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10.3.17Paper 1Due 11/10Slow Reading Assignment 1.Analysis of short passage from one play Word and passage assignment due next friday 1.Find one word and look it up in the oxford english dictionary Shakespeare’s Career1.Life in England a.Infant mortality high, life expectancy low, malnourishment, lack of healthcare, drank lots of beerb.plague kills 25% of shakespeare’s town and theaters are closed c.Population of england rose despite this, london was fastest growing city in Europed.Inventions i.Compass - discovery of new world, beginnings of modern science ii.Gunpowderiii.Printing press 2.Marlowe a.Relatively normal lifeb.Died from getting stabbed at 29 3.Shakespearea.Left family for london b.Rose quickly in literary world i.This scene is very competitive, and shakespeare is growing very successful c.Lord Chamberlain’s Men i.Theater company owned by shareholdersii.Shakespeare was an in-house playwright by giving them two plays a year,also acted in the plays iii.Company owned and enjoyed exclusive rights iv.Shakespeare held shares d.The new globe theater i.Owned by players ii.Also had shares here e.He returns to stratfordi.Has money from writing/shareholding ii.Goes home after 20 years, starts semi-retirement f.His worki.Stole stories/plots from others ii.He was well read and so could take from things he had seen before
iii.London had lots of immigration, so he was able to hear new voices 1.He observed and absorbed the world around him, got to know different societal levels and cultures because he was a playwright and was exposed to it all Richard III1.History a.1590’s dominated by histories and comedies, just a few tragedies. b.1600’s dominated by tragedies and romance/tragic comediesi.he goes darkerc.History playsi.Emerge and gain popularity in 1590’s ii.He experimented with the genre: marlovian tragedy or morality play, comedy or political history, either celebration or parody of english history iii.All address recent english history 1.Two tetralogies, four plays with continuing characters 2.Tetralogy 1a.ends with the death of richard iii b.Wars of the roses 3.Tetralogy 2 occurs before tetralogy 1 4.Reflects on history, makes history the theme instead of creating just a drama or comedy. “What gets remembered, what gets forgotten and why” d.Richard III and the wars of the roses i.House of york (white rose) vs house of lancaster (red rose) 1.Both houses have claims to the throne 2.Death of Henry V and infant son, Henry VI becomes king of englanda.Henry VI loses hundred years war, world is in chaosb.Tensions between white and red rose factions lead to civil wars ii.Richard III appears briefly in second play, has more of a role in the third

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