• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Shakespeares early years.

Extracts from this document...


Shakespeare's birth place SHAKESPEARE'S EARLY YEARS William Shakespeare was born in the year 1564 and died in 1616. It has been agreed from historical evidence of Shakespeare that he was born on 23rd April 1564. According to the church parish register, he was baptised on the 26th, three days after birth, custom in that time. The 23rd April 1564 being St. George's day made Shakespeare's birth date legendary. The entry is in Latin and says, "Guiliamus filius Johannes Shakspere", in other words, "William son of John Shakespeare". He was born to middle class parents who lived on Henley Street, Stratford. His father, John Shakespeare, a local businessman was a glove maker who owned a leather shop. He was well-known in that area and was a respected man who held several important positions to do with the government. Some of these positions are as follows; Borough ale-taster, bailiff, the highest public office in Stratford. Other jobs include; local council member, constable, chamberlain, alderman and 'high' bailiff. ...read more.


Shakespeare's poems show his love of nature and rural life which stood out in his earlier childhood. In the year 1577, John Shakespeare suffered from financial loss; the outcome of this meant that he was made redundant of several governmental positional mentioned earlier on in the text. Later on, he lost his aldermanic seat and in 1592 he was one of whom had been accused of not attending church 'for feare of process for debtte.' However his life improved from 1596 when he applied for and was given, a coat of arms, which would raise them into the 'important' class of people. In the future William being shareholder in the Lord Chamberlain's Men (his company of actors) allowed him to restore his father's fortunes. There is not much information on William between the times when he left Stratford and his appearance in London as an actor and a poet. These times were called the lost years. The Globe Theatre in London was where most of William Shakespeare's plays were first shown. ...read more.


Tiered galleries around the open area accommodated the wealthier people who could afford seats, and those of the lower classes - 'the groundlings'. They stood around the stage during the performance of a play. The space under and behind the stage was used for special effects, storage and costume changes. The entire structure of the Globe was not very big compared to modern day standards although it is thought to hold fairly large crowds. As many as 2000 people could fit inside. The Globe is said to have been shaped like a cylinder with a thatched gallery roof which was made out of straw. The roof had to be coated with fire-protectant in case of fire. Funnily enough, in 1613, the roof was accidentally set on fire by a cannon firing during a performance of Henry VIII. The entire theatre burned down in about an hour, (obviously the fire protectant didn't do a very good job!). The Globe was re-built a year later in 1614 but with a tilted gallery roof and more circular in shape. In 1644, 30 years after in was re-built, the Globe was demolished by the Puritans. A brewery now stands in its place. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Other Shakespeare Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Other Shakespeare Plays essays

  1. Symbols of Lust in Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis.

    Another manner of illustrating Venus' lust for her human prey lies within Shakespeare's use of symbols of fire. The forceful goddess describes her body as "soft and plump, [her] marrow burning" (142) to the coy Adonis. In the nomenclature of Elizabethan Europe marrow translates as any "vital or essential part" (ft.

  2. Shakespeare - Globe Theatre.

    James Burbage owned 50 percent and the other 50 percent was divided among five other members of the Chamberlain's Men: John Heminge, Will Kempe, Augustine Phillips, Thomas Pope and Shakespeare himself. In 1599 Shakespeare purchased shares in the Globe Theater.

  1. Critical Approaches to Shakespeare: Some Initial Observations.

    Richard II is, among other things, very clearly an examination of this idea--not simply because the point is discussed in the play, but, more importantly, because the action of the play forces us to consider this idea from many different perspectives.

  2. Compare and contrast act 1,scene1 of Shakespeares play 'Macbeth' with the cinematic interpretation by ...

    shoreline as his setting .The scene starts off with an image of a vibrant red sky, reflecting the old saying , 'Red sky at morning shepherds warning' ,a proverb showing the evil which is present .The red sky changes to a dark grey sky ,and a lone seagull flies across

  1. William Shakespeare was an English playwright and poet who lived in the late 1500's ...

    In 1594, the plague was over and the theatres opened up again. In the next few years Shakespeare became London's most successful playwright. He wrote every kind of play including tragedies, comedies and history plays. As he grew he brought shares in Burbage's company.

  2. July 14th, Day before performance of The Twelfth Night play at the Globe

    It was an exquisite love story in which two people had undying love for each other. They were going against their families as they were supposed to be enemies. Sadly in the end they both die and it brought a little tear to my eye.

  1. The Globe

    The atmosphere became more and more intense and, at last, the acteurs came out! Even the rich people cheered and clapped their hands. The last person to attend the stage was William Shakespeare. He behaved like he was a God on the stage and many of the people in the audience sure agreed with him.

  2. Discussing the Works of Shakespeare.

    In Troilus and Cressida (1602?), the most intellectually contrived of Shakespeare's plays, the gulf between the ideal and the real, both individual and political, is skillfully evoked. In Coriolanus (1608?), another tragedy set in antiquity, the legendary Roman hero Gnaeus Marcius Coriolanus is portrayed as unable to bring himself either

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work