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Shakespeare - England's greatest poet and playwright was born at Stratford-upon-Avon, on 23rd April 1564. He died on the same date in 1616.

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Ellie Birch January 03 Shakespeare Coursework England's greatest poet and playwright was born at Stratford-upon-Avon, on 23rd April 1564. He died on the same date in 1616. William, the eldest son, and third child (of eight) was baptised on 26th April 1564 and probably educated at Stratford Grammar School, but little is known of his life up to his eighteenth year. At the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway eight years his senior. Five years later he left for London. William worked at the Globe Theatre and appeared in many small parts. He first appeared in public as a poet in 1593 with his Venus and Adonis and the following year with The Rape of Lucrece. He became joint proprietor of The Globe and also had an interest in the Blackfriars Theatre. When he retired from writing in 1611, he returned to Stratford to live in a house which he had built for his family. His only son, Hamlet died when still a child. He also lost a daughter Judith (twin to Hamlet), but his third child Susanna married a Stratford Doctor, John Hall and their home "Hall's Croft" is today preserved as one of the Shakespeare Properties and administered by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. ...read more.

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(lines 60 - 63) Tybalt is making Romeo sound like a criminal, so that he can be removed from the party, even though he hasn't caused any trouble. Capulet replies to this comment with; 'Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone, 'A bears like a portly gentleman, And to say truth, Verona brags of him, To be a virtuous and well-governed youth. I would not for all the wealth of this town, Here in my house, do him disparagement;' (lines 64 - 69) That basically means that Tybalt should just leave off Romeo, and let him have fun. He also says that Verona should be proud to have him living there, as he is a polite and well - behaved youth. Capulet says that he would not disrespect Romeo for all the wealth in the city. So I would say that Capulet starts off as being relaxed in this scene, and then gets angry with Tybalt for suggesting that Romeo is disturbing the party. ACT 3 SCENE 5 This scene starts off with Romeo and Juliet talking about how much the love each other. ...read more.

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I can tell this because in Act 1 Scene 2, when Paris proposes, he is like 'wait until Juliet is older, in a few years time' and totally against the idea of his 'precious' daughter getting married. Then in Act 3 Scene 5 he is really angry when Juliet reacts badly to the news that she has to marry Paris, and Capulet is for it this time. He insults her so badly, and is forcing her to something that she doesn't want to do. So he is being two faced in a way. His daughter that he loved so much before has now become nothing to him, because of a pathetic reason, and Capulet doesn't actually care. I can see that Lady Capulet is scared of her husband, because she doesn't try that hard to stick up for Juliet. In fact, I get the feeling that the Nurse is closer to Juliet than her own mother is, because she tries to stop Capulet's verbal attack on Juliet. In Shakespeare's times, mothers from rich times often hired a 'wet nurse'. These were nurses who breast - fed, bathed and cared for the child as if it was their own. So this could be the reason why I think they are so close. ...read more.

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