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  • Elizabeth's Court And Shakespeare's Theater Company
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    THE AUTHOR AND HIS TIMES William Shakespeare lived in a time of great change and excitement in England- a time of geographical discovery, international trade, learning, and creativity. It was also a time of international tension and internal uprisings that came close to civil war. Under Elizabeth I (reigned 1558-1603) and James I (reigned 1603-1625), London was a center of government, learning, and trade, and Shakespeare's audience came from all three worlds. His plays had to please royalty and ...
  • Fifth Step In Shakespeare's Play
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    In Act II, scene VII, of the play As You Like It, a disheartened Jacques takes a long look at life: All the worlds a stage, and all the men and women, merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts (1-4) It is a line that is as simplistic as it is complicated, comparing the cycle of life to that of a play. This quote, pulled from the play As You Like it, a pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare, has been repeated and analyzed thoroughly throug...
  • Shakespeare's Theater
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    Globe Theater Theaters in the time of Shakespeare are quite different from those we have today. The plays had to be performed during daylight hours only and the stage scenery had to be kept very simple with just a table, a chair, a throne, and maybe a tree to symbolize a forest. What the theater today can show us visually, with intricate scenery and electric lighting, Shakespearean playgoers had to imagine. This made Shakespeare have to write in a vivid language so the audience could understand ...
  • Charles Lamb Assumptions Regarding The Value Of Shakespeare
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    Underlying Lamb's essay is his desire to reevaluate Shakespeare's tragedies with renewed support for Shakespeare and the category of the author. This desire, certainly shaped in part both by his romantic contemporaries and his consideration of contemporary theatre, exemplifies well the detailed arguments of M.H. Abrams for the romantic shift from audience-centered to author-centered poetics. It is with this idea that Lamb obviates the judgments which have identified actors such as Garrick with t...
  • Stage Shakespeare
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    Act II, Scene VII In this scene, Shakespeare discusses seven stages of life. Throughout Shakespeare's speech, he mocks life. Shakespeare gives a pastoral setting. "At first the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms. This is the first stage describing how we come to life. Shakespeare uses descriptions of mewling and puking, meaning vomit. He gives a gross outlook on being born instead of a happy setting of coming into this world. "Then the whining school-boy, with his satchel / And shini...

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