Romeo and Juliet
It was among Shakespeares mos popular plays
Written in 1597
The play is in Verona, Italy.
About two young people, Romeo and Juliet, who fall in love but are not able to be together. They both commit suicide after believing each other to be dead. It is a tragic love story
Two families who were bitter enemies, and no one knew why
in Romeo and Juliet include Prince Escalus, Count Paris, Mercutio, Capulet, Lady Capulet, Juliet, ybalt, Montague, Lady Montague, Romeo, Benvolio, and Friar Laurence.
Romeo's love interest at the beginning of the play is not Juliet. He is in love with Rosaline. When Romeo meets Juliet at the ball, he falls in love with her instead.
The balcony scene has become the most famous scene in the play, when Romeo and Juliet declare their love for each other - her from her balcony and him from the ground below.
Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeares tenth play
The Capulets and Montagues were bitter enemies
Juliet belongs to the Capulets
Romeo belongs to the Montagues
Much of his life is a mystery to us
Do not know when he was born - only the date on his baptism was registered
He was an English poet, playwright and actor
Greatest writer in the English language
He made up over 3000 words which they use in the English language, such as: Lonely and gossip
People from all around the world use words and phrases he introduced to the English language
Many people came to the Globe Theatre one sunny day to watch the Henry VIII play by the 49 year-old William Shakespeare. The theatre was crowded with people that day. It was 3000 people there. there were young men who were more interested in the women around them than in the play. When the roleplay started everyone heard a big bang and a cannon was fired. It took a couple of minutes before people saw the fire through the roof.
Less than an hour later the theatre was just a heap of ashes.
It took 383 years before the new Globe was built again, in 1997.
Almost exactly the same spot as before.
The new Globe Theatre can house 1500 people, the old could house 3000.
The new Globe Theatre is today fireproof
The workers accidentally discovered the site of the original Globe Theatre
The first Globe was built in 1598 and burnt down in 1613
Shakespeare called the theatre "The wooden O", because it looked like an O from above.
Shakespeare used talented young boys in the women´s roles.
Hamlet - Prince of denmark, violent, brooding
Laertes - Overprotective brother of Ophelia, student
Polonius - Slow-witted, head of the royal court, Father of Ophelia and Laertes
Claudius - new king of Denmark, willing to do anything for power, uncle
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern - comic relief, work against Hamlet
Queen gertrude - Mother of Hamlet,
Ophelia - sweet, innocent, used by her father and Claudius, she’s a woman, but a queen
Fortinbras - King of Norway, close to Hamlet’s age, also wants to avenge his father who was killed by Hamlet’s father, he also wants to take revenge.
Horatio - Hamlet’s best friend
Hamlet Senior - The ghost
Themes in Hamlet
Decay and death (good parallel between Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet) + Women's roles
Real versus the unreal
Sane VS insane
Corruption and dishonestly
The state of the nation
Tragedy by William Shakespeare
Written between 1599 - 1601
Set in Denmark
Williams longest play
The government was monarc at this time
Prince Hamlet returns home from studying to discover that his father is dead and his mother has married his uncle Claudius. Hamlet should be the King, but his uncle took his place. Afterwards Hamlet starts to see the ghost of his father and he says that his uncle (Claudius) murdered him. He demands that Hamlet take revenge. He spends most of the play to figure out what he has to do. He starts talking in riddles, (we see inside his head). Ophelia (sweet, beautiful young girl, been interested in each other for very long) However, he is suspicious for everybody, he does not trust anyone. He starts to wonder, if he is insane. We don't know if we should believe him or not. “Is he going to do something?”, confuses the audience.
He wrote 39 plays
He wrote three different kinds of plays:
Tragedies, comedies and histories
He wove humour into his tragedies, put serious problems into his comedies, and brought the issues of the common people in his histories.
His plays are now performed almost every day in just about every part of the world.
He wrote 154 sonnets
His sonnets is a 14-line poem that rhymes in a particular pattern.
The rhyme pattern is: ABAB CDCD EFEF GG