|Source: Google images|
|Source: Google images|
These are the four adapted plays by Shakespeare we have read and talked about in class. I have included their key themes.
Hesitation, Corruption, Revenge, Deception, Ambition, Loyalty, Serendipity, Madness
Appearance vs reality, All things are not what they seem, Jealousy, Hatred, True love.
Romeo and Juliet:
Love, Tragedy, Judgement, Conflict, Fate.
Suffering can transform a contemptible human being into a good person, All things are not as they appear, Green and lust, Fate, Power.
There are plenty of summaries and resources you can have a look at on the internet, but the best way to get to know Shakespeare’s work is to do your own outlines and work the vocabulary to understand the stories.
Here you have the links to the plays by The Reduced Shakespeare Company for a laugh J
Romeo and Juliet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzVyqiskpMk&feature=related
About King Lear I have found Act 5 Scene 3, when the King realises how wrong he was, by the Royal Shakespeare Company: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvA_gUDGKik&feature=relmfu
Remember you should rewatch the video about Shakespeare’s biography to understand his historical and personal background:
You have here another shorter video about the Elizabethan age:
Do you like maga comics? Well, here you have the summaries (PDF) of the plays in manga version:
Romeo and Juliet: http://www.mangashakespeare.com/synopsis/ROMEO&JULIET_plot_summary.pdf
These resources are meant to help you, I hope they help you, but it is you who must decide which are useful. Feel free to look for other links or options to prepare the test.
This week I’ve been showing all the class groups the Cadbury viral campaign to support British athletes in the Olimpic Games held in London next summer. This time swimmer Rebecca Adlington is swimming while a few stereotyped characters sing the great Tina Turner’s song "You’re Simply the Best" under the water: there are workmen, a royal guard, a dinner lady, a butcher, a uniformed boy, a shepherd ... as well as an eccentric pop group.
This video is part of the campaign which encourages Britons to record their own words of encouragement. You can find all the details clicking here. They have not needed to include their brand’s name, there’s just a touch of purple throughout the ad, a very subtle and elegant way of getting publicity
The video is indeed encouraging and spreads positivism. I hope all of you get infected by this cheerfulness and think that you can also be the best. Enjoy it!