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lunes, 23 de abril de 2012

Shakespeare

On a day like this, people who love literature are on celebration. It's Books Day, and the main reason why this day was chosen was because of the commemoration of the death of the genius of literature in Spanish Miguel de Cervantes and the genius of literature in English, William Shakespeare.


Shakespeare is mostly known for his quote "To be or not to be", which in my modest opinion has never been perfectly translated, or at least clear into Spanish language. "Ser o no ser" is pretty philosophical, while "Existir o no existir" gets more in the spirit of doubt that surrounds Hamlet.

In our presentation on Valentine's Day, we mentioned Romeo and Juliet, as one of the most famous couples in literature. The topic of love and two families who are enemies does not belong to Shakespeare, but that is not a debate I am dealing with on this entry. Probably rather popular among people and Hollywood, but just the 4th one in the ranking of Shakespeare plays.
1. Hamlet
2. Othello
3. Macbeth
4. Romeo and Juliet
5. The Tempest

No comedies on the list, but the most relevant of them should be Midsummer Night's Dream whose topic is pretty much entangle with the Mediterranean Nit de Sant Joan
Some of Shakespeare's characters represent a type, i.e.

  • Hamlet is the doubt
  • Romeo and Juliet are passion.
  • King Lear is the foolhardy character
  • Lady Macbeth is the ambition
  • Othello is jealousy.
  • Brutus is idealism

Shakespeare is also well-known for his poetry. My favourite sonnet ever can be read in my World Poetry Day entry, Sonnet 116.

In you are a second cycle of ESO students, you are supposed to do the following webquest about Will. 
  1. In which century was he born?
  2. When was he born?
  3. In which town was he born?
  4. Which river is associated with Shakespeare's birth place?
  5. Shakespeare lived during the reign of which English monarchs
  6. Why is Shakespeare's nickname the Bard?
  7. How many plays and sonnets did he write?
  8. Who said "O, Romeo,Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo"'
  9. The line "To be or not to be" comes from which play?
a) King lear
b) Richard II
c)Julius Caesar
d)Hamlet


10. Was the Globe.....
a) A Roman Amphitheater
b) An Elizabethan Theatre
c)An Elizabethan sports stadium
d)A famous map of the world.

12. True or False:
Was Shakespeare an actor as well as a poet and playwright? 
13. True or False:
Was the movie "Shakespeare in Love" a true story? 
14. Did he invent words?
15.When did he die?


Besides learning Shakespeare's life and most important plays, we are going to watch a video in class about the modern Globe Theatre.

If you want to have fun playing games just click at Folger's webpage, where you will find crosswords and colouring pages among other stuff.
To present some of the places of Shakespeare's life with are going to use the following web.

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