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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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shakespeare

Shakespeare

An Introduction to Macbeth

shakespeare s words
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

Composition (terms of peace), present (immediately),

addition (title)

shakespeare s sentences
Shakespeare's Sentences

Inverted Syntax

“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)

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Shakespeare’s sentences

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.)

wordplay
Wordplay

Puns: words that sound similar, with differing meanings

Metaphors: object or idea is

expressed if it were something else

that shares common features

macbeth s language
Macbeth’s language

Invented Words: Words Shakespeare Coined-Folger Shakespeare Library

Deliberate Imprecision:

“If it were done when tis’ done, then

twere’ well/It were done quickly”

(1.7:1-2)

implied stage action
Implied Stage Action

Dialogue used to indicate

stage directions

Vague effect descriptions left

up to director

Imagination/ Visualization

shakespeare s life
Shakespeare’s Life

Stratford-upon-Avon

Little known about his education

Married Anne Hathaway in 1582

Attacked by Robert Greene for sudden prominence in 1590’s

1564-1616

shakespeare s influences
Shakespeare’s Influences

Greek and Roman Literature

Christianity

World expanding and Science

London growing into a Metropolis

shakespeare s theater
Shakespeare’s Theater

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.

shakespeare s theater1
SHAKESPEARE’s Theater

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.

publication of shakespeare s plays
Publication of Shakespeare’s plays

18 of 38 plays printed during Shakespeare’s lifetime

printed in cheaply made books

called “quartos”

Posthumously, Heminge &

Condell compiled plays in

“folios”, books printed on

very large pages.