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His traditional birth date, April 23,is conjectural. Baptism was on April 26, so April 23 is a good guess—and a tidy one, since that date is also St. Thus Shakespeare—the third of eight children but the first to survive infancy—was born into a solidly middle-class family in a provincial market town.
InJohn Shakespeare had become a member of the town council and subsequently held such offices as constable, affeeror a kind of assessorand chamberlain treasurer.
Inhe became bailiff mayor and justice of the peace. The Avon River, the surrounding farmlands, and the nearby Forest of Arden offered plenty of opportunities for childhood adventures.
When Shakespeare was a teenager, his family fell on hard times. Matters were not improved in when Shakespeare, at the age of eighteen, hastily married Anne Hathaway, the twenty-six-year-old daughter of a farmer from the nearby village of Shottery.
She presented him with a daughter, named Susanna, approximately five months later. Inthe couple also became the parents of twins, Hamnet and Judith. The next mention of Shakespeare is inwhen he was an actor and playwright in London.
His actions during the seven-year interim have been a matter of much curious speculation, including unproved stories of deer poaching, soldiering, and teaching.
It may have taken him those seven years simply to break into and advance in the London theater. His early connections with the theater are unknown, although he was an actor before he became a playwright.
He might have joined one of the touring companies that occasionally performed in Stratford-upon-Avon, or he might have gone directly to London to make his fortune, in either the theater or some other trade. Shakespeare was a venturesome and able young man who had good reasons to travel—his confining family circumstances, tinged with just enough disgrace to qualify him to join the disreputable players.
The theater was his escape to freedom; he therefore had strong motivation to succeed.The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between and The play begins with a framing device, often referred to as the induction, in which a mischievous nobleman tricks a drunken tinker named Christopher Sly into believing he is actually a nobleman himself.
The nobleman then . The ‘comedy’ is a frame to heighten the effect of the tragic elements. The Christians are selfish and shallow and cruel beyond imagination and with no conscience whatsoever.
This is the use of the comic form to create something very deep and dark. Introduction.
Shakespeare is known as the ‘Father of English Drama’. He is known as England’s national poet, and the “Bard of Avon”. His works, including collaborations, consist of 38 plays, sonnets, two long narrative poems, and some other verses, some of the uncertain authorship.
New Criticism. A literary movement that started in the late s and s and originated in reaction to traditional criticism that new critics saw as largely concerned with matters extraneous to the text, e.g., with the biography or psychology of the author or the work's relationship to literary history.
Dramatic structure is the structure of a dramatic work such as a play or film.
Many scholars have analyzed dramatic structure, beginning with Aristotle in his Poetics (c. BCE). This article looks at Aristotle's analysis of the Greek tragedy and on Gustav Freytag 's analysis of ancient Greek and Shakespearean drama. Shakespeare's Comedies: A Very Short Introduction Bart van Es Very Short Introductions.
Identifies the five distinctive qualities of Shakespearean comedy, and makes connections across all of Shakespeare's comic plays, including so-called 'romances' such as The Tempest or The Winter's Tale.