Shakepeare is too tough
William Shakespeare is perhaps the greatest writer of all time. With Romeo and Juliet he created the most famous lovers in the theater and although he has been dead for 400 years, his plays such as “Hamlet”, “Macbeth” or “King Lear” still move us. They are performed in theaters around the world and are templates for major motion pictures.
William Shakespeare was probably born on April 23, 1564 - in Stratford-upon-Avon, a small town two hours from London. His father was a glove maker and his mother a housewife. Shakespeare attended Stratford Latin School and got a good education there. It is believed that Shakespeare loved reading a lot. But he never went to university.
Enthusiasm for the theater
Unfortunately, not much is known about William Shakespeare's life, as there are very few documents about him from that time. So we can only guess how Shakespeare came to the theater. At the time, theater companies toured his hometown of Stratford. Shakespeare might have seen them and been so excited that he wanted to work in the theater from then on. One thing is certain: Shakespeare later moved from Stratford to London and quickly became a big star on the theater scene. In London he began to write plays. The theater business in Shakespeare's day was tough because the competition was huge. But Shakespeare prevailed and was a celebrated star even then. He and his actors even built their own theater in London: the Globe Theater, a round, roofless wooden theater that could hold more than 3,000 people.
The theater in Shakespeare's day
At that time the theater was, so to speak, the cinema of its time and was one of the most important entertainment options in London. The performances attracted viewers from all walks of life. Downstairs in the cheap seats were the common people who wanted to laugh at rude jokes. On the expensive seats in the upper galleries sat the gentlemen who wanted to see exciting stories of their nation above all. Shakespeare's great achievement was to reach and inspire them all with his stories by amusing the audience, shocking them, making them fearful or pitying them with his tragic heroes.
Shakespeare wrote a total of 38 dramas. Some of them are comedies such as the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream", a funny confusion about several couples in love. But Shakespeare also wrote a great many tragic stories. The best known are "Hamlet", "Macbeth", "King Lear" and the love story of "Romeo and Juliet". Shakespeare is also known for his sonnets, very elaborate poems.
A language genius
Shakespeare was a real artist when it came to language. He wrote his stories in poetic images, and Shakespeare first wrote down or invented many of the words found in English today. For example, "bedroom" - bedroom, "eyeball" - eyeball and "alligator" - alligator - all words found for the first time in Shakespeare's works. We have him to thank for a number of idioms, for example “All that glitters is not gold”, “That stinks to heaven” and “All's well that ends well”.
Status: 04/23/2016, 2:06 pm
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