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. Two years later Anne and William had twins, Hamnet and Judith, on 2 February 1585. The twins were christened at Holy Trinity. Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son, died from unknown causes on 11 August 1596, at the young age of eleven.
There is no record of Shakespeare for seven years after the twins were born. Historians call these years the “Lost Years”. There are a few stories about why Shakespeare disappeared off of all records. One story is that, he was caught poaching deer and rabbit on Sir Thomas Lucy's land and had to flee Stratford. Another story is that he was in Lancashire, working as an assistant schoolmaster.
In 1588, it is the estimated time that Shakespeare arrived in London, and made his name by starting off as an actor. The first document that shows Shakespeare's rise to fame was in 1592. The document is an insult from Robert Greene. It states “ For there is an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his Tygers hart wrapt in a players hyde, supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blank verse as the best of you: and beeing an absolute Johannes fac totum, is in his owne conceit the onely Shake- scene in a countrey.” (Rozakis 7) In his insult Greene accused Shakespeare of using other...