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Transcript of William Shakespeare
William was presumed to be born on April 23, 1564 to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon, small town 100 miles northwest of London, in one of the three houses of John Shakespeare.
By the age of four or five, he attended King's school, where study material was extremely rigorous.
He grew up along with seven other siblings.
After many years in the globe theater and
acting, Shakespeare unfortunately passed
away at age 52 on April 23,1616. Shakespeare death remains a mystery, but there have been many conspiracy theories regarding regarding his sudden death however,
historians assume that he died from a fever.
The journey of the greatest English author who lived, who with his genius masterpieces inspired many more to come over our world's literature history.
The Life of William Shakespeare
By: Praneet Paruchuri
The playwright who changed the perspective of English
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."
Shakespeare's father, John
Mary Arden Shakespeare
Because his father faced financial problems in his businesses, Shakespeare did not attend a university, unlike his fellow playwright, Christopher Marlowe. Instead, at age 18, he married a woman called Anne Hathaway, who was 26 years and 3 months pregnant. Six months later, they had a baby named Susanna, and two years later, they produced twins, Hamnet and Judith Shakespeare
Susanna, Judith, and Hamnet
His first daughter, Susanna, married John Hall, producing Elizabeth Hall, and Judith married Thomas Quiney, resulting in three children named Shakespeare, Richard, and Thomas Quiney.
Historians do not know the exact day of his death, but
it is known that he died on his birthday. What a coincidence!
He was buried at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford- Upon- Avon
John Shakespeare was a successful wool merchant, farmer, alderman, tradesman,
glove and other leather goods maker. As a result, it's only inevitable for his son to learn at ann arduous school.
"A Stage for his Brilliance"
Shakespeare was a brilliant businessman, and most of his money had been derived from the Globe. The Globe theater was built in the autumn of 1599 for Lord Chamberlein's Men, and the lease for the land where it stood was shared among Burbage and Robert, and a group of actors: William Shakespeare, Will Kemp, Augustine Philips, John Heminges, and Thomas Pope.
Shakespeare left his family and during 1585-1592, he joined an acting company, Lord Chamberlein's Men, as both playwright and performer, where he also began to write some of his renowned plays.
Shakespeare had acted in a multitude of his plays, bringing forth the liveliness and plot, along with
Henry Condell, Richard Burbage, and
The Hope, the Swan, the Rose theater were other theaters along with the Globe.
Due to exceeding the 21 lease period, the constructors had to dismantle the original theater built in 1576 and construct it again in Southwark, on the south bank of Thames, known as Bankside.
The roof of the Globe had been destroyed when a cannon misfired during the play,
Henry the Eight! Consequently, the whole theater collapsed on itself, suggesting a new theater. The new theater was built in 1614, and stayed healthy until 1644.
His Astounding Work
William Shakespeare was known throughout London and Great Britain for his magnificent works. To keep the audience constantly entertained, he had to change the genre and the mood of his plays. The three genres he included were Histories, Tragedies, Comedies.
Real historical events
fictionalized and manipulated
by the author for entertainment, but still
conveys the information. Ex: Julius Ceaser
Plays full of bawdy
humor, with a typical ending of
marriages or parties. Silly antics,
and poking fun were incorporated for the
audience Ex:Twelfth Night
They were sob-torn stories that saddened the audience, and have plots that end in tragic death after many struggles the main characters faced. Ex: Romeo and Juliet
All of his Works
Shakespeare wrote a total of 37 plays!
All's Well That Ends Well
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
Love's Labours Lost
Measure for Measure
The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Merchant of Venice
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Taming of the Shrew
Troilus and Cressida
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Antony and Cleopatra
Romeo and Juliet
Timon of Athens
Henry IV, Part I
Henry IV, Part II
Henry VI, Part I
Henry VI, Part II
Henry VI, Part III
As mentioned earlier, Shakespeare had left Stratford-upon-Avon during 1585-92, to begin his auspicious and successful career as a playwright. He used his own experiences and situations from that time period, and began his playwright career with the play, Henry VI, in 1590. In addition to his personal experiences, he had to devote crucial amounts of time to read and muster information about mythology, history, emperors, etc.
His knowledge and plays brought him lots of fame and was loved throughout the nation. His plays grasped the attention of the audience, and with many plays brought stashes of money to his business.
Julius Caesar can be considered as both a Tragedy and History
As a Poet
Not only was Shakespeare exempt at fabricating plays, but also showed his talent at poetry. Along with the 37 plays he wrote, he also wrote 154 sonnets. Shakespeare often stuck to sonnets, 14 line poem with ten syllable in each line and an accent falling on every second syllable. Ten syllables in each line and the accent falling on every second syllable is the definition of his style, Iambic Pentameter. Sonnets originated in Italy and were introduced in England in the Tudor period, and Shakespeare had adapted to its style. Along with sonnets, he also wrote five long narrative poems. Shakespeare surely must've written more than 159 poems, but his extra work would've most likely been lost.
His poems were utterly dedicated to conveying many forms of love and beauty. Most of his poems, however, address his patron and sponsor, Henry Wriothesly. Moreover, Shakespeare wrote his riveting poems between 1593 and 1601.
When the theater closed due to the plague, he wrote two long narrative poems:
Because Shakespeare needed more income,and saw many others exceeding in poetry, he began composing poems.
The History of his Poems
Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece
Other long poems:
A Lover's Complaint, The Pheonix and the Turtle
One of his many sonnets:
Did You Know?
Some of Shakespeare's 400 year old plays have been adapted into modern movies
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
Taming of the Shrew
Taming of the Shrew
His Influence Upon The World
Shakespeare had invented approximately 1700 words, leaving our language a huge favor.
Many authors such as Charles Dickens were influenced by Shakespeare's behemoth work, leaving his words and phrases resounding in the current world.
His works have been adapted and are being performed more often than those of other playwrights.
Without Shakespeare, our beautiful language would have failed to flourish, and the simple human themes he expressed would have tragically been lost in a dark oblivion..
A Brief Summary:
“Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.”