William Shakespeare's Life

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Although it was at war with the powerful Spanish state, England was still a country full of strength and vitality under the reign of Queen Elizabeth entering the Renaissance a hundred years after Italy. In the field of literature, the Cultural Revolution was initiated by the genius of playwright, William Shakespeare. Overturning a tradition that had his origins from the time of Aristotle, according to which art imitates nature, has combined Shakespeare comedy, tragedy, history and drama, becoming one of the few narrators venerated by both the masses and the world of royalty. But how was actually the life of William Shakespeare, the man whose work has received universal recognition over more than four centuries being the most read after the…show more content…
As Byron wrote Shakespeare’s father ‚John was a popular and respected fellow. In 1556 he took up the first of many municipal positions when he was elected borough ale taster’ (Byron, 34). William Shakespeare’s mother was described by Bryson, in his book entitled: Shakespeare: The World as Stage, ‘Mary Arden, provides us with a history that is rather more straightforward, if not tremendously vivid or enlightening. She came from a minor branch of a prominent family. Her father farmed, and the family was comfortable, but probably no more than that’ (Bryson, 36). After William, the couple had more four children, three sons and a daughter. During that time the family owned quite numerous properties and from a financial perspective they were doing quite well. Even in those days Stratford was a simple town of farmers deprived of any cultural influences. It seems like some theater companies from London, such as Queen Elizabeth's Men or Lord Chamberlain's Men, went through this part of the country, between 1569 and 1579, giving public performances. Also, the Earl of Leicester's Men troupe, led at the time by James Burbage, had three theatrical tournaments in that area during 1573-1579. According to the tradition, the wealthy families of the town used to host such theater companies. Due to the social position of his father, the young William had the enormous…show more content…
John Shakespeare's business was in decline when William was 12, and two years later, in 1579, the situation has worsened so much that he was forced to sell the property of his wife. There is no written record stating that William Shakespeare pursued higher education, and researchers agree that he interrupted his studies at the Grammar School at the age of 14. The literates of the time were mostly educated at Oxford University and at Cambridge, so it must have been a big disappointment for the young talent to be forced to abandon his education without the chance to attend a university. The real reason behind of John Shakespeare’s bankruptcy is undiscovered, but it is supposed that he was marginalized both in financial and social terms, for the fact that he was catholic in a time in which Protestants were in control and they were exercising their
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