Getting to know Shakespeare

The types of writing skills used

The types of writing that Shakespeare uses is

  • soliloquy-

    an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play.

  • foreshadowing- be a warning or indication of (a future event).
  • paradox- a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory.
  • dramatic irony-a literary technique, originally used in Greek tragedy, by which the full significance of a character's words or actions are clear to the audience or reader although unknown to the character.
  • pun- a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings.
  • alliteration- the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.

The three types of English

Old English- the language of the Anglo-Saxons (up to about 1150), a highly inflected language with a largely Germanic vocabulary, very different from modern English.

Middle English- the English language from1150 to 1470. This is more what is now know as modern English. The wording is awkward and different.

Modern English- is what is spoken now and what is normal for most people to speak.

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The way Shakespeare would talk

Shakespeare would use the same four words in a different order but they would mean the same thing.

Original sentence: The dog goes outside.

New 1: Outside the dog goes.

New 2: Goes outside the dog.

New 3: Outside goes the dog.

King James' interest in Shakespeare

King James had a large fascination with Shakespeare because him himself is interested in what Shakespeare is talking about. James is interested in which hunting and witchcraft. These two subjects have large impacts in peoples lives in these times.