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The Birth of a Genius

Shakespeare as a young boy

Due to his success, many would assume that Shakespeare was born and raised in a wealthy noble family. However, he was born in what would have been a middle class family in their time. He was born in the small English town of Stratford-upon-Avon. The town was mainly a market square, so it was quite lively. There were many events such as pageants and shows. Also there was plenty of beautiful countryside surrounding the town.

At the age of seven, Shakespeare attended a strict, prestigious grammar school. Students studied Latin, since it was necessary in the time to have a successful career. The students attended classes nine hours per day, almost entirely year round, and were physically punished if they did not behave. This hardly seems like a school that would inspire the young boy, and this was minimal education considering his success.

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