William Shakespeare His Life, London, Romeo and Juliet

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William Shakespeare His Life, London, Romeo and Juliet Slide 2 Shakespeares Birth/Early Life Baptized 4/26/1564 No official B-day Stratford-Upon-Avon One of eight children Working class family Attended local grammar school; no university Married Anne Hathaway in 1582 Slide 3 Married & Professional Life Susanna born in 1583 Twins Hamnet and Judith born in 1585 1585-92 Lost Years 1590-1592 his first plays are performed Henry VI, Richard III, The Comedy of Errors Slide 4 Shakespeare: Actor and Playwright Theaters close in 1593 because of the plague. 1594 he becomes a shareholder in Lord Chamberlains Men 1599 construction of the Globe Theater Groundlings, Theater setup Slide 5 Slide 6 Rulers of England 1558-1603 Queen Elizabeth I Slide 7 King of England 1603-1625 King James I Slide 8 In The Reign of King James I Lord Chamberlains Men becomes The Kings Men Plays concerning the power of court Retires by 1612 to Stratford-Upon-Avon Life during retirement is unknown Slide 9 The Death of Shakespeare Died on April 23, 1616 Wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets, and two narrative poems First Folio published in 1623; most plays Today--$25,000 per week in royalties just on Othello alone Slide 10 Slide 11 Information about Romeo and Juliet Approximate 1 st performance date: 1594-95 Not printed until 1597 Direct source for Shakespeares R&J is Arthur Brookes Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet (1562) Based on a prose piece from Pierre Boistuau (1559) Based on a version from an Italian Bandello (1554) Based on a version from Luigi da Porto (1525) Based on a version from Masuccio Salernitano (1476) Slide 12 Romeo and Juliet is filled with language games Paradox: Statement or situation that seems to be a contradiction but reveals the truth Oxymoron: A figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms are combined to produce an epigrammatic (a neat, witty, often paradoxical remark)effect Rhyming Tricks Verbal Echoings Puns: Play on the multiple meanings of a word or on two words that sound alike but have different meanings. Try to catch these games Shakespeare plays