Celebrate Shakespeare’s Life with YA Book Shelf!
William Shakespeare was born in April 1564, which means that if he had somehow found the elixir of life, he would be 456 years old this month. According to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, we don’t have an exact record of the day he was born, but since he was baptized on April 26, 1564 and since people typically baptized their children within three days of their birth in his time, his birthday is generally celebrated on April 23rd every year around the world.
In a very fitting tribute to the circle of life, Shakespeare also died on April 23rd in 1616, or on the day he turned 52, which makes today the perfect day to celebrate his life with a fun social media meme. And since Shakespeare killed way more people than he brought to life (or brought back to life), we’ve created a couple of graphic generators that you can use and share with your audience as either an Instagram Story or a Facebook Post.
For literary accuracy, all the causes of death, types of murderers, and activities one was doing before death in the Your Shakespeare-Style Death graphics show actual ways Shakespeare killed off both our favourite heroes and villains. And yes, I’m Canadian, so where possible, I used the Canadian spelling of words in the graphics below.
Instagram Story Graphic:
When using the Instagram Story Graphic, please circle the method of death, murderer, and activity you were doing before death, and then tag me at @melissa.montovani, two or three people who you want to challenge, and the hashtag, #ShakespearesBirthday, and we’ll share your contribution on our story as well.
Also, make sure that you share a blank version of the graphic to your story after posting your answers, so your friends can fill out the form, too.
Facebook Post Graphic:
When using the Facebook Post Graphic, you will probably want to share your Shakespeare-style death in the post and ask your friends to share their deaths in the comments below.
Like These Graphics?
Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll create more of these graphics that I post on the blog, so you can join in the fun!