William Shakespeare Homosexuality

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William Shakespeare, who is considered as England’s national poet, is also known as the greatest dramatist of all the time. He was an English playwright, poet and actor. Since he was born in Stratford-upon Avon, England, English people take him as “Bard of Avon”. During his life, he wrote 39 plays, 154 sonnets, and few of other verses. But while most of his works are famous throughout the world, his personal life is shrouded in mystery. As people know, William Shakespeare wrote 153 sonnets. The first 126 sonnets are written for a noble young man, and the rest 27 sonnets are for a black lady. The first seventeen sonnets are Shakespeare’s precise massage to the young man which express himself. But beginning from the sonnet 18, there is an abrupt turning point: Shakespeare had completely fallen in love with the fifteen-year-old young man. Because of those “love poem”, there is a question raised generation by generation: was Shakespeare homosexual? Some people believe that it is an impossible question to answer since there is only a few information about Shakespeare’s personal life. But one fact is still certain: Shakespeare was in a heterosexual marriage. (Jamieson, Lee) William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway when he was 18 years old. Some researchers suggested that they married because they already have child out of wedlock. There is also a promiscuous women turned up in the black lady sonnet, in which he said the black lady is a woman he desired, but he should not love.
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