack ofcommunication, Juliet kills herself andas Romeo finds her dead he toocommits suicide.
Hamlet is an exampleof a tragedy created byWilliam Shakespeare.It depicts a young mannamed Hamlet whosefather, King Hamlet ofDenmark wasmurdered. As theghost of King Hamletappears to Hamlet, thestory unfolds as towho was the coldblooded killer.Hamlet
Much Ado About NothingMuch Ado About Nothing is one ofShakespeare’s comedies which tells of aman named Leonato and his daughterHero who are welcoming home soldiersof war with a party. As Hero falls in lovewith one of the soldiers, a jealous friendof the soldier creates a lie of Hero’sinfidelity. With the help of her father andher witty cousin Beatrice, the familylearns lessons of love and happiness.
Richard III• Richard III was one of Shakespeare’s most wellknown history plays. In this play, after thebeloved King of Lancaster dies, his youngerbrother Richard begins to aspire to take thethrone. Using is trickery and even murder,Richard begins his devious plan.
TwelfthNightThe Twelfth Night is my personal favoriteout of all of Shakespeare’s plays. It is acomedy about a brother and sister namedViola and Sebastian who get separated inashipwreck. Thinking her brother is deadViola needed a job so she dressed as a manwhose name is Sebastian in memeory of herfather and headed to find a job as one of thenobleman, Orsino’s soldiers. Viola falls inlove with Orsino, meanwhile Orsino is inlove with Lady Olivia. Orsino sendsSebastian who is really Viola to tell LadyOlivia of his love. When Viola arrives, LadyOlivia falls in love with Viola who is dressedas Sebastian. In the end the characters workit all out and Sebastian and Viola arereunited.ViolaOrsinoOliviaLove Triangle
These are some outfits that the characters inShakespeare’s play may have worn. These costumesare also outfits that people wore everyday in his time.These outfits in particular would have been worn byupper-class folk who could afford this type of cloth.
Christopher Marlowe was assumed tobe a coworker of Shakespeare. He isconsidered to be the only man in theuniverse that saw Shakespearean workand understood its complexity. Theconspiracy, however, is that Marlowewas the original creator of many ofShakespeare’s plays and Shakespearejust gained all of the fame from them.The few original works that Marlowecreated such as, “The Tragedy of Dido,Queen of Carthage” and “Tamburlainethe Great” have such impossiblesimilarities to the works of Shakespearethat many scholar believe that he is thetrue artist.Christopher Marlowe
This is a photo of The New Globe Theatre where Shakespeare would put on hismany plays. In Shakespeare’s time, The Old Globe Theatre was demolished by thePuritans who believed that Shakespeare’s plays were sacrilegious. Finally, in the20thcentury the site for The Old Globe Theatre was found and The New Globetheatre was built where today they still have reenactments of Shakespeare’soriginal plays.
Modern Movies Based on Shakespeare Plays10 Things I hate about youThis film is based on the play“The Taming of the Shrew” abouta stubborn woman who falls in love.OThis film is based onShakespeare’s play “Othello”about a tragic death caused bymis-communication.
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?Thou art more lovely and more temperate:Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;And every fair from fair sometime declines,By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;But thy eternal summer shall not fadeNor lose possession of that fair thou owest;Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,When in eternal lines to time thou growest:So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.Not only was Shakespeare a playwright, but he also wrote sonnets. One of his mostfamous sonnets is called Sonnet 18 which is a love poem about his true love as hecompares her to a summers day. He takes every one of the attributes of a summersday and discusses how she is more wonderful than every aspect. Sonnets such as thisreally help the reader to understand how Shakespeare was a true Romantic.Sonnet 18
They that have power to hurt and will do none,That do not do the thing they most do show,Who, moving others, are themselves as stone,Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow,They rightly do inherit heaven’s gracesAnd husband nature’s riches from expense;They are the lords and owners of their faces,Others but stewards of their excellence.The summer’s flower is to the summer sweet,Though to itself it only live and die,But if that flower with base infection meet,The basest weed outbraves his dignity: For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds; Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.Sonnet 94This sonnet is about powerful individuals who do notknow how to use their power. They are given power byGod and choose not to use it which is an ignorant task.This sonnet is known as the most difficult sonnet tounderstand.
This is Shakespeare’s family tree. As you can see it beginswith Shakespeare’s grandparents.
Shakespeare uses aspecific type of languagethat can be very difficultfor the lay reader. Here aresome examples of thetricky diction that he uses.Anon- soon, shortly, presentlyApace- quickly, speedily, fastArrant- downright, absolute, unmitigatedCrave- beg, entreat, requestCuckold- man with an unfaithful wifeFain- gladly, willinglyForsooth- in truth, certainly, indeedQuoth- saidRail- rant, rave, be abusiveVisage- face, countenanceWarrant- assure, promise, guaranteed
Frequently used Shakespearequotes“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none”“Expectation is the root of all heartache”“If music be the food of love, play on”“God has given you one face and you makeyourself another”“Absence from those we love is self from self- adeadly banishment”“Better three hours too soon than one minutetoo late”“The course of true love never did run smooth”“Better a witty fool than a foolish wit”“Hell is empty and all the devils are here”“Neither a borrower nor a lender be”