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Who is William Shakespeare?. Known as the greatest writer, poet, and playwright in the history of the English language. Wrote famous works such as Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar , and Macbeth. Nobody knows his true birthday. People commonly celebrate his birthday on April 23.

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who is william shakespeare
Who is William Shakespeare?
  • Known as the greatest writer, poet, and playwright in the history of the English language.
  • Wrote famous works such as Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and Macbeth.
  • Nobody knows his true birthday. People commonly celebrate his birthday on April 23.
  • There are only two authentic portraits of him.
  • He married a woman nearly twice his age.
  • He wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets, acting in most of his own plays.
  • Who is considered the greatest in other areas (sports, music, movies/television, etc.)?
elizabethan england 1558 1603
Elizabethan England – (1558 – 1603)
  • Golden Age of British history.
  • English Renaissance of great theatre, music, and poetry.
  • Greatest rival was Spain, who the British navy defeated.
  • Protestant religion was dominant, yet Queen Elizabeth did not persecute Catholics.
  • Studies in science included: magnetism, cartography, and surveying. This lead to an upswing in navigation and a more powerful navy.
  • Education was centered on proper manners and etiquette.
  • Sports included: darts, bowling, cards, dice, hammer throwing, and mob football.
the globe theatre
The Globe Theatre

The most famous theatre in the history of the world.

facts about the globe theatre
Facts about the Globe Theatre:
  • Built in 1598 by Shakespeare’s playing company.
  • Burned to the ground in 1613 during Henry VIII when a cannon went off and ignited the roof.
  • At the base of the stage, people could pay a penny to watch the productions at the theatre. This was known as “the pit”, where people would stand on the dirt floor throughout the play.
  • There were 3 levels of stadium style seats, much more expensive than standing on the floor.
  • The back wall of the stage had several doors and balconies for storage and musicians.
  • What does The Globe remind you of? What would be today’s equivalent of going to a Shakespeare play?
literary devices
Literary Devices:
  • Theme – The fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. Examples: circle of life, darkness and light, coming of age, evils of racism, good vs. evil, and loss of innocence.
  • Motif – Recurring structures, contrasts, and literary devices that can help to develop and inform the major themes. Examples: consequences of greed, returning soldier, corruption of power, madness, and the quest.
  • Symbols – Objects, characters, figures, and colors used to represent abstract ideas or concepts. Examples: different colors, seasons/nature, and animals.