How has the creation of The Globe Theatre forever changed society and became an icon by which its period is remembered today?How has the creation of The Globe Theatre forever changed society and...

How has the creation of The Globe Theatre forever changed society and became an icon by which its period is remembered today?

How has the creation of The Globe Theatre forever changed society and became an icon by which its period is remembered today?

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archteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are LOTS of factors to consider here.

Consider the actual segments of society that coexisted within the globe's walls.  From what socioeconomic class/classes did the audience members come?  What is the significance of people from these classes being in the same place?  Did the globe experience serve to reinforce or subvert class division?

Also, consider the plays that were staged at the Globe.  What was unique about the plays and their content?  What segments of society did the plays appeal to?  Who were they problematic for?  Did they have political significance?  How were they a vehicle for Shakespeare's commentary on England/the world?

You could also think about the theater itself.  How has the structure become "iconic"?  What are the most-known characteristics of the building, and why do they still appeal to/make an impression on people?  Was the Globe the only theater of its kind, or was it representative of a bigger trend?



pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The creation of the Globe Theater only changed society in that the theater became connected to William Shakespeare.

William Shakespeare is, of course, the most famous playwright in the Western world (and perhaps the whole world).  Many of his plays are known to everyone in the West who has even as much as a high school education.  They give us many figures of speech, new words, and other things that have changed our society.

So, Shakespeare's works are an icon of his period and they continue to affect our society today.  The Globe was connected to him.  Therefore The Globe (you can argue) changed society.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I think it's a little over the top to suggest that that the Globe changed society. It did popularize theater, and there were some advantages to reaching so many people. As with today, that media reflected and ultimately shaped society. So you could say it was the beginning of television!
mkcapen1 | Student

The Globe Theater formerly known as the Theatre was built in 1576 by James Burbage.  During Burbage's time plays and shows were performed buy troops of actors who traveled the towns and put on shows outside in fields, in taverns, at local inns, and under tents.  The Globe Theatre allowed the actors to have an indoor structure that was designed for the performance.  The structure was large enough to house several thousand people.

In many ways the Globe was like our movie theaters.  Many young people would skip their duties to attend a play.  It became an economic resource for the actors, owners, and vendors.  It brought forth a cultural explosion in the world of play-writing.  Other theatre's sprang up in London after seeing the success of the globe. Social classes were both able to see the plays at the theater's.Formerly this type of social entertainment had been open mainly to the wealthy.

Burble sold the Globe but after finding a flaw in the lease was able to buy it back.  He dismantled it and moved it to a new location across the river.  The second owner had wanted to tear it down for other usage. 

The stability of the Globe allowed for better stage prompts. The acting troops were able to build elaborate sets changing plays from simple demonstrations of wit and drama to visions of meaning through scenery.  Special effects were used such as smoke effects, water falling, and cannon's and guns sounding off. 

William Shakespeare and his troop performed at the Globe.  His great works and the newly formed competition spurred onward by the establishment of competing theatre's led to some of the most famous plays in history. 

The Globe is an icon for the change in theatre and the transition from the moving stage to an affixed stage.  It was the beginning of elaborate scenery, specialized effects, and ignited a battle among playwrights.