Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragic plays. It is considered a tragedy because the main character has a tragic flaw, and this is the cause of his downfall. One major reason for his downfall is how corrupted he becomes due to the power he has. Shakespeare utilizes the aspect of corruption of power in Macbeth.
William Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564. Ironically, it is on the same date, just 52 years later that he dies. William had 6 other siblings, of which he was the third oldest. Their names were Joan, Margaret, Gilbert, Joan, Anne, Richard, and Edmund. The first Joan, Margaret, and Anne all died when they were very young. The Shakespeares lived in Stratford, England for the first 20 years of his life, where his father was a key part in the community. William Shakespeare’s father, John Shakespeare, was a member of the yeoman class. His mother Mary Arden was of the gentry, a higher social class. At this time it was normal for a woman to marry beneath her social ranking, and for a man to marry someone higher than him (Boyce, “Shakespeare…”).
William most likely attended the Stratford Grammar School, however there are no records of his time their. This was a very good school and because his father was an official of Stratford, it was free for all of the Shakespeare children. While in school, Shakespeare mostly studied Latin, and Latin authors. Ovid, Livy, and Virgil can all be traced from some of his works. One of the textbooks used in his day is seen in a couple of his plays, one of which is The Merry Wives of Windsor. After leaving school at age 15, Shakespeare went off to find a job to help pay off his family’s financial issues. There were many jobs in which he could have been employed, shown in his vast background of jobs in his plays (Boyce, “Shakespeare…”).
Around 1582 Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway. She was eight years older than him at the time, and he was only 18 when they got married. Together they had three children, Susanna, Hamnet, and Judith Shakespeare. One of the reasons he married her so young and quickly was because they had an affair, and she got pregnant (Boyce, “Shakespeare…”).
Shakespeare’s life during the “Dark Years” is a mystery. There are claims he was a butcher, soldier and in the publishing industry. There is also a theory that he was a secret Catholic, and at one point was in training to become a priest. He would not have been able to proclaim his religious views because England was Protestant. Many Catholics were put through very harsh punishments, and sometimes lead to death. Stratford was considered to be the center of secret Catholicism (Boyce, “Shakespeare…”).
By 1589 Shakespeare was in London, and by 1592 a well-known playwright. Many people respected and looked up to him. In his early years, he worked with people on plays, not alone as many today think. The plays such as Titus, Edward III, and Henry VI were all worked on in groups with other authors. Not only did Shakespeare collaborate...