S: Shakespeare: A Look Into History by Conor McGillicuddy
FC: Shakespeare: A Look Into History | By Conor McGillicuddy
1: Elizabethan Era England is an island with few natural resources, but a large sprawling countryside. The largest city is London, with its urban infrastructure. The religion is a mix of Protestant and Catholic. Shakespeare was a Catholic man, while the majority of the inhabitants were protestant. The Elizabethan period is well known for their focus on the fine arts: especially drama and dancing. England has a reigning monarchy. However, their government is a theocracy because the supposed power of their monarchs are delegated by God. The trade of England is a maritime based economy with goods being imported and exported over seas. The nobles have the right of way in Elizabethan times and money is the equivalent of power. | Renaissance Italy Italy is a peninsula shielded by the tall Alps to the north. With a vast hilly country side, Italy has very suitable land for farming.The main political factor of Italy is the fact that the city-states have the power and are not unified. Many people live in these bustling centers of culture and commerce. Extensive trade networks line the Mediterranean sea and many of the focal points center around Italian cities. The Italians are united by their common Catholic religion and language. Many pieces of fine art have come from Italy at this time. People like Leonardo Da Vinci and Michaelangelo worked on art and innovation.
2: It is though that Shakespeare first began his professional career when he moved to London in 1592. This was when he allegedly began writing as a professional wordsmith and formed his first acting company which he shared with several other men. After becoming quite successful, they gained the appreciation of Queen Elizabeth I who was a patron of the fine arts in England. She truly endorsed the theatre and promoted it by attending many of the plays put on. Their plays began to become so popular that a new theatre was being built to be owned by Shakespeare's company. This was the Globe Theatre. This was built in 1599 from a dismantled and old theatre. | The life of William Shakespeare begins in Stratford-upon-Avon where he was born and then baptized in 26 April 1564. His early education consisted of multiple courses in grammar school. It was normal for students like himeto study in the subjects of Latin, history, and English. A true focus of his school was an emphasis on the ancient Roman and Greek classic. | His Life:
3: In his later years, Shakespeare was hard at work still writing. Although still writing, he was writing less material than in his earlier years. many darker themes can be seen in this period of his life. He eventually passed away and left a large estate to his remaining family when he died on 23 April 1616.
4: Shakespeare continually worked on his writing until his unfortunate demise. His best known works are his comedic and tragic plays in which he performed at the famed Globe Theatre in London. It is believed that Shakespeare began work on his first play in 1589 with the play "The Two Gentlemen of Verona". He typically spent 1-2 years on each play and they encompassed a variety of genres. He wrote tragedies, comedies and historical works the most often. | His Career
5: He would write plays up until 1608, but he also wrote other pieces. Shakespeare was known for his well-crafted sonnets and quartos. In total, Shakespeare wrote 154 Sonnets in his publication of them in 1609. Each sonnet has a very particular and rigid form. There are fourteen lines each with ten syllables in iambic pentameter (five pairs). | The rhyme scheme for each sonnet is . This form of the sonnet comes from earlier Italian writers. Sonnets were often incorporated into plays. In "Romeo and Juliet", the prologue is a perfect sonnet. | abab cdcd efef gg
6: The Language of the Time | Shakespeare wrote in a time where modern English as a language was just emerging. This means that today, his work can still be read, but some additional translation is required in order to pick up on nuances and quirks of the time. Shakespeare himself invented dozens of words in his lifetime just by including them in his work. For instance, the word "eyeball" was created by Shakespeare for the use in his play.
7: This reprint of a excerpt from "Hamlet" is a typical example of Shakespeare's work. While not exactly what or how people speak in the 21st century, the general idea of each sentce can be grasped with minimal interpretation.
8: Sources: Images | Taylor, John. “Chado’s Portrait.” Online image. 1610. National Portrait Gallery – Portrait; William Shakespeare. 26 April 2012
9: Sources: Facts | Mabillard, Amanda. "Shakespeare Online." Shakespeare Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2012.