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1: Essential Question: How does the Renaissance influence literature and history? | The Renaissance greatly influenced literature and history because it was all about humanism. Humanism is the celebration of life. People celebrated because they survived the Middle Ages. During the Middle Ages life for people in Italy was horrible, first of all nothing was sanitary and a plague had occurred and killed over 40% of the population. Everything bad that could happened seemed to be happening, at least in the Italian people's point of view. When people survived that horrific time they thought they should celebrate, they did that by creating artworks and writing. Many people began to write, like William Shakespeare. It was such a turn in history because people went from lying on their death bed to creating magnificent pieces of work.

2: The Italian Renaissance and the Elizabethan England are both similar in many ways. They were similar in society because in both England and in Italy people celebrated humanism. Humanism is the celebration of life, people were able to finally stop worrying about religion and just live life. They were also economically similar because trade was very important for both. Trade made Italy very wealthy and allowed England to explore new lands. Geography in both Italy and England is similar because both places are surrounded by water. Society was also similar between these two places because there was a structured social class with nobles as the highest. The achievements of the Italian Renaissance and Elizabethan were similar because they focused a lot on the arts. However, in England the achievements were based more on science and technologies and in Italy it was more actual artwork, like paintings and drawings. | G.R.A.P.E.S

3: The Italian renaissance and Elizabethan England were also different. The religions in these two places were different from each other. In Italy before the Renaissance the Catholic Church was the center of power, but once the Renaissance started people wanted to be more independent. In England there had been constant disputes between Protestants and Catholicisms. The politics were not similar because in Italy government lost its power during the Renaissance while in England the queen controlled everything. | G.R.A.P.E.S

4: William Shakespeare was born and baptized in Warwickshire in April of 1564. He had 7 brothers and sisters, most who died at a young age. He was the third child in the birth order. His parents' names were John and Mary Shakespeare. John was a glove maker and then part of the government. William had great education but only until the age of thirteen because that was when his family began to lose a lot of their money. In his school he learned Latin, grammar, and the classics. | My Life

5: As William got older he fell in love with a woman who he could not marry because he got another woman, Anne Hathaway, pregnant when he was just the age of eighteen. Together they had three children named Susanna, Hamnet, and Judith. A tragedy befell Hamnet when he dies at the age of eleven from the Bubonic Plague. William Shakespeare lived most of his life in SDtratford upon Avon.William died in the year 1616 at the age of 52. His wife died August 6, 1623 in Warwickshire. | My Life

6: William Shakespeare is famous for the professions of a poet, playwrite, and an actor. He wrote about 31 plays, but he did not stop at plays. William also wrote poems. In 1579 he moved to London to peruse his acting career in the famous globe theater. Shakespeare's originally name for his acting company was "The Lord Chamberlain's Men" but was then changed to, "The King's Men," when King James took over. | My Career

7: Shakespeare's plays were in the genres of history, comedy, and tragedy. "Julius Caesar" and "Henry The 8th" are two examples of historical plays. "As You Like it" and "Two Gentlemen of Verona" are comical plays. And lastly "Romeo and Juliet" and "Hamlet" are tragedies. The famous quote, "To be or not to be?" actually comes from Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet. "All the world's a stage" is a quotation from "As You Like it." And "Where for art thou Romeo?" is a quote obviously from "Romeo and Juliet." The plot of "Romeo and Juliet" was actually taken from an Arthur Brooke poem. | My Career

8: When William Shakespeare was born the ruler of England was Queen Elizabeth and she ruled from 1558-1603, which was when she dies.. She was succeeded by King James who ruled England from 1603-1625. William wrote many tragedies that were based on events that occurred in his life. When Shakespeare was of age eighteen, a lot of his aunts, uncles, and cousins wee killed because of something his crazy cousin had said. It could be said that Queen Elizabeth influenced his success because it was her who ordered people to kill Shakespeare's family. He was extremely successful in his lifetime and he shaped most of the English language that is still used today. | My Career

9: Shakespeare had built his theater outside of London because theaters in London had been banned. Cuthbert Burbage was the co-owner of the Globe Theatre with Shakespeare. In the Globe Theatre there is a pit in the middle, pillars around it, balconies inside, and a large stage. There were no female actors during this time because it was thought to be wrong to put a woman on stage. The Globe opened up in 1571 but then was closed down for two years because of the Bubonic Plague. In 1613 a man by the name of Edward Aleen demolished the Globe Theatre, it was a devastating event. | My Career

10: Shakespeare used a form of English in his writing that was nicknamed Shakespearian. People did not really speak the way he wrote, he sort of invented a language. Shakespeare used words that not many people know the meanings of.He uses the word art which means are, coz is cousin, hark you is listen you, knave is naive, stay is wait, and thrice means three times. He also shortened many words. 'Tis is shortened for it is, ope is shorted for hope, o'ver for over, gi' for give, ne'er for never, I' for I, e'er for ever, aft for often, a' for a, and e'ev for evening. | The Language of my Time

11: "Anne Hathaway."Online image.2003. PBS. 25 April. 2012 http://www.pbs.org/shakespeare/players/player23.html | "Shakespeare's Birthplace."Online image. 2011. Wikipedia. 26 April. 2012 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakespeare%27s_Birthplace | Butler, John. "The Life of King James I of England." Online image. 22 Mar 2003. Luminarium. 27 April. 2012 | Bibliography

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