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William Shakespeare

  1. 1. William Shakespeare<br />Done by: Choy Yu Yong (2P306)<br />
  2. 2. Life of William Shakespeare<br />Shakespeare was<br />English poet<br />Playwright<br />Regarded as the greatest writer<br />World’s pre-eminent dramatist<br />Born in 1564<br />Married 26 year-old Anne Hathaway at the age of 18<br />Had 3 children<br />Died in 1616<br />
  3. 3. Life of William Shakespeare<br />Childhood – Adulthood<br />Son of John Shakespeare, successful glover and alderman and Mary Arden<br />Had one brother and several sisters<br />Dropped out of school at the age of 16<br />Became an actor<br />Switched to a playwright around 1592<br />Wrote many renowned plays<br />
  4. 4. Life of William Shakespeare<br />Works of Shakespeare<br />Macbeth<br />Romeo and Juliet<br />Hamlet<br />The Tempest<br />Merchant of Venice<br />
  5. 5. Life of William Shakespeare<br />Inspirations<br />Shakespeare got many of his sources and inspirations from previous plays that had been written<br />Shakespeare also explored history and nature as a source for his plays<br />The reason why plays from Shakespeare were so well received was because Shakespeares’ plays were profound and had much in-depth thinking put into it, thus being so well-received<br />
  6. 6. England in Shakespeare’s time<br />Elizabethan Age<br />England was ruled by Queen Elizabeth<br />Very different from modern England, streets were narrow and dirty, rats were everywhere and everyone fell sick easily due to the plague<br />The time when Englsihpoetery, music and literature were at their peak<br />
  7. 7. England in Shakespeare’s time<br />The rich were extremely rich, and could employ hundreds of people to work for them. They also paid poets and musicians huge sums if they appreciated their talents<br />England was also fairly well-off compared to other nations of Europe<br />People were able to lead a stable life, fulfilling their daily needs<br />
  8. 8. England in Shakespeare’s time<br />The theatres<br />Were open-aired, not enclosed<br />Made use of sunlight to light up the stage<br />Had trapdoors to facilitate plays<br />Mainly wooden stages, no props used<br />Had a highest storey to operate machinery to lift up actors<br />
  9. 9. England in Shakespeare’s time<br />Significant events<br />The Spanish Armada<br />The Spanish War<br />The Black Death<br />
  10. 10. The Renaissance <br />Means “Rebirth”<br />Used to refer to the golden age of Europe<br />Started in Italy during the 14th century, and began to spread to all parts of Europe<br />The age where people found new forms of art and learnt to appreciate them<br />There was also new interest in the Greek and Roman classics<br />
  11. 11. The Renaissance <br />People started to question, and ask, no longer just believing<br />The time of exploration, where people experimented and researched to find out new things by themselves<br />
  12. 12. The Renaissance <br />Shakespeare began to add more Greek and Roman classics, as well as the arts to make his play more appealing to his audience<br />He also removed all hierarchy as The Renaissance was a period where everyone was equal<br />
  13. 13. The End<br />Thank you !<br />