From great classical authors like Ovid and Seneca, to English historians like Holinshed, Shakespeare's greatest influences were the works of other great writers. You can read about what Shakespeare read as he crafted each play in my sources section. Here is a brief biography of two of Shakespeare's favourite authors:
To Evans's succinct account of dating Nashe's composition of Have with You, several points might be added for further consideration. McKerrow suggests that Nashe's allusion to writing for the press in his important letter to William Cotton, "which was evidently written about September, In this letter to Cotton, Nashe also refers to writing for the stage, but his hopes there have been thwarted because London's mayor and aldermen persecute the players who had known better days "in there old Lords tyme.
If so, Nashe's association with Shakespeare's company would increase the likelihood of Shakespeare's access to Nashe's Have with You. Although Nashe's composition cannot be precisely dated and seems to have extended over a considerable period of time,35 it appears that Nashe probably was busily at work finishing this piece in the late summer of Another overlooked allusion to Lord Hunsdon, this time not to the father but to the son, may help to substantiate this view.
Nashe refers to the work of "a singular Scholler, one Master Heath, a Follower of the right Honorable and worthie Lord of Hunsdon that now is " 3: Chambers explains, Shakespeare's company "was properly known as the Lord Hunsdon's men from 22 July to 17 March ; before and after that period it was the Lord Chamberlain's men.
Nashe's reference to the present Lord Hunsdon here indicates that at least this passage was written after Julyand this reference would accord with the suggestion McKerrow offers from Nashe's letter to Cotton. Evans wisely cautions that the reference to performance of Romeo and Juliet by '"the L.
McKerrow thinks that it is "not improbable that all the early part, as far as If so, and if we accept Tobin's evidence from this early part of characterization hints for Shakespeare's Benvolio and Mercutio, then we must conclude that Shakespeare had access to either a nearly complete manuscript version or to its published version.
Several important points concerning Shakespeare's characterization of Mercutio might be added to Tobin's evidence taken from the supposedly latest part of Nashe's composition. Tobin stresses only Nashe's emphasis on "sportive wit" in his characterization of his interlocutor, Don Carneades, the boon companion to Domino Bentiuole, whose name probably serves for Shakespeare's Benvolio because that name appears in no other source.
Although McKerrow does not gloss Nashe's use of "Don Carneades," Nashe probably has in mind the famous Greek philosopher, Carneades, because later in Have with You Nashe mocks the praise given by Harvey's schoolmaster to Harvey's mind: Carneades's reputation for skepticism and rhetorical skill would suit Nashe's idea of this interlocutor as well as Shakespeare's own development of Mercutio.
Shakespeare's portrait of Mercutio is not far off the mark from Nashe and his inclination to loquaciousness, his claim to "frolicke spirits" 3: In his quarrel with Harvey, Nashe opposes, as does Mercutio, airs and newfangledness 3: Nashe's hatred of fads—the "new fangled Goliardos and Senior Fantasticoes" 3: Like Mercutio's tirade against Tybalt, Nashe denounces Harvey as "idle and new fangled" 3: The princely airs of Harvey and Tybalt—that "spirit of Bragganisme" 3: Mercutio's allegiance to male camaraderie in adopting a friend's cause in a quarrel is especially noteworthy because of the absence of such a motif from Brooke's poem, Shakespeare's chief source.
In Brooke the briefly introduced element of youthful male friendship drops out after the unnamed counterpart to Shakespeare's Benvolio offers to Romeus his counsel about the cure for lovesickness lines Yet this very motif of a friend assuming the defense of another friend in a private quarrel undergirds the Elizabethan literary altercation with Nashe defending Lyly against Harvey.
Just as some critics have thought Nashe a model for Moth in Love's Labor's Lost,38 it is tempting to suggest that Nashe, praised by Francis Meres as a "gallant young Iuuenall" 5: Nashe's youthfulness was an issue in the quarrel, so that Harvey finds fault with Nashe's "minoritie of … beard" and calls him "Captarne of the boyes " 3: Nashe's reputation, as described by Izaak Walton, for "merry Wit," for being "a man of a sharp wit, and the master of a scoffing, Satyrical Pen" 5: Although Shakespeare inherited the name of "Mercutio" from Brooke's poem, for Shakespeare that name probably conveys nuances of ingenuity and eloquence derived from Mercury.
Appropriately enough, mercurial Nashe associates himself especially with the winged Mercury, desiring "sprightly Mercury" to be his muse in Have with You 3: Nashe's nimble wit, capable of "a new kind of a quicke fight" 1: Later in this same work, Nashe mocks Harvey's pretense to "attractive eloquence"—"the Mercurian heauenly charme of hys Rhetorique" 3: Using mythographic evidence, Joseph A.
Porter, for example, links Mercury to Mercutio through homosexuality, emphasizing the strongly phallic character of both. Porter stresses how Mercutio speaks to affirm male bonding against the incursions of women.
He speculates that in killing off Mercutio, Shakespeare stifles that spokesman against romantic love as well as overcomes his own anxiety of influence in processing some of what is most disturbing in Marlowe, who can be seen as the embodiment of the Renaissance Mercury and Shakespeare's rival in several respects.
Emphasizing what he sees as Mercutio's homosexual bawdry, Porter claims one of the prime textual examples to be what he finds an image of sodomy: However, the sense of Mercutio as the arch-advocate of male bonding does indeed pervade the play.
The topic of Mercutio's sexuality and aggression is a complex one. It can be argued that Mercutio's "phallocentrism" is not simply a "scorn of hetero-sexual love," nor is it simply "light intermittent misogyny," as Porter claims Hatred of women is not so much at stake as is the use and abuse of women.Shakespeare's influence extends from theatre and literature to present-day movies, In Romeo and Juliet, trilogy is in this respect very important.
Romeo and Juliet is a dramatisation of Arthur Brooke's narrative poem The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet (). Shakespeare follows the poem closely but adds extra detail to both major and minor characters, in particular the Nurse and Mercutio. Shakespeare's influence extends from theatre and literature to present-day movies, Western philosophy, and the English language itself. William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the history of the English language,  and the world's pre-eminent monstermanfilm.com: baptised 26 April (birth date unknown), Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. The play Romeo and Juliet satisfies two of these elements, but it does not portray Shakespeares traditional tragic hero. In its place Shakespeare points out how chance can manipulate peoples lives. There are some instances that can be related to chance, and these instances affect the plot to form a connection between Romeo and Juliet and .
Falstaff, although a minor character, has a powerful reality of its own. Romeo and Juliet is a dramatisation of Arthur Brooke's narrative poem The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet (). Shakespeare follows the poem closely but adds extra detail to both major and minor characters, in particular the Nurse and Mercutio.
The play Romeo and Juliet satisfies two of these elements, but it does not portray Shakespeares traditional tragic hero. In its place Shakespeare points out how chance can manipulate peoples lives.
There are some instances that can be related to chance, and these instances affect the plot to form a connection between Romeo and Juliet and .
Shakespeare's Characters: Romeo (Romeo and Juliet) Romeo, the hero of Romeo and Juliet, is in love with Rosaline at the beginning of the play. He soon falls in love with and marries Juliet (). Romeo and Juliet is a dramatisation of Arthur Brooke's narrative poem The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet ().
Shakespeare follows the poem closely but adds extra detail to both major and minor characters, in particular the Nurse and Mercutio.
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