William Shakespeare Life & contribution to English Literature


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William Shakespeare Life & contribution to English Literature

  1. 1. Welcome
  2. 2. Made by : Rishabh Anand Class : ‘IX’ Sec : ‘c’ School : KV No.2 Srinagar Topic : Ppt on William Shakespeare & Contribution to English Literature
  3. 3. William Shakespeare 1564-1616
  4. 4. Life of William Shakespeare  Shakespeare was born in 1564 in a town called Stratfordupon-Avon. It was north of London.  His father, John Shakespeare, owned a shop as a glove maker and also held several government positions, including Mayor of Stratford.  He learned Latin in his grammar school as a child.  In Stratford-Upon Avon, he watched pageants and shows during holidays, enjoyed fairs twice a year and enjoyed traveling companies of actors which would perform there.
  5. 5.  In 1582 at the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway who was 26.  He had a daughter Susanna and twins named Hamnet and Judith.  He left Stratford for London to advance his literary career and become an actor.  In London he became a shareholder in an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain’s Men as well as the primary playwright and an actor.  During the years of the plague, he would write poetry since the theaters were often closed. It was considered by the Elizabethans to be more important to write poetry than to write plays.
  6. 6.  He wrote 154 sonnets during “a time when sonneteering was in vogue in London.”  After the plague he wrote about 2 plays a year. Shakespeare wrote a total of 37 plays. This made William a wealthy man.  His first play performed at the Globe Theater was Julius Caesar.  In 1599 he became partial owner of the Globe Theater. He held 10% of its shares.  After the death of Queen Elizabeth, her  successor King James I licensed Shakespeare and his acting group to be called “The King’s Men”.
  7. 7.  His earliest plays seem to date from the late 1580s to the mid1590s and include the comedies Love's Labour's Lost, The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, and A Midsummer Night's Dream; history plays based on the lives of the English kings, including Henry VI (parts 1, 2, and 3), Richard III, and Richard II; and the tragedy Romeo and Juliet  At the end of his life, Bill returned to Stratford-upon-Avon to retire. He died in 1616.
  8. 8. He is considered the greatest dramatist in the world.
  9. 9. Thank You