Was He Catholic?

Michael Wood opens the eyes to many about Shakespeare’s life: how he was raised, how he became successful,what he did with his fortunes, and many, many other facts and stories about the famous William Shakespeare. One that stood out to me was how he was raised with a Catholic background even though Queen Elizabeth outlawed Catholicism all together.  He was a strong supporter of Catholicism or that is what the facts from his time showcase. For example, Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway were married in a small village, but also very quietly and perhaps quickly. The facts turn towards the more logic answer; Shakespeare wanted to be married by a priest who’s practice was Catholic. It was all hush hush because if any neighbors, spies, or police heard of a marriage under Catholicism, they were convicted. In many of Shakespeare’s plays, he writes about marriages that went right under the noses of those who could get them in trouble or he writes about small weddings that occur quickly (like his own) by a priest. In less words, Shakespeare writes about Catholic priests marrying his characters. For instance, in Romeo and Juliet, Friar Lawrence says, ” But come on, inconsistent young man, come with me. I’ll help you with your secret wedding. This marriage may be lucky enough to turn the hatred between your families into pure love.”  (Act 2, scene 3).  Shakespeare wrote from experience and right there is hard evidence that he used his own marriage in the play. The information of how Shakespeare was Catholic during a time that was not allowed is very important to understand how he came up with his brilliant plots and character development.

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One Response to Was He Catholic?

  1. 14alo says:

    You did a very good job bringing textual evidence from different Shakespearean plays.

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