William Shakespeare Influences

882 WordsDec 6, 20174 Pages
William Shakespeare is best known as England’s National Poet and also known as the “Bard of Avon.” He is credited for writing 38 plays, 154 sonnets, and other poems. Throughout Shakespeare’s career, his purpose of writing evolved over time. Shakespeare drew inspiration for his works through various authors, the death of his son, and the exploration of the meaning of life towards the end of his career. These life experiences shaped some of the greatest pieces of literature written in the English Renaissance Era. William Shakespeare originated from England in the town of Stratford on the Avon river. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway who was 8 years older than himself. Six months after the marriage, Shakespeare and Anne received…show more content…
In the four years after Shakespeare’s loss, he composed King John, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. These plays are evidence of how Shakespeare’s writing styles developed after dealing with an extreme loss. For instance, Greenblatt declares, “In King John, probably written in 1596 just after the boy was laid to rest, Shakespeare depicted a mother so frantic at the loss of her son that she is driven to thoughts of suicide.” Along with Shakespeare expressing his despair through the play King John, he also expresses the same remorse when composing the tragedy Hamlet. Many assumptions have been made that his young son’s death not only influenced him in the majority of his later works but mainly in the making of Hamlet. Given the similarity of his son’s name, Hamnet, and the play Hamlet, there is obviousness of the purpose behind the play. Others may even consider that Shakespeare refers to himself when he creates the character Hamlet. For example, along with Shakespeare experiencing a tragic death in his family, he also composes the play making the main character Hamlet encounter the same tragedy as he. Hamlet’s depression that he faces can relate to the same depression of Shakespeare after both of their losses. Towards the end of Shakespeare’s career, he begins to explore the real meaning of life and if it is even worth living. In the play Hamlet, Shakespeare questions the significance of life and if we are
Open Document