• William (Will) Shakespeare grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon, where he attended a school for the upper middle class.
• Will’s early education contributed to his later works in several different ways.
• Will’s father, John Shakespeare, was the mayor of Stratford and was thus a respected guest at performances in the town.
• Attending performances at seasonal festivals during his early life also appears to have influenced Will’s theatrical works.
• Will seemed to have been accepting of his humble roots originating in the rural town. He did not condemn or resent his upbringing but instead lauded the dignified characteristics of those with an unsophisticated background.
• John Shakespeare, Will’s father, wed Mary Arden, who was the daughter of an aristocrat.
• John Shakespeare was a glove maker by trade and also engaged in the unsavory career of illicit wool dealing.
• John Shakespeare was initially a person of influence...
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