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Shakespeare's hit play, Romeo and Juliet.

In Shakespeare's hit play, Romeo and Juliet, two star-crossed lovers fall for each other with the conflict of their parents rage.William Shakespeare grew up in a middle class household, along with seven siblings. He attended school for about nine hours each day. By November of 1582, he received a license to marry a woman named Anne Hathaway. They married once Shakespeare was 18, and Anne was 26. They had a child named Susanna, along with twin boys, Judith and Hamnet.

The anxiety ran high in the late 1500's and early 1600's. By the 1603, James I had hopes in calming the people of England, and brining peace. "Shakespeare’s plays reveal a shift from optimism to pessimism. All his early plays, even the histories and the tragedy Romeo and Juliet, have an exuberance that sets them apart from the later works." He slightly succeeded, but was soon unable to fulfil his intended duty as the king. Shakespeare used the world around him to write about. He wrote about the tragedies taking place, and the world events going on. " After 1600, Shakespeare’s dramas show the confused, gloomy, and often bitter social attitudes of the time. During this period, he wrote his greatest tragedies."
Shakespeare's ancient Globe Theatre

In 1576, James Burbage built the Theatre just outside of London. The Theatre was torn down some time after its opening. "In 1576, outside the city walls of London, an actor-manager named James Burbage built the first permanent theater in England. He called it the Theatre." It's remains were used by Shakespeare and his crew to construct the Globe Theatre. The Globe Theatre was known as the "wooden O", due to its round, circular shape. "In his play Henry V, Shakespeare called his theater a 'wooden O' It was a large, round (or polygonal) building, three stories high, with a large platform stage that projected from one end into a yard open to the sky." The theatre consisted of an inner stage, with a balcony placed just above the stage, a skylight, a platform stage, and trapdoors as its main setting. "Above the inner stage was a small balcony or upper stage, which could be used to suggest Juliet’s balcony or the high walls of a castle or the bridge of a ship."

Shakespeare's experience in London, Stradford, and traveling make up his remarkable career we know today. Shakespeare started his journey at a very young age. William Shakespeare grew up in a middle class household, along with seven siblings. He grew up in an unstable home, with a rough family. Shakespeare's father was a man named John Shakespeare. "After spending some time farming in Snitterfield, John acquired an immense amount of money and began to expand his horizons." John purchased property and a house in Stradford. John was a part of the Stradford council as well as being committed and involved in attending council meetings. In 1569, John was prosecuted for illegal wool- dealing. Not long after, in 1570-1572, John was accused for excessive loan charges. He was also accused a second time for illegal wool-dealing. John quickly struggled with financial issues, which took up to much time. Therefore, John stopped attending council meetings for Stradford. By 1578, John was desperate for money. " John began selling land for money, mortgaging his wife's inheritance, and sharing parts of the Snitterfield property." This all makes up Shakespeare's journey and his life as he progressed as a play writer.

Commentary: As a young boy, William grew up with an open mind to the world. While maturing as a young man, he moved from Stradford to London to start a better life. Once he reached London, Shakespeare made a name for himself and started what would soon be an extremely successful career. In closing, Shakespeare has left his mark on the world, and will never be forgotten. Not only his work, but his journey will be remembered forever as well.


Created with images by MikeBird - "shakespeare king lear ancient" • Mike Licht, - "Romeo & Juliet Balcony Scene, based on a 1936 MGM photo" • irinaraquel - "Francesco Hayez - Romeo and Juliet" • kevinofsydney - "the globe theatre"

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