Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' The Tempest '

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Measuring a Life in a Drama
When many people think of William Shakespeare, they think of plays like Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth or Hamlet. One of the most influential plays written by Shakespeare is not one listed above. The play that reflects the life and all of Shakespeare?s plays is The Tempest. This work was and still is influential in both America, Britain and around the world. Although William Shakespeare was an influential writer in American and British literature, The Tempest reaches beyond a comparison to the new world- America and points to an autobiographical drama that is a reflection of the life of Shakespeare and his relationships with characters, family and himself. William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564, in Stratford on Avon to John and Mary Shakespeare. His humble beginnings lead him to the man he was to become. His father worked as a leather maker and eventually became the town bailiff. His mother worked as a stay at home mother. Shakespeare had married Anne Hathaway in 1582. They had three children, Judith, Hamnet, and Susanna. There are no living descendants of Shakespeare.1 Critic Stephen Orgel brings up the issue of the family on Shakespeare?s work. He states that there is a sense of illegitimacy in the family. ?He lived in a society without contraceptives, ? we must assume ? that there were other children. ? Orgel continues this in his critique ?Prospero?s Wife.? Shakespeare did not express a full
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