Life of Shakespeare

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Well-known throughout the world, the works of William Shakespeare have been performed in countless theatres in different hamlets, villages, and cities for more than 400 years. And yet, the person behind it is somewhat of a mystery to us. The only sources we have of his life are either his work (plays, poems and sonnets) or church and court records However, these only provide an outline and brief sketches of certain events in his life and provide little on the person who experienced those events. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire in the year 1564, the exact date is uncertain, however according to church records; Shakespeare was baptized on April 26th of the same year, which made most scholars believe that he was born on or near April 23rd (Wikipedia, n.d.). His father, John Shakespeare, was a glove maker and wool merchant and his mother, Mary Arden, was the daughter of a landowner from Wilmcote. William was the third child of john and Mary; he had two older sisters, Joan and Judith, and three younger brothers, Gilbert, Richard and Edmund. No records exist of William's childhood, and virtually none regarding his education. Scholars have assumed that he most likely attended the King's New School, in Stratford, which taught reading, writing and the classics. But this uncertainty regarding his education has led some to raise questions about the true authorship of his work and even about whether he really existed or not. At the age of 18 he got married to the 26 year old Anne Hathaway. Together they had three children Susanna, Hamnet and Judith. Susanna was born on May 26, 1583. Two years later, on February 2, 1585, twins Hamnet and Judith were born. Hamnet later died of unknown causes at age 11 (BBC, n... ... middle of paper ... ...s wasn't recognized until the 19th century. Beginning with the Romantic period of the early 1800s and continuing through the Victorian period, praise and acknowledgment for William Shakespeare work reached its height when new movements in performance have adopted his works in the 20th century. Today, Shakespeare’s plays are highly popular and constantly studied and reinterpreted in performances with diverse cultural and political contexts. The genius of Shakespeare's characters and plots are that they Explored human experience like no other writer before or since and talked about human condition, explains to us how we think and how we feel, the human psyche. He was one of the greatest playwrights of all time, if not the greatest, he mastered all genres, comedy, tragedy, history and tragicomedy, and thus giving a rich content that would survive till the end of days.

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