Life and Works of Shakespeare
Acclaimed as the greatest known English writer, bard and playwright, William Shakespeare is still hailed through the elusive dialogues, captivating characters and the impressive plots depicted in his literary contributions.
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Biography of Shakespeare
Though the exact birthday of William Shakespeare’s is unknown, he was baptized on April 26, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. At school, Shakespeare learned Latin, English classics and poetry, which later inspired him in composing plays and sonnets. Upon leaving school at an early teen age, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway in 1582. Little was known of Shakespeare between 1585 and 1592; the so called lost years in his life.During the outbreak of a deadly plague in London during the early 1590s, the theaters were shut down and Shakespeare concentrated on poetry, publishing his first poem “Venus and Adonis” and more sonnets to his credit. He is called the Bard of Avon. By the end of 16th century Shakespeare rose to fame as a dramatist and an actor in London. His early works include “The Two Gentleman of Verona” and “Titus Andronicus”.
The Merchant of Venice - a Gripping PlayThe Merchant of Venice
is one of Shakespeare’s greatest comical plays created between 1596 and 1598, with multifaceted characters and dramatic scenes. The plot moves around a generous merchant Antonio, and a cunning Jewish moneylender Shylock. The play is frequently criticized for its anti-semitic themes. Shylock’s trial, portrayed at the end of the play has been criticized by many playgoers as mockery of justice. During the 19th century, the play was staged with sympathetic approach towards Shylock. The 2004 film adaptation of "The Merchant of Venice" portrays Hollywood actor Al Pacino as Shylock, who excelled in playing the character who was forced to convert to Christianity at the end and was not accepted by either of the communities, leaving him stranded. The famous quotation “All that glisters is not gold” is an excerpt from the drama.
William Shakespeare Life History
In 1594, Shakespeare joined the theater troupe, Lord Chamberlain's Men, as a dramatist, actor and co-owner. Amidst the sad demise of his son in 1596, Shakespeare worked intensely and by 1599 he had created many of his successful plays including Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night and more. Queen Elizabeth I had great affection towards Shakespearian plays.There are speculations and hearsays about William Shakespeare life history, some even questioning his existence. Rumors had it that, the famous Shakespearian plays were conjoint efforts and not solely by Shakespeare. In any case, there are 38 plays to Shakespeare's credit and all of them are played with priority even today at schools and colleges, and prominent theaters.Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, leaving all his property to his theatrical associates and his eldest daughter Judith.Photo source: public domain