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    1. 1. Peter Jones <ul><li>(TAA40104) Certificate IV Bridging Training and assessment </li></ul><ul><li>E learning Tasks3/4 </li></ul><ul><li>CAE </li></ul>
    2. 2. SHAKESPEARE Hi or should I say Hark students! Here are a few great web sites you might to visit for our assessments. I know some of you find my language challenge. Indeed a pain in the forsooth! Thine internet doth provide thee with much information. Gadzooks! Technology bringeth much joy to thy heart.
    3. 3. GETTING INTO SHAKESPEARE <ul><li>Make sure you UNDERSTAND what you are saying. </li></ul><ul><li>DON”T BE AFRAID OF SHAKESPEARE </li></ul><ul><li>READ it ALOUD and get the GIST of what its about. You might be surprised how much you understand. </li></ul><ul><li>The tricky words can be found in several on line sites/books. </li></ul>
    4. 4. BARD BUSTERS!! <ul><li>Thee means YOU (objective) </li></ul><ul><li>Thou means YOU (subjective) </li></ul><ul><li>Thine means YOURS </li></ul><ul><li>Thy means YOUR </li></ul><ul><li>THYSELF means YOURSELF </li></ul><ul><li>DOTH means DOES . Remember it is pronounced just like DOES, DUTH. </li></ul>
    5. 5. HEY THIS GUY SURE TALKS FUNNY!! <ul><li>The plays were written over 400 hundred years ago and language keeps changing! </li></ul>My words strange? Wherefore art thy words? For thy words art most most strange! E learn? Widget? You tube? Apple Mac? PCR? LOL? Wiki? Embed? Facebook? Bios? Blue tooth? ( kind of plague causes teeth to change colour?)Broadband (something perhaps to keep trousers up) hacker (a butcher or violent criminal) FAQ (sounds quite vulgar, the kind of thing Francis Bacon would write!)
    6. 6. Iambic Pentameter <ul><li>Much text is written in blank verse.” The verse is called blank because it allows both the speaker and the listener to anticipate rhymes when the rhythmical pattern is regular and the actor to emphasize sounds to reveal character and emotion. An iambus is a foot of two syllables, a short or unaccented syllable followed by a long or accented syllable- brief, long, brief, long. The human heart beats in iambs, that is, in two recurring strokes-brief, long, brief, and long. Correct stress will result. An example as follows; </li></ul><ul><li>    </li></ul><ul><li>O, what- oh what </li></ul><ul><li>Note that the mark  indicates the short or non stress syllable; the mark  is the long or accented syllable” [1] </li></ul><ul><li>Shakespeare wrote in iambic pentameter. Iambic pentameter is five strong beats to the line and these are short long short long syllables. There are ten syllables to the line. Shakespeare did however vary from this at times. </li></ul><ul><li>All this leads us to a discussion on timing. It is worth checking through your notes on comedy after reading this. </li></ul><ul><li>It can be the response to an action, in which case we might perceive that the objective has been satisfactorily achieved. It can be response to an adjustment or a feeling in which case we must quickly judge what it is we believe is an adequate response. </li></ul><ul><li>[1] Acting In person and In Style Crawford, Hurst and Lugering Brown and Benchmark Publishers 1995 </li></ul>
    7. 7. Shakespeare used much poetic imagery. <ul><li>Discuss how you feel when you look at these shapes. </li></ul><ul><li>Lets brain storm the idea of imagery. </li></ul>
    8. 8. OK its just a tree. Or is it? What images come to you? <ul><li>What is imagery? </li></ul>
    9. 9. Once you get to know Shakespeare you will be surprised at how easy it really is. Take a leap into his world! tp://
    10. 10. Finally….. <ul><li>Why MUST ALL actors study Shakespeare? </li></ul><ul><li>An actor cannot say, “I prefer not to study Shakespeare, I only like modern stuff” </li></ul><ul><li>Peter will at some time elaborate more on this but for now </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing stretches the actor as much as working on classic text. </li></ul><ul><li>All acting schools expect one COMPULSORY Shakespeare speech to gain admission. </li></ul><ul><li>Shakespeare is fundamental to acting’s tradition and there is some Shakespeare being performed ALL the time. </li></ul>