Shakespeare's Life Sam Woodland Per.4

Thesis: Shakespeare's life was impact full on many people and was also very interesting. His life consisted of hardships and success.


Early Life

Quote #1: "Shakespeare's life between his marriage in 1582 to Anne Hathaway and his emergence as an actor and presumed writer nearly ten years later is a mystery period in which biographers have credited him with all manner of employment, as a law clerk, soldier, schoolmaster, traveller on the Continent, and so on, for which there is no evidence whatsoever."(Rubinstein, William).

Commentary: Many historians do not know what happened in ten years of his life, many people guess jobs they think he did. The most likely job was him being a English teacher, but didn’t start as a playwright.

Quote #2: "In 1594 Shakespeare became an actor and playwright for the Lord Chamberlain's Men, the company that later became the King's Men under James I" (William).

Commentary: Shakespeare's first started out as a actor, this helped he understand plays more. He then later became a playwright and this is where is career as a playwright begins.

Quote #3: "His father, John Shakespeare, was successful in the leather business during Shakespeare's early childhood but later met with financial difficulties."(William).

Commentary: Shakespeare's childhood wasn’t always the best, he had lots of stuggles. When his parents hit a financial crisis was the hardest part of Shakespeare's childhood.

Mid Life

Quote #4: "Most of the great English playwright William Shakespeare's plays were first presented at the Globe."(Seidel, Michael).

Commentary: During the time of him being a playwright he worked at this theatre, the theatre was wildly known for the open top. Later in his life he partially owned the theatre.

Quote #5: "The period from 1599 to 1608 was a time of extraordinary literary activity for Shakespeare. During these years, he wrote several comedies and almost all the tragedies that have made him famous."(Shakespeare).

Commentary: During the middle of Shakespeare's life was the time he was most active with writing plays and comedies. This is where he became big from.

Quote #6: "In 1596 he obtained a coat of arms, and by 1597 he was prosperous enough to buy New Place in Stratford, which later was the home of his retirement years."(William).

Commentary: During the time period of him being most active he was able to buy a house in Stratford. This is where he retired towards the end of his life.

Quote #7: "Shakespeare's 'Henry the Fifth' demands that the audience work hard to visualize the action: 'Think, when we talk of horses, that you see them'. The play opened on March 22nd, and a week later there were real horses in the London streets as Essex departed in a thunderstorm for Ireland."(Worsely, Lucy).

Commentary: Shakespeare's was very powerful, when whe would say something in his plays weeks laters people would start doing it. This made him to make people do what he wanted.

Late Life:

Quote #8: "By 1612, Shakespeare had become England’s most successful playwright. He apparently divided his time between Stratford and London."(Shakespeare).

Commentary: Shakespeare's toward the end of his life was still active and would still hang out with his family. He was close to retiring.

Quote #9: "During his last eight years, Shakespeare was the sole author of only three plays—Cymbeline,The Tempest, and The Winter’s Tale."(Shakespeare).

Commentary: Shakespeare's last 8 years consisted of him writing 3 more plays. Some of these plays were written with another playwright John Fletcher.

Quote #10: "Shakespeare retired and returned to Stratford c.1613. He undoubtedly enjoyed a comfortable living throughout his career and in retirement, although he was never a wealthy man."(William).

Commentary: Shakespeare's retired in 1613 right after his play in 1612. He lived a comfortable retirement but was never wealthy.

Works Cited

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

RAVILIOUS, KATE. “The Bard At Home.” Archaeology 69.4 (2016): 44-47. History Reference Center. Web. 7 Dec. 2016.

Rubinstein, William. “Who Was Shakespeare?.” History Today 51.8 (2001): 28. History Reference Center. Web. 29 Nov. 2016.

Seidel, Michael. “Globe Theatre.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 29 Nov. 2016.

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

Worsely, Lucy. “1599 A Year In The Life Of William Shakespeare.” History Today 55.6 (2005): 56. History Reference Center. Web. 7 Dec. 2016.


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