Introduction to Shakespeare

Description of Shakespeare and MacBeth

About Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was born on April 26th, 1564. Growing up, Shakespeare went to one of Stratford’s junior schools, where he learned to write, but he left the school at the age of 14 or 15. Then, at age 18, he married Anne Hathaway, who was 8 years older than him. He had 3 children with Anne. When he got older, he started to write plays, but then plague broke out in London so theaters had to close. This caused Shakespeare to take up poetry. In 1596, he became a founding member, actor, playwright and shareholder of the Lord Chamberlain’s men. He was very successful throughout his lifetime, becoming wealthy and at one time owning one of the largest properties in Stratford. In 1616, Shakespeare died very wealthy.


Macbeth was the king of Scotland during the 11th century. He was also the basis fir Shakespeare's play MacBeth.

Is There a Curse in the Production of MacBeth

People wonder, is there a curse associated with MacBeth? This curse is that if you recite the play, something horrible will happen to you and/or the stage. This has happened on multiple occasions throughout the history of MacBeth. This makes people come to the conclusion that the play MacBeth is cursed.
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Other "Curses"

How is Yoda Associated With Shakespeare?

Yoda could be compared to Shakespeare because of the way he uses his words. For example, Yoda says, "Strong you are, Luke", which means in Modern English, "Luke, you are strong". This is the same thing with Shakespeare. For example, Shakespeare states in MacBeth, "The castle of Macduff I will surprise" when Shakespeare really means, "I will surprise the castle of Macduff".
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Shakespeare Language Video

Shakespeare - The History of English (3/10)