Shakespeare By Ian Sterman

Thesis: Shakespeare influenced the world in his early, middle and later life.

Early Life

Quote #1: "During Shakespeare’s time, the English cared little about keeping biographical information unrelated to affairs of the church or state" (Lander).

Commentary: In the middle ages, the anglican church only wanted important information about the church or the state or England. In Shakespeare's early life the church only wanted information that was vital about the state.

Quote #2: "While little is known of Shakespeare's boyhood, he probably attended the grammar school in Stratford, where he would have been educated in the classics, particularly Latin grammar and literature" ("William").

Commentary: In the old times, students were apart of the high because schools were so expensive for the middle class, William was an exception. The church of England sponsored schools early on, then switched to public schools.

Quote #3: "Sometime after the birth of their second and third children (twins), Shakespeare moved to London, apparently leaving his family in Stratford" (Anderson 777).

Commentary: Shakespeare left his family because he was going to find a job in theatre. This quote shows relation to the thesis because he left his family in his early life.

Quote #4: "Shakespeare did not go on to the university, and indeed it is unlikely that the scholarly round of logic, rhetoric, and other studies then followed would have interested him", (Bevington 4).

Commentary: Shakespeare had a mind for writing not mathematics. Shakespeare did not go to the university in his early life.

Middle Life

Quote #1: "Shakespeare’s position as sharer allowed him to achieve a level of financial success unmatched by other dramatists of the age, many of whom lived in poverty"(Lander).

Commentary: Shakespeare was the highest paid member of Lord Chamberlain's Men. He was the most successful playwright of London.

Quote #2: "On Nov. 27, 1582, Shakespeare received a license to marry Anne Hathaway, the daughter of a local farmer" (Lander).

Commentary: In the 1500s, farmers were regarded as peasants. He married her in his early life.

Quote #3: "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 777).

Commentary: The King's Men was a theater company owned by King James. Shakespeare and this company went on to become one of the most successful playwright companies. Shakespeare joined the King's Men in the prime of his middle life.

Quote #4: "The last suggestion is given some credence by the academic style of his early plays; The Comedy of Errors, for example, is an adaptation of two plays by Plautus" (William).

Commentary: The Comedy of Errors was one of Shakespeare's earliest plays. Shakespeare wrote this play in his middle life.

Quote #5: "Early in his career, Shakespeare was able to attract the attention of Henry Wriothesley, the Earl of Southampton, to whom he dedicated his first- and second-published poems: "Venus and Adonis" (1593) and "The Rape of Lucrece" (1594).", (William).

Commentary: Shakespeare was influenced by Henry Wriothesley, the Earl of Southampton, enough to dedicate his first and second-published poems. Shakespeare wrote about the Earl in his middle life.

Older Life/DEATH

Quote #1: "Those who doubt that Shakespeare wrote the works (sometimes called "anti-Stratfordians") generally assert that the actor from Stratford had a limited education; some have even claimed that he was illiterate" (Lander).

Commentary: People were criticizing Shakespeare in death because he couldn't read even though was an actor for the King's Men. Shakespeare attended a Latin grammar school in his early life.

Quote #2: "Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, at the age of fifty-two" (Anderson 777).

Commentary: Shakespeare died on his birthday. Shakespeare died in his older life.

Quote #3: "His great monument is the folio collection of his Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies brought together by his fellows in the King's Men and published in 1623", (Edwards).

Commentary: Shakespeare's comedies, histories and tragedies were published after his death by his friends in the King's Men. Shakespeare comedies came about when he died..

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