Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Shakespeare in Love & Gnomeo and Juliet: Shakespeare, Elizabethan Theater, Romeo and Juliet

I love Shakespeare and talking about such a wonderful writer might foster students' reading habits.

Work in groups. Try to explain what these lines mean with your own words. Then, say if you agree with them.

1. Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. William Shakespeare, "Julius Caesar"

2. There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.William Shakespeare, "Hamlet"

3. To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, William Shakespeare, "Hamlet"

4. But love is blind, and lovers cannot see The pretty follies that themselves commit.William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice"

5. Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.William Shakespeare, "Hamlet"

6. All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players.They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts...William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

7. He doesn't simply ask whether life or death is preferable; it's hard to clearly distinguish the two—"being" comes to look a lot like "not being," and vice versa.

8. Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, William Shakespeare, "Hamlet"

Watch the movie segment from the movie Shakespeare in Love and answer the questions in pairs.

1. Describe the theater.

2. Describe the audience.

3. Who plays the role of the women? Why do you think that happened?

4. How does the audience react to the the scene viewed.

5. Describe the scene played by the actors in the play.

6. Compare theater in Elizabethan Period, period when Shakespeare wrote his plays, with theater nowadays.

7. Have you seen any plays written by Shakespeare? Tell us about it.

8. What's your opinion about Shakespeare?

Watch the segment from the great Gnomeo and Juliet and discuss the questions.

 1. Describe the scene.

2. According to the segment, describe Shakespeare's personality and beliefs.

3. Do you have any idea of which of Shakespeare's plays this movie refers to? How do you know it?

Answer #3 - Romeo and Juliet




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