William Shakespeare

By: Elizabeth Sadusky

Born in 1564, of John Shakespeare, a local leather merchant, and Mary Arden, a local land heiress, William Shakespeare was not expected to do anything paricularily long lasting or even remotely important in his 52 years of life.

He was born, raised, and lived his life in the United Kingdom; making his nationality English.

He married at the age of 18 to the then pregnant, Anne Hathaway.

Susanna, their first born, was born soon after and within the next few years they would also have twins, Hamnet (who died at the age of 11) and Judith.

Shakespeare's most astonishing personality traits included his ability to understand the human experience and audience demand, his ability to bend the English language to his demands, as well as his imagination.

Shakespeare was born into and lived inside the restraints of what is referred to as middle class and as everyone knows, was employed as a playwright.

His works include Romeo and Julliet, Othello, The Temptest, Richard II, Henry VI, and Henry VI.

He also wrote Macbeth (the "cursed" show) Twelfth Night, the Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Merchant of Venice.

His works also include Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado about Nothing, Hamlet, the Comedy of Errors.

As well as 154 sonnets and many other plays, all falling under the categories of Comedy, Tragedy, and History.

Shakespeare added approximately 3,000 words to the English language and his works are quoted so often that they come second only to the bible.

In the Renaissance times Shakespeare was simply an entertainer but today his writing abilities have achieved for him the title of the "most important author of the millennial" and many historians view him as singlehandedly one of the most important people of all time.

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