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Notes on Shakespeare - His Life and His Theater

            Soliloquy - a speech in a dramatic work in which a character speaks his/her thoughts allowed.
             Aside - a remark or passage by a character in a play that is intended to be heard by the audience but unheard by the other characters in the play.
             Irony- the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
             Dramatic Irony - character's words or actions are clear to the audience or reader although unknown to the character.
             Paradox- a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.
             Shakespeare's Life.
             - birthdate April 23, 1564.
             - day of death April 23, 1616 .
             - written 37 plays.
             - wrote plays that capture a wide range of human emotions and inner conflict.
             - the third child of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden .
             - had two older sisters and three younger brothers.
             - married Anne Hathaway on November 28, 1582.
             - first child was a daughter named Susanna born on May 26, 1583.
             - twins born two years later on February 2, 1585.
             - after the noted birth of the twins, history leaves seven years of Shakespeare's unaccounted for - no records - these years are .
             known as "the lost years," by Shakespearean scholars.
             - by 1597 had published 15 of his 37 plays attributed to him.
             - by 1599 he and his business partners built a theater on the south bank of Thames - the Globe Theater.
             - lived during the reign of Queen Elizabeth (has been called "England's greatest queen) and this period spawned a treasure .
             trove of brilliant artists .
             The Globe Theater - Shakespeare referred to the the Globe Theater as "the wooden O." It was a three story wooden structure, able to seat 3,000 people. Outside the theater was a roofless courtyard where "groundlings" could watch the inner performance from the outside. The more financially prosperous patrons were seated inside. .

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