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Life Of Shakespeare Essay, Research Paper
If only he really did look as good as Joseph Fiennes…
On April 13, 1564, the greatest writer to ever inhabit the Earth was born. Well, okay, we
aren?t exactly sure it was April 13. It could have been the 12th… or the 14th… maybe even the
15th. But we do know he was baptized on April 16th, so most historians think it was the 13th.
Okay, I just totally ruined my entrance. Can I start again?
On April 13, (or 12 or 14 or 15) 1564, the greatest writer to ever inhabit the Earth was
born. William Shakespeare, citizen of Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Son of John Shakespeare,
a respected glove-maker who held several local government offices, and Mary Arden, daughter of
a farming family with a respectable name. He was the third of eight children. Nothing eventful
has been discovered about his childhood. In fact, I only found one thing: at the age of seven he
attended the Startford Grammar School along with the other middle-class boys.
When Shakespeare turned eighteen, he decided it was high time to settle down… or at
least to get a wife. The lucky woman was Anne Hathaway, daughter of a farmer. Apparently,
dating younger men was cool back then too (she was twenty-six). They were married in
November of 1582. A few months later a daughter, Susanna, was born to them, followed by a set
of twins two years later, Hamnet (who, sadly, died at age eleven) and Judith.
The next period of Shakespeare?s life is known to historians as ?The Lost Years?. There
is absolutely no record of anything he did. I managed to dig up two possible explanations:
Shakespeare was caught poaching in Charlecote Park, so he decided to escape to London to
avoid persecution. The other, more plausible, idea was that he was a schoolmaster for some
years. Whatever the case, ?The Lost Years? ended when Shakespeare moved to London to begin
his acting career, leaving the wife behind (great role model for the kids).
Shakespeare began his theatrical education by joining a repertory theatre company,
basically a permanent company who presents a variety of plays week after week. He must have
been doing something right because by 1592 he was quite well-known. Well-known enough to
receive criticism from jealous fellow actors. Most famous is this pearl of wisdom from
?…an upstart Crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his ?tiger?s heart
wrapped in a player?s hide? [reference to Henry VI, Part II] supposes he is as
well able to bombast out a blank verse as the best of you: and being an
absolute Johannes fac totum [Johnny do everything] in his own conceit the only
Shake-scene in the country.?
The plague struck from 1592-1594, forcing all theatres closed. During this time
Shakespeare started work on his poetry, printing his first two works, Venus and Adonis and Rape
of Lucrece in 1593 and 1594, respectively.
When the plague lifted, Shakespeare returned to the theatre as both a stockholder and an
actor. He helped create the acting company Lord Chamberlain?s Men, with Richard Burbage as
the star actor. In another business venture, he became the co-owner of the outdoor Globe
Theatre in 1599, marking the start of his wealth. 1599-1608 was all about writing, and
Shakespeare was darn good at it too. He began writing two plays a year, and some of his best
works were from this period: Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Henry V, Antony and
Cleopatra, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King Lear, and Othello. The fact that Shakespeare enjoyed
writing plays for audiences with strong social only served to enhance his appeal. In 1601,
Shakespeare?s father died, and Shakespeare inherited the right to dress as a gentleman, though
playwrighting was not on f the most highly regarded occupations at the time. Not only was he
rich, he could now dress the part as well. 1603 brought King James I as the royal patron to Lord
Chamberlain?s Men, now naming them ?King?s Men?. Another big property investment arose in
1609, this time an indoor theatre, Blackfriars. By 1612, Shakespeare was England?s most popular
Shakespeare wrote his last play in 1613, Henry VIII. He then retired to
Stratford-upon-Avon, his birthplace, which would also be his final resting place. On April 13,
(not the 12th, 14th, nor 15th) 1616, William Shakespeare died.
Though most people aren?t aware of it, William Shakespeare was more than just a writer.
He had a vast knowledge of music, law, the Bible, military science, art, politics, the sea, history,
hunting, woodcraft, and sports, and yet his only professional experience was in theatre. He wrote
thirty-seven plays. He also contributed a number of the phrases to the English language: ?fair
play?, ?a foregone conclusion?, ?catch cold?, ?disgraceful?, ?conduct?, ?assassination?, ?bump?,
?eventful?, and ?lonely?. He lives on through his work, which stands to be the most translated
literature ever, save the Bible.
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