The Life of Shakespeare by Henna Talla p.2

Shakespeare Project

Thesis: Who was Shakespeare's and how did he change the world today?

Early Life:

Quote #1: "Shakespeare’s parents belonged to what today would be called the middle class" (Lander 13).

Commentary: This quote clearly proves, Shakespeare started out as just like anyone else and had to work hard in order to pursue his dream of becoming a playwright, he wasn't handed the job. This influences people because it proves anyone can start off at any social status and work hard to achieve what they want in life.

Quote #2: "The second period covers the seven years of Shakespeare's life in which he must have been perfecting his dramatic skills and collecting sources for the plots of his plays" (Mabillard 23).

Commentary: Evidence from this direct quote justifies how Shakespeare worked hard for years to become an expert in playwright, of course, he didn't immediately understand or grasp it at first, but after practising and failing he made it. This proves how anybody must work hard and learn from their mistakes in order to grasp their dreams.

Quote #3: "Long before performances in school, Will may already have discovered his passion for playacting" (Greenblatt 28).

Commentary: This quote justifies how a passion for something as simple as writing a play can turn into a career. Thus proving, Shakespeare inspired others to try new things and find out what their interests were.

Middle Life:

Quote #4: "This arrangement allowed the audience to watch from the front and sides" (Lander 66).

Commentary: This quote shows how the construction of the Globe Theater revolutionized theatre arrangements back in the day making it easier for the audience to see. This influenced how theaters and even movie theaters are constructed today by constructing the theater in a certain formation.

Quote #5: "Examples include such common words assassination, bump, eventful, go-between, gloomy, and lonely, as well as such familiar phrases as fair play, a forgone conclusion, and salad days"(Langer 6).

Commentary: This justifies, Shakespeare's effect on the modern-day world his use of this language in his plays has influenced us and become so wide-spread. Thus proving, his use of early English words and language are commonly used today.

Quote #6: "He does not tell the fair youth that he should tear himself away from his own reflection and beware of self-love...rather, he tells him that he is insufficiently self-loving" (Greenblatt 230).

Commentary: This odd quote actually means Shakespeare has a different way of righting a certain theme or meaning out instead of heading a certain meaning, Shakespeare would use the opposite meaning to inflict sarcasm. This inspired many writers to make their own writing style and an effort to have individuality apart from others.

Late Life:

Quote #7: "...his confused and ambiguous expressions of thought and emotion serve to heighten readers' own sentiments about universal matters such as love, friendship, jealousy, hope, and despair. his confused and ambiguous expressions of thought and emotion serve to heighten readers' own sentiments about universal matters such as love, friendship, jealousy, hope, and despair" ("Sonnet 10")

Commentary: This piece of evidence shows how Shakespeare was able to take writing to a whole new level by using his early to influence people emotionally. Many writers use this today to inflict emotion or even pass down a message.

Quote #8: "In addition, his widespread presence in popular culture extends to motion pictures, television, cartoons, and even songs" (Lander 5).

Commentary: Evidence from this text explains how Shakespeare's plays have influenced modern-day culture in today's society. He has influenced writers and film-makers to use similar themes to get a message across.

Quote #9: " an example of pure poetry, rising unbidden and entire from the depths of Shakespeare's being, a pearl of great price fashioned instinctively by experience and suffering" (Ackroyd 398).

Commentary: This quote shows how Shakespeare's stories explained the suffering or problematic state of his characters, which may have meant he wanted to build a better world for mankind. For example, most of his stories had a corrupt background setting, meaning he wanted to teach his audience righteous beliefs.

Quote #10: "It may be significant that schoolmasters in this period were supposed to teach their charges the art and practice of music" (Ackroyd 80).

Commentary: This evidence from the book shows how many authoritative people in the acting industry were supposed to emphasize on music, in which Shakespeare did so. This emphasis on music caused a new era of music to emerge based on Shakespeare's words and style, in the modern day world, such as operas and musicals.

Shakespeare's famous quote

Works Cited

Ackroyd, Peter. Shakespeare: The Biography. New York, Anchor Books, 2006.

Greenblatt, Stephen. Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare. New

York, W.W. Norton, 2005.

Lander, Jesse M. "Shakespeare, William." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016.

Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

Mabillard, Amanda. "Shakespeare of Stratford." Shakespeare Online. Sept. 11 2005: n.p. SIRS

Renaissance. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.

"The Sonnets." Shakespeare for Students: Critical Interpretations of

Shakespeare's Plays and Poetry. Ed. Anne Marie Hacht. 2nd ed. Vol. 3.

Detroit: Gale, 2007. 788-827. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 30 Nov.


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Henna Talla


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