William Shakespeare

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Shakespeare's Background and Accomplishments

William Shakespeare was supposedly born on April 23rd, 1564. When he was 18 years old, he married Anne Hathaway, who was 26 years old at the time. Together, they had three children, Susanna, Judith and Hamnet. Unfortunately, Hamnet died at the age of 11 due to the Bubonic plague.
Later in his life, Shakespeare helped establish the Globe Theater located in London. However, a cannon spark caused the building to catch fire and burn down in 1613.
While it is still unknown what the actual date of William Shakespeare's passing was, it is commonly thought that it is April 23rd of 1616. His legacy is carried out through work that he has created that still remains unequaled even after 400 years.

Life in Elizabethan England

Terms and Titles:
-Fletchers (make and sell arrows)
-Apothecary (A place to receive drugs or medical attention)
-Barber Surgeon (Someone to go to for dental work)
-Nurse (Someone in a household that takes care of infants and young children)
-Maid (female servant)
-Groom (male servant)
-Steward (the head of a household)

Life in Elizabethan England also had some aspects that were just grotesque. For example, there was no sewage system, so it wasn't uncommon to come across someone else's *ahem* dookie on your daily stroll. Not to mention the severed heads on the temple bar and the London bridge, there were plenty of disgusting things about this period.

Shakespeares's plays

William Shakespeare is perhaps most famous for the plays he wrote. His works include ten plays about history, ten plays based on the theme of tragedy and seventeen comedy plays. Some of his most famous plays were "King John" (history), "Romeo and Juliet" (tragedy) and "Midsummer Nights dream" (Comedy).

Sickness in Elizabethan England

During the Elizabethan times the Bubonic plague was a huge problem. The disease was mainly spread by fleas piggybacking on rats. Also called the "Black Death", households infected by the disease were sealed off from the outside and families were not allowed to leave. However, they were not abandoned. Watchmen would lower food in a basket through a high window periodically and check on the family every once and a while.
In fact, the Elizabethan Globe Theater closed in 1593, 1603 and 1608 due to outbreaks of the disease.

A Quote and its Meaning

-A quote from Shakespeare's play, "Twelfth Night"-
"I know of none;
Nor know I you by voice or any feature:
I hate ingratitude more in a man
Than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness,
Or any taint of vice whose strong corruption
Inhabits our frail blood."

Here Shakespeare has a character talking to another man. The character who is speaking is talking about how he doesn't know the man, or he doesn't recognize him. He then talks about how he hates the ungratefulness of a man more than any other bad traits a human could have.