Short Essay on William Shakespeare

Early life

William Shakespeare was a remarkable author, a poet and an actor. He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, and his parents were John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. There are no accurate records of William’s birthday, but his baptism was held on 26th April in 1564. Even so, people observe his birthday on 23rd April. This day is the Saint George’s Day. He had seven siblings, and he was the third born.

Records show that Shakespeare studied at King’s New School which was a free school. At school, they learned grammar and basic Latin text.

Marriage and family

Shakespeare married his wife called Anne Hathaway while he was 18 years and she was 26 years. Six months down the line they had a baby girl and named her Susanna. They also had twins about two years later. A son (Hamnet) and a daughter (Judith.) Hamnet died when he was eleven years.

His theatrical and writing career

Between 1585 and 1592, Shakespeare was missing in action. But in 1592, some of his plays were presented on the London stage. There is no accurate information as to when he began writing. Shakespeare was attacked by Robert Greene who was claiming that he was going over his rank trying to be a match for highly educated men.

It took no time, and Shakespeare’s works were confined to a group called Lord Chamberlain’s men, and he was a part of the group. This was after 1594, and within a short time, the company became the leading theatre company. From there he formed the Globe theatre with his friends, and it grew massively.

The publishing of his works in quarto editions began in 1594, and four years later his name has grown. In his time, he published around 37 plays that are known. The common ones are Hamlet, Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Othello.

He also published two volumes of poetry. As though that was not enough, there are around 150 sonnets attributed to him.

Death and burial

Shakespeare died in 1616 at the age of 52. This was the 23rd of April. He was laid to rest in the Holy Trinity Church.

By Lorah