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  1. A midsummers nights dream Act 3 Scene 1

    Translating this to the way in which he would walk, speak and re-act. Quince would speak with a slight accent to show his upper side roots and he would have a soft tone, to emphasis bottoms electrifying personality as he tends to interrupt and speak over people. But when the Bottom pronounces a word wrong, Quince would erupt and in a firm and also nervous tone correct him. At this point we see Quince almost having a nervous break down as he gets caught up in the minute details of the script, to show this I would shake all over and use precise hand movements at the script.

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  2. Discussing The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare.

    Hamlet is also in truth thinking whether or not to act on the ghosts' directions to get revenge on Claudius or not. It seems as though Hamlet is considering suicide when he uses the words in the expression, "To be or not to be" (3.1.56) inferred by several as whether to live or not to live. This in turn creates the tone for the rest of the soliloquy to be all about Hamlets existence and meaning to life. Hamlet also speaks of death in which he relates to sleep, "To die, to sleep," (3.1.64), he then contemplates what really happens during sleep and what might occur in 'eternal sleep', "...To sleep, perchance to dream" (3, 1, 60-65).

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  3. MacBeth

    There also would have been doors, which were used by actors. There would have been standing space where some of the audience would have been. There would be a gallery, which, would have been used for action on an upper level. There would be Inner Stage Curtained area could be opened up to show a new scene The theatre would have been in the open, so if it rained you couldn't do anything, you could leave at any time, you could watch without paying from a long distance off where the play is taking part.

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  4. Shakespeare-Midsummer Night's dream

    It was a popular belief in Shakespeare's time that the world was filled with these good and bad spirits. Since Oberon was on a break with Titania, he was helpless I perceived. So he wanted to help the humans with their problem. The impish duo of Oberon and puck made the play wittier. Many people thought that fairies lived in their own kingdom and couldn't be seen by humans. The fairies only let the humans see them occasionally in dreams. This is symbolic, because it refers to the title of Shakespeare's play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. The magic that was used in the play helped the play come to life, because it creates humour.

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  5. William Shakespeare was the son of John Shakespeare, a leather merchant, and Mary Arden, daughter of a local farmer. Church records prove that Shakespeare was one of eight children to the Shakespeare household,

    William Shakespeare was the son of John Shakespeare, a leather merchant, and Mary Arden, daughter of a local farmer. Church records prove that Shakespeare was one of eight children to the Shakespeare household, sadly however, three died during childhood. Shakespeare is said to have gone to a free grammar school in his home town, but there is no proof.

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  6. What is a British film?

    70% of the total labour cost (minus the cost of one non-EU/EEA etc or non-Commonwealth persons if desired) must have been paid to citizens or residents in the EU/EEA or Commonwealth or Association Countries. Alternatively 75% of the total labour cost, after deducting the cost of two non-EU/EEA etc or non-Commonwealth persons (including one actor)

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  7. Shakespeare was born to middle class parents. His father, John, was a Stratford businessman

    Students went to school year round attending school for nine hours a day. The teachers were strict disciplinarians. Though Shakespeare spent long hours at school, his boyhood was probably fascinating. Stratford was a lively town and during holidays, it was known to put on pageants and many popular shows. It also held several large fairs during the year. Stratford was a exciting place to live. Stratford also had fields and woods surrounding it giving William the opportunity to hunt and trap small game.

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  8. Shakespeare Biography

    Shakespeare's parents were John and Mary Shakespeare, who lived in Henley Street, Stratford. John, the son of Richard Shakespeare, was a whittawer (a maker, worker and seller of leather goods such as purses, belts and gloves) and a dealer in agricultural produce. He was a solid, middle class citizen at the time of William's birth, and a man on the rise. He served in Stratford government successively as a member of the Council (1557), constable (1558), chamberlain (1561), alderman (1565) and finally high bailiff (1568), the equivalent of town mayor. At around about 1577 John Shakespeare's fortunes began to decline for unknown reasons.

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  9. Are we meant only to laugh at Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, or does he express some more serious wisdom?

    Bottom's monologue in act 4.1.211 line 205- 207 states the following: " The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man's hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report what my dream was!" If we compare this to the King James version (1611) of 1 Corinthians 2: 9-10 we can see, to a large extent, that they are extremely similar and is indeed a parody: "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

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  10. William Shakespeare

    This playhouse was a great success and was very popular so gradually more and more were built. In a playhouse there were three tiers of galleries which looked down to the yard where most of the audience stood. For it was only a penny to stand in the yard whereas in the gallery benches it was two pence. To sit on cushions in the gentlemen's rooms it was three pence and for six pence the well-off would sit in the Lords room. The stage came out into the yard and was open to the sky. Over the back of the stage ran an upper stage and beneath the upper stage was what was known as the tiring house.

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  11. Sonnet 2 Analysis

    The usage of language techniques are used to show his inner thoughts about his friend's actions. Sonnet number 2 is another poem of Shakespeare's in which he tries to convince his friend. At the start of the poem it starts of and describes the effects of time to his friend's beauty. This is unusual as he usually describes his friend's beauty and compares it to something else. From line 1-9 Shakespeare describes the damage time could do to his beauty. Line 1 describes as "forty winters" pass and then in line 2 there will be "deep trenches in thy beauty's field" meaning wrinkles on his face.

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  12. Today we know more about Shakespeare than any other play writers of his time because of his mastering of English literature. However, today it is true to say that we have no record of what Shakespeare actually looked like.

    Very well known in the town and were mentioned as 'gentlemen' of the time. Shakespeare's father John had a large family of 10 children, William being the eldest. Two of them died at the date of their birth and one past away early in his existence, leaving him with seven. Shakespeare lived a life full of excitement and some say he was lucky to be around at the right time when theatre plays were incredibly popular or Shakespeare might never had been heard of.

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  13. William Shakespeare, lived during 1564 and 1616, wrote "Spring" and "Winter".

    Shakespeare creates these themes by a major use of imagery. Imagery is the use of vivid or figurative language to represent objects, actions, or ideas (dictionary.com). "Daises pied", is a concise way to say the daises are patchy in color, along with the blue violets. Between the flowers and buds of yellow hue, "do paint the meadows with delight". Immediately, the reader is able to create a visual image and an emotional response of a spring day. The second paragraph opens with "when shepherds pipe on oaten straws," refers to shepherds in the middle of an oat field, blowing on an oat straw either answering the call to the cuckoo or simply frolicking in the spring harvest.

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  14. Shakespeare's Sonnet 125 - review.

    In this main part the theme is introduced and explained. The last two lines make up the rhyming couplet, its content sums up the sonnet's main topics. Sonnet 125 is addressed to the handsome youth. This is not directly evident from the text, because the text would also be suitable for the dark lady, but since we learnt that Sonnets 1 to 126 are addressed to the handsome youth, I suppose that this one is as well. In his work, Shakespeare directly addresses to the person of his interest.

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  15. Shakespeares early years.

    Other jobs include; local council member, constable, chamberlain, alderman and 'high' bailiff. William's mother, Mary Arden was the daughter of a local farmer, a very wealthy family. William's parents - Mary Arden and John Shakespeare, were married in 1557, seven years before William's birth. William being the first child to survive birth was the eldest child in the family. William was the third of eight children. He was educated in the local grammar school; 'The Kings New School'. Shakespeare later wrote a scene in the play, 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'. This could have been what inspired him to go on to be an English dramatist and poet!

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  16. Do you think the presentation of the Mechanicals, and their play, is funny or patronising, or do you think Shakespeare intended us to take them seriously?

    The Mechanicals first appear in Act 1 Scene 2. They meet in the woods to reheasre the play. This scene is comically effective because these somewhat unsophisticated men seem to take themselves so very seriously and because of their obvious misuse of english. This scene shows us that the Mechanicals' humour is very farce, in that it is very obvious and direct. In this scene the audience finds out immediately that the Mechanicals are completely incapable of performing a classical play, the title alone suggests this, "The Most Lamentable Comedy and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisbe."

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  17. William Shakespeare.

    William was 18 and Anne was 26. Anne and William's first daughter, Susanna, was baptised on May 26th 1582. A set of twins, Hamnet and Judith, were born two years later. In 1596 Hamnet died at the age of eleven. It is believed that Shakespeare did not have a very good education. He attended Stratford Grammer School, a school that specifically served prominent citizens. It is not known how long Shakespeare attended, but it is assumed that this is the only education he received.

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  18. Review on the musical play Rent.

    Rent is as gritty as its subject matter. It doesn't hide a thing. The story of Rent was something I wasn't too fond of, with its strong overtones in homosexuality and drug abuse. The vitality and sheer energy of the cast as well as the great score certainly won me over, and overall the cast is very strong vocally. Kevin Spencer who plays as Roger Davis- a rock musician, an ex-junkie and HIV+, gave an outstanding performance vocally as well as theatrically. His character is one who doesn't get out much; he meets, and is immediately attracted to, his downstairs neighbor, Mimi (Krystal L.

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  19. Types of Production.

    - Methods of Production Job Production - This type production involves high quality chocolates being produced For example a chocolate manufacturer such as Cadburys may use this type of production in the following way, making luxurious chocolates Batch Production - This type production involves making many of one product then changing the machinery For example a chocolate manufacturer such as Cadburys may use this type of production in the following way to make a batch of

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  20. Compare and contrast the presentation of the Supernatural within your Devised Thematic Coursework with the theatrical treatment of this theme in different times and cultures.

    The lighting effect most used was 'general cover' to create a sense of normality, as opposed to a supernatural sense. The style we really wanted to portray to a modern audience was a comic one. The 'ghostly' figures were therefore portrayed as being comical and not the conventional 'spooky' that we see so often today which could be very anticlimactic, unoriginal and dull. There was still a supernatural side to the play as four out of the five actors played the part of ghosts, but there was also an amusing side to the production.

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  21. Shakespeare bullet point notes

    in the entire Merchant of Venice he never mentions it's built over water. * Language in Shakespeare's plays is a mixture of vulgar and sophisticated. In 1592 he was said to have been stealing others' works. * Shakespeare and Marlowe were born in the same year. Marlowe went to University at Cambridge, Shakespeare didn't - however he was an actor and Marlowe wasn't, so Shakespeare had the advantage of knowing what it would be like for an actor delivering these lines.

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  22. The Globe

    It was written by a man called Shakespeare. I didn�t know much about him, but i had heard that he wrote incredible plays. I couldn�t afford a ticket but I couldn�t resist going there anyway; I just wanted to hear the cheers and be able to taste the atmosphere. As I stood among the people who were fortunate enough to own a ticket, I saw the guard having a quarrel with an intoxicated man. I saw my chance and thought like all brave and mad people; "You only live once".

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  23. William Shakespeare

    When William Shakespeare was eighteen years of age he was married to Anne Hathaway, while she was twenty-six years old. The first of their children, Susanna, was born six months after the marriage and was, therefore, conceived out of wedlock. In conjunction with the substantial age difference between Shakespeare and his mature bride, it is often suggested that the future playwright married Anne Hathaway because he had gotten her pregnant, that he was, in fact, forced into a marriage with this older woman.

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  24. “Look again at ‘Shall I Compare Thee….?’ By William Shakespeare, compare this poem with one other of your choice”

    This poem is very rhythmic giving it a sort of a love poem feeling. This poem is rhythmic because it has a good Iambic Pentameter. Shakespeare compares the women to a "summers day". The first line of the poem "shall I compare thee to a summers day" is a rhetorical question. This poem is split into four parts, in the first part Shakespeare is asking questions and answering them himself. In the second line he is starting to say, "Thou art more lovely and more temperate", I think Shakespeare is saying in the first part really there is now comparison, she is too beautiful and wonderful.

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  25. A Midsummer’s Nights Dream

    The character Bottom allows the actor talking this part great scope exaggerated movements and gestures. Bottom always. Tries to impress by using long words but fails miserably: "You were best to call us generally man by man according to the script."(Act 1 scene 2) When bottom uses incorrectly the word "generally", he means separately. This is one of many examples through out the play where Bottom uses his words incorrectly. His fellow workmen may not realize his inaccuracy but the more sophisticated people in the audience would; this may cause them to laugh. Most of the comedy and hilarity was through bottom trying to be the star of the show.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Discuss the role of the Mechanicals and the significance of their play in this text

    "In discussing the role of Nick Bottom and the significance he has in the mechanicals play, sufficient reasoning has been relayed in order to backup my opening sentence; the significance and role of Nick Bottom is made prominent by Shakespeare. With particular reference to that of Nick Bottom, this study has covered the mechanicals as well as dealing with parallels and links between the three worlds Shakespeare has woven. The analysis covered in this essay has outlined the major themes and issues connected with Nick Bottom as part of the mechanicals. Therefore based on all evidence and analysis portrayed in this essay, it is reasonable to conclude that the role of Nick Bottom and the significance of his portrayal in this text is truly an important one."

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