Shakespeare Power Point 2


Why did they perform?

 Entertainment – just for fun  Party-like atmosphere  Fights  Throwing things at actors  Talking during the play  Started around A.D. 1600

Where were the performances?

 The Globe Theater

Who performed?

 Actors – men or boys  More than 2 or 3 actors  Chorus is now only 1 person  They wore costumes

What did they perform?

 Tragedies – Hero suffers misfortunes and a downfall because of his flaws. Many times he dies.  Comedies – Hero triumphs over misfortune. Has a happy ending and many times there is a marriage.

Who wrote

A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

 William Shakespeare  Educated English peasant

What are some themes?

 Shakespearean drama dealt with basic human themes.

 Irony  Love  War  Family  Obedience vs. Autonomy  Selfish gain vs. Loss  Government vs. self

Elizabethan English

 Was written over 400 years ago, so the English is a little different.

 It may be hard to understand every single word.

Tips for reading

  Keep reading.

Don’t try to understand every single word. Instead, keep reading to understand the general idea of what the speaker is saying.

 Reread.

 Read for a few pages to see if you can understand what the speaker is saying. If you don’t understand, reread it.

Tips for reading

 Use the notes.  In the margins, there are notes to help you understand certain words and phrases.  The numbered notes comment on the play.

 Learn Shakespeare’s vocabulary.

 Some pronouns are different.

 Some verb forms are different.

Shakespeare’s Vocabulary

 You = Thou, Thee  Your(s) = Thy, Thine  Has = Hast, Hath  Can = Canst  Are = Art  Will = Wilt  Do, does = Dost  Were = Wert

Shakespeare’s Vocabulary

 Accent marks – used to make two sounds.

 Loathéd = loath-ed  Apostrophes – contract words.

 O’er = over    E’en = even Is’t = is it E’er = ever

Tips for reading

 Find the subject and verb.

 “Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word by thee, old Capulet, and Montague, have thrice disturbed the quiet of our street.”  Rearrange sentences.

 Sometimes Shakespeare reverses the normal order of a sentence:  “Hence will I (go) to my ghostly father’s cell.”

Tips for reading

 Recognize dramatic conventions.

 Aside: If the stage directions say


it means that only that person and the audience are supposed to hear what the person is saying.  Soliloquy: A solo speech – like a monologue. Only the audience hears it. It shows what the character is thinking. He always tells the truth in a soliloquy.

Tips for Reading

 Determine the purpose of the scene.

 Why do we need this scene? Does it show me: ○ Plot details?

○ Theme?

○ Relationships?

○ Character revelation? (what is he/she like?) ○ Foreshadowing?

○ Comic relief?

 I ate the sandwich.

I the sandwich ate.

Ate the sandwich I.

Ate I the sandwich.

The sandwich I ate.

The sandwich ate I.

 Locate the subject, verb, and the object of the sentence.  Notice that the object of the sentence is often placed at the beginning (the sandwich) in front of the verb (ate) and subject (I).  Rearrange the words in the order that makes the most sense to you (I ate the sandwich).



 Identify thesis sentences and topic sentences.

 Take out sentences that restate a point.

 Condense details, explanations and statistics.

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 There are many sports championships that people watch, but the traditional favorite championship is the World Series.

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 Skin is the largest organ of our body and it protects us from dangerous elements on the outside and keeps the good elements inside.

Years ago when Neil was a boy, he was on the debating team at the local high school. He had a slick quality, which helped with the arguments and was often applauded. He had a good speaking voice. Words are nothing to him now. He doesn't talk to anyone and complains about the bedbugs under his mattress. He doesn't bother to shoo the flies away from his morning oatmeal. He remembers sometimes that he ruined his life and although he can't blame it all on drink, drinking is his whole universe. Often he doesn't bother to get out of bed or even open his eyes.

 Neil had a great future until he started drinking alcohol, which ruined his life.