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What's a surprising statement about William Shakespeare that can be used as a hook in an essay? I can't seem to find any and my essay is starting to sound quite repetitive lol.

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    I've always been intrigued by the fact that he left his "second best bed" to his wife in his will. But I don't see how that would work as your hook.

    Read through some of these Shakespearean quotes for some ideas.

    http://www.google.com/#q=shakespeare+quotes

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    Interesting. I haven't heard about that fact, I should research into that as well. Thank you :)

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    You're welcome. Good luck.

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    Haha, appreciate it. Do you think ''The Greatest British/English Writer of All Time'' or something to that affect is a good title? Or is it a bit.. cliche?

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    I think you can find a better title.

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    Think about the times during which Shakespeare wrote.

    After Henry VIII and all the turmoil he caused (English reformation, etc.)

    After Henry's short-lived successors

    During Elizabeth I's reign (including her near-constant problems with her cousin, Queen Mary of Scotland)
    http://www.britannica.com/biography/Elizabeth-I

    During James I's reign (James VI of Scotland, Mary's son). The King James Version of the Bible was translated and written during James' reign, too.

    What can you say about a writer who was so prolific and so successful during both turbulent and relatively calm times?

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