What's So Special About Shakespeare?

What's So Special About Shakespeare?

Michael Rosen

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 1406367419

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


So what was it like to live in Shakespeare's time? What do we actually know about him? And how does someone become that famous? These are just a few of the questions addressed in this lively and accessible book on the life and works of William Shakespeare by award-winning author Michael Rosen. Ideal for browsing, the text is divided into clear sections and includes studies of four of Shakespeare's plays, intriguing facts and information about Shakespeare himself and the world at this time, accompanied by a useful timeline.

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Chamberlain’s Men. • Bad harvests in England mean high prices and starvation. • The Queen’s doctor, a Portuguese Jew, is accused of trying to poison her and is executed. • English troops are sent to put down an uprising by Roman Catholics in Ireland. (1594–5) Shakespeare writes • The Two Gentlemen of Verona • Love’s Labour’s Lost 1595 Thirty-one years old. • Theatres in London are officially closed for two months after riots over food prices. • It is said by the London authorities that

William Shakespeare: The Complete Works ed. Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1988) ◆ Baird, David Shakespeare at the Globe (London, MQ Publications Ltd, 1998) ◆ Chute, Marchette Shakespeare of London (New York, E.P. Dutton, 1949) ◆ Claybourne, Anna and Treays, Rebecca The World of Shakespeare (London, Usborne Publishing, 1996) ◆ Garfield, Leon Shakespeare Stories (London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1985) ◆ Greenhill, Wendy Shakespeare’s Theatre (Oxford,

And he goes on to complain: …and here you sty me In this hard rock, whiles you do keep from me The rest o’th’ island. The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 2 We also see Shakespeare’s characters realizing just how powerful money is. Two daughters turn against their own father because of their greed; a rich merchant nearly loses his life when he loses his money; and a nobleman despairs when he sees what evil things people will do for gold. He calls gold a yellow slave: This yellow slave Will knit and

which he is asking questions about what makes a good ruler. Macbeth, a Scottish lord, is so desperately keen to be king that he murders everyone who stands in his way. He doesn’t do this on his own, however. First, three witches tell him that he will become king, giving him a motive. Later, we see how he is egged on by his wife, Lady Macbeth.The play is short, fast-moving and full of action, but even so, Shakespeare takes us deep into Macbeth’s mind. Again and again, we hear what Macbeth thinks

the whole country being ruined. We hear one lord say: Alas, poor country, Almost afraid to know itself… Where sighs and groans and shrieks that rend the air Are made, not marked…* Act 4, Scene 3 *marked noticed So, as we saw with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we are not left with one view of a character or an event, but have a chance to see what one group of people thinks of another. King Lear In another tragedy, King Lear, we see a country falling apart. The play begins with Lear dividing

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