Hamlet Essay

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1) The Life & Times of William Shakespeare Shakespeare: * Born April 23, 1564; died 1616 * Town: Stratford upon Avon * Education: Grammar School where he learned Latin * Married: Anne Hathaway (she was 27 he was 18) * Professional Life: * Moved to London to become the chief stockholder of his acting troop: The lord chamberlains Men. * Name of troop changed to The Kings Men. 2) London: * Population 200,000 * Port city (New items and foreign languages) * 50 printing presses * Free entertainments * Cock, fights, public execution. * Narrow, Cobblestone, streets * Crowded, disease (Plague) 3) Theatre: * Inn Yards – readymade audience. * Play, became more popular – permanent building. * Rose swan and the globe. 4) Globe Theatre: * Octagonal Shape * Thrust stage * 3 Balconies * Pit for the poor (The Grounding) * Partially roofed (day time performance) * No curtains * Heaven, earth, Hell 5) The Actor: * Male * Expert Swordsmen * Special effects (sheep’s blood) 6) The Audience: * Noisy and Voice disapproval * Venders, prostitutes, pick pockets * Rich could rent a stool on stage. 7) Government (The Divine Right of Kings) * The king is God’s representative on earth. * Represent order in the state. * If the king is injured or threatened with civil war. God becomes angry and disorder results. * The way to restore order is to kill the person who killed the king. 8) Health: The theory of the humors * Sanguine * Blood * Amorous, happy, Generous * Choleric * Yellow Bile * Violent Vengeful * Phlegmatic * Phlegan * Dull, Pale, Cowardly * Melancholy * Black Bile / Glutinous, lazy, sentimental / Depressed 9) Monarchy: * Elizabeth I * Spanish Armada (Navy)

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