William Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet.
William Shakespeare is one of the most influential dramatists in history. Shakespeare’s works were written over four hundred years ago and they are still studied today because most people can relate to the universal theme. Shakespeare had a very dramatic style of writing, most of his works were affected by major events in his life. Shakespeare was a very interesting and outstanding dramatist. Even several decades after his death William Shakespeare is still one of the most influential dramatists in history.
William Shakespeare born April 23, 1564, in Stratford England. He was the third born son to John and Mary Arden Shakespeare. Records show that Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, at Holy Trinity church. There are few records about Shakespeare’s education other than the belief that he went to King’s New School but because of this, there is no certainty to his education. (William Shakespeare Biography) Shakespeare married an heiress of land Anne Hathaway, there is no known date or place of their marriage. Shakespeare and Hathaway had a daughter, Susanna, and a set of twins, Hamnet and Judith, but unfortunately, his only son, Hamnet, died 11 years after birth. Shakespeare moved to London sometime between 1585 and 1592; however, he left his wife and kids behind. How the next eight years of Shakespeare’s life was spent was unknown until his name appeared in London theatre records. There are stories of stealing deer and causing trouble with a town local, Sir Thomas Lucy of Charlecote. Shakespeare had little contact with the officials other than walking at the King James I coronation. Shakespeare’s will was carefully drawn-out specific document. He gave his properties in London and Stratford to the sons of his daughter Susanna. It is thought that Shakespeare was already bad off when he signed his will. He died April 23, 1616. (William Shakespeare 19 July)
There is no certainty of how Shakespeare’s career began, but there is a record that Shakespeare was a part of the lords’ chamberlain’s men. They had the best actor of their time, Richard Burbage, the best theatre, The Globe, and the best dramatist, William Shakespeare. Shakespeare came to be a full-time worker at his own theatre. Shakespeare’s written records have little indication of how his professional life shaped his incredible talent. (William Shakespeare 19 July) When King James I follows Queen Elizabeth I to the throne the lord’s chamberlain’s men became known as The King’s Men in 1608-09. The company performed regularly at The Blackfriars Theatre, indoor private theatre with high admission prices. It was not known of Shakespeare to act after 1603. Shakespeare published 154 sonnets by 1609. (William Shakespeare 11 April)
Shakespeare had written at least 38 plays in his lifetime. Shakespeare’s life greatly affected how he wrote his works, but he also sometimes wrote onto other plays if he liked them he would keep the story close but if he did not he would change them to what he preferred. Shakespeare wrote in a different way than we speak today. Shakespeare’s works were written to be acted not read which is why people reading his works have a difficult time understanding them. Shakespeare’s types of works varied he wrote many kinds of dramas such as romantic comedies, tragedy, chronicles, and romances. It is not proven for any other writer to be quoted as quite as often as Shakespeare who expressed deep thoughts and feelings in words as great beauty or power. (William Shakespeare 11 April)
Romeo and Juliet was one of Shakespeare’s most well-known works. Romeo and Juliet was written sometime around 1594-96 and was later on published in 1597. Shakespeare’s source for the story was a long narrative poem by Arthur Brooke titled The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet, a French translation of a tale by Matteo Bandello. Shakespeare made the story his own through skillful lyrical composition, dramatic ingenuity, and innovative characterization.(Romeo and Juliet 28 April) Romeo and Juliet is usually regarded as the perfect love tragedy in literature. Romeo and Juliet details the unfortunate love story of two young star-crossed lovers born into two feuding families in Renaissance Verona. Despite their families, ongoing feud Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love at first sight and marry secretly. After Tybalt, a Capulet family friend, kills Romeo’s friend Mercutio, Romeo kills Tybalt then is banished. Juliet’s father demands Juliet marries Paris, an older man who is trying to marry Juliet. When Juliet hears of this demand she asks The Friar for a position to make her seem dead but not kill her. When Romeo hears the news of Juliet’s death, not knowing of The Friar’s plan, he gives her one last kiss and kills himself because he had thought he had lost the love of his life. When Juliet awoke to find Romeo lying beside her not living she killed herself because she dare not want to live without the love of her life who killed himself because he thought she was dead. (Michelle Lee)
Shakespeare had lived most of his life in mystery and yet he still achieved so many things. Shakespeare was an excellent dramatist. Most writers today only write a handful of works and for Shakespeare to have written over thirty-eight works it is very impressive. Shakespeare’s works and amount of works he had during his lifetime is very outstanding. Shakespeare’s works are still well known today. Even though Shakespeare had been deceased for 402 years he is still one of the best dramatists in history.