William Shakespeare By Rebecca Klein Period 2

William Shakespeare: His plays

Thesis: Shakespeare influenced the world through his early, middle and late life.

Shakespeare early life:

"Shakespeare’s parents belonged to what today would be called the middle class" (Lander). While Shakespeare grew up he wasn't a wealthy family. He was like all the other normal kids and had a normal like. This shows that Shakespeare grew up as a common person. this relates to the theme because he wasn't important as a kid.

"During Shakespeare’s infancy, his father was one of the town’s leading citizens" (Harold). This quote means that Shakespeare was already known by the people. His father probably had some things to do with Williams future.Shakespeare was already looked up to because of his father before righting plays. When he started to write plays he became very popular.

"Shakespeare was criticized for mixing comedy and tragedy and failing to observe the unities of time and place prescribed by the rules of classical drama" (Shakespeare). In the beginning of his career Shakespeare was criticized a lot for making dramas. Plays were not a big thing back then and no one understood it at first. Shakespeare was one of the most famous play writers ever born. He went down in history because of what he did. I wonder how long it took people to realize how good poetry and plays were.

Shakespeare middle life:

"In 1582 Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior and pregnant at the time of the marriage" ("William"). Shakespeare got married to Anne Hathaway. She got pregnant at the time of marriage. He was 8 years younger than her. Men were not usually allowed to get married until 21. Shakespeare was 18 when he got married and soon later had kids.

"Playwriting was not a highly regarded occupation, and so people saw little point in recording the lives of mere dramatists" (Lander). Playwriting was not something that many people did. Most did not even see a point in doing it. Many people loved his plays. I wonder how he got so famous if it wasn't a big thing and how he got the whole theater filled up.

Shakespeare's plays

"Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays, two major narrative poems, a sequence of sonnets, and several short poems" (Lander). He wrote many plays. His life was spent writing plays. He spent all his life writing plays. What if he didn’t right plays? Would people still know him? Would he have made a difference doing something else?

Globe theater

"His entire life was committed to the public theater, and he seems to have written nondramatic poetry only when enforced closings of the theater made writing plays impractical" (William). He is the person who made theater and poetry happen. If it weren't for him public theater would not happen. What if he did not decide to go into theater? What would his life be?

Shakespeare late life:

"He undoubtedly enjoyed a comfortable living throughout his career and in retirement, although he was never a wealthy man" (Shakespeare). While he was alive he wasn't ever a rich person. Although, he had no problem living on his own. Today Shakespeare would be making millions each day. I wonder why he wasn't making much when alive, but today when he's dead why he would be making so much.

"He left us no journals or letters he left us only with his poems and his plays" (Anderson 776). When he died we did not know really anything about him. Shakespeare's life that we know is based on only government approved papers. For example, marriage license and baptismal registration.

"For about 150 years after his death no one seemed to doubt that Shakespeare wrote the works attributed to him. However, in the latter part of the 18th cent. questions began to arise as to whether or not the historical William Shakespeare was indeed the author" (Shakespeare). After his death people knew that Shakespeare was a true author. However later in the 18 cent.people seemed to think that Shakespeare wasn't the real author. Today people know that it was Shakespeare all along. I wonder when they realized that it was him and not someone else.

Works Cited

Anderson, Robert. “William Shakespeare’s Life.” Holt Literature & Language Arts: Mastering the California Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, by G. Kylene Beers et al., Austin, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2003, pp. 776-77.

William Shakespeare.“ Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1­4. History Reference Center. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.

Branam, Harold. “William Shakespeare.” Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia (2016): Topic Overviews 6-12. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

“William Shakespeare.” Encyclopedia of World Biography. . Encyclopedia.com. 5 Dec. 2016

“William Shakespeare.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. History Reference Center. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.

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Rebecca Klein


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