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William Shakespeare

by Kimberly from Cedar Grove

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare

Joseph Campbell once was quoted saying, “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” A hero can make a difference by his or her actions and words. A hero may live next door to you or can be someone who is known all around the world. There are many heroes that have accomplished a goal or great deed. A true hero has many qualities such as selflessness, perseverance, persistence, and open-mindedness. To some people, William Shakespeare of England is a hero because of his superior writing.

William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. He died on April 23, 1610. William was married to Mary Arden. They had three children named Susannah, Hamnet, and Judith. Although they didn’t follow in his footsteps, they admired and supported his work. William Shakespeare's wonderful plays have been performed all over the world. William wrote over 30 plays and 150 sonnets with very unique words in them. His works have been translated into every major language today. Shakespeare’s last two plays were written after he retired to Stratford.

Many of Shakespeare’s plays have been known to be among the greatest in Western literature. He wrote tragedies, histories, comedies, and romances. Some of his plays are: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Troilus and Cressida, As You Like It, and one of his most famous tragedies, Romeo and Juliet. These plays do not just fill hearts with joy, but they are plays that you can relate to no matter what your age is. Some represented real life problems. Shakespeare’s reputation has grown considerably since his own time. Not only is William a famous writer, he’s a hero too!

William Shakespeare was an extraordinary person. He possessed qualities, such as open-mindedness, being hardworking, optimistic, and passionate. He was open-minded because he was creative with his ideas and could take something so small and with little detail and make it into something big and amazing! William Shakespeare was hardworking. He created works that were as good as possible. William was optimistic because he never gave up; if something went wrong he would work with it. He was passionate because he didn’t just do this work for money, he loved and cared about what he did. William once stated, “This above all; to thine own self be true.”

In conclusion, a hero can be a role model or a very admired person. Any person can be a hero as long as he/she has qualities that make him or her one. William Shakespeare is a hero. Even though he is no longer living, he is still with us in spirit. His plays are still performed and people still love to read his works. William Shakespeare is my hero because he did something for the world - he showed people the art of drama and theatre!

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William Shakespeare - Biography from Wikipedia
William Shakespeare - His Complete Works
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