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1.22.07 Chapter One - Play Vocabulary plot - the action of the play exposition - what happened before the play began suspense - used to build tension rising action - the audience wonders what is going to happen - sees the characters set in motion - questions are answered one by one climax - when the action reaches its greatest tension - revelation is experienced by main character movement - stage directions and how the characters move - perhaps even the significance of their movements theme/spine - the message of the play falling action - the drama reaches a conclusion and the characters understand the situation and they themselves better than they did at the beginning conflict - problem between characters - plot depends on it character - Who is the hero/villain? Who is just there as functionary? setting - the time and place in which the play takes place dialogue - verbal exchange between characters
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music - how is it integral to the plot
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2.05.07 The Reign of Queen Elizabeth 1533-1603 o Elizabethan Age in England daughter of King Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn, who was executed when Elizabeth was only 2 Elizabeth reigned as queen from 1558 to 1603 never married ’ the Virgin Queen mythology developed the queen, both in art and literature strong personality flamboyant figure o loved music, dancing, singing, masques, and plays o extravagant dress expected lavish entertainment wherever she went died at age 70 o declined to ever name a successor about the time when Hamlet was written o play reflects what was going on in England at the time The Elizabethan Theatre didn't specifically aim to provide moral lesson plays were meant to entertain much of what we know about actors and traveling troupes comes from “Hamlet” large open-air theatres, purpose-built as commercial playhouses (1580's) o open stages and lack of scenery - similar to when they performed on tour (halls of court, inn yards, etc.)
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William Shakespeare born 1564 - the son of a glover attended grammar school on Stratford Upon Avon o had a good understanding of the Latin Classics unlike Christopher Marlowe, Shakespeare did not attend university o some say that Marlowe and Shakespeare collaborated (lovers?) Marlowe was the intellectual Shakespeare had the emotion and the flow married Anne Hathaway o daughter (Susanna), and twins (Hamnet & Judith) left family and went to London to be a writer Shakespeare's Plays Were Divided Into 3 Groups histories - Henry IV, Julius Caesar comedies - Much Ado About Nothing tragedies - The Text o Prose - common person o Verse - royal, rich people - that which is verse IS iambic pentameter Iambic Pentameter Hamlet speaks in both prose and verse, depending on who he is addressing
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For Exam: QUOTES from Hamlet terms The Rising of the Moon Stones in His Pockets o basics, especially AFTER intermission Oedipus Rex o plot o relationships between characters
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1.29.2007
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course DRAM 116 taught by Professor Strong during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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