Essay on The European Renaissance

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After the great advances of what is now ancient Greece and Rome, also known as the “classics”; Europe fell into a period of darkness. Within it, learning was suppressed and knowledge didn’t advance. However, by a turn into the 1400’s, there was a “rebirth” of learning: the Renaissance. The Renaissance was marked by an intense awaking in the visible world and in the knowledge derived from the experiences rather than religion and wise tales. It turned away from the abstract speculations and interest in life after death which is characterized in the Middle Ages. Although Christianity was not forgotten completely, the holy culture of the Middle Ages were largely rejected.
The interest in classical literature began in the Middle Ages. The late
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In the era of the Renaissance, William Shakespeare emerged as a great playwright and poet. However, it would be until centuries later that he would be famous for the impact of his literary work. Shakespeare is recognized for his plays, that depicted the immense social, ethical, and political issues of his own age. His literary contributions were an essential measure to England's transformation. Shakespeare's production of the plays Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream were just among many he produced. In addition to his plays, he also composed over a hundred sonnets. William Shakespeare came from humble origins. He was born in the quaint market town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, which is ninety miles northwest of London. His birth date still remains a mystery, but he first came to public notice on April 26, 1564; on the day his baptism was first recorded in the Parish Church of Stratford-Upon-Avon. However, his birthday is traditionally on April 23, 1564. He married Anne Hathaway and had several children. His plays reflect many of the questions that were being asked during the Renaissance Movement. In his play Macbeth, the question arises of whether fate is created by God or if individuals have the power of free-will. This question challanged the archaic view that an idividual's life is pre-destined and all of his/ her decisions are made. The tragic hero,Macbeth encounters three witches, who
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