William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare by Mind Map: William Shakespeare

1. "Shakespeare in love"

1.1. love affair involving Viola de Lesseps & William Shakespeare

1.2. William & Viola as Romeo & Juliet

1.3. Viola de Lesseps

1.3.1. great fan of Shakespeares plays

1.3.2. should marry Lord Wassex

1.3.3. dreams about a carrier as an actress

1.3.3.1. dressed like a boy & become a part of SP's play

1.4. William Shakespeare

1.4.1. struggles with his new play "Romeo & Ethel the Pirtae's Daughter" (later "Romeo & Juliet"

1.4.2. Viola inspires SP to write one of his Most famous plays

1.5. Lord Wassex

1.5.1. wants to marry Viola because of her money

1.5.2. Shakespeare's opposite

2. biography

2.1. born in 1564

2.2. marriage to A. Hathaway in 1582

2.3. got twins & left his family for seven yeras ('Lost Years') in 1585

2.4. playwritght, poet & actor in London's theatres in 1592

2.5. first publication in 1593

2.6. Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream published in 1595/96

2.7. SP bought a New Place in 1597

2.8. The Globe Theatre is built in 1599 & SP was part owner

2.9. in 1605 SP's acting company performed 11 times

2.10. Macbeth published in 1606

2.11. sonnets published in 1609

2.12. Shakespeare left London & settled in Startford in 1610

2.13. SP died in 1616

3. sonnets & language

3.1. 154 sonnets

3.2. published in 1609

3.3. written in iambic pentameter

3.4. contain a turn or a change of thought

3.5. sonnets as love letters

3.6. no titles, only a numbers

3.7. form of address

3.7.1. informal form 'thou'

3.7.2. formal form 'you'

4. "Much Ado about Nothing"

4.1. romantic comedy

4.2. Claudio

4.2.1. romantic

4.2.2. fell in love with Hero

4.2.3. sensitive

4.3. Hero

4.3.1. in love with Claudio

4.3.2. traditionalist

4.3.3. innocent, respectful

4.4. Benedick

4.4.1. merry war with Beatrice

4.4.2. does not want to marry

4.4.3. fear of being cuckolded

4.4.4. narcisst

4.5. Beatrice

4.5.1. merry war with Benedick

4.5.2. does not want to marry

4.5.3. contradicts gender stereotype

4.5.4. speaks her mind freely, sharp-tongued

5. relevance today/ in class

5.1. timeless topics

5.2. essential to understand modern English

5.3. historical relevance

5.4. language too old fashioned

5.5. nobody reads SP voluntarily

5.6. less time for modern authors

6. Elizabethan era

6.1. 1558 - 1603

6.2. development of English poetry

6.3. no Elizabethan theaters until 1576

6.4. "strolling players"

6.5. theaters had bad reputation