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How is Shakespeare's personal life reflected in his plays?

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Confidence and innovation marked the historical period when William Shakespeare toiled writing plays in London from 1592 to about 1613. This confidence and optimism in England at the time is reflected in Shakespeare's plays, especially the histories such as Henry V which celebrates English military greatness. Shakespeare is also very much a product of the Renaissance which produced some the world's finest art and literature. Unfortunately, very little is known about the actual life of Shakespeare so much needs to be inferred about the influence his life had on his plays.

One thing that is known about Shakespeare is that he was brought up in a strict middle class family in Stratford which, like most of Elizabethan society, took education very seriously. From a young age, Shakespeare would have been reading the classical Roman and Greek texts. It's likely he would have known the works of Homer, Virgil and Ovid. The romance and violence which highlight The Iliad and The Odyssey, The Aeneid, and The...

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