Shakespeare

Blake Brown

About Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was born April 23,1564. He was baptized three days later at Holy Trinity Church. He had seven siblings, only five including him survived childhood. Married Anne Hathaway and had twins, Hamnet and Judith. His early work was Henry VI parts one, two, and three, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Titus Andronicus. He died April 23, 1616.

Old English vs. Middle English vs. Modern English

http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/stella/readings/OE/BEOWULF.HTM

Old english sounds like gibberish and has a lot of vowel endings. Compared to modern english where words are more pronounced and not slurred together as much.


http://pages.towson.edu/duncan/Hanks.wav

Middle english drags "R's" and "L's", also adds "ish" to the ends of words.

Again compared to modern english, the words are more slurred.

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Curses or Coincidences?

The 27 Club- This is the curse of many talented artists who die at the age of 27 due to their nature of living; over partying, and over use of drugs and alcohol.

http://www.biography.com/people/groups/the-27-club


The Madden Curse- This curse happens to the NFL star that is on the cover of the Madden football video game. The person on the cover has something bad happen to him in the following years to come.

http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/sports/football/browns/is-the-madden-curse-real-lets-look-at-the-history


The curse of Macbeth- This curse happens to the people who perform the Shakespeare play Macbeth. People will either die or get seriously injured leading up to the play or during it.

http://www.austinchronicle.com/arts/2000-10-13/78882/

Important terms to know

• Soliloquy- an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself

• foreshadowing- be a warning or indication of a future event

• Paradox- a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be true

• Dramatic irony- rhetorical device, literary technique, or event characterized by an incongruity, or contrast, between what the expectations of a situation are and what is really the case

• Pun- consolidate by pounding it.

• Alliteration- the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.

Things to recognize when reading Shakespeare

1. Keep in mind, the object of a sentence is placed in the beginning of the sentence

2. Try to rearrange the words in the sentence so it makes sense for you

3. Look for unusual word placements