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A Brief historical overview of the world's most infamous playwright.

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  1. 1. William Shakespeare: A Brief History Christopher Parson
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>William Shakespeare was a poet and playwright who would never live long enough to see his works reach the worldwide renown that they would bring to him. His works are still studied and performed today, even here in Indiana at IUPUI though Hoosier Bard Productions’ </li></ul><ul><li>“ Young Hamlet”. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on a link to learn more about the Bard. </li></ul>Personal Life His Plays His Sonnets Conclusion His Style Endurance & Influence
  3. 3. Personal Life <ul><li>Born April 26, 1564 to </li></ul><ul><li>John Shakespeare and Mary Arden </li></ul><ul><li>Married Anne Hathaway (not the actress) in 1582 </li></ul><ul><li>Father of Susanna, born 1583, and twins </li></ul><ul><li>Hamnet and Judith, born 1585 </li></ul><ul><li>Left without an heir in 1596 when Hamnet died of unknown causes </li></ul><ul><li>Unofficially retired in 1613 to his home </li></ul><ul><li>in Stratford-Upon-Avon </li></ul><ul><li>Died April 23, 1616 of unknown causes </li></ul>Back to Introduction
  4. 4. Shakespeare’s Plays <ul><li>Most were written between early 1590’s and 1613 </li></ul><ul><li>First recorded works were Richard the 3rd and all 3 parts of Henry 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Although known for all his plays, he is most renowned for his tragedies, such as Hamlet, Othello, Julius Caesar, King Lear, and Romeo & Juliet. </li></ul><ul><li>Final recorded works were Cymbeline, A Winter’s Tale, and The Tempest, most of which reflected a change in mood in Shakespeare to that of a serene point of view. </li></ul>Back to Introduction
  5. 5. Shakespeare’s Sonnets <ul><li>Written at various stages of his career but published in the waning years of his life, Shakespeare’s sonnets were not thought to be written for anyone but a private audience. </li></ul><ul><li>The sonnets follow two unclear storylines: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An uncontrollable lust for a married woman (the Dark Lady) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A conflicted love for a beautiful young man (the Fair Youth) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Influenced by Italian Sonnets, by poets such as Dante and Petrarch </li></ul><ul><li>Contains the most popular of sonnets, Sonnet 18 ‘’ Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? ’’ </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated to a Mr. W.H, long thought to be Henry Wrothsley </li></ul>Back to Introduction
  6. 6. Shakespeare’s Style <ul><li>Termed as a ‘’stylized language that does not always naturally spring from the needs of the characters or the drama.’’(1) </li></ul><ul><li>Almost always written in iambicc pentameter blank verse </li></ul><ul><li>His later writings reflected a style that would be described as being ‘’more concentrated, rapid, varied, and, in construction, less regular, not seldom twisted or elliptical.’’(2) </li></ul><ul><li>Dramatised stories from sources such as Petrarch and Holinshed </li></ul>Back to Introduction
  7. 7. The Endurance and Influence of Shakespeare <ul><li>Shakespeare’s works expanded the dramatic potentials for characterization, plot, genre, and language </li></ul><ul><li>His use of language helped to shape our modern English </li></ul><ul><li>His works inspired many authors such as Charles Dickens, William Faulkner, and Herman Melville </li></ul><ul><li>Melville’s Captain Ahab, a tragic hero, was inspired by Shakespeare’s mad King Lear </li></ul><ul><li>Over 20,000 musical pieces have drawn inspiration from the Bard, including two operas, Otello and Falstaff, composed by Giuseppe Verdi. </li></ul><ul><li>Quoted more than any other author by Samuel Johnson in his ‘’A Dictionary of the English Language’’ </li></ul><ul><li>Popular expressions such as ‘’with bated breath’’ and ‘’a forgone conclusion’’ can dervive their source from Shakespeare’s works. </li></ul>Back to Introduction
  8. 8. Conclusion <ul><li>William Shakespeare and his works are still celebrated around the world. His works are still performed and read today, largely in academia and performed in public. Through performance and analysis, we are constantly learning new things about Shakespeare and his works, hundreds of years after he left us with a legacy that will likely endure for all time. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Works Cited <ul><li>Clemen, Wolfgang, Shakespeare’s Dramatic Art: Collected Essays, New York, Routledge, ISBN0415352789 </li></ul><ul><li>McDonald, Russ, Shakespeare’s Late Style, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0521820685 </li></ul>