The Incredible Success of William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare’s work is known throughout the world and has been performed in countless hamlets, villages, cities and metropolises for more than 400 years. And yet, the personal history of William Shakespeare is somewhat a mystery. There are two main sources that provide us with a basic outline of his life. One source is through the plays, poems and sonnets he wrote, and the other source is from official documents, such as church and court records. But these sources can give only so much, they only tell us about specific events that happened that happened in his life, not much about the person experiencing them. William Shakespeare was a successful poet and playwright during the Elizabethan era, and became the most popular dramatist of his age.

Even though there are no known birth records for William Shakespeare, there are records of a baptizing that indicate he was born on or near April 23, 1564. (--) Shakespeares parents, John Shakespeare and Mary Arden, had five other children, Joan and Judith his two older sisters, and Gilbert, Richard and Edmund, his three younger brothers. John Shakespeare was a leather merchant and Mary arden was a local land heiress. Shakespeare’s father, John Shakespeare became a successful merchant and held official positions as alderman and bailiff, which is kind of like the mayor, before William was born. However in the late 1570's , John's wealth decreased.(--)

There are very few records of Williams childhood that exist, and barely any about his education. Scholars suspect he attended the King's New School, in Stratford, where he was most likely thought reading, writing and the classics. He would have most likely been qualified for free tuition due to the fact that he was the ...

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... they were no longer close. Still, there is barely any evidence that they had a difficult marriage, so it makes it hard to believe that theory. Some scholars observe that the term " second-best bed" refers to the marital bed, and the "first-best bed' refers to a bed used for guests.

Questions rose about the true authorship of Shakespeare's plays 105 years after he died. Literary critics and scholars began to suggest names like Christopher Marlowe, Edward de Vere and Francis Bacon:they were men that had a more known background; as the real authors of the plays. These ideas came from the fact that there isnt a lot of information about Shakespeare's life and due to the death of contemporary primary sources. Records from the Holy Trinity Church and Stratford government show that there was a William Shakespeare but none of them show he was playwright or an actor.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the personal history of william shakespeare is somewhat a mystery. there are two main sources that provide us with an outline of his life.
  • Explains that there are no known birth records for william shakespeare, but records of a baptizing indicate he was born on or near april 23, 1564.
  • Explains that there are very few records of williams' childhood that exist, and barely any about his education. scholars suspect he attended the king's new school, in stratford.
  • Explains that shakespeare was 18 when he married anne hathaway, who was 26 and pregnant, on november 28, 1582, in worcester, canterbury province. there are no records of his life for the seven years after the twins were.
  • Explains that shakespeare was a managing partner in an acting company in london, the lord chamberlain's men, by the early 1590s.
  • Compares the convention writing style of shakespeare's earlier plays with his creative style. william used unrhymed iambic pentameter to write his plays.
  • Describes shakespeare's works including: all’s well that ends well, cymbeline, the merry wives of windsor, much ado about nothing, pericles, prince of tyre, taming of the shrew, twelfth night,
  • Explains that shakespeare's death is a mystery, with church records showing he was laid to rest on april 5, 1616 at trinity church.
  • Explains that there isn't a lot of information about shakespeare's life and due to the death of contemporary primary sources.
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