William Shakespeare

Essay by prettyxkaykay December 2004

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As the name of the famous play "Romeo and Juliet" is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is Shakespeare. The name has been known throughout history for years, his plays are being performed in theatres worldwide, his sonnets have touched the hearts and souls of many, but who really is the genius behind all this? Young William Shakespeare was born to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden on April 23,1564. William was one of eight children. He was baptized at the Holy Trinity Church on April 26, 1564. He later attended Stratford Grammar School for a number of years that are unknown to the public, even to this day. At the age of eighteen, Shakespeare married a lady eight years older than him, Anne Hathaway. They had three lovely children; Susanna, and twins; Hamnet and Judith. Unfortunately Hamnet died at the age of eleven.

Around the year 1588, Shakespeare went to London to entrench himself as an actor and playwright.

Of coarse Shakespeare was "the envy of all for his talent in writing," as told by Robert Greene, a London playwright in 1592. By 1594, he was acting as well as writing for the Lord Chamberlains Men, and was a managing partner in the operation.In the mid 1590s, the plague drove all the theatres to close and that is when Shakespeare and his crew made plans for the Globe Theatre, which would eventually hold almost three thousand people during plays. The plays performed in the Globe Theatre had to appeal to every class in the society; common people, professionals, merchants, soldiers and the aristocracy.The Globe Theatre was an open air theatre and could therefore only be used during the summer. During the winter, Shakespeare's plays would have to be performed in an indoor theatre. Unfortunately in...