FC: The Life And Times Of Shakespeare In Elizabethan England
1: The Renaissance greatly influenced literature and history during that time period. One aspect of the Renaissance that is reflected in literature is humanism. Humanism is the celebration of life achievements and human potential, and also the belief that humans should make their own choices rather than having religion do it for them. This is reflected in many works of art, poetry, and plays. Another aspect that is reflected is secularism, which is the separation of the church and state. The importance of the Roman Catholic Church drastically dropped during the Renaissance, because people focused on themselves as individuals rather than God. These are both reflected in Shakespeare's plays, because instead of writing about religion, he chose to base his plays on human emotions and interactions.
2: The Life Of William Shakespeare | William Shakespeare was born on April 23rd, 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon. His parents, John and Mary, had a total of seven children, William Shakespeare being the third. John Shakespeare, William's father, worked as a whittawer, which was a maker, worker, and seller of leather goods, and also was a dealer of agricultural goods. Since the Shakespeare family had money, William was able to attend school until eighth grade, where he studied subjects such as religion and Latin. | Childhood: | Anne Hathaway
3: Adult Life: | On December 2nd, 1582, when William Shakespeare was eighteen, he married a young woman named Anne Hathaway. They had a total of three children, a daughter named Susana, who was born on May 26th, 1583, and a boy and girl named Hamnet and Judeth, who were both born in February, 1584. All of them were baptized at Holy Trinity Church. Sadly, when Hamnet was eleven, he caught the Bubonic Plague and died.
4: William Shakespeare's Career | Shakespeare was a poet, actor, and playwrite. His acting company, The Lord Chamberlain's Men, was very successful. Queen Elizabeth encouraged the arts and made Shakespeare's plays well known throughout England. When Queen Elizabeth died in 1603, King James came into power, and the acting company changed its name to The King's Men.
5: In the summer of 1598, Shakespeare opened an arena where people could go to watch performances. This arena, called the Globe Theatre, was an open-air octogonal ampitheater that held over three thousand people. It was successful, but it had to be shut down for two years because of the outbreak of the plague. Then, in 1613, the Globe Theatre burnt down due to a Cannon fired during a performance of King Henry VIII.
6: Shakespeare wrote his plays using Shakespearean English. He wrote in sonnets, which had ten syllables, and used a whole formula of poetry, so that it sounded more natural and made it easier for his actors to memorize their lines. He also shortened some words as a form of slang to make each line only ten syllables.
8: Works Cited | Pressley, J.M. "Shakespeare Resource Center." Shakespeare's Globe. N.p., 5 Feb. 2012. Web. 19 Apr. 2012.