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In the world of literature, people know William Shakespeare as a famous and inspiring author and poet. His works have sparked all types of people all across the world such as teachers, students, actors, etc. But during his moments of time, he had both ups and downs which have shaped him the way he is right now in our books.

 The moments in time that affected his life was during his childhood and the moment where he started a new family. It all started around April 23, 1564, when a child by the name of William Shakespeare was born. “He was John and Mary Shakespeare’s oldest surviving child; their first two children, both girls, did not live beyond infancy,” assuming that the cause is from the Bubonic Plague, a rare and severe bacterial infection which is transmitted from fleas that come from different countries (Mcarafano). Shakespeare also had three younger brothers, named Gilbert, Richard, and Edmund, as well as two younger sister, named Joan and Anne, who died at a really early age of seven. Since he was the oldest child he was responsible for taking care of his younger brothers and sisters until they become much older and learn to take care of themselves, but whenever something bad happens to them it’d be his fault. As time passed by, “he began his education at the age of six or seven at the Stratford grammar school” which was the only place that had some kind of education in that area (Mabillard).

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When Shakespeare was in grammar school the primary language he learned was Latin, although he rarely learned English, Latin would’ve been the priority of his literary training. But then at the age of 15 Shakespeare dropped out of school to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. About three years later after Shakespeare dropped out of school at the age of 18, he got engaged to a woman by the name of Anne Hathaway, who was at the age of 26 and was already pregnant at the time. A few months later after their wedding came their first child, named Susanna, and later came two more twins, named Hamnet and Judith.

But around the year of 1596, something tragic happened that scarred Shakespeare and his whole entire family which was the death of Hamnet, who probably died from the Bubonic Plague at the age of 11. A couple years later after Hamnet’s death writers and publishers began to assume that Shakespeare had left his whole family because of the incident. As he was starting to get older and had a few more days to live, he made a death will which consist of giving money, gifts, or even household items. But something odd was stated in the death will to his wife, which was to let her own “the second best bed” (The Last Will and Testament of William Shakespeare). Some researchers or writers were clueless as to why he had stated something odd in the death will to his wife since all the other people that he had loved got money or gifts while she just got ownership of a bed, but some believe that he had just hated her or didn’t like her at all. As presented, this is why the moment of William Shakespeare’s childhood and the moment he got married was the moment in time that changed his life. Throughout his entire life, these are the two moments in time that was important in Shakespeare’s life. Since he had many ups and downs in his life and had many chances to learn and grow from his mistakes.

As once said by Buddha, “Everything that has a beginning always has an ending” (Buddha).

Author: Nelson Porter


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