William Shakespere Essay

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William Shakespeare was born sometime in 1564 in Stratford , Avon.He was born to local tanner John Shakespeare and Mary Shakespeare.His actual birthday is unknown but assumed to be on April 23rd, just three days before his baptism was recorded in the Parish of the Holy Trinity Church.In 1571 Shakespeare was thought to begin his formal education, if by local tradition. In local tradition, children in the Stratford area, entered the local grammar school at age seven. Four years later Queen Elizabeth paid a visit to Kenilworth Castle, very close to Stratford. It is believed that eleven year old William saw the Queen's procession, and recreated it several times later in his historical and dramatic plays.A few short years later in at age 18, William married an older Anne Hathaway, eight years to be exact. She was from a village just five short miles from Stratford. They were married on November 27th,1583 ."Somewhere between 1583 and 1585 Shakespeare is believed to have left his family in Stratford to join a company of actors, the Chamberlain's men."-web site 2 Thus, starting his career in theater.Shakespeare and his wife had eight children, including his daughter Susanna, twins Hamnet, Judith, and Edmund. Susanna received most of Shakespeare's fortune when he died in 1616 at age 52. Hamnet died at age 11, Judith at 77. Susanna died in 1649, at age 66.In the year 1590 Shakespeare is believed to have written his very first play, Henry VI, Part One this year. Just two short years later Shakespeare begins to be noticed as a force within London theater. In 1593 Shakespeare begins to compose the first of what will amount to a 154 sonnet collection. His narrative poem Venus and Adonis is his first ever published.In the year 1595 Shakespeare was very busy as he is thought to have composed the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet ,along with two other plays. Two years later, Shakespeare bought the New Place, one of Stratford's most beautiful homes. "This fuels speculation today that William Shakespeare was really a successful businessman not just a play writer."-Microsoft Encarta 99 In 1599 The...

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