William Shakespeare

Steven Turgeon

Biographical Background

William Shakespeare was allegedly born April 23, 1574 in Stratford-Upon-Avon. When William was 18 he married Anne Hathaway on November 28, 1582. William and Anne ended up having 3 kids, Susana, and Hamnet and Judith unfortunately Hamnet died at the young age of 11.


William worked hard all his life, one of his accomplishments was that he helped establish The Globe Theater in London only to one day have it burn down. Unfortunately William pasted away on his birthday, April 23, 1616. William's legacy is a body of work that will never again be equaled in western civilization, His work has endured 400 years and it will not stop at that.

Life in Elizabethan England

The Fletcher made and sold arrows, the apothecary would get you drugs, the barber surgeon would do the dental work, and the nurse in your household would take care of your infants and children.


A male "maid" was a groom. The Steward will at all times bear himself like the chief officer of a great house.

William's plays

Shakespeare wrote three types of plays. There are 17 comedies, 10 tragedies, and 10 histories.


Comedy: The Twelfth Night


Tragedy: Hamlet


History: King John


Romeo and Juliet was a Tragedy

Sickness in Elizabethan England

The Bubonic plague was also known as the black death. If someone has caught the virus, the family's house was locked up with everyone inside, no one could enter or leave the house.


To get food, they would lower a basket from the window and a watchman would fill it with food.


Fleas was the main way that the disease spread.


In 1593, 1603, and 1608, there was a serious outbreak in the globe theater and it had to be shut down due to the virus.

Concordance of Shakespeare's work

Twelth 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.


I think this means that, this person doesnt know anything.

William Shakespeare Biography