William Shakespeare is known perhaps as the world’s most renowned playwright, over 400 years subsequent his death. The playwright lived and wrote during the Elizabethan Reign over England. It was during this period that Shakespeare produced his most performed, and likely most famously know drama; The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, more commonly known simply as Hamlet ("Hamlet." Gale Student Resources).
The reign of Queen Elizabeth I was an important time for Renaissance England. The country was dealing with the well-known English Reformation, following the reign of King Henry VIII (Robinson). During his reign, Henry VIII had begun …show more content…
His rise to Renaissance fame included 38 plays, 155 sonnets, and 2 narrative poems ("Shakespeare's Works." Folger Shakespeare Library).
Indirectly, William Shakespeare still affects the everyday life of many 21st century citizens. Shakespeare coined phrases such as "Own flesh and blood" from Hamlet ( Shakespeare, William, and Kevin Stanton), and even invented words such as "Assassination", which first appears in Macbeth (Shakespeare, William, Jesse M. Lander, and Kevin Stanton). Because William Shakespeare was believed to be born on April 23rd, 1564, there is limited information regarding his personal life ("The Life of William Shakespeare (1564–1616)"). He was baptized three days following his birth over 100 miles from London in the small town of Stratford-upon-Avon ("The Life of William Shakespeare (1564–1616)". It is presumed that Shakespeare attended the local grammar school, the King’s New School, in Stratford-upon-Avon, where lived for much of his life (Callow). Shakespeare’s family struggled with heavy debt throughout his youth, and Shakespeare never received a formal university education ("The Life of William Shakespeare