William Shakespeare's Mandate

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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, a flourishing town in central England with a population of two-thousand at the time. He was born to Mary Arden, a local heiress, and John Shakespeare, a leather merchant and town bailiff, who both had been long-time residents of the town. While the exact date of his birth is unknown, it is estimated that Shakespeare’s birthdate is or was around the 23rd of April, 1564, because of a record of his baptization three days later; children were baptized as early as possible during this time, around three days after their birth. He had eight siblings: five younger brothers and sisters, named Gilbert, Richard, Edmund, Joan, and Ann, and three others that died during their births. From an early age, Shakespeare was given an intense education in comparison to other children during his time. His parents never received any education, and because of this they strived to give their children excellent educations. Shakespeare attended Stratford-upon-Avon’s grammar school, the King’s New School, which he received free attendance to because of his father’s status as a bailiff of the town. During his time at the school, Shakespeare learned the grammar and alphabets of English and Latin and read…show more content…
He first began writing comedies such as The Taming of the Shrew and , which garnered early success and popularity for him, so much so that rival playwrights began furiously criticizing Shakespeare in jealousy. In 1592, Robert Greene wrote on his deathbed that Shakespeare was “an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his tiger's heart wrapped in a player's hide, supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blank verse as the best of you.” Ironically, the records of these criticisms are the only evidence that we have of Shakespeare’s popularity in the early
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