William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare by Mind Map: William Shakespeare

1. He was born on April 23 1564

1.1. Which is also St Georges Day, and more importantly, one day after my birthday!!!

1.1.1. Therefore, it should be a bank holiday

1.2. He got married 27 November 1582

1.2.1. My sisters birthday!

1.3. And died on April 23 1616

1.3.1. His death is apparently a mystery...

1.3.1.1. but in the diary of John Ward, the vicar of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford tells us that "Shakespeare, Drayton, and Ben Jonson had a merry meeting and it seems drank too hard, for Shakespeare died of a fever there contracted."

1.4. Due to these relations of dates, I think my family might have something to do with Shakespeare

2. Some of his famous works

2.1. Sonnets

2.1.1. His sonnets are divided into three groups

2.1.2. Nobody is sure who are the sonnets for

2.2. Romeo and Juliet

2.3. Hamlet

2.4. 'The Henrys and the other kings'

2.5. MacBeth

2.6. Julius Caeser

2.7. The Tempest

3. Interesting / Unusual facts

3.1. Shakespeare is a great English playwright

3.1.1. and is one of the most published authors of all time

3.2. His hometown, Stratford, was not yet called Stratford-upon-Avon.

3.3. Shakespeare received a classical Latin education at King's New School in Stratford

3.4. He wrote 38 plays and 154 sonnets.

3.5. He married at eighteen, and his wife - Anne Hathaway - was 26 at the time!

3.5.1. Anne Hathaway lived in the later-named Anne Hathaway Cottage.

3.5.1.1. Interesting Trivia: My mum has been to Anne Hathaway Cottage, a museum in Stratford-upon-Avon

3.5.2. He had three children - one son and two daughters

3.5.2.1. Susanna (Shakespeare) Hall

3.5.2.2. Hamnet Shakespeare

3.5.2.3. Judith (Shakespeare) Quiney

3.6. His plays

3.6.1. Themes/ Types

3.6.1.1. Comedies

3.6.1.1.1. Eighteen plays of Shakespeare's were comedies.

3.6.1.2. Histories

3.6.1.2.1. Shakespeare wrote ten history plays

3.6.1.3. Romances

3.6.1.3.1. Sometimes, Shakespeare's late comedies are grouped together as romances.

3.6.1.4. and Tragedies

3.6.1.4.1. Ten of his plays are considered tragedies,

3.6.2. Some claim that Elizabeth I wrote Shakespeare's Plays

3.6.3. Only ever men would play in his plays

3.6.4. The motto for The Globe Theatre was that "All the world's a stage"

3.6.5. His plays were performed at the globe theatre.

3.6.5.1. All members of society could attend (excluding women), as the theatre grew more popular and ultimately became one of the most popular forms

3.7. Some people believe he was homosexual.

3.8. He lived through The Black Death

3.9. Never attended university

3.10. Shakespeare's name may have meant 'shaker of spears,' indicating warrior ancestory

4. Lived in the Elizabethan Era

4.1. Queen Elizabeth I was monarchy of England

4.1.1. The Elizabethan era experienced an emphasis on culture and entertainment due to the Renaissance period.

4.2. It was the time when Women were dependent on there male relatives to support them with practically everything.

4.2.1. Tf their father/ husband made a request or order, they had to carry it out

5. Work Features

5.1. Suicide occurs thirteen times in Shakespeare's plays

6. Shakespeare's Will

6.1. His last will and testament was the equivalent to our 3 A3 sheets of paper

6.2. In his will, the only thing he left his wife was his bed!

6.2.1. This is strange, not the bed, the fact that his wife survived longer then him, even though being eight years older.

7. 'Farce Plays'

7.1. Farce is a form of comedy that has no meaning other than to prompt laughter from the audience.

7.2. Shakespeare did not write any plays that would be classified as a farce, although The Comedy of Errors and The Taming of the Shrew come close. The Taming of the Shrew has been performed several times as a farce.

7.3. Physical humour (slapstick) and ridiculous situations are all trademarks of farce.