William Shakespeare, probably one of the most or the most well-known dramatist that has ever lived. But many people still find his work boring. Why? Maybe they don't know much about him, or were forced to learn about him and they didn't want to. So, why should people today study Shakespeare? What effect has he had on our life and society? Should Shakespeare be studied at schools? Who knows? These are some of the issues being explored in this report, but there are lots of things that are up to the person to decide for themselves?.
When did Shakespeare live? .
William Shakespeare was born on the 23rd of April, 1564 to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. He grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon, with his seven brothers and sisters. He was baptised on the 26th of April, 1564 and throughout his life attended the local grammar school. At the age of eighteen, he married a local girl, Anne Hathaway and had a daughter, Susannah and twins, Judith and Hamnet. Shakespeare died at the age of fifty-two on the 23rd of April, 1616.
What effect has Shakespeare had on our culture, vocabulary, sayings and idioms?.
Shakespeare had an enormous effect on the language throughout the world. His works helped to shape the literature of all the English speaking countries and countries such as Germany and the Soviet Union. He contributed greatly to the development of the English language because he experimented freely with grammar and vocabulary. His influence on the language is not only restricted to writers and scholars, many everyday people use Shakespeare's words and phrases. For example; assassination, bump, lonely and eventful are some of Shakespeare's words and fair play, forgone conclusion, catch cold and disgraceful conduct are some of his phrases. .
Many exerts from Shakespeare's plays are known by people across the world. For example, what person doesn't know "To be or not to be, that is the question" or "Romeo, Romeo, Wherefore art thy Romeo?" People say these all the time, whether to mock Shakespeare or just for the sake of saying it, even if they don't know what it means.