William Shakespeare's Impact On English Culture

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William Shakespeare was a very recognized dramatist and poet. Even though he lived long ago, he still remains a very important figure in history and in the literary world. Shakespeare's life and career had greatly impacted the English culture during the Elizabethan Era.

William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. He was the son of John Shakespeare, a glove maker and a trader of farm produce, and Mary Arden, a landowner's daughter for a nearby village. His father started to gain positions in the government, but then he had to face financial issues until he died in 1601. Mary Arden and John Shakespeare had two babies before William, but they did not survive infancy. He attended King Edward IV Grammar School in Stratford, a
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In the King Edward IV Grammar School, students were taught ethics, logic, and rhetoric, and studied the works of famous authors, such as Horace, Ovid, and more (DISCovering Authors, 2003). When he was thirteen, he dropped out of school to help his father (Encyclopedia of World Biography, 12/12/98). At eighteen years old, he married a woman named Anne Hathaway, a daughter of a local farmer. When they got married, she was already pregnant. Anne and William had three children: Susanna, who was born on May 26, 1583, and Hamnet and Judith, twins that were born on February 2, 1585 (Barry Gaines, November 2014). Sadly, Hamnet died during childhood (Encyclopedia of World Biography, 12/12/98). From 1585 to 1592, William Shakespeare had gone through what is called his "Lost Years." During this time, there is no record or
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