Shakespeare

Everything there is to know about shakespeare

Biographical Background

Shakespeare, allegedly born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon to parents John Shakespeare and Mary Arden was an English poet, playrwright and actor and known as the greatest writer in the English language. He got married at age 18 to Anne Hathaway who at the time was 26. They had 3 children named Susanna, Hamnet and Judith. Hamnet died at age 11 from unknown cases.


William shakespreare allegedly died on April 23, 1616 on his birthday.

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Globe Theatre

Shakespeare helped established the Globe theatre built in 1599 which was located in London. On June 29th, 1613 the Globe theater was burned down when a canon hit during a performance of Henry VII. A modern reconstruction of the Globe, named "Shakespeares Globe", opened in 1997 approximately 750 feet (230 m) from the site of the original theatre.

Shakespeares Legacy

Shakespeares legacy is "body of work that will never be equaled in westerd civilisation" this legacy has endured 400 years. Shakespeare allegedly died on April 23, 1616, his birthday.

Elizabethan England

Shakespeare lived in the Elizabethan era. During this era you did things very differently then you do now. If you needed necessities such as Dental work you would go see Barber Surgeon or if you needed drugs you would go to the apothecary.


In most houses there was also a nurse who would take care of young infants and children.

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City of London

In the city of London the streets were very grotesque. There were no drains so they dumped there sewage into the streets. There were also severed heads on temple bar and on London bridge. All these factors contributed to the disgusting smell of the city.


Another thing about the city of London is that not a lot of people drank water and drank mostly alcohol. This meant that most of the people would walk around the city drunk which sometimes caused commotion and violence.

Shakespear Plays

Shakespeare had many plays. The three main themes for his plays were; History, Tragedy and Comedy. he had 10 History plays, 10 tragedy and 17 Comedies.


A few examples of his plays are Richard 11, King Lear and As you like it.

One of shakespeares most known plays "Romeo and Juliet", which is about two star crossed lovers lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. This play was a tragedy.


Part of the Prologue from Romeo and Juliet


"Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife._


In 1996 a film was made based off the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

Romeo and Juliet Trailer

Sickness in Elizabethan England

The sickness that went around during the Elizabethan Era was called the "bubonic plague" or also known as the Black death. The term bubonic plague is derived from the Greek word βουβών, meaning "groin." Swollen lymph nodes especially occur in the armpit and groin in the people who are suffering from bubonic plague. The way this disease is spread and transmitted is through fleas that lived on animals and rodents. Without treatment, the bubonic plague kills about two thirds of infected humans within four days.


When this outbreak happened in 1347 it killed a third of the human population.


The symptoms of this disease usually appear 2-5 days after exposure to the bacteria.

Some of the symptoms of the bubonic plague is


-Chills

-Seizures

-Muscle cramps

-High fever

-Smooth, painful lymph gland swelling (the most obvious sign that you have this disease)


If someone in a family caught the virus the family was not allowed to leave their homes, nobody was allowed to enter and the houses were locked and bolted from the outside. The only interaction the people from the house had with the outside world is when they were delivered food by the Watchman threw a basket that was lowered from the window.


This disease was so so serious that is caused the Globe theatre to close 3 times, from serious outbreaks in 1593, 1603 and 1608.

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Twelfth Night

Concordance of Shakespeares Complete Works


Twelfth Night; or, What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1601–02.


Twelfth Night

(Line 1905)

I know of none;

Nor I know you by voice or any features:

I hate ingratitude more in a man,

Than lying, vainess, babbling,drunkenness

or any taint of vice whose strong corruption

inhabits our frail blood.


In my opinion this line in the play discusses that Shakespeare dislikes people who have a lack of appreciation, or thanklessness.