SUPPLEMENT TO SHAKESPEARE

This is a supplemental text only, not a replacement for the usual reading and analysis textbooks of his  plays. It provides the background information of Shakespeare's life and his place in the "show business" part of the time he spent in London. It also covers the theatrics of the Elizabethan era in comparison to the theatrics of the 21st century. Each chapter has a comparison summary chart to help the student understand and evaluate the differences between then and now. The Supplement to Shakespeare textbook's aim is to enlighten as well as educate the student reader about the relationship Shakespeare and the Elizabethans have with us moderns. We use his plays' words daily, sometimes not even realizing it, and we still use the Elizabethan approach and standard operating procedures in staging modern plays without being aware of them. They were the first speakers of modern English. In other words, they were the pioneers of bringing old English into what we use today by forming and building new words. Shakespeare's plays helped give them many new words that are still used today by us. Students from the fifth grade up to high school will benefit from reading Supplement to Shakespeare and following its advice in understanding and appreciating what the Great Bard did as a playwright and poet of his time. It is to be noted that only his plays are still being performed all over the world from the Elizabethan Era. Why? Because he dealt in universals such as Love, hate, revenge, jealousy, envy, loyalty, family, human dysfunction, etc. Universal traits don't change. Love in the year 1600 is still love in the 21st century. We may have different bodies, minds and personalities, but we still exhibit the same traits that all humans experience and possess, no matter when they live on this earth of ours.

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Supplement to Shakespeare can be ordered from the publisher Royal Fireworks Press by mail at P.O. Box 399, Unionville, NY 10988 or from their website at www.rfwp.com  ISBN: 978-0-89824-478-6  Retail price; $15.00 Publisher's phone number: 845-726-4444 FAX: 845-726-3824 E-mail: mail@rfwp.com