The influence of Shakespeare’s personal life on his plays/ writing:
Personal events in his life, such as the death of his son Hamnet, had influenced many plays, such as Hamlet, and lead to his plays featuring many deaths. Some say that to support his young family (before he started writing) Shakespeare apprenticed in his father’s glove making trade, and his plays are filled with reference to the tools and details of that life. For instance, Mistress Quickly in The Merry Wives of Windsor refers to “a glover’s pairing knife,” and Mercution jokes about Romeo’s “wit of a cheveril”( a very soft and flexible kid-skin). Shakespeare’s own love life probably influenced his plays as well. Romeo, a character in many of his plays, easily falls in and out of love. Some people believe that Shakespeare’s life was also like this. Shakespeare’s contact and evident interest in the court have influence many of his plays. In Shakespeare’s comedies, the world of the court is often contrasted with that of a “green world,” or rural area. In these comedies, among them As You Like It, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Merchant of Venice, the pretence of the urban upper class prevents lovers from being together. Having the Upper class people leaving to be with the Lower class people in the country regions. The courts of his tragedies are vicious circles fed by murderous ambition. In Othello, Othello alone does not exist in the world of the court, and it alone does not address the lengths to which people will go in order to secure a place on the throne.
To fully understand his works, I would need to know about the Elizabethan era:
Due to the plague, theatres were being continuously closed and re-opened to prevent sickness from spreading. Queen Elizabeth helped the world of Elizabethan theatre grow by creating the Swan theatre and getting involved with plays. She gave Travelling Actors easement to London. Queen... [continues]
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