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William Shakespeare a famous dramatist and an English poet was considered the greatest of all time. When a person is popular, we will be interested in knowing many facts about him, and then along with the real facts there surrounds a lot of myths and rumors. Most of us would believe the myths without trying to research them and so below are some myths and facts on William Shakespeare for our readers to know.

William Shakespeare

Myths and facts of Shakespeare

1. Education

Myth

He was poorly educated because his parents were illiterates

Fact

But William Shakespeare’s father was an alderman and because of his father’s privilege, Shakespeare was able to attend the local grammar school in Stratford-upon-Avon. He was able to learn Latin and Greek and was taught the cultures of writers.  He obtained a wide knowledge of medieval drama and ideas on philosophy. Along with that he was aware of scientific matters and was better at knowing history.

2. Usage of words

Myth

He popularized terms and phrases and they are the words used till now.

Fact

Shakespeare is recognized as an innovator and known for inventing names. But the actual fact is he did not coin a lot of new words. Although he would have invented the actual amount is not exactly known. And the words that are believed to be phrased by him are found to be existing even before he was born.

3. His plays

myths and facts of Shakespeare

Myth

William Shakespeare didn’t write the plays on his own because of his uneducated background.

Fact

The language and style of the pieces of his work vary from one another, and therefore there was a conspiracy saying that he didn’t write it on his own. But there is evidence that he is the one who wrote them all and a total of 154 sonnets and 38 plays were written by him and is known as the best playwright of all time.

4. Professional play writer

Myth

Shakespeare was a professional play writer.

Fact

It was his part-time job where he wrote them in a short time to satisfy the theatres. More than a play writer, he was an actor doing minor roles. He became rich as a director and was multi-talented.

5. Queen Elizabeth friendship

Myth

Personally, William Shakespeare knew Queen Elizabeth

Fact

Actors were never considered nobles at that time and Queen Elizabeth was considered high. And so there is less chance for them to know each other personally and there are no pieces of evidence for such a thing.

6. Highbrow

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Myth

He was a highbrow

Fact

He was not a highbrow during his time period, but he was pop culture. He was a man from the middle class who wrote for the masses. His intelligent writings were seen by the kings and queens but they were full of blood and jokes. Poor people who came to see his plays were mostly drunk, and they use to yell and throw things at the performances.

7. Sexuality

Myth

He was a gay

Fact

It is said that he was in love with a dark lady in the sonnet, and some say that he was in love with a male in his sonnet. But the actual truth is unknown. None of the evidence existed saying that he was gay so it is hard to actually say the truth. The academics gives us a feeling that he is possibly a bisexual but he also has written convincingly about the love of both men and women.

8. Death

Myth

He died on his birthday

Fact

His exact birthday is still not known. He died on April 23rd, 1616 and the reason for saying he died on his birthday is because he was baptized on April 26, and the babies were baptized three days after their birth and so it is believed that he died on his birthday.

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