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It is believed he wrote 38 plays, 36 from his first folio and two lost plays.He also wrot 154 sonnets.

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Characteristics of a Shakespearean sonnet1. 14 lines2. a strict rhyme scheme3. written in iambic pentameter

William Shakespeare

"You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things" (Julious Ceasar)When one doesnt have empathy or sympathy, one is heartless. Their heart can be considered as a block or a stone, this makes them worse than those that don't have feelings.

"If I be waspish, best beware my sting" (Taming of the Shrew)This quote shows everyone has the ability to hurt someone mnetally or physically, as the speaker of this quote compares herself to a wasp.

The quality of mercy is not strain'd" (The Merchant of Venice)When we focus on the word strained, during Shakepeare's era it means forced like in cooking, when one strains something, one gets bit out, mercy must be consistent, freely.

"Something is rotton in the state of Denmark" (Hamlet)It means if things are unsatisfied, something's wrong. Through the qiote, one can infer something is already wrong but since it states "in the state of Denmark," there is an origin from the top.

"Uneasy les the head that wears a crown" (Henry IV)The head is uneasy because those that wears the crown has a lot of responsibilities. Prestige comes with responsibilities and headaches.

The two monarchs who lived during Shakespeare life was Queen Elizabeth I (reigned from Nov. 17, 1558-1603) and King James I (reined from March 24, 1603-1625).The play, Henry VIII was named after Queen Elizabeth's father.Although Queen Elizabeth was raised as a protestant, she was religous tolerant. She believed both Catholics and Protestants had the same faith and only intervene religion when there was religous groups that threatened peace since she wanted her realm to be stable and peaceful. She wanted a church that appealed to her people. There was aspects she did not like in both religions such as the long sermons.

Born: April 23, 1564Location: Stratfor-upon-Avonwife: Anne Hathawaychildren: Susanna, Hamnet and Judithcommon nickname: The Bard of Avonyear his first two plays were believed to be performed: 1591year the first book of his plays was published: 1623

It featured a thatched roof (fire hazard) that was made of straws or reefs, a wood-framed building with walls that joined at an angle to form an oval, the stage was four to six feet high and was supported by pillars, in front of the stage was a roofless yard for those that paid a penny to watch the show, and had a trap door under the stage.

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Macbeth was based on a true story taken from Holinshed, "History of Scotland." Through this story, Shakespeare wanted to show an ambitious but noble hero that falls into temptation to gain something but commits other crimes to safeguad the first crime. He is impelled by necessity but his ambition and guilt leads to his downfall. Shakespeare portrays a new hero. According to Holinshed, Donwald was nagged by his wife to commit a crime and drugged the guards which is clearly adapted for Macbeth in Act I. The name Macbeth means "son of life" and since it is derived from a Christian name it signifies its background. In the original story, Macbeth murdered Gillacomgain ( Lady Macbeth first husband) and marries her as well as raising her son. Malcolm is exaggerated and Margarat is added in the play.

Origin of Macbeth

Let me not to the marriage of true mindsAdmit impediments. Love is not loveWhich alters when it alteration finds,Or bends with the remover to remove:Oh, no! it is an ever-fixd mark,That looks on tempests and is never shaken;It is the star to every wandering bark,Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.Love's not time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeksWithin his bending sickle's compass come'Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,But bears it out even to the edge of doom.If this be error and upon me proved,I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Sonnet 116

In Sonnet 116, Shakespeare is defining what love is about by defining what isn't love and what it is. The message is that genuine love is above time. Literary devices are effectively used to reinforce his meaning. Through the use of personification, he gives love and time human qualities. “Love is not Time’s fool”( 9), time can be seen as a puppeter, similar to fate. It has the power to cause situations to happen and do everything in it's whim. Love, however is an human emotion that can't be controlled by time. Also, metaphors are used in this sonnet to give love more meaning; it compare love to a star where stars are alluded as hope, this symbolize love's ability to overcome trails. Likewise, as stars have fixed position, love has a fixed mark, it would never change.

Made into movies:1. Romeo and Juliet2. A Midsummer Night's Dream3. Macbeth



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