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Shakespeare Info. Assumed to be born April 23, 1564 christened April 25 Died April 23, 1616 Married to Anne Hathaway Susanna and twins, Hamnet and Judith Shakespeare’s plays are about passion, power, war, violence, political ambition, dysfunctional families, and love.

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Shakespeare info

Shakespeare Info

  • Assumed to be born April 23, 1564

    • christened April 25

  • Died April 23, 1616

  • Married to Anne Hathaway

    • Susanna and twins, Hamnet and Judith

  • Shakespeare’s plays are about passion, power, war, violence, political ambition, dysfunctional families, and love


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  • Plays were written in days and actors were given only a week to rehearse, at best.

  • “Groundlings” were the poor who paid a penny.

  • Rich people paid two pennies and sometimes another for a cushion

  • Plays performed in the daytime to use daylight

  • Theatres often had to close due to outbreaks of the plague.


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  • London officials were against the theatre because it lured workers away from their jobs and spread the plague. Also, there were many pickpockets and hookers in the audience. “Master of the Revels” closed down theaters due to “moral diseases” and the plague.

  • Costumes were clothes from wealthy people. (Purple cloth was illegal for anyone below the rank of Duke or Duchess to wear – required smashing of thousands of sea snails)


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  • No bathrooms – people (hopefully) stepped outside.

  • Audiences did not hear every word or understand every word. Shakespeare tells audience what will happen and explains what just occurred.

  • Romeo and Juliet is extraordinary because it is both a comedy and a tragedy. Shakespeare is credited with being the first playwright of this time period to combine the elements for increased emotion and poignancy.


Queen elizabeth history

Queen Elizabeth History

“The Virgin Queen”

  • Loved the theater

  • Never married

  • Not particularly beautiful

  • Many offers of marriage and very much a romantic

  • Put the needs of England first and was careful to keep alliances, etc.

  • Became queen as a child but had served for forty years on the throne in 1583

  • Born 1553 died 1603


Elizabethan england

Elizabethan England


Typical outfits

Typical Outfits


Social ranking dignity

Social Ranking “Dignity”


Shakespeare info

The Globe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9uDK3xsLYk


Other interesting facts

Other Interesting Facts

  • Men portrayed female characters, because women had very few rights.

  • Marriages were often arranged. Ages would vary significantly. I’ve seen many numbers from as early as 13-14 to mid twenties. Varied for many reasons.

  • The Mortality rate was very low for infants and young children. If you made it to 14, you were probably going to live through adulthood. About 40%, didn’t make it.


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Other Interesting Facts

  • Plague and Influenza – these two diseases were responsible for killing thousands of people across Europe during the time of Shakespeare. They were everyday concerns.

  • Violence – there was always a threat of violence. Riots broke out all the time, and feuds were a big deal.

  • War between religious groups (Protestants and Catholics) was common as well. Not an all out war, but small and bloody battles were normal.

  • Street Fighting

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvoNQgy2yEQ


Reading expectations

Reading Expectations

  • We will read 99.8 % of this in class.

  • The .02% that you have for homework, you MUST READ!! (otherwise we’ll get behind and not do to well!)

  • Ask for HELP-not answers-from your peers

  • BOM!!! (Be Open Minded-Give it a chance-you will like it!!!!)

  • LISTEN to Mrs. Benzel and Mr. Howard when they are talking- They are trying to help you to understand.

  • Fill out your study guide as we go through the play.


Expectations continued

Expectations continued

  • Remember your Shakespeare app can and will help you. Use it.

  • It is extremely critical that you complete the study guide with us as a class. If you miss a day, it can be very difficult to “catch up.”

  • Stay on top of your assessments and notes.

  • You will receive multiple summative and formative assessments for this unit.

  • Have Fun! This is a fun unit. You will learn to love Shakespeare if you don’t already.


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