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William Shakespeare<br />By: Linda Nguyen, Kristina O’Sullivan, Josiah Eustace, Steven Sebzda, and Raj Choksi<br />
Life<br />Born in 1564 (Birth date not exact)<br />Born in Statford-upon-Avon market town<br />Father is John Shakespeare and Mother is Mary Adler<br />William had two sisters who died before him in childbirth<br />Other siblings include, Gilbert, Richard, Edmund, Joan, and Ann who died at age 7<br />
Life continued…<br />Met wife, Anne Hathaway, and got married at age 18 when she was 26<br />Died on April 23, 1616<br />Buried inside Holy Trinity Church <br />Considered holy to be buried inside a church rather than in a graveyard<br />
Schooling<br />Never finished school<br />Dropped out at age 14<br />Only got 7 years of education<br />Attended school for free when father was elected for many civic positions, but dropped out when he had financial problems<br />Learned little Latin and Greek<br />
Inspiration to Write<br />His wife and marriage<br />Sexual urges<br />Wanted to prove that he was better than upper classmen<br />First period of writing: Roman and medieval times<br />Second period of writing: style, lives of kings<br />Third period of writing: tragedies<br />Fourth period of writing: romantic tragicomedies <br />
Relationships<br />Married Anne Hathaway who was 26 when he was 18<br />She was 3 months pregnant at the time<br />Shakespeare shows that he regretted his marriage in his writings <br />He had 3 children, Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith<br />Spent about 40 days a year with them due to the plague<br />
Failures and Successes<br />Henry Wriothesley became patron for Shakespeare<br />Plays were not published until years after their creation<br />Wrote 10 plays, mostly comedies and historical, between 1593 and 1598<br />Wrote about two plays per year until 1611<br />Shakespeare had a slow start because most writers were published in their 20s, but he wasn’t published until his 30s<br />
Failures and Successes continued…<br />A Midsummer Night’s dream was performed for upper class<br />Romeo and Juliet was an instant success among young people<br />Young men wrote down Romeo’s lines to attract young women<br />1594-1596: gains recognition as leading London playwright<br />1595: Acting company (Lord Chamberlain’s Men) builds The Globe Theater and Shakespeare receives 10% of profits<br />
Failures and Successes Continued…<br />Wrote 38 plays and 154 sonnets<br />1595: Shakespeare named senior member of Lord Chamberlain’s Men<br />1603: Lord Chamberlain’s Men performs at court more than any other acting company<br />1596: Granted a coat of arms and buys 2nd largest house in Stratford<br />
Recreation<br />Played games like<br />Balancing a barrel<br />Dancing<br />Wrestling<br />Jousting<br />Boxing<br />Tumbling<br />
Authorship<br />Many critics say that Shakespeare took lines from other plays and put them in his own<br />Borrowing work from other authors was expected at the time<br />Lack of education plays a big part<br />Renaissance, sea life, medicine, and law are shown in plays, considering his village and school, he shouldn’t have learned any of these topics<br />Many writers have also been successful and had a lack of education as well<br />
Authorship continued…<br />Footprints that he left behind show that he should have headed toward a literary dead end<br />Out of his 6 signatures, 3 are incomplete and 3 are illegible so he was considered illiterate<br />Even his daughter never learned to write <br />