Shakespeare and his Influence By: Micaiah Turner

Shakespeare influenced the world through his early life, middle/late life, and afterlife.

Early Life

"Beginning at about the age of 7, William probably attended the Stratford grammar school with other boys of his social class. The school’s highly qualified teachers were graduates of Oxford University... Young Shakespeare may have read such outstanding ancient Roman authors as Cicero, Ovid, Plautus, Seneca, Terence, and Virgil" (Lander).

Shakespeare most likely got his influence from his highly educated teachers and studying different historical authors.

Middle/Late Life

"Shakespeare, William (1564-1616), was an English playwright, poet, and actor. Many people regard him as the world’s greatest dramatist and the finest poet England has ever produced" (Lander).

Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616. He was an English playwright, poet, and an actor who's regarded as England's finest poet and dramatist because of the way he influenced the world.

“The period of Shakespeare's great tragedies and the "problem plays" begins in 1600 with Hamlet...The Merry Wives of Windsor...Troilus and Cressida,All's Well That Ends Well,Measure for Measure,Othello,King Lear,Macbeth,Antony and Cleopatra,Coriolanus, and Timon of Athens" (William).

Shakespeare's plays done during this part of his life produced his most admired works for Western playwrights. They not only changed the way plays were written then but would leave a lasting mark on playwright.

“The plays have been subject to ongoing examination and evaluation by critics attempting to explain their perennial appeal, which does not appear to derive from any set of profound or explicitly formulated ideas" (William).

Shakespeare's plays were completely original and he was not influenced by anyone else. That means he created his own way of created his own way of doing plays.

"This is the stage most of us know today. It has been standard for well over a hundred years" (Anderson 8).

Shakespeare's theater was what the other theater made for the next hundred years would look like. Also, even some modern theaters today still based the design around Shakespeare's Globe Theater.

“Shakespeare coined hundreds of phrases (such as 'into thin air', 'time-honoured', and the 'be-all and end-all'), which are widely imagined to be proverbial” (Rubenstein).

Shakespeare has had lots of phrases which has had more ways to use sets of words in not only playwrights, but in people's daily lives.

"He apparently also coined at least 1,500 English words, including 'addiction', 'alligator', 'birthplace', 'cold-blooded', 'critic', 'impede', and 'amazement'..." (Rubinstein).

Shakespeare made it easier for playwrights, poets, etc. to express their feelings and get their words across by adding more words to the English language.

"Shakespeare was also, apparently, the first writer to use the word it’s as a third person possessive" (Rubinstein).

Shakespeare created another way to say a word for the English language while also making another rule to follow when speaking or writing English.


"Since his death Shakespeare's plays have been almost continually performed,...they are quoted more than the works of any other single author" (William).

Shakespeare's plays are still being played today even though they are over 400 years old. He playwrights are the most quoted plays ever and that is the reason he may be the greatest playwright in history.

"They were part of the cultural life of the American Colonies and provided entertainment in the mining camps of the Old West" (Lander).

Shakespeare was what defined early American culture. So he influenced one of the greatest countries of the world by having them be entertained by one of his plays and/or sonnets.

Works Cited

Anderson, Robert. “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.

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

Rubinstein, William. “Who Was Shakespeare?.” History Today 51.8 (2001): 28. History Reference Center. Web. 9 Dec. 2016.

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