William Shakespeare Legacy

Decent Essays
“To be, or not to be; that is the question.” You’ve probably heard this quote several times throughout your lifetime. It was written by a well-known English writer in 1599. William Shakespeare was an honored English play writer, poet, and actor who incorporated many new words into the English language, and now known famously for several of his poems, plays, songs, and quotes such as the one previously stated. Shakespeare’s career has left its mark on today’s society; his legacy continues to impact us today-------------------------------------------- Shakespeare was born around April 23rd, 1564. There is no way for us to know his birth date for sure, but there is evidence that he was baptized on April 26th, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. William’s…show more content…
After writing many plays, poems, sonnets, etc., Shakespeare established his career and became a shareholder in the Lord Chamberlains Men, which was one of the most famously known acting companies in London. Many of his plays were performed through this company, and Shakespeare himself even played secondary roles in a few of them. He knew that this is what he wanted for himself, and decided to stay with the company for the remainder of his career. In 1595, Shakespeare entered into one of his most productive stages throughout his career. During this year, he wrote Romeo and Juliet, Richard II, A Midsummers Night Dream, and many more. Happy with all his new success, William purchased one of the most preeminent homes in Stratford, although he continued to reside in London. Still moving on with his success, Shakespeare continued to write and perform several plays. After a couple years, he joined other peers from the Lord Chamberlain’s Men and created a new theatre in London. This was a major accomplishment for Shakespeare and his success – not only as a playwright but also as a businessman. When King James visited the throne in 1603, he issues Shakespeare and fellow members of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men a royal license, giving them the name as the King’s Men. During this time, Shakespeare wrote many more plays revolving around power, such as Macbeth, King Lear, Cleopatra, Antony, etc.…show more content…
It seems as if he knew his final months were arriving, as he went over his will and decided to leave his fortune to his two daughters, Judith and Susanna. He also left different gifts and wealth to several of his friends, his sister, his theatre friends, and the citizens of low income in Stratford. He passed away on April 23rd, 1616 in his hometown. His death still remains a mystery to this day. His legacy is one that will forever leave an impact on our world, as he left behind 38 plays, 154 sonnets, and two narrative poems that are taught in schools everywhere today. Shakespeare is recognized as one of the greatest playwrights in the English language – which is a huge legacy to leave behind. ------------------- “It is not the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
Get Access