Introduction

Once upon a time there was a little boy who was the apple of his parents' eyes. He was the third born (and the only son) but his two older sisters did not live past infancy, so his parents wanted the best of everything for him. They made sure that he went to school so he would be educated, and he had to help his father so he would learn the value of work. He grew up to have the most profound effect on future generations. How do we know his name today? Because he learned to express himself so eloquently, yet simply, that everyone could relate to and repeat his unique phrases. This little boy's name was William Shakespeare.

Was there anything unique in William Shakespeare's early life which helped him to become so articulate and to have so much insight into human behavior? Today you will be comparing Will's life as a young boy living in the 16th century to life of a young boy living in the 20th century. Perhaps you can find some commonalities.