Renaissance Literature

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The Renaissance period is not the only time in human history in which a culture has experienced a rebirth of older values or ways of life. Research one other culture that has taken such a renewed interest, and write a short paper about how this rebirth changed the culture.

William Shakespeare is regarded by many to be one of history’s greatest writers, and yet little is known of his background. Research what you can find of Shakespeare’s life and the historical details of town life and the theater of his time period. Write an essay describing what may have been a typical day for Shakespeare, including what it may have been like to work in the theater of his time.

Although the humanists did not intend this, their writings helped to spark the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation. Research the particulars behind each of these movements, and then compare the two views of religion. What is the same? What is different?

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