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William Shakespeare Background

  1. 1. The Life and Times of William Shakespeare
  2. 2. Have you ever heard ….. <ul><li>Many a truth was said in jest! </li></ul><ul><li>A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. </li></ul><ul><li>Parting is such sweet sorrow. </li></ul><ul><li>Dead as a door nail- </li></ul><ul><li>What the dickens! </li></ul><ul><li>To be or not to be, that is the question </li></ul>
  3. 3. These are all quotes by William Shakespeare!! Did he ever guess that he would still have such a large audience?
  4. 4. Biographical Information <ul><li>Born on April 23, 1564 </li></ul><ul><li>Stratford-upon-Avon </li></ul><ul><li>Son of illiterate parents </li></ul><ul><li>Father: John Shakespeare- a glove maker </li></ul><ul><li>Mother: the 3 rd of 8 children from a Catholic family </li></ul>
  5. 5. Biographical Information <ul><li>Loved reading, hunting, athletics, chess, and skinny dipping in the River Avon! </li></ul><ul><li>Married Anne Hathaway at 18 years old- (She was 8 years older and there were rumors that she was “with child.”) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Shakespeare’s Babies and Escape <ul><li>Susanna was born in 1583. </li></ul><ul><li>Two years later, the twins were born: Hamnet and Judith </li></ul><ul><li>Unclear history: Late 1580’s -He left for London leaving his wife and children behind. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Shakespeare’s Work <ul><li>He lived in London for several years. </li></ul><ul><li>His first play was The Comedy of Errors in 1592, and his first poem was “Venus and Adonis” in 1593. </li></ul><ul><li>1594 became a shareholder in a company of actors called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Shakespeare’s Work <ul><li>1595 wrote Romeo and Juliet . </li></ul><ul><li>1603 James became the King of England and changed the company of actors to “The King’s Men.” </li></ul><ul><li>He returned home in 1612. </li></ul>
  9. 9. He died in a beautiful home at age 52 on his birthday! April 23, 1616
  10. 10. Look What He Accomplished! <ul><li>Shakespeare wrote 37 plays! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Histories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comedies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tragedies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>And 154 sonnets </li></ul><ul><li>2 long narrative poems </li></ul>
  11. 11. Remember as you read <ul><li>That Shakespeare’s plays are timeless! </li></ul><ul><li>Human beings have not changed that much. Their motives and aspirations are generally the same. </li></ul>
  12. 12. All the world’s a stage…..

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