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  1. Shakespeare - Globe Theatre.

    James Burbage built the "The Theatre," and it prospered for nearly twenty-one years. In 1597, James Burbage died, leaving the Theatre to his two sons Richard and Cuthbert who became managers. Things began to get rough for the Theatre after James died. The landowner Giles Allen caused an unexpected problem. Giles raised the rent and refused to renew the lease, so one cold night in December 1598, with much assistance from others, the Burbage brothers disassembled the "Theatre," and piece by piece they took it by ferry across the Thanes River to the opposite shore.

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  2. Symbols of Lust in Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis.

    Till either gorge be stuffed or prey be gone" (56-58). The weak, helpless prey symbolizes Adonis, whom Venus feeds upon with her incessant kisses. Her figurative consumption of Adonis reveals the intense physical desire she experiences. Later, Venus tries to incite the same passions in Adonis. After her failure to satisfy her longing by controlling the situation, Venus tries to force control on him. She compares her body to a lush "park" and casts Adonis as a "deer" (231) within her confining arms.

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Shakespeare's romantic comedies range from the mystical to the ludicrous. Plays such as A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night dip into the essences of the mystical and ludicrous and distasteful.

    Anoint his eyes but do it when the next thing he espies may be the lady," (2.1.260-262). Of course at this part of the play the juice is put onto Lysander. It is at the end of the play that the love-in-idleness juice is truly a problem; Demetrius marries Hermia under the power of its spell. This compromises the "romance" part of the comedy. Every reader knows that romantic comedies are strange and lovers go through a lot to get to each other.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. As a director of a production of "Three Sisters" outline your ideas for an effective performance of Irena & Toozenbach's final scene together (Act IV). Explain in detail what you would want your actors to do.

    As Irena and Toozenbach enter, the actor would be speaking at a moderate pace, and at an average volume, between themselves, but not so that nobody else can make out what they are saying. When Irena pauses, in her first line, I would ask the actor to turn and look around, as though looking for something to make conversation about. Then, when she continues with her line, she would be speaking slower than before. As she says the first part of her next line (starting "It's not true...")

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  10. 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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  11. Compare and contrast act 1,scene1 of Shakespeares play 'Macbeth' with the cinematic interpretation by Roman Polanski of the same scene.

    Roman Polanski created his cinematic interpretation in 1971 and therefore had an easier job in capturing the people's imagination especially as he had cinematic technolodgy as his disposal ,however his modern audiences would have been more cynical ,in general ,concerning witchcraft and superstitions and would not have appreciated the symbolism as Shakespeare's sixteenth century audience would .How success was this film director ,therefore ,in recreating act 1 , scene 1 of 'Macbeth'? Concerning the opening of his first scene act 1 ,scene 1 ,Shakespeare recognised the needs to grab his audience's attention instantly ,letting them know what was going on ,by giving them clear graphic descriptions to put fear into their minds.

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  12. 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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  13. William Shakespeare was an English playwright and poet who lived in the late 1500's and early 1600's.

    Stratford was a small market town surrounded by green fields. William went o Stratford Grammar School, when he was seven. A school day was 11 hours long and he had to go six days a week. Later on he revealed this, as he hated it. Shakespeare's childhood name was Will. In that time his father owed a lot of money to others, because of his business (it went down). Therefore Will stopped to going school and went to work with his father. Another friend of Will, who was also a writer, revealed this later as "Will have small Latin and less Greek".

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  14. 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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  15. Is Puck a Knavish Sprite or a Malign Spirit?

    This cruelty may hint at an abuse of his powers but, more drastically, the hint of a malign spirit. Puck then resists the attempt to deny these allegations although he unleashes more confusion as to what sort of person he really is by assuring us, I am that merry wanderer of the night. I jest to Oberon, and make him smile (2:1 L43-44) This statement may now make us review our first impression, as it seems he does not commit these knavish offences for his personal enjoyment but for his superior. Puck now adopts the characteristics of a jester performing when his master demands which is certainly a more knavish action than malign one.

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  16. July 14th, Day before performance of The Twelfth Night play at the Globe

    These rumors came from the mouths of people, which had no tickets. They could either not afford it or were not able to get hold of one before it sold out. But most of the people that did get a ticket say it's the best play around. It is like no other that has ever been shown! July 15th, Day of performance of 'The Twelfth Night' play at the Globe Everyone is on a big high now. It is the day of the performance in London. I am ready to leave for the Globe now.

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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. “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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  20. The opening scenes of Shakespeare’s plays

    All these advantages of a purpose built theatre allowed Shakespeare to stage events such as battles and riots. The backstage area could be used to make sound effects, which would enhance the realism of such scenes. Despite the advantages a purpose built theatre had over an inn courtyard Shakespeare faced many physical challenges in an Elizabethan theatre that aren't present in a modern theatre. The Elizabethan theatre had no roof and therefore was open to the elements, rain, wind, and snow etc.

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  21. 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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  22. Coalbrookdale Sources Question

    Perhaps the most important factor was the discovery of Coke for smelting. As Abiah Darby says, the Coalbrookdale iron trade, or the Darby's iron trade in particular would have dwindled away if it weren't for this discovery as woods for charcoal would have been totally used up in no time. This is important to realise because the communications that Abraham Darby introduced were very useful indeed. The coke that he had discovered were very near to where he had his furnaces which meant it took less time than having to take the horses all the way over to the woods and back.

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  23. Gcse Shakespeare Assignment Hamlet In Elizabethan Times People Paid Great Homage To the Queen Elizabeth 1.

    Popular amusements included music and dancing. The most favoured instruments were the bagpipes, the fiddle, and the lute. Dancing was considered to be good for the mind as well as the body. There was not much technology i.e.

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  24. Feminism in Shakespeare

    Currently a professor at the University of California, McEachern first provides two previous schools of feministic thought prior to proposing her individual criticism. She identifies "two ideological camps" of criticism generally applied to Shakespearean plays. The first angle encompasses a pioneering first wave feminist critique, which hones in on Shakespeare's bias towards women through his use of primarily male characters and themes. This unique proto-feminist angle seeks out 'the women's part' in Shakespearean plays, usually characterized by liberated female roles.

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  25. A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    Each of the groups' roles are equally important and are explored below. The fairies are Titania, the Queen of the fairies, Oberon the King of the fairies, and Puck a mischievous fairy and a servant to Oberon. The fairies are introduced in the Open Air Theatre Production amidst smoke and turmoil. This adds a magical feeling to their appearance, and provides a starting point for their part in the plot. Their paths cross in the woods and an argument ensues during which Titania utters the most famous line from this play, 'The fairy kingdom buys not the child of me.'

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