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William Shakespeare in the Scientific Revolution

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SOURCE: Shakespeare’s inspirations for many of his writing pieces and characters came from his great knowledge of the classical studies of Roman and Greek mythology. Shakespeare shared many similar opinions with Copernicus and Galileo, who were two very intelligent 16th century astronomers. Copernicus was the first mathematician and astronomer to come to conclusion that the sun was the center of all the planets, rather than the earth. Galileo was born about 20 years after the death of Copernicus, but he agreed with the conclusions that Copernicus had come to, but he was not going to guess, he wanted to know for sure. He used a telescope and discovered many new facts about the moon and the Earth that are actually proven facts today. Galileo helped in discovering and naming the planets after the Pagan gods. Shakespeare shows his interest in their ideas through his work; he bases his work off of science and through observations or experience. The scientific revolution posed for new ideas and it caused people to ask questions and really think about new possibilities. Intelligent people during this time period believed in astrology, witchcraft, fairies, and everything else. They were free from the restricting influence of the church, so they believed whatever they wanted. Shakespeare shows his appreciation for the gods and goddess of mythology by basing many of his characters off of gods such as Venus and Eros, and many more. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare shows his belief in mythology through his use of fairies, and also in Puck and Titania. The Greek and Roman Myths play a huge role in Shakespeare’s ideas and some of his great writing pieces would not exist today without the great work of astronomers in the 16th century.

 

"William Shakespeare in the Scientific Revolution." William Shakespeare in the Scientific Revolution. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2013.

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The Birth of Venus

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IMAGE:The Birth of Venus is a 1486 painting by Sandro Botticelli, it shows Venus coming out of the water as a fully grown woman. This painting is one of the most famous and beautiful pieces of work that was painted during the Italian Renaissance. Shakespeare was highly influenced by Roman and Greek mythology which is why it is very easy to find a connection between Botticelli’s art and Shakespeare’s writing. There are many different interpretations, but it is a clear fact that Venus represented physical and intellectual love. Astronomers said that “she allowed the mind to better understand spiritual beauty.” Shakespeare always represents fairies in his plays; little do people know, fairies are very similar to the gods in mythology. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titania is the queen of fairies, similar to Venus being the queen of love. Also, in the picture there is a winged person flying, which could be depicted as Cupid. This could have greatly affected Shakespeare and his idea to use Puck as a Cupid-like character. This painting of Roman mythology could have easily helped Shakespeare and influenced him to use certain characters in his plays.

 

"Enchantedenfant: Botticelli." Enchantedenfant: Botticelli. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2013.

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Anne Hathaway's Life as Shakespeare's Wife

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HISTORICAL EVIDENCE: People often wonder about Shakespeare’s family life and just how much of it comes through in his work; it is safe to say his stories and poems were his ideal life. This article shows the distant relationship between Shakespeare and his wife. It proves that his marriage had a direct impact on his writing and life in general. Anne and William were pushed into a marriage due to an early pregnancy. It is believed that Shakespeare was a young man confused about his desires in life and Anne was a woman who stressed about marriage. Being a 26 year old woman who is unmarried was uncommon in this time, the pressure of the town’s standards scared her. Only one year after her father's death, she gave birth and got married. When William found that Anne was pregnant, his parents and Anne forced him into a marriage. It was only right for him to take care of Anne and their children together. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the parents of Hermia expect her to marry whomever they choose, but she has other plans. She represents Shakespeare and the courage he wishes he had to fulfill his dreams instead of settling down. Hermia's parents represent all the parents in this timeframe, and their strict rules. Demetrius would be Anne, and the pressure he puts on Hermia is the same pressure Shakespeare felt as a teenager. This article shows what William wishes he could have waited for true romance, and that pressure is wrong and leads people into a life that makes them unhappy. Also, Shakespeare always seems to show that love is the most important aspect in a relationship and love will conquer all and last forever no matter what parents or anyone else says.

 

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FINDLAY, ALISON. "Hathaway, Anne." Women In Shakespeare (2010): 177-179. Literary Reference Center. Web. 3 Feb. 2013.

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Talia Venditti's comment, March 10, 2013 9:26 PM
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Ben Jonson on William Shakespeare

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LITERARY CRITICISM: Ben Jonson was a man that lived during the same time period as Shakespeare, he was known to criticize and analyze Shakespeare’s writing, it is said that Jonson had a very big rivalry with Shakespeare. It is unusual that these two men were enemies because a very nice poem was written about Shakespeare by Jonson himself. Jonson says, “To draw no envy, Shakespeare, on thy name, Am I thus ample to thy book and fame. While I confess thy writings to be such, as neither man nor Muse can praise too much.” Jonson basically is saying that he is not jealous of Shakespeare, but rather intrigued by his writing style. Next Jonson says, “Thou art alive still while thy book doth live, and we have wits to read and praise to give.” This means he art and wit are shown in his work. His intelligence is represented in the words of his poems and plays. Lastly, Jonson talks about Shakespeare’s influences for his writing and what his peers think of him. “For, if I thought my judgment were of years, I should commit thee surely with thy peers, and though thou hadst small Latin and less Greek, from thence to honor thee I would not seek.” Jonson says that the people in town judge Shakespeare and give him feedback, but regardless he is great writer and they love his work. Jonson continues to talk about the brilliance of Shakespeare by saying even mother earth would be proud to be included in his plays. This shows that Shakespeare is very impressive, even in the eyes of his peers as well as people in modern days. People today cannot compare to his writing, but his audience can appreciate his writing and continue to enjoy reading his great sonnets and plays.

 

Works Cited"Ben Jonson on William Shakespeare." Ben Jonson on William Shakespeare. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2013. 

 

 

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Animaniacs - A Midsummer Nights Dream

 

 

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VIDEO: A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play that can be misunderstood by even the best readers and writers, which is why some recreations of the play can be extremely helpful to watch. Steven Spielberg shows his audience another one of his great Animaniac videos in this short clip of a modern day’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This video by the Warner Brothers helps to create a better understanding of this play. Shakespeare’s writing is often misinterpreted, but this video helps guide the audience through Puck’s last speech in the play. Not only does this video provide a very great explanation of the speech, it also makes Puck seem funny and silly. This video helps students see Shakespeare’s writing in a whole new perspective. Shakespeare’s writing is so advanced and complex that kids studying his work are often uninterested and even bored. This video shows that is simple, fun, and a great learning experience to see Shakespeare through a new perspective.

 

"Animaniacs - A Midsummer Nights Dream." YouTube. YouTube, 28 May 2010. Web. 26 Feb. 2013.

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