Shakespeare Project

By: Maddie Walker

Shakespeare's Background

Shakespeare had a mysterious past, in fact no one knows when he was born. Although people do know he was baptized on April 26, 1564. William had two older sisters and three younger brothers. There are very few records on his childhood or on his education. Some believe that he went to King's New School, an all boy's grammar school and academy. He married at the age of 18 to Anne Hathaway and the couple had three children.

The Elizabethan Era

Shakespeare was alive during the Elizabethan Era, the period of time in which Elizabeth I was in power. She became the Queen of England in 1558 and her rule lasted for 45 years. Queen Elizabeth valued arts and education and she was fond of the theater.

Shakespeare's Popular Plays

Shakespeare's Influence on Language Today

Shakespeare has given us many words and phrases we use today, such as gloomy, majestic, lonely, outbreak, and many others. There are some phrases like "in a pickle" or "a wild goose chase" are from his plays, those two examples are from Romeo and Juliet. Another phrase "a heart of gold" is from Henry V.


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