A speech on Shakespeare and the plague.

Essay by le93Junior High, 7th gradeB, July 2006

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Shakespeare was born on the 23rd of April in year 1564 and died on the same day in 1616. He was baptized three days after his birth. He was son of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. He was their 3rd child and 1st son. Shakespeare's father was a leading member of the Common Council so he had a fair amount of money. From years 1571 to 1578, Shakespeare studied at King Edward VI Grammar School.

In 1582, William Shakespeare married Ann Hathaway who was eight years older than him. The married couple had their first child in 1583. Shakespeare's style of writing had a great impact on the Globe theatre. Some of his famous works included, Henry VI, Richard III, Hamlet, Taming of The Shrew, Midsummer night's Dream, Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, 12th Night, Much Ado About Nothing and The Tempest.

Shakespeare has a considerably large amount of reputation both in and out of his own country that has still lasted five centuries after his death.

Shakespeare was a great poet, playwright and actor.

In Shakespeare's time, there was a disastrous plague that wiped out half of England's population. This plague was the Bubonic plague and also called Black Death. Unluckily, nobody had the knowledge to explain or cure the plague. Today, the theory of the disease is that fleas around us receive bacteria that block up their stomachs causing them to become hungry so they start biting at the victim's skin. Any physical contact with the flea will spread the disease. The plague had many effects on the human body such as lymph node swellings called buboes. These buboes appeared on the groin and armpits. These would often ooze out blood and pus. The victims of this disease would also receive dark blotches and other minor symptoms like headaches, aching joints, nausea, vomiting and fever. The fever would raise a person's temperature to between 38ºC-41ºC. The victim of this terrible disease would die in seven days starting from when they receive this disease. The plague caused a large under population. Because there was no cure for this disease. The disease led to wrong religious beliefs. Jewish people had religious obligations to being clean and they didn't drink from public wells so the people of London began to blame the Jewish people for poisoning wells. Shakespeare was a great poet and his works are still used today in schools to educate children. The plague has caused a great effect on Shakespeare's life.