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The great flaws of humanity as defined in the characters of the tragedy make Hamlet to be considered one of the greatest tragedies ever written As Emily Dickonson stated Hamlet wavered for all of us humanity can indeed find a likeness of himself in the Prince of Denmark Thousands of scholars writers students and psychologists spend countless years on the analysis of human nature through Hamlet the great play within a play As Harold Goddard puts it Hamlet presents a different face to each manGoddard page 331 and therefore the analysis of the tragedy is a matter of personal opinion and will never be complete According to Quennell A conclusive history of Shakespeares life is lacking much hypothesis surrounds relatively few facts Born at Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire April 23 1564 he led a relatively comfortable life His father was a a prominent man in Stratford By 1560 he was one of fourteen burgesses which formed the town councilThe eldest son of eight children William received education at the local grammar school and an apprenteship at a butcher shop Shakespeare however never attended a university On November 28 1582 Anne Hathaway married Shakespeare At the time she was two months pregnant Seven months later she gave birth to Susanna and later to twins Hamnet and Judith Hamnet the couples only son died at age eleven Shakespeares most productive years were from 1594 to 1608 the period in which he wrote all of his great tragedies such as Macbeth Hamlet Othello King Lear and Romeo and Juliet During these fourteen years he furnished his acting company with approximately two plays annually After 1608 it appears he went into semi-retirement spending more time in Stratford and creating only five plays before his death on April 23 1616 He is buried before the altar in the Stratford Church where his body still lies today Shakespeare uses a metrical pattern consisting of
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