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William Shakespeare
The Early Years
Born in Stratford-on-Avon
 No birth record is known
 Accepted
Born to credible parents
 John
on April 23
was an alderman in town
Attended the grammar school in Stratford,
but did not attend college
Married Life
At the age of 18 in
1582, married Anne
Hathaway who was
Speculation of her
being 3 months
In 1583, had a
daughter, Susanna
 In 1585, had twins,
Judith and Hamnet
Shakespeare the writer
Shakespeare’s History
Drama used to be a
main form of
 Shakespeare often
told the stories of
historical events such
as the lives of kings
and queens of
England and other
Shakespeare’s Comedy
Play in which the character
rises from a low social
stature to a high social
stature based on a series
of events that can be
within or outside of his
Shakespeare’s Tragedy
When the character goes from a high social standing
to a low social standing by a series of unfortunate
events that can be out of his/her control or be of
his/her own making
Shakespeare’s Poetry
14-line highly-stylized
abab cdcd efef gg
Containing 3 quatrains
Followed by one
Sonnet 18
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer`s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm`d;
And every fair from fair some time declines,
By chance, or nature`s changing course, untrimm`d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow`st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wand`rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow`st:
So long as men can breath or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
Sonnet 130
My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips' red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.
Hidden Meanings
Most of Shakespeare’s sonnets were
dark lady
 Mr. W. H.
Some of his earlier works were dedicated
to the Earl of South Hampton, who paid
him to write Venus and Adonis and The
Rape of Lucrese
Shakespeare’s Bi-sexuality
Over 100 sonnets are dedicated to “the
fair man” that Shakespeare was
 Intense friendship
 Homoeroticism-
when two members of the
same gender share an intimate friendship that
is rarely seen outside a married couple
 Iago
and Othello
The Theater
Theater was
The Globe
 Part owner of Lord
Chambelin’s Men
Name changed to
Kings Men
The Conspiracy
Several authors and scholars have
expressed disbelief that man we know as
Shakespeare wrote all the plays he wrote
 These
authors use the lack of historical proof
 Shakespeare never attended college
 Shakespeare never left England
 Most believe he could not read Latin
The Candidate
Edward de Vere
Earl of Oxford
Private tutors
 Knowledge of
Aristocratic life
 Similar lives
 Interest in Theaters
But would have been