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Book Title: The Tempest (No Fear Shakespeare)|
Date of issue: July 3rd 2003
ISBN 13: 9781586638498
The author of the book: William Shakespeare
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 888 KB
Read full description of the books The Tempest (No Fear Shakespeare):The Tempest, abridged.
*or maybe not so abridged. But in my defense, this play is really fucking complicated*
MIRANDA: So, um, Daddy, did you notice that huge-ass storm that just crashed a ship on the shore of our previously deserted island?
PROSPERO: Wow, is it exposition time already? Okay, kiddo, listen up: I used to be the duke of Milan, but then my asshole brother and the King of Naples put you and me on a boat and we ended up here on Wherever-The-Hell-Island, but luckily it's full of spirits who apparently didn't have anything better to do, so I made them crash the boat, which holds my brother, the king, his son, and some other guys. Now I will exact my revenge...somehow.
MIRANDA: *is asleep*
PROSPERO: Works every time. Hey, Ariel!
ARIEL: Hi, great and noble master! Am I allowed to stop being your magical slave yet? I mean, twelve years of service...
PROSPERO: Don't be silly. So did you separate all the wreck survivors like I told you?
ARIEL: Yep! So, seriously, you said you were going to free me like five years ago...
PROSPERO: Cool. Go torment Caliban for a while, wouldja?
CALIBAN: GAAARRRFNARGLERAAAHSYCORAX *teethgnash*
*hey, let's see what everyone else is doing! And good luck keeping track of who's who!*
FERDINAND: Hey, I'm the king's son, and you're fucking hot.
MIRANDA: Thanks! And since the only two men I've ever seen are my dad and a deformed monster, I can only assume that you are also hot.
FERDINAND: We should totally get married. Only if you're a virgin, though.
MIRANDA: What's that?
FERDINAND: Oh man, I hit the fucking jackpot.
ANTONIO: So, we should probably kill the king now.
SEBASTIAN: Sure thing.
ARIEL: *MAGICSMASH!* Bibbity bobbity boo! Scared shitless now are you!
TRINCULO: Hey everbody, I'm tanked out of my mind, and therefore hilarious.
STEPHANO: Me too! Oh, what silly hijinks we will get up to!
CALIBAN: Glorious foreigners! Help me overthrow my cruel imperialist master, I beg of you!
STEPHANO: Wait, I don't get it. One minute you're gross and creepy, and then you get all eloquent and sympathetic.
TRINCULO: Yeah, are you supposed to represent Shakespeare's approval or disapproval of colonization?
CALIBAN: NO TIME FOR ANALYSIS THE FAIRIES ARE PINCHING ME AGAIN.
*they attempt a takeover. Thanks to Ariel,it fails. Hilariously.*
PROSPERO: So, I guess everything turned out okay! Now to ceremoniously discard my magic staff and book, in a gesture that will cause endless debate in the future over whether this represents Shakespeare's withdrawal from the playwrighting world!
HISTORIANS AND ENGLISH MAJORS: GAAAAAH WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN!?
SHAKESPEARE: Hey, I had to take time off for my hobbies. All those personal papers and concrete proof that I existed aren't gonna burn themselves, you know.
HISTORIANS AND ENGLISH MAJORS: *facedesk*
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Read information about the authorWilliam Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. Scholars believe that he died on his fifty-second birthday, coinciding with St George’s Day.
At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.
Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century. Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights. Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare's.
Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century. The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare's genius, and the Victorians hero-worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called "bardolatry". In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.
According to historians, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets throughout the span of his life. Shakespeare's writing average was 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589. There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.
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