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					Shakespeare

“The Bard of Avon”
    TIMELINE BIOGRAPHY
 Born April 23 1564 at Stratford-upon-Avon
 Lived and went to school there until the age
  of thirteen (no evidence that he went to
  university)
 1581 At 18, he married Anne Hathaway.
 1582 Their daughter, Susanna is born.
 1585 Twins, Judith and Hamnet are born.
    TIMELINE BIOGRAPHY
 1585 Left for London with a traveling
  performance company.
 1589 Began writing his own plays
 1592 Was well-known as an actor, and his
  plays were sponsored by the Earl of
  Southampton.
 1594 Formed the “Lord Chamberlain‟s
  Men” (theatre company)
    TIMELINE BIOGRAPHY
 1596 Hamnet dies
 1597 Buys „New Place‟ for his family
 1599 Becomes a shareholder in The Globe
  theatre
 1603 Becomes part of “The Kings Men”
  theatre company under King James I
 1608 Takes over and becomes a shareholder
  in The Blackfriars Theatre.
     TIMELINE BIOGRAPHY
 1610 Shakespeare returns home to Stratford-upon-
  Avon to live out his final years with his family.
 1613 The Globe Theatre burns down
 1614 The Globe Theatre is re-built
 1616 Shakespeare dies on his 52nd birthday.
 1623 First collected edition of plays published.
                            COMEDIES
All’s Well That Ends Well       Cymbeline

As You Like It                  Pericles

The Comedy of Errors            The Winter’s Tale

Love’s Labour’s Lost            The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Measure for Measure             Twelfth Night

The Merry Wives of Windsor      Troilus and Cressida

The Merchant of Venice          The Tempest

A Midsummer Night’s Dream       The Taming of the Shrew

Much Ado About Nothing
                       TRAGEDIES
Antony and Cleopatra       Coriolanus

Hamlet                     Julius Caesar

King Lear                  Macbeth

Othello                    Romeo and Juliet

Timon of Athens            Titus Andronicus
                    HISTORIES
Henry IV, Part I        Henry VI, Part III

Henry IV, Part 2        Henry VIII

Henry V                 King John

Henry VI, Part I        Richard II

Henry VI, Part II       Richard III
        PLAY STRUCTURE
 ACT ONE
The conflict of the characters is established
  and the audience „takes sides‟. The rationale
  and emotional background of the coming
  action is given to the audience.
        PLAY STRUCTURE
 ACT TWO
The suspense is built, usually the “good guys”
  and the “bad guys” make preliminary
  moves against each other.
        PLAY STRUCTURE
 ACT THREE
Things look like the “bay guys” are going to
  win. This gets the audience more involved -
  they want to know what happens!
        PLAY STRUCTURE
 ACT FOUR
The “good guys” get better and begin to close
  the gap with the “bad guys”. The audience
  is ready for the final victory - but we do not
  reach it in this act.
         PLAY STRUCTURE
 ACT FIVE
The conclusion - the final battle, the “good guys”
   win. There could be a twist or turn that is
   unexpected but generally, a win is inevitable.
Usually this act is much shorter than the others.
In tragedies, some (or many) of the characters are
   dead.
In comedies, all is resolved happily.
           „THEE‟ and „THOU‟
 The language is at least 400 years old.
 It is written for an audience for whom this language was
  normal.

				
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