Any analysis of the general qualities of Shakespeare’s plays must focus initially on the writer’s ability to create characters.
As important to him as the historical records on which he drew were the writings of both ancient and contemporary philosophers, whose ideas Shakespeare incorporates into his dramas.
His writings are filled with allusions to various ancient authors, as well as to works by his contemporaries.
University education was reserved for wealthy sons of the elite, and even then, mostly just those who wanted to become clergymen.
The numerous classical and literary references in Shakespeare’s plays are a testament, however, to the excellent education he received in grammar school, and speaks to his ability as an autodidact.