William Shakespeare Earl Choate Period 6

This is a statue made to honor William Shakespeare.

This statement in other words means Shakespeare was a great writer and it has been translated into many languages and his plays still get performed throughout the world. For example, "Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays, two major narrative poems, a sequence of sonnets, and several short poems. His works have been translated into a remarkable number of languages, and his plays are performed throughout the world" (Lander). This makes sense since William Shakespeare was one of the most famous playwrights in history.

To put in different words, we barely know anything about Shakespeare's personal life since he lived long ago and was most likely a private person since all the information we have is from legal and church documents. For instance, "What we know about William Shakespeare's personal life comes mostly from church and legal documents-a baptismal registration, a marriage license, and records of real estate transactions" (Anderson). This fits since he did not write journals about himself. A lot of people wonder why Shakespeare never wrote in a journal to leave something behind of how he came up with the plays and poems.

Here is one of William Shakespeare's plays.

Shakespeare written thirty-seven plays before retiring such as the fan favorites, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth. For instance, "Shakespeare had written thirty-seven plays, including such masterpieces as Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth." (Anderson). It begs the question why did Shakespeare only make thirty-eight plays before retiring.

Shakespeare's plays had a different effect on people all over the world. For example, "Shakespeare’s plays have attracted large audiences in big, sophisticated cities and in small, rural towns. His works have been performed on the frontiers of Australia and New Zealand" (Lander). This is reasonable since Shakespeare is either loved or hated. He made a different version of English simply because he could.

Shakespeare has a different style for each of his plays. For example, "Lady Macbeth encourages murder in the beginning. But her conscience grows as her husband's lessens. In addition to its psychological insights, Macbeth has many passages of great poetry. The play is also noted for its bitter humor, which reinforces the tragic action" (Unknown). This seems reasonable since William Shakespeare is an adapter since he adapted the English language to the way he liked it.

Shakespeare uses a tone that sets the audience's emotions to fit that tone. For instance in Macbeth it's a serious tone and a sad one thus the reason it is a tragedy. For instance, "Macbeth changes from a person of strong but imperfect moral sense to a man who will stop at nothing to get and keep what he wants. By the play's end, Macbeth has lost all emotion. He cannot even react to his wife's death, except to conclude that life is only "a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing"" (Unknown). This connects since Shakespeare is known for his plays all over the globe.

This is a picture of the famous Globe Theatre.

Shakespeare had his own theater and it influenced how he created his plays and their impact they have till now. For example, "It is important that we understand Shakespeare's theater because it influenced how he wrote his plays" (Anderson). This makes sense since his plays had a lot of different settings.

This is a setting for a play.

"Above this inner stage was a small balcony or upper stage, which could be used to suggest Juliet's balcony or the high walls of a castle or the bridge of a ship. Trap Doors were placed in the floor of the main stage for the entrances and exits of ghosts and for descents into hell" (Anderson).

Shakespeare made the Globe Theatre so he could add aspects to his plays for dramatic effect. This fits since Shakespeare liked to change the English language to a way that fit his will, so it makes sense that he would change his environment to his will.

This is part of the history of what happened to the Globe Theatre. An example is,"The brothers Cuthbert and Richard Burbage constructed the theater in 1599 from the timbers of London's first playhouse, called The Theatre. They erected the Globe in the area known as the Bank side on the south side of the River Thames in the suburb of Southwark" (Seidel). This matches since the Globe Theatre was burned then rebuilt then most recently had to be rebuilt in 1996 then opened in 1997.


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