Shakespeare's Life BY: Auburne Edwards

Shakespeare influenced the world through his early, middle, and late life.

Early Life: "Beginning at about the age of 7, William probably attended the Stratford grammar school with other boys of his social class. The school’s highly qualified teachers were graduates of Oxford University."(Lander). Commentary: At a very young ago Shakespeare was very gifted in grammar. He was a pretty smart kid.

"In addition, the ability to read Latin was considered a sign of an educated person. Young Shakespeare may have read such outstanding ancient Roman authors as Cicero, Ovid, Plautus, Seneca, Terence, and Virgil."(Lander). Commentary: Shakespeare was gifted with the about to read Latin when he was young, He would read many old authors books so he could see many different ways people write. Also so he could understand what people would enjoy.

MIddle Life:"A few years after he left school, in late 1582, William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway. She was already expecting their first-born child, Susanna, which was a fairly common situation at the time."("Shakespeare"). Commentary: Shakespeare got married at a young age and had kids pretty young. He was 18 when he got married to his wife Anne Hathaway.

"William and Anne had three children together: Susan was born May 26, 1583. And twins,Hamnet and Judith, were born February 2, 1585.

The "lost years" is a seven year period that began after the birth of Shakespeare's twins, where scholars have no records of Shakespeare at all. Shakespeare re-appeared in London as a playwright around 1592. 15 of Shakespeare's attributed plays had been publish up to 1597, when he purchased "New House" for his family."(Marvel). Commentary: Shakespeare didn't have a lot of kids. Considering he can from a very big family. For seven years no scholars have any records of Shakespeare. They call it the "lost years."

Final years: Among the last plays that Shakespeare worked on was The Two Noble Kinsmen, which he wrote with a frequent collaborator, John Fletcher, most likely in 1613. He died on April 23, 1616—the traditional date of his birthday, though his precise birthdate is unknown. We also do not know the cause of his death. Commentary: Shakespeare spent his last years doing what he loved. He died only a couple before his birthday. He would have been 53.

Kinsmen, which he wrote with a frequent collaborator, John Fletcher, most likely in 1613. He died on April 23, 1616—the traditional date of his birthdaAmong the last plays that Shakespeare worked on was The Two Noble ​​​​​​​y, though his precise birthdate is unknown. Commentary: Shakespeare spent his last days writing "The Two Noble Kinsmen." At least he was doing what he loved.

Works Cited

AndersonWil, Robert. “William Shakespeare’s Life.” Holt Literature & Language Arts: Mastering the California Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, by G. Kylene Beers et al., Austin, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2003, pp. 776-77.

Henry and Emily Folger, Folger Shakespeare Library. Folger Shakespeare Library, Henry and Emily Folger, www.folger.edu/shakespeares-life.

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

People Who Made History: William Shakespeare by Laura Marvel, 2004. William Shakespeare, Laura Marvel, 2004, briannasshakespearepage.weebly.com/mid-life.html.

“William Shakespeare.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. History Reference Center. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.

WSP L’s. Shakespeares Life, www.folger.edu/shakespeares-life.

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