Whenever we think about Shakespeare, things like Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, even tragedies. We think of an old world filled with magic and mayhem, of love and sweet sorrow. Even so, Shakespeare was more human than we give him credit for. While he is, indeed, immortalized in literature, we sometimes forget that he was once a person full of flaws. As such, below are some of the more interesting aspects of Shakespeare’s life.
He was always interested in humanity
It was clear that, even as a young adult, he always had a fascination about humanity. While he was writing, he would go on to talk about joy and sorrow, happiness and sadness, all within the confines of his pen. His plays were incredibly unique and oftentimes spoke of the human condition. Not only this, but his sonnets tended to go into further detail about what scholars believed to be his own sexuality and his struggles with the various affairs he had.
No one knows his sexuality
While the records indicate that he did, in fact, marry Anne Hathaway, many scholars debate on whether or not he was actually straight. In fact, many of his sonnets, including Sonnet 18, had actually been said to have been for a man, rather than a woman. As scholars delved deeper and deeper into his sonnets, references of a painful lust for a youth, a boy even, become abundantly clear. Even so, he’s had his fair share of attractions to women as well, including having a possible affair with a married woman.
He lived through the Black Death
Like everyone else, Shakespeare was terrified of the Black Death or Bubonic Plague. The plague was so devastating that he ended up losing his sisters to them. He also ended up losing his brother and only son, Hamnet, to the plague. Despite his tragedies, he went on to live and produce more plays, and further cultivate the literary world.
He’s invented words and phrases in the English language
Shakespeare was responsible for cultivating a variety of phrases involved with the English language, giving rise to some of the most memorable phrases he’d ever spoken. Phrases such as “in a pickle” and “wild goose chase” has been a fond way of allowing others to express ourselves. In fact, it’s even estimated that he’s added approximately 3000 new words to the English vocabulary. With this achievement in mind, it’s clear why they called him the “Bard of Avon.”
He has a curse on his grave
Of course, no one wants to incur the wrath of the dead, least of all the wrath of one of the world’s most beloved writers. On his grave, he warns that whoever would move his bones. It seems this curse will be put to the test since Professor Francis Thackeray had decided to exhume the famous poet’s bones, if only to study them more in detail. With all the inventive ways Shakespeare had killed people in his plays, it’s little wonder everyone’s so afraid.
He doesn’t have any direct descendants
Despite him having three children with his wife Anne, he has no direct descendants. His only son, Hamnet, had died from the Black Plague. Even so, there are numerous descendants of Shakespeare’s sister, and some even claim to be directly descended from him.
His family members couldn’t read
Though he’s the greatest playwright in the world, his family members couldn’t read. This was because at that time, taking care of the home and the family was more important. Even so, Shakespeare managed to pursue his passions, and through his career in theater, managed to make up for his education.
There’s no doubt that Shakespeare had a rich history, both as a playwright as a human being. From living through one of the most deadliest times in Europe, to even having a curse on his grave, it’s abundantly clear that Shakespeare continues, to this day, to influence us, whether that be in literature or history. He’s an interesting man, and even in his death, impacts us with his works.