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The Similarities and Differences of Shakespeare and Cervantes

A compare and contrast on the lives, works, and ideas of the ever-so famous Cervantes and Shakespeare.
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The Similarities and Differences of William Shakespeare and Miguel Cervantes Their Lives! Their Ideas Their Works Conclusion Both Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare were amazing writers. They had talent that exceeded their time. For ages their writing and plays have been enjoyed again and again. Their works are a reminder of how excelled and great the time of the Renaissance was. Their lives, Their ideas, and Their works. Shakespeare Cervantes Similarities Shakespeare Cervantes Similarities Shakespeare Cervantes Similarities Neither had wealthy parents.
They were both born around the same time; about a ten or twenty year difference.
They both married.
Both were buried on the exact same day in the same year.
They both married.
Both studied literature. Born: April 23, 1564 He was born William Shakespeare, the third child of the merchant John Shakespeare and his spouse, Mary Arden.
Historians claim that Shakespeare attended a grammar school in his birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, but they cannot say this with surety, for it was never recorded. However, his great works support that he had a good education.
At the age 18, he married a woman named Anne Hathaway, whom bore him 3 children. The only son died at age 11 due to unknown causes.
For 7 years, he disappears of record, then shows up in London in 1588, in pursuit of playwright and acting.
By 1594, Shakespeare is already running an partner operation with other actors and comedians and writing and acting for Lord Chamberlain's Men (or the King's Men) .
In his time, his company was the most successful, and his works were very popular. His success allowed him to retire.
He died peacefully on his birthday in year 1616. Born: September 29, 1547 Cervantes was born in a small town near Madrid, as the fourth child of a struggling surgeon named Rodrigo de Cervantes and Doña Leonor de Cortinas.
Very little is known about his early life. Yet, it is thought that he studied at a humanist school in Madrid.
In year 1569, Cervantes traveled to Italy to accompany a nobleman, however, joined the Spanish army.While in the army, he fought very bravely in a battle and seriously injured his left hand; he lost all feeling in it. But it never him, and after a long recovery, he went back to the life of a soldier.
He and his brother enrolled for the army of Manuel Ponce de León, This army brought the brothers on a whirlwind of an adventure. They were captured by vicious pirates, imprisoned, and tried to escape-almost losing their lives in the process. and journeyed back home, poor and humiliated.
Debt weighed heavy on Cervantes, and he joined the army once again. When he returned from Portugal, he had a romance manscript and a new daughter.
After that last battle, he decided to settle down, and got married to a young woman and got a government position.
Twice he was arrested for having merchandise of a Catherdral, so it is said that don Quixote was written in prison.
After his stays in prison, he published his don Quixote and wrote many other famous stories.
After being accused of participating in a fight, Cervantes and his family were arrested and imprisoned for almost a week.
Before his death, he joined the order of San Fransisco, whom buried him in Madrid after his death, on April 23, 1616. In his writing, he liked to "layer" it; or make it seem more than it really is. For example, don Quixote; was it just a foolish man trying to be a knight, or was he making fun of the knights from the ages before him? This was the way he used illusion in his works.
Through his writing, Cervantes expresses two attitudes towards life; idealism and realism. In his works, he choose to never really stick with any philosophy, religion, or any ideology.
Shakespeare made his characters memorable by making them neither wholly evil nor wholly good. He made characters with flaws.
He twisted comedy and tragedy. Both liked to really twist their works. This gave a really original style in my opinion.
They also both thought that politics were very corrupt. Shakespeare was an artist; an artist of theatrical art, which stretched from comedies, tragedies, romance, and plays of history. and a writer, who wrote poetry. Not only did he write amazing plays, but he also was an actor, and would often play the parts of an old man. A List of His Plays Tragedies Comedies History Antony and Cleopatra Coriolanus
Hamlet
Julius Caesar
King Lear
Macbeth
Othello
Romeo and Juliet
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus Troilus and Cressida All's Well That Ends Well
As You Like It
Comedy of Errors
Love's Labour's Lost
Measure for Measure
Merchant of Venice
Merry Wives of Windsor
Midsummer Night's Dream
Much Ado about Nothing
Taming of the Shrew
THe Tempest
Twelfth Night
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Winter's Tale Cymbeline
Henry IV, Part I
Henry IV, Part II
Henry V
Henry VI, Part I
Henry VI, Part II
Henry VI, Part III
Henry VIII
KingJohn
Pericles
Richard II
Richard III His Poetry The Sonnets
A Lover's Complaint
The Rape of Lucrece
Venus and Adonis
Funeral Elegy They both were playwrights and poets.
Both wrote numerous plays and poems.
All of their writing was very popular and is still read today. Cervantes wrote numerous plays and only a few survived. He also wrote many poems. Yet what he is known for was his novels. The most famous of them is don Quixote A La Entrada Del Duque De Medina En Cádiz
A La Guerra Me Lleva
Al Túmulo Del Rey Felipe II En Sevilla
Bailan Las Gitanas
Don Belianís De Grecia A Don Quijote De La ManchaLetra
Ovillejos A List of His Poems (in Spanish) His Stories The Adventures of don Quixote- The most famous and greatest of them all. A story about a crazed man who wants to be a knight, it was extremely popular and sold in great quanities when it was published in 1605. It is said that Cervantes wrote it while in Prison. There are two parts to this novel, and the second is said to be the best.
La Galatea- Cervantes first story, was published in 1595. It was a humble romance, and though Cervantes promised a sequel, it was never published.
Novelas Ejemplares- a series of one act plays.
Ocho comedias y ocho entremeses- A tale of a great adventure.
Persiles y Sigismunda- What Cervantes thought as his best and was pubished in 1617. Citations "William Shakespeare." Encyclopedia of World Biography. 2004. Encyclopedia.com. 10 Feb. 2013 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.
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McMillan, Eric. "The first novelist and novel character." The Greatest Authors of All Time. Association Press, n.d. Web. 10 Feb 2013. <http://www.editoreric.com/greatlit/authors/Cervantes.html>.
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