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  1. Shakespeare as a Real Man in Shakespeare in Love

    In fact, they posit that Shakespeare, the actor, agreed to publish the work under his own name for a fee, and did so to protect the identity of the true author. The Anti-Stratfordians believe that Shakespeare was simply a "paid" player (The Shakespeare Question). The film effectively undermines this Anti-Stratfordian argument by explaining how Shakespeare could have afforded to become a "sharer" in Richard Burbage�s The Lord Chamberlain�s Men. Throughout Shakespeare in Love, Will tries to raise the capital needed to buy his way into the company.

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  2. Critical Approaches to Shakespeare: Some Initial Observations.

    This is important, because one of the great values of studying Shakespeare is that such an endeavour can lead to a much wider and fuller understanding, not just of the works themselves, but of literary interpretation generally. Such an understanding becomes all the more likely if students are prepared at times to experiment with new ways of reading a text, leaving behind for a moment their preferred methods and seeing how different approaches might work. The Challenge of Shakespeare's Work Shakespeare's work offers an extraordinarily rich resource for the literary interpreter because it includes such a huge variety, from lyric and narrative poetry to many different forms of poetic drama.

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  3. William Shakespeare and his life.

    But in 1592, William Shakespeare was noted on stage for his extremely brilliant acting skills. Between the time of his acting and his retirement, he wrote 37 plays and over 100 sonnets. He was a master of iambic pentameter and skillfully used his talent to write sonnets. He died on April 23, 1616. The reason of death is unknown, because the disease he is said to have died from was unknown in the 1600's. In he will he left everything to his daughter Susanna and a silver plate to Judith. Anne was given his second best bed.

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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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