William Shakespeare By: Riana Canda (Period 6)

Shakespeare's Global Theater where his actors would often perform
A depiction of William Shakespeare as he wrote his plays
Two of Shakespeare's most famous plays, Romeo and Juliet (left) and Macbeth (right)
A list of words created and used by Shakespeare

Thesis: William Shakespeare was a talented writer, actor, and producer who has influenced the world in many ways.

Writer

Quote #1: "Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays, two major narrative poems, a sequence of sonnets, and several short poems." (Lander)

Commentary: Shakespeare wrote a wide variety of plays and poems in his lifetime. He was well known for his writing, and some famous plays include Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. His writings continue to influence our world, and people today continue to read his poems and plays.

Quote #2: "His plays continue to be performed, studied, and appropriated worldwide, and he is credited with introducing 300 words and dozens of well-known phrases into the English language." (Ravilious)

Commentary: William Shakespeare has made an influence on the English language. He wrote and created over 300 words, and coined many phrases that we use today. He has made an impact on the way we speak today though his works.

Quote #3: "In 1623, seven years after Shakespeare's death, members of his acting company collected the manuscripts of his plays and printed them in one volume, The First Folio." (Blooms)

Commentary: The First Folio is a volume of all of Shakespeare's writings, consisting of all his comedies, tragedies, and histories. His acting company was so influenced by his writing, they put it into one single book. He changed the way people saw plays, and the book was created in order to keep his writings for future use. They continue to be read and performed today, showing the impact he has made.

Quote #4: "Shakespeare wrote his plays to suit the abilities of particular actors and the tastes of specific audiences. The physical structure of the theaters in which his works were presented also influenced his playwriting." (Lander)

Commentary: Shakespeare wrote different plays to satisfy both the actors and audience. The way the theater was shaped also motivated the way he wrote. His different styles of writing has created a lasting impression on us, and we continue to use his is writing and plays for our entertainment.

Actor

Quote #5: "They became the foremost company of the time, performed at the Globe Theater, an outdoor theater, and the Blackfriars, a more exclusive indoor house. They also performed at court for Queen Elizabeth." (Blooms)

Commentary: Shakespeare was also part of an acting troupe. Not only did he produce plays, but he also sometimes acted in them. His success in acting has motivated many other actors, and his performances and examples continue to be used in theater today.

Quote #6: "By 1594, he was a charter member of the theatrical company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, which was later to become the King's Men." (Anderson)

Commentary: Shakespeare was part of the King's Men, a theatrical acting company. His acting and works were so great he became known to even royalty. He was a skilled actor, and the fact itself has shaped the way performers and society see acting nowadays.

Quote #7: "By contrast, government papers show that Shakespeare regularly performed before Queen Elizabeth I..." (Ravilious)

Commentary: Shakespeare was well known as an actor, and is to have also performed for the Queen herself. His acting was so entertaining (even as secondary characters) that he became popular among the crowd. His acting skills and entertaining ways continue to be used by many.

Producer

Quote #8: "In 1599, Burbage's theater was torn down and its timbers were used by Shakespeare and his company to build the Globe Theatre. This was the theater for which Shakespeare wrote most of his plays." (Anderson)

Commentary: Shakespeare was in charge for the Globe Theatre. The theater was where his plays where often performed, and even today people continue to visit and enjoy the performances given there.

Quote #9: "Shakespeare was the ultimate professional writer. He had a theater that needed plays, actors who needed parts, and a family that needed to bed." (Anderson)

Commentary: William Shakespeare led a busy lifestyle. His theater was important to him, and though he was busy, he managed to create plays and performances to provide entertainment. His performances in the Global Theater has led to his prosperity today as his theater and plays continue to be watched today.

Quote #10: "It is important we understand Shakespeare's theater because it influenced how he wrote his plays. Shakespeare took the theater of his time and he used it brilliantly." (Anderson)

Commentary: The Global Theater was one of Shakespeare's greatest achievements. Being in charge of the theater changed the way he produced and performed his plays. The theater was an important part in Shakespeare's writings, and it continues to leave a lasting impression on people.

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Sources

Works Cited:

Anderson, Robert. “Shakespeare and His Theater: A Perfect Match.” Holt Literature & Language Arts: Mastering the California Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, by G. Kylene Beers et al., Austin, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2003, pp. 778-80.

---. “William Shakespeare’s Life: A Genius from Streatford.” 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.

Blooms, Harold Bloom. “Shakespeare, William.” Bloom’s Literature, 2010, www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=103800&SID=5&iPin=BGRAJ02&SingleRecord=True.

Forster, Matt. “William Shakespeare.” EBSCO Host, 2005, web.a.ebscohost.com/hrc/detail/detail?vid=7&sid=c7bb52cf-1941-46f2-8b82-0a6fae4bd65c%40sessionmgr4007&hid=4214&bdata=JnNpdGU9aHJjLWxpdmU%3d#AN=15323954&db=khh.

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

“Shakespeare William.” RAVILIOUS, KATE. “The Bard At Home.” Archaeology 69.4 (2016): 44-47. History Reference Center. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

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