English 10 T/A
1 June 2012
The Life of William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare was a famous playwright and poet. He is most famous for his tragedy called “Romeo and Juliet”. Many students across the United States read or watch this play still today. Shakespeare lived a very unique life.
Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564 (William 322). No one is absolutely sure when he was actually born. It is guessed that he was born on April 23, 1564 since children were usually baptized a few days after they were born (William 322). Researchers believe that Shakespeare went to King’s New School for free even though there is no record of him going to grammar school (William 322). There is evidence in his writings that suggest he was taught to write at school (William 323).
William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway on November, 28, 1582 (Biography 1). They had a daughter named Susanna on May 26, 1583 (Biography 1). On February 2, 1585, they had twins named Hamnet and Judeth (Biography). The next seven years of his life are what are called “the lost years” by scholars because there were no records of Shakespeare (Biography 1). In the 1580s, Shakespeare went to London and worked as a horse attendant for a while (Biography 1). In 1592, he became an actor and playwright in London (Biography 1). At
around 1594, he joined a new acting company called the Chamberlain’s Men (William 323). The company changed its name to The King’s Men after King James I was crowned as king (Biography 1). In 1603, King James gave The King’s Men permission to play wherever they would like to in the kingdom (Life). This would lead on to bigger and better things for Shakespeare and his acting company.
Within the first fifteen years of being with The King’s Men, Shakespeare became very rich (William 324). He bought the second biggest house in Stratford, New Place, in 1597 (William 324). Two years later, he...