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  1. 1. Fundamental Shakespeare Lesley Chastain-Crum
  2. 2. Fundamental Shakespeare <ul><li>A Brief History </li></ul><ul><li>Tragedies </li></ul><ul><li>Comedies </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul>
  3. 3. A Brief History <ul><li>Timeline of Shakespeare's Life </li></ul>1. Read the Timeline of Shakespeare’s Life 2. Explore the Globe Theatre Globe Theatre Virtual Tour 3. Click on the red button to answer the questions
  4. 4. Comedies <ul><li>What is a comedy? Shakespeare wrote three main types of plays; comedies, tragedies, and histories. Comedic plays don’t take themselves too seriously, and generally have happy endings. Shakespeare wrote many famous comedies, including: </li></ul><ul><li>A Midsummer Night’s Dream </li></ul><ul><li>The Taming of the Shrew </li></ul><ul><li>Much Ado About Nothing </li></ul><ul><li>As You Like It </li></ul>Fast Facts
  5. 5. Tragedies <ul><li>A tragedy generally has a disastrous ending, and usually deals with a tragic flaw in the main character. Shakespeare wrote many tragedies, including: </li></ul><ul><li>Romeo and Juliet </li></ul><ul><li>Hamlet </li></ul><ul><li>Macbeth </li></ul><ul><li>Othello </li></ul>Fast Facts
  6. 6. Self-Test <ul><li>What year were theatres in London closed due to the plague? </li></ul><ul><li>How many seating levels were in the Globe? </li></ul><ul><li>In what year did Shakespeare write The Merchant of Venice? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Answers <ul><li>a) Theatres in London were closed due to the plague in 1592, during a pivotal time in Shakespeare’s career. </li></ul><ul><li>b) There were three seating levels in the Globe Theatre. </li></ul><ul><li>c) Shakespeare is thought to have written The Merchant of Venice in 1596-1597. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Fast Facts: Comedies <ul><li>A Midsummer Night’s Dream features the famous quote, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” </li></ul><ul><li>The Taming of the Shrew is Shakespeare’s take on the classic “battle of the sexes” theme. </li></ul>True/False
  9. 9. True or False? <ul><li>1. Comedies usually have happy endings. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Comedies deal with serious subjects. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Shakespeare wrote lots of sci-fi plays. </li></ul>False False
  10. 10. Fast Facts: Tragedies <ul><li>Romeo and Juliet is the source of famous quotes, such as “Oh Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” </li></ul><ul><li>Macbeth contains the scene where three witches chant the chorus, “Double, double toil and trouble.” </li></ul><ul><li>Hamlet is a role that has been played by very famous actors, including Ralph Fiennes, Richard Burton, and Sarah Bernhardt. </li></ul><ul><li>Othello is an exotic outsider who eventually commits suicide after being tormented by Iago. </li></ul>True or False?
  11. 11. True or False? <ul><li>Romeo and Juliet is a comedy. </li></ul><ul><li>Macbeth contains a scene with three creepy witches. </li></ul><ul><li>Hamlet is an omelet choice at Denny’s. </li></ul><ul><li>Othello and Iago are best friends. </li></ul>False False. True. False.
  12. 12. Resources <ul><li>Boyce, Charles. (1991). Shakespeare a to z . 1991-11-10. </li></ul><ul><li>Shakespeare, William, & Bourus, Terri. (2006). A Midsummer night . Sourcebooks Mediafusion. </li></ul>