William Shakespeare’s exact date of birth is not known. We don’t know much about his early life. What we do know is that his christening took place in April 26, 1564. Today, the modern world conveniently uses April 23 as the day he was born; because that was the day he died in 1616. He was the third of eight children of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. He grew up in the small village ofStratford. In November 1582, William married Anne Hathaway and on May 26,1583; they baptized their child, Susanna. Anne later bore twins, a girl named Judith and a boy named Hamnet. After that, we know nothing about William Shakespeare for seven years. He once more appears living in London as an actor and playwright. Acting, writing, and directing paid the bills, but the real wealth came to the person incharge. Shakespeare did not earn much money from writing plays, but from his share of the ticket receipts. He was part owner of an acting company and the theatre where that company performed: Globe Theatre. Shakespeare’s plays at the Globe Theatre were so popular that he became a wealthy man. He even purchased himself a coat of arms. He dutifully sent money back to Stratford, but we know littleabout his relationship with his family.
Because we don’t have as much facts about William Shakespeare, is the reason why people have myths about him. Shakespeare was a master of the English language; there is no doubt about that. King James ordered a new version of the Bible to be written in the common English tongue so that everyone cold read and understand it. Somehow, someone mixed those twofacts together and came up with the conclusion that William Shakespeare participated in the creation of the King James Bible. Today, we consider Shakespeare to be a master of the English language, but in his day, he was just an actor and a playwright. We can be almost sure that King James did not call for entertainers to aid this holy undertaking, no matter how famous they were.
There is anothermyth saying that Shakespeare didn’t actually write his plays, but instead someone else who wanted or needed to remain anonymous wrote them. People, who state this, have the following arguments:
1. Shakespeare’s education was limited, so he couldn’t have had such an excellent command of English
2. Shakespeare didn’t travel and see the world, so he couldn’t have written plays that discuss suchvaried places as Egypt, Syracuse, and Italy.
3. Shakespeare knew little of foreign languages, so he couldn’t have written plays that contain passages of Latin and French.
4. The plays often depict intimate details of the lives of kings and queens, which is a world unknown to the commoner Shakespeare.
Every play has five acts, basically because modern editors always divide the plays that way.Many of Shakespeare’s plays were divided into five acts when they were first printed, but some lacked act or scene divisions, so editors enforce some uniformity by making up act divisions in those plays. Those five acts are the following:
1. The first act introduces the characters and sets up the story. In most comedies, you meet the prospective lovers, who are usually at odds.
2. The second actexpands the story and tells you more about the characters. In a comedy, the situation usually involves some confusion: Most often the lovers don’t love each other or they love the wrong person. In a tragedy, you’ve had a chance to meet the heroes and the villains.
3. The third act is the pivotal act. In a comedy, the confusion is usually at its maximum, but you can see how the confusion will beresolved. In a tragedy, the villains have set their evil plans in motion, and the heroes must respond. The heroes make mistakes, though, and their decisions ultimately lead to their deaths.
4. The action unfolds in the fourth act, and the heroes’ plans collide with the villains’ plans. If this were a modern movie, you wouldn’t be able to tell who will win, but this is Shakespeare. We know that...
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