William Shakespeare Was A Great English Playwright

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William Shakespeare was a great English playwright, dramatist and poet who lived during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest playwright of all time. No other writer's plays have been produced so many times or read so widely in so many countries as his.

Shakespeare was born to middle class parents. His father, John, was a Stratford businessman. He was a glove maker who owned a leather shop. John Shakespeare was a well known and respected man in the town. He held several important local governmental positions. William Shakespeare's mother was Mary Arden. Though she was the daughter of a local farmer, she was related to a family of considerable wealth and social... View More »

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were impressed with Shakespeare which made his name known. There
is evidence that he was a member of a traveling theater group, and a
schoolmaster. In 1594, he became an actor and playwright for Lord
Chamberlain's Men. In 1599, he became a part owner of the prosperous
Globe Theater. He also was a part owner of the Blackfriars Theater as
of 1609. Shakespeare retired to Stratford in 1613 where he wrote many
of his excellent plays.

There are many reasons as to why William Shakespeare is so
famous. He is generally considered to be both the greatest dramatist
the world has ever known as well as the finest poet who has written in
the English language. Many reasons can be given for Shakespeare's
enormous appeal. His fame basically is from his great understanding
of human nature. He was able to find universal human qualities and
put them in a dramatic situation creating characters that are
timeless. Yet he had the ability to create characters that are highly
individual human beings. Their struggles in life are universal.
Sometimes they are successful and sometimes their lives are full of
pain, suffering, and failure.

In addition to his understanding and realistic view of human
nature, Shakespeare had a vast knowledge of a variety of subjects.
These subjects include music, law, Bible, stage, art, politics,
history, hunting, and sports. Shakespeare had a tremendous influence
on culture and literature throughout the world. He contributed
greatly to the development of the English language. Many words and
phrases from ...

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