Msnd introduction

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Msnd introduction

  1. 1. An Introduction to William Shakespeare
  2. 2. Gooda Gouda
  3. 3. William Shakespeare
  4. 4. Shakespeare – A Biography <ul><li>Born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England in 1564 </li></ul><ul><li>Married at 18 to Anne Hathaway (not that one) </li></ul><ul><li>Wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets & other poems </li></ul><ul><li>There is some speculation that another wrote his works </li></ul><ul><li>Early plays were comedies and histories, later plays were tragedies </li></ul><ul><li>Died in 1616 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Shakespearean Culture <ul><li>Women were not allowed to perform on the stage, men always played the parts </li></ul><ul><li>This was during the Renaissance so there was a call-back to classical times </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Greek & Roman </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Theatres were controversial. Wealthy families commissioned performances in their home. The theatre was a slightly more bawdy amusement </li></ul>
  6. 6. Words, Words, Words Addiction, bedroom, bump, elbow, rant, swagger, grovel, zany
  7. 7. <ul><li>Epic poem (1182 lines) </li></ul><ul><li>Written between 8 th & 11 th Century </li></ul><ul><li>Written in Old English </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP2FyVbymTg </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the late 14 th Century in Middle English </li></ul><ul><li>Unfinished </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly written in a poetic form, although sometimes in prose </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=QE0MtENfOMU </li></ul>
  9. 9. A Midsummer Night’s Dream <ul><li>Written between 1590 & 1596 </li></ul><ul><li>Set mostly in a forest outside of Athens </li></ul><ul><li>Major themes include love and the interaction of supernatural elements to interfere with love </li></ul><ul><li>“ The course of true love never did run smooth” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Language is always Evolving <ul><li>Old English </li></ul><ul><li>Middle English </li></ul><ul><li>Elizabethan English </li></ul><ul><li>Modern English </li></ul><ul><li>The development of slang </li></ul><ul><li>Webspeak </li></ul><ul><li>Text messaging/Twitter </li></ul>
  11. 11. It’s been over 400 years... Why do we still read & study Shakespeare?

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