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What’s up with that Shakespeare Dude?
How to read Shakespeare
Act 1 Scene 1 – The Bad Boys of Verona
Spiral staircases in medieval castles, towers and Keeps were run clockwise. This is because all knights used to be right-handed. When the intruding army would climb the stairs they would not be able to use their right hand, which was holding the sword because of the difficulties of climbing the stairs, giving clear advantage to the defenders. Many of the orders of clergy had military training in order to defend monasteries and Abbeys during the middle ages. Left-handed knights would have had no troubles, except left-handed people could never become knights because it was assumed that they were descendants of the devil.
He writes out of order….
If Shakespeare was telling us about lunch He might say: I the sandwich ate.Ate the sandwich I.Ate I the sandwich.The sandwich I ate.The sandwich ate I.
I ate the sandwich.
Shakespeare often left out letters, syllables, and whole words. These omissions really aren't that much different from the way we speak today.
"Been to class yet?""No. Heard Ulen'sgivin' a test.""Wha'supwi'that?“
"Have you been to class yet?""No, I have not been to class. I heard that Mrs. Ulen is giving a test today.""What is up with that?"
A few examples of Shakespearean omissions/contractions follow:
'tis ~ it isope ~ openo'er ~ overgi' ~ givene'er ~ never i' ~ ine'er ~ everoft ~ oftena' ~ hee'en ~ even
Your texts books do a good job of defining these, but if you are lost check the glossary on my webpage under Shakespeare.
This tells the actor where to move around the stage… Shakespeare does not like to give a lot of detail here. He wanted the actors to figure it out themselves.
Enter Romeo stage left – it means he comes from the left side of the stage or screen.
Open your books to page
Clear your Desks of EVERYTHING!!
What is love?
What does it all look like?
We have 5 new Characters to look at:
In groups you are going to be given 1 character to examine and create a character sketch.
It should show:
You are going to have to explain these to the class!
As we watch these sections think about how the actors play each character.
Is this what you were imagining when you were reading?
Pick any relationship between 2 characters and write an essay telling me how is expresses one type of love.
At least 10 sentences.
Clear your desks its time fore a quiz!!!
7. What has Tybalt done since leaving the party in Act 1?
How did the director stage the scene?
Was this what you pictured in your head?
Evaluate Mercutio and Tybalt – are they more alike or different and why?