Shakespeare

Hamlet

Background:

Shakespeare is one of the most famous writer there ever was, some may even say that he is the best, but there is major parts of his life that stays a mystery. The only things we know of him; is his works and his records. One major mystery of his is actually his birth. The closest knowledge to his birth date are church records that indicate that a, maybe the, William Shakespeare was baptized at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26, 1564. Based on this knowledge scholars refers to April 23 as his birthday.

Shakespeare married his wife when she had her first pregnancy and two years later had a set of twins, Susanna, Judith and Hamnet. At the age of eleven, his son died from unknown causes. There this myth that Shakespeare died on his birthday, April 23, but some say that there are church records that he was there on the 25. It is true that he did die in the year 1616.

How did Shakespeare become famous?

Shakespeare was not just an excellent, he knew how to connect with the audience and most importantly he knew how to advertise his work to the world. Shakespeare even build his own theater in a high populated area, in 1599. Additionally, Shakespeare purchased leases of real estate near Stratford for 440 pounds, which doubled in value and earned him 60 pounds a year in 1605. These investments may have been the reason how he had the time to write his plays uninterrupted. Shakespeare had such a big effect on the world, that his influence still affects us today; common phrases, words, and even how modern material are written.

Hamlet:

Takes place during the late medieval period, viewing the life of the Prince of Denmark, Hamlet. Having his father die, he is angry that his mother, Queen Gertrude, would marry his Uncle, Claudius, making him the new king. Helmet thinks of his uncle as a untrustworthy person and is disappointed that his mother would let her lust cloud her judgement. Through the play, Hamlet has other antagonists he deals with and is also companied by the ghost of his father. Shakespeare uses different elements in the play, including: humor, death, rebelling, and drama that the audience can relate to from everyday life.

Citations:

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Shakespeare wife [Diagram]. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.nosweatshakespeare.com/resources/shakespeare-wife-anne-hathaway/

Shakespeare theater [Diagram]. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.nosweatshakespeare.com/resources/shakespeare-wife-anne-hathaway/

Helmet [Diagram]. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.nosweatshakespeare.com/resources/shakespeare-wife-anne-hathaway/