William Shakespeare was born in Stratford in 1564. He was one
of eight children. The Shakespeare's were well respected prominent
people. When William Shakespeare was about seven years old, he
probably began attending the Stratford Grammar School with other
boys of his social class. Students went to school year round
attending school for nine hours a day. The teachers were strict
Though Shakespeare spent long hours at school, his boyhood was
probably fascinating. Stratford was a lively town and during
holidays, it was known to put on pageants and many popular shows. It
also held several large fairs during the year. Stratford was a
exciting place to live. Stratford also had fields and woods
surrounding it giving William the opportunity to hunt and trap small
game. The River Avon which ran through the town allowed him to fish
also. Shakespeare's' poems and plays show his love of nature and
rural life which reflects his childhood.
There are many reasons as to why William Shakespeare is so
famous. He is generally considered to be both the greatest dramatist
the world has ever known as well as the finest poet who has written in
the English language. Many reasons can be given for Shakespeare's
enormous appeal. His fame basically is from his great understanding
of human nature. He was able to find universal human qualities and
put them in a dramatic situation creating characters that are
timeless. Yet he had the ability to create characters that are highly
individual human beings. Their struggles in life are universal.
Sometimes they are successful and sometimes their lives are full of
pain, suffering, and failure.
which are in the category of comedy are "The Comedy of Errors", "The
Taming of the Shrew", and "The Two Gentlemen of Verone". Three
plays which are in the category of tragedy are "Romeo and Juliet",
"Titus Andronicus", and "Julius Caesar". In the category of history,
three plays are "Henry V", "Richard II", and "Richard III".