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The Life and Impact of William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare was considered one of the greatest playwrights the world has ever known. Did events in his childhood lead to this? Did his education play a role in his success? William Shakespeare was a very influential person of the 1600's and 1700's, who also had a great impact on our literary world.
Shakespeare's actual birth date is unknown, but records of his baptism on 26, April 1564 leads most historians to believe his actual birth date was two or three days prior to his baptism. Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Shakespeare was born to Mary Arden, his mother, daughter of a well off farmer and a descendent of the Arden's of Park Hall, an important Catholic family in the area. Shakespeare's father, John Shakespeare, who became the mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon. William was the third of eight children, three of which died in youth.
Not much is known about William's education. Most scholars assume he attended the grammar school in Stratford. Yet, no records prove this theory, yet his knowledge of Latin and Classical Greek can prove this. No records exist to reveal how long William may have attended school. But, what is certain is that he did not attend university schooling, which is why people question the authorship of his works.

At eighteen William Shakespeare married twenty-six year old Anna Hatheway. Since he was a minor he had to get his father's approval, and it was granted. On 27 November 1582, at Temple Grafton Church, Anne and William got married. Anne's family put a rush on the wedding and bought a wedding license to pass all the bans that were in place.
Six months after the wedding, the Shakespeares' first daughter, Susanna, was born on 26 May 1583....

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...p to Shakespeare as their role model.
Shakespeare changed the world greatly without him even realizing that he did. He left great stories and themes to learn and live by for generations to come. “ All the world's a stage, and all men and women are players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.” - William Shakespeare.

Works Cited

www.shakespeare-online.com/biography/timeline2.html www.shakespeare-online.com/biography/timeline3.html www.shakespeare-online.com/biography/timeline.html www.bardweb.net/man.html The Complete Idiots Guide to Shakespeare www.shmoop.com/william-shakespeare/timeline.html www.egs.edu/library/william-shakespeare/biography/ www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/history/tudors/shakespeare_early_01_.shtml www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/history/tudors/shakespeare_later_01_.shtml
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