Shakespeare. An Introduction to Macbeth. Shakespeare's Words. Uses words no longer used today Aroint thee (begone), coign (corner), anon (right away) Uses words localized in Scotland The Western Isles, thanes, Cawdor, Glamis, Sinel,etc. Uses words now used with a different meaning
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An Introduction to Macbeth
Uses words no longer used today
Aroint thee (begone), coign (corner), anon (right away)
Uses words localized in Scotland
The Western Isles, thanes, Cawdor, Glamis, Sinel,etc.
Uses words now used with a different meaning
Composition (terms of peace), present (immediately),
“Goes He” (Subject/ Verb Order)
“My noble partner / You greet with present grace and great prediction”
(Object / Subject +Verb Order)
Separated Sentence Patterns
“Who, like a good and hardy soldier, fought”
(separates subject and verb)
Holds back parts of the sentence
“For those of old / And the late dignities heaped
up to them, / We rest your hermits”
(Bold should be at the front of sentence.)
Often omits words
“Thou wouldst be great / [Thou] Art not without ambition, but [thou art] without/ The illness [that] should attend it.”
(Words in brackets left out.)
Puns: words that sound similar, with differing meanings
Metaphors: object or idea is
expressed if it were something else
that shares common features
Invented Words: Words Shakespeare Coined-Folger Shakespeare Library
“If it were done when tis’ done, then
twere’ well/It were done quickly”
Dialogue used to indicate
Vague effect descriptions left
up to director
Little known about his education
Married Anne Hathaway in 1582
Attacked by Robert Greene for sudden prominence in 1590’s
Greek and Roman Literature
World expanding and Science
London growing into a Metropolis
Actors presented their plays in almost any place available, because theaters were not popular.
The first theaters were built in
the 1590s outside of London.
Built in areas of entertainment.
The Globe was on the Bankside.
No elaborate scenes, so the audience had to imagine the changes in scenes.
Creative changes of scenes by having the people walk off the stage, use of rhyming couplets, signage
Men played roles for both genders.
18 of 38 plays printed during Shakespeare’s lifetime
printed in cheaply made books
Posthumously, Heminge &
Condell compiled plays in
“folios”, books printed on
very large pages.