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Unformatted text preview: The Coolest Guy in the Playwriting World 18 April 2011 William Shakespeare Brief Bio on Billy Ol' Billy Shakespeare's date of birth is April 23, 1564 (he would be 447 years old on Saturday. Feel free to throw him a party.) Warwickshire, England He was born and raised in StratfordUponAvon in He died April 23, 1616 (so, maybe he'd only be 446 on Saturday depending on the exact times of his birth and death...) His parents were John Shakespeare and Mary Arden He married a woman named Anne Hathwey in 1582 He lived to be 52 years old and, in only 23 years, wrote 38 plays, several famous Shakespearean sonnets, and a handful of poems. The Works Shakespeare wrote 37 plays, 154 sonnets, and 2 narrative poems. (2 lost plays?) comedies, and histories Plays generally breakdown into 3 genres: tragedies, Some famous plays you might have heard of: Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest, Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth second only to the Bible. He is the most widely read author around the world, The Globe He was in an acting trope called The Chamberlains Men, later renamed The King's Men, supported by King James. and was rebuilt a year later. Built the Globe Theatre, which burnt down in 1613 Mystery There is not a lot of written record on Shakespeare Authorship debate: there are many people who believe that Shakespeare didn't actually write his own plays. Some suggest that he partnered with other playwrights and simply contributed to what was more of a group project. Some people say someone entirely different wrote the plays. Characteristics of a Tragedy Characters are capable of both good and evil Characters make a series of bad decisions that lead to their doom 5 act structure Characteristics of a Comedy Greater emphasis on situations than characters Multiple intertwining plots Generally ends in a wedding A struggle of young lovers to overcome difficulty A clever servant Common Themes Why do you think, in the year 2011, you and millions of other students are still studying Shakespeare? ...
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This note was uploaded on 05/16/2011 for the course LIT 341 taught by Professor Lisle during the Fall '10 term at Grand Valley State University.
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