‘Shakspere’: Projection

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“I could live in a walnut shell and feel like the king of the universe. (2.2.275-76)” As a playwright Shakespeare’s voice resonated, remaining strong throughout his work, changing but never faltering. Chronologically, his plays reflected his feelings towards personal experiences and events. Focusing on his tragedies forms concrete evidence concluding that his personal life was expressed throughout his work.
Initially, the notorious Bard lived during the Elizabethan era and, courting Anne Hathaway, had three children, Susanna and twins, Hamnet and Judith. Shakespeare was extremely talented with language, voice, and fluidity of writing to the point where many theorized he stole the plays from a more educated playwright. His being in poverty created a misconception that he was uneducated; however he attended a grammar school known as the King’s New School (Alchin). Born in April 1564, and he died on his birthday fifty-two years later. His first play was written and published in 1589, The Comedy of Errors (Johnson).
Much Ado about Nothing was estimated to have been Shakespeare’s eighteenth play, published in 1598 (Johnson). During which time, he received the title of “Principle Comedian” (Alchin), he also helped finance the construction of the Globe Theatre, making an exceptionally grand year for Shakespeare. Though Much Ado was a dramatic romance interlaced with comedic relief, it had tragic aspects. Claudio accusingly asked “Would you not swear, / All you that see her, that she were a maid, / By these exterior shows? But she is none: / She knows the heat of a luxurious bed; / Her blush is guiltiness, not modesty. (4.1.35-39)” This quote concisely sums up the theme of tragedy contained within, displaying disloyalty, accusation, and...

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...ndings of two fellow actors, John Hemmings and Henry Condell (Alchin).

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