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William shakespeare

William Shakespeare

When, In Disgrace With Fortune And Men's Eyes

(Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29)

Composition and Vocals by Rufus Wainwright

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William Shakespeare

  • How do Shakespeare’s works still captivate today’s audience?

  • Is Shakespeare as relevant today as he was when he lived 400 years ago?

  • How within our lives and todays vast entertainment do we still see comedy and tragedy similar to that presented in Shakespeare’s works?

Why Should We Care?

She’s The Man (2006)

Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)

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William Shakespeare

  • Shakespeare was born around April 23, 1564 in Stratford, England.

  • His father was a local businessman and his mother was the daughter of a landowner.

  • It is assumed that his family paid for William Shakespeare’s education.

  • When Shakespeare was 18, he married an older woman named Anne Hathaway. His first daughter was named Susanna. The couple had two more children, but William’s only son, Hamnet, died at age 11.

  • Shakespeare most likely wrote the majority of his sonnets during the 1590s.

  • Because of well timed investments, Shakespeare became financially secure and able to devote most of his time to writing and acting.

Retrieved February 11, 2011 from biography online website http://www.biographyonline.net/poets/william_shakespeare.html

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William Shakespeare

Fun Facts

  • Shakespeare performed in his own plays and the plays of others.

  • Shakespeare wrote more than 37 plays, and 154 sonnets (152 were published—though not until after his death).

  • …but did he really write them? Whether he did or did not plagiarize his works is up to debate.

  • No one truly knows what Shakespeare looks like. All of the artist renditions we have of him were made after his death.

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William Shakespeare

  • Shakespeare’s contemporaries

    • Christopher Marlowe

    • Edmund Spencer

  • Social trends

    • Fashion

    • Entertainment

    • Customs/Practices

  • Politics, religion, and economics

Elizabethan Time Period

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William Shakespeare

  • http://www.william-shakespeare.info/

  • http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/

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William Shakespeare

Some of Shakespeare’s most loved plays

  • Romeo and Juliet

  • Twelfth Night

  • A Midsummer Nights Dream

  • As You Like It

  • Much Ado About Nothing

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William Shakespeare

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ullpZ30fpQ&feature=related

She’s The Man (2006)

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William Shakespeare

  • Sonnet 29 - When in disgrace with fortune

  • Sonnet 116  - Let me not to the marriage of true minds

  • Sonnet 18 - Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day?

A few of Shakespeare’s most famous sonnets

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William Shakespeare

  • Imagine you are living in 16th century Stratford, England. It is spring of 1595. Assume the identity of a citizen of this time and place, and write a journal entry of this day.

    • Hints: Think about entertainment, fashion, food, family life, education, job, religious beliefs, etc.