William Shakespeare took his inspiration from many areas, including the Bible, nature, other writers and historians. Two of Shakespeare's favorite writers were Geoffrey Chaucer and Plutarch; their works would influence many of his plays.
Geoffrey Chaucer is considered one of the major poets of England. His poem, "Troilus and Criseyde," was Shakespeare's main source for his play, "Troilus and Cressida." Chaucer's influence can also be seen in Romeo and Juliet, where Mercurio's speech is based on "Parliament of Fowles."
Plutarch was an ancient Roman historian and philosopher. His biography, "Parallel Lives," was used as a source for many of Shakespeare's history plays, including "Julius Caesar," "Antony and Cleopatra" and "Timon of Athens."Learn More
In Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," Ann Putnam is a townswoman who falsely accuses innocent midwife Rebecca Nurse of practicing witchcraft. Despite her eight pregnancies, Ann Putnam lost seven children during childbirth and resented Rebecca's large family of 11 children.Full Answer >
The play "Equus" by Peter Shaffer is about a psychiatrist who attempts to treat a young man who has a strange fascination with horses. Inspired by a real-life crime in which a boy in a small English town blinded six horses, the play attempts to consider why this happened.Full Answer >
Educators, organizations and others interested in planning live performances to celebrate Black History Month can find plays and skits by searching local and online resources. Stage plays and skits that involve themes and key figures in black history are found in library, school and church resource collections.Full Answer >
Friar Lawrence gives Juliet the potion as part of his plan for Juliet and Romeo to reunite and as a way for Juliet to avoid going through with her wedding to Paris, according to About.com's Shakespeare section. Friar Lawrence wants to bring an end to the feud between the Capulets and Montagues and hopes that a union between Romeo and Juliet accomplishes this.Full Answer >