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The life of William Shakespeare. 1564-1616. Shakespeare’s birth. Baptized on April 26 th , 1564 Exact date of birth is unknown Assumed he was born on April 23 rd Baptism usually took place 3 days after birth Born in Stratford-Upon-Avon in a house on Henley Street

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shakespeare s birth
Shakespeare’s birth
  • Baptized on April 26th, 1564
  • Exact date of birth is unknown
  • Assumed he was born on April 23rd
    • Baptism usually took place 3 days after birth
  • Born in Stratford-Upon-Avon in a house on Henley Street
  • Father: John Shakespeare
  • Mother: Mary Arden
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Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Shakespeare’s birthplace,

House on Henley Street

shakespeare s marriage
Shakespeare’s marriage
  • Married Anne Hathaway on November 28th, 1582
    • Shakespeare, 18
    • Anne, 26 (considered middle-aged)
  • Assumed that their marriage was not a happy one
  • 6 mos. later, Susanna is born
  • 1585 Anne gives birth to twins
    • Hamnet and Judith
    • Hamnet dies of unknown causes at age 11
shakespeare s family
Shakespeare’s family
  • Family was pretty well-off
  • John  town mayor
  • John comes across some $ trouble
    • Possibly due to drinking
  • Almost all of Shakespeare’s siblings die at a young age
four periods of shakespeare s life
Four periods of Shakespeare\'s life
  • First period
    • Cheerful period, showing youthful love and imagination
      • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors
  • Second period
    • 1595-1601
    • Progress in Dramatic Art
    • Deeper insight to human nature
    • Sense of sadness
      • As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, Henry V, IV
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Four periods of Shakespeare\'s life
  • Third period
    • 1601-1608
    • Time that Shakespeare may have been ‘out of sorts’
    • Father dies in 1601
    • Wrote many tragedies
      • Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear
  • Fourth period
    • 1608-1613
    • Calm strength and sweetness
    • Mother dies in 1608
    • Recollection of her kindness may have spurred the more positive outlook on life
      • Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest
shakespeare s lost years
Shakespeare’s lost years
  • First Lost Years
    • 1578-1582
  • Second Lost Years
    • 1585-1592
  • Not much information about S during this time period
  • People believe during these lost years Shakespeare:
    • Perfected his craft
    • Established himself as a dramatist
    • Gained experience at the theatre
shakespeare s death
Shakespeare’s death
  • Much like Poe, Shakespeare’s death is also a mystery
    • Possibly because of drinking
  • Dies on his 53rd birthday, April 23rd, 1616
  • S gives all of his land to his eldest daughter and gives Anne the “second-best bed”
    • Another hint to their unhappy marriage
the globe theatre
The Globe Theatre
  • Opened in 1599 in Bankside, Southward, London
  • Octagonal shaped building
  • Open air arena – circular shape
  • Two doors
    • Main entrance and exit door
  • Arena projected halfway into the pit
    • “Apron” stage
    • Stage extended past proscenium arch
    • Surrounded by three tiers of roofed galleries with balconies
the globe theatre cont
The globe theatre cont.
  • Could hold ~1,500 people
  • Shakespeare became part owner of the Globe
  • Virtual tour of the Globe
    • http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/about-us/virtual-tour
  • Destroyed by a fire on June 29th, 1613
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