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Shakespeare‘s Themes
Elizabethan era: <ul><li>King Henry VIII (brutal and power-hungry)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Founded a church: the Anglican churc...
Wheel of Fortune <ul><li>Queen: ”It is my duty to serve“ </li></ul><ul><li>Themes: Fate, superstition & ambition </li></ul>
Dramas: <ul><li>Hamlet : superstition, fate, corruption, hesitation, revenge & madness </li></ul><ul><li>Macbeth : ambitio...
Comedies: <ul><li>Much ado about Nothing:   a ppearance  vs. reality, love, nothing is  </li></ul><ul><li>like it seems & ...
Comparison of two sonnets Sonnet 18 Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?  Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Roug...
Why are Shakespeare’s works still modern? <ul><li>themes are still modern </li></ul><ul><li>people look for direction </li...
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  1. 1. Shakespeare‘s Themes
  2. 2. Elizabethan era: <ul><li>King Henry VIII (brutal and power-hungry)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Founded a church: the Anglican church </li></ul><ul><li>Elizabeth became Queen </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Stuart made a claim on the English throne </li></ul><ul><li>Mary was killed by order of Elisabeth </li></ul><ul><li>Themes: </li></ul><ul><li>brutality, power-hunger, betrayal & plotting </li></ul>
  3. 3. Wheel of Fortune <ul><li>Queen: ”It is my duty to serve“ </li></ul><ul><li>Themes: Fate, superstition & ambition </li></ul>
  4. 4. Dramas: <ul><li>Hamlet : superstition, fate, corruption, hesitation, revenge & madness </li></ul><ul><li>Macbeth : ambition, lust for power, temptation, fate & superstition </li></ul><ul><li>King Lear : through suffering a terrible human-being can transform into a good person, greed, power, nothing is like it seems </li></ul><ul><li>Othello : appearance vs. reality, love, jealousy, hate </li></ul><ul><li>Romeo and Juliet : love, power of nature (herbs and poison), conflict & fate </li></ul><ul><li>Richard III : ambition, unscrupulousness & all things are not what they seem </li></ul>
  5. 5. Comedies: <ul><li>Much ado about Nothing: a ppearance vs. reality, love, nothing is </li></ul><ul><li>like it seems & the road to marriage is often lined with pitfalls and </li></ul><ul><li>impediments </li></ul><ul><li>As you like it: Love is greatest joy and </li></ul><ul><li>greatest healer fortune & fate </li></ul>
  6. 6. Comparison of two sonnets Sonnet 18 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 fade Nor 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. Sonnet 130 My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun; Coral is far more red than her lips' red; If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. I have seen roses damasked, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks; And in some perfumes is there more delight Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. I love to hear her speak, yet well I know That music hath a far more pleasing sound; I grant I never saw a goddess go; My mistress when she walks treads on the ground. And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare As any she belied with false compare. Themes : Love/ beauty and loss of love / beauty, idea of beauty & everything is vain
  7. 7. Why are Shakespeare’s works still modern? <ul><li>themes are still modern </li></ul><ul><li>people look for direction </li></ul><ul><li>people have a longing for honesty and truthfulness </li></ul>
  8. 8. Thanks for listening! Any questions?

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