World of Shakespeare

Research Project by Riya Thapa

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Shakespeare's Life

1. William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the english language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist

2. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden, in 1564.(his exact birthdate is unknown)

3. Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway when he was 18. She was 26 and was pregnant with his child.

4. He died on April 23, 1616, on or near his 52nd birthday, in Stratford-upon-Avon. The words “Curst be he that moves my bones” were inscribed on his grave.

5. Shakespeare has 7 siblings and three children, a son named Hamlet who died in 1596, and two daughters, Susanna and Judith.

6. He wrote a total of 37 plays and 154 sonnets.

7. There is not much known about his early life and nobody knows what Shakespeare did between 1585 and 1592

8. Shakespeare has been credited by the Oxford English Dictionary with introducing almost 3,000 words to the English language.

9. Shakespeare's 10 most famous plays are Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Or What You Will, Julius Caesar, Richard III, Macbeth, Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet.

10. During Shakespeare's lifetime, many of his greatest plays were staged at the Globe Theatre and the Blackfriars Theatre.

Role of Women in Shakespeare's Time

Although England was ruled by a woman in Shakespeare's time, the Elizabethan society was controlled by men. Women were considered the weaker sex and in need always of being protected. When married, women were expected to bear children, for childbearing was considered an honour. As head of the household, the husband was allowed to chastise his wife, and often women were not allowed to inherit property.

Women who were educated were not allowed into the professions; they were permitted to write literature, providing the subject was suitable. Acting was considered unsuitable; for this reason, young men played roles in Shakespeare's time.


My Insult

Thou weedy fool-born rascal!