William Shakespeare's Life and Accomplishments

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William Shakespeare was born in the year 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, which is in the United Kingdom. William was the third born child in the Shakespeare family, son to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden, and brother to Gilbert, Richard, Edmund, Joan and Judith. William’s father, John, was a successful merchant, however WIlliam’s birth seemed to impoverish the family, with John’s wealth decreased by a substantial amount. William attended a school for the underprivileged and received a basic education. By 1592, William had begun his career as actor and playwright and had his first few performances published. By 1597, he had 17 more of his plays published as public performances. By this time, Shakespeare was known as one of the richest people in England, as he bought the second largest house in Stratford-upon-Avon. In 1599, Shakespeare and his group built their own theatre near the Thames river. They decided to call the theatre The ‘Globe’. Shakespeare’s first plays performed at ‘The Globe’ were Richard II,Henry VI parts 1,2 and 3. These plays were all Histories and comedies and he did not begin to make tragedies until 1600. Shakespeare’s later plays, before his death were called tragicomedies. These, as from the title, were tragedies involved with some humour.

Shakespeare passed away on April 23rd, 1616, on his birthday. His death place is not known however, but he was buried at Trinity church. He was only 52 at the time. William Shakespeare lived in the Elizabethan Era, which spanned from 1558 to 1603. The era was named after the queen that ruled during 1558 to 1603, Elizabeth I. The Elizabethan era was a great time where many arts and was a new beginning for European countries. London was a main area in the Elizabethan era as it w...

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...ough fleas and especially rats and mice. SInce the streets had open sewers, it was not difficult to contract this disease. Doctors in the era wore heavy clothing and masks so as to not get the disease and to protect themselves from passing it on. Medicine was basic and doctors did not know how to treat illness and often could not save their patients as they can today.

The Elizabethan era was a time during Queen Elizabeth’s reign and is known to be an important part of the world’s history.

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