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… Drama. Shakespeare. 1564-1616 Born in Stratford, England. Extraordinarily prolific, he wrote thirty-seven plays , of which eleven were tragedies. His theater company was called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men . They performed at the Globe Theater. Shakespeare made summer blockbusters.

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Drama

Drama


Shakespeare
Shakespeare

  • 1564-1616

  • Born in Stratford, England.

  • Extraordinarily prolific, he wrote thirty-seven plays, of which eleven were tragedies.

  • His theater company was called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men.

  • They performed at the Globe Theater.


Shakespeare was a lot like this guy…

  • His plays were full of spectacle and special effects, crude humor, as well as deep, literary meaning.

  • People from all walks of life came in droves to Shakespeare’s plays at The Globe Theater


Shakespeare wrote 3 kinds of plays
Shakespeare wrote 3 kinds of plays:

  • Comedies: order is restored by everyone coming together in the end, usually in a big marriage (As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest).

  • Tragedies: order is restored by the death of a central figure (Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear).

  • History plays: centered on a historical event or figure and contained both elements of comedy and tragedy (Julius Ceasar, Antony and Cleopatra, Richard III).


The globe theater
The Globe Theater

Fun Facts!-Burned to the ground in 1613 because a theatrical cannon misfired… It happens.

-Closed by Puritans in 1642 (of course).-Modern reconstruction completed in 1997 (see below).


- People too poor to pay for a seat could stand right up against the stage (like a mosh pit at Bonnaroo). They were called groundlings because they were, well, on the ground. They were often rough and seedy characters.


And the minecraft version of the globe theater
…and the against the stage (like a mosh pit at Minecraft version of The Globe Theater

(because I’m a hipster nerd)


Video clips of the globe
Video clips of The Globe against the stage (like a mosh pit at

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE2cr-fIvBA

  • Richard III opening from movie Anonymous:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8oNEb1LebI

    Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PaliLAQT8k


Drama terms
Drama terms against the stage (like a mosh pit at

  • Dialogue: conversation between two or more characters.

  • Monologue: spoken and performed by a single character who is usually alone onstage.

  • Soliloquy: a character speaks to herself (and therefore to audience), relating thoughts and feelings.

    Conveys internal struggle.


  • Ancillary characters against the stage (like a mosh pit at : set off or highlight protagonist and provide insight into action.

  • Subplot: supplements the main plot, but can often be equally (or more)

    interesting and

    meaningful.

  • Foil: a character who is meant to be compared and contrasted to the protag.

  • Choric figure: connected to Greek Choruses of ancient drama. A figure who expresses ideas and commentary about the play’s major issues and actions.


And we re almost done
And we’re almost done… against the stage (like a mosh pit at

The Freytag Pyramid (p. 889)


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