William Shakespeare

A Renaissance Writer

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How He Meets Castiglione's Requirements

Shakepeare meets Castiglione's requirements by his love of words and using them to vastly enrich the English language. He was a towering literature figure and was considered "not an age, but for all time." He expressed universal themes in everyday, realistic settings. His work shows ideals such as the complexity of the individual and the importance of the classics.

Where He Lived

Shakespeare lived in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. This is the only place he ever lived. He has said to have earned his living as an actor and playwright in London.

Who He Worked For

He worked mainly on his poems, writing, and literature. There is no other documents about his life that say anything about other jobs he had, or who we worked for.


  • He is said to have been born on or around April 23, 1564 and was baptized on April 26, 1564 in Statford-upon-Avon, England.
  • From about 1594 on, he was an important member of Lord Chamberlain's Men company of theatrical players.
  • His personal history is somewhat a mystery, with few written records about his life.
  • He was the third child of John Shakespeare, a leather merchant and Mary Arden, a local handed heiress.
  • He married Anne Hathaway on November 28, 1582 and had 3 children.
  • He wrote 37 plays total in his lifetime.
  • In 1599, he built his own theater that he called the Globe Theater where his playwrights were performed.
  • Tradition says that he died on his birthday on April 23, 1616 but church records show that he interred at Trinity Church on April 5, 1616.

Romeo & Juliet

One of Shakespeare's first works was Romeo and Juliet. This play is about two young-star crossed lovers who each come from major rivalry families and secretly wed, causing many problems for themselves and their families. This play is a romantic tragedy.

Twelfth Night or What You Will

This is a gender confusion comedy in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves. This was one of Shakespeare's earlier works.


This is one of Shakespeare's later works that is a play about a prince who returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle while in the meantime, war is happening. This is a tragic play.