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William Shakespeare. By: Sierra Rice Block 2. Early Life and Childhood. William Shakespeare was born on April 23,1564 in the little town of Stratford, England. He was born in the midst of the Elizabethan age. His parents were John and Mary Shakespeare, and he had several brothers and sisters.

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William shakespeare

William Shakespeare

By: Sierra Rice

Block 2


Early life and childhood
Early Life and Childhood

  • William Shakespeare was born on April 23,1564 in the little town of Stratford, England. He was born in the midst of the Elizabethan age.

  • His parents were John and Mary Shakespeare, and he had several brothers and sisters.

  • William went to grammar school like other boys in Stratford.

  • All of the students were taught Latin and many other languages

  • William’s father served as mayor for a time. He was also a prosperous business man.

Stratford-upon-Avon, England


Marriage career
Marriage & Career

  • He also wrote comedies, and a bloody melodrama.

  • By 1577, Shakespeare’s father was having some financial difficulties. Because of this Shakespeare had to drop out of school, and had to go to work.

  • At age eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, a woman from a respected family.

  • In the following two years they had three children; a girl named Susanna and then twins named Judith and Hamnet(a version of Hamlet).

  • By 1592, William had become a London actor. In London he learned the ways of the theatre

  • Also by this time he had written many plays. He had great variety and a gift for pleasing the audience. His most popular Success was a series of three plays called Henry VI.


Marriage career cont
Marriage & Career cont…

  • In late 1592 the bubonic plague ravaged London, killing ten percent of the population.

  • During this time, all the theatres closed forcing the actors to leave. In his spare time William worked on his first narrative poem, Venus and Adonis.

  • In 1594, Shakespeare began to make a name for himself as a playwright. The deaths of Christopher Marlow, Robert Greene, Thomas Kyd, George Peele, and John Lyly, left the stage open for Shakespeare.

  • Shakespeare became the head playwright with the Lord Chamberlain’s Men and wrote four of his most successful plays.

  • Later, he went on to work at the new theatre called the Globe and wrote several plays for them.


Retirement and death
Retirement and Death

  • By 1609, Shakespeare bought the second largest house in Stratford called New Place.

  • On April 23, 1616, Shakespeare died of an unknown illness, exactly fifty-two years from his birth.

  • He also kept a residence in London, and divided his time between country life in Stratford and city life in London.

  • His body was buried at Holy Trinity Church.

  • Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest playwright of all time and his legacy goes on forever.


Some of shakespeare s greatest work

Plays

Henry VI

Titus Andronicus

The Comedy of Errors

Love’s Labours Lost

King John

Richard III

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Taming of the Shrew

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Twelfth Night

As you Like it

Much Ado About Nothing

The Merchants of Venice

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Romeo and Juliet

Some of Shakespeare’s greatest work


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