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William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. +English 1. William Shakespeare. 1564-1616 Stratford-upon-Avon, England 37 plays 154 sonnets Began as an actor. Tragedy V. Comedy. Sad ending – death The individual Audience feels pity and terror We feel our own limitations / catharsis

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william shakespeare
William Shakespeare
  • 1564-1616
  • Stratford-upon-Avon, England
  • 37 plays
  • 154 sonnets
  • Began as an actor
tragedy v comedy
Tragedy V. Comedy
  • Sad ending – death
  • The individual
  • Audience feels pity and terror
  • We feel our own limitations / catharsis
  • Themes like revenge and honor
  • Happy ending–Marriage
  • Society
  • Audience distanced by mockery and humor
  • We feel superior to others
  • Themes like appearance v. reality
romeo and juliet
Romeo and Juliet
  • Written about 1595
  • Based on poem by Arthur Brooks
  • Considered a tragedy
  • Much of the play is in

Blank Verse

    • Unrhymed verse
    • Iambic
    • Pentameter
  • Lower class speaks in prose
globe theatre
Globe Theatre
  • Plays produced for public
  • Roofless – open air
  • No artificial lighting
  • Courtyard with 3 levels of galleries
  • Stage extended into courtyard
  • Dressing and storage rooms behind and above stage
globe theatre1
Globe Theatre
  • No scenery
  • Settings were referenced in dialogue
  • Elaborate costumes
  • No women allowed to perform!
    • Young boys whose voices had not changed
audience
Audience
  • Wealthy got to sit on benches
  • “Groundlings”
    • Poor people who stood and watched from courtyard “pit”
  • Only the wealthy were educated and literate
  • Audience interaction
bubonic plague
Bubonic Plague
  • Three outbreaks which closed the Globe Theater
  • 1593,1603,1608
  • No money coming in
  • Safe for theatres to re-open?
  • Spread of the disease?