SHAKESPEARE

William Shakespeare

WILL'S BIOLOGICAL BACKGROUND

William was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon allegedly on April 23, 1564. He married a woman nearly 8 years older than him, her name was Anne Hathaway she was 26 and william was only 18. They had 3 children together, susana, hamnet, and judith. sadly, hamnet died at age 11.

Shakespeare did many great things in his lifetime, one of them was helping to establish the globe theatre in london which ended up burning down in 1613. shakespeare crafted a body of work that will never again be equaled in western civilization, his legacy has endured for 400 years.

William Shakespeare allegedly died on his birthday, April 23 1616.

LIFE IN ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND

William was born in the Elizabethan era of England. Back in the day, you get get your arrows from the fletcher and bows were bought from the bowyer.

The apothecary prepared and sold you medicines and drugs.

If you needed dental work, you would go and see the barber surgeon. If you had a baby you could hire a nurse to breast feed you baby, she would do this for about two years.

A female servant was known as a Maid, and a male servant was known as a Groom. If you were leaving on a trip, your steward would look after your house while you were gone.

THE CITY OF LONDON

London in the Elizabethan era was not the same as it is now, the streets were narrow and slippery but not because of rain, people had no place to empty their chamber pots so they emptied them out the window. This caused the city to smell really bad because there was no drainage.

London was not a sober city, every body was tipsy because nobody drank water. everybody drank ale and the better sort drank wine.

Although, not everything was bad, the city was rich with silver. It has more silver then Milan, Rome, Venice, and Florence put together.


SHAKESPEARE'S PLAY'S

Shakespeare's plays fell into three different categories, history, tragedy, and comedy. He created a total of about 37 plays, 10 in the history theme including king john, 10 in the tragedy theme like Romeo and Juliet , and 17 in the comedy theme like taming of the shrew.

THE BUBONIC PLAGUE

Also known as the Black Death was a sickness in the Elizabethan era. If people caught the sickness, they were put in there houses and were locked and bolted in from the outside. The victims were not allowed to leave and neither was anyone else allowed to enter.

The only way they were able to get food is if a basket was lowered from an upper window for the watchmen to put food into it.

The disease was mainly spread by fleas, that lived on rodents and animals.

Very serious outbreaks of the black death was the cause for the globe theater to close three times, in 1593, 1603, 1608.

Twelfth Night Quote

I know of none,

Nor know I you by voice or any feature

I hate ingratitude more in a man

than lying, vainess, babbling, drunkenness

or any taint of voice whose strong corruption

inhabits our frail blood.


I think he is saying this because someone was showing one of these trait and it made him angry so he voiced his opinion