The Life of Shakespeare Erick Mejia Period 1

Shakespeare's Childhood Home in Stratford-on-avon

Thesis: William Shakespeare influenced the world with his writing through his early, middle, and his late life.

Life of William Shakespeare:

Quote #1: "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, Jesse M.).

Commentary: William Shakespeare was a playwright, actor, and poet. He wrote many plays that are still performed today.

Shakespeare’s Fame:

Quote #2: "Throughout the 1590’s, Shakespeare’s reputation continued to grow. From 1594 to 1608, he was fully involved in the London theater world. In addition to his duties as a sharer and actor in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, he wrote an average of almost two plays a year for his company. During much of this period, Shakespeare ranked as London’s most popular playwright, based on the number of times his plays were performed and published. But his reputation was largely that of a popular playwright, not of a writer of unequaled genius."(Lander, Jesse M.)

Commentary: During the 1590's shakespeare became a famous figure in the London theater world. His reputation grew as he became London's most popular playwright.

Shakespeare’s Marriage:

Quote #3: "On Nov. 27, 1582, Shakespeare received a license to marry Anne Hathaway, the daughter of a local farmer. The two families knew each other, but the details of the relationship between William and Anne have been a source of speculation. At the age of 18, William was young to marry, while Anne at 26 was of normal marrying age. The marriage appears to have been hurried, and the birth of their first child, Susanna, in May 1583 came only six months after marriage. Some scholars have suggested that William may have been forced to marry Anne because she was pregnant.”(Lander, Jesse M.)

Commentary: Shakespeare married a women by the name of Anne Hathaway on November 27, 1582.

Shakespeare’s Poem’s:

Quote #4: "Shakespeare wrote two long poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. Both are narrative poems—that is, they tell a story. Shakespeare also composed a sequence of 154 sonnets, which concludes with a short poem called “A Lover’s Complaint.” He contributed another short lyric, “The Phoenix and the Turtle,” to an anthology of poetry titled Love’s Martyr (1601)."(Lander, Jesse M.)

Commentary: Shakespeare wrote two poems called, Venus and Adonus and The Rape of Lucrece. Both of these poems are narrative poems.

Shakespeare’s Education:

Quote #5: "William attended grammar school, where he studied Latin grammar, Latin literature and rhetoric (the uses of language). As far as we know, he had no further formal education."(Anderson, Robert)

Commentary: William Shakespeare went to grammar school and studied latin literature and rhetoric.

Shakespeare's early life:

Quote #6: "William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564. His father, John Shakespeare, was a glove maker who owned a leather shop. Shakespeare's mother, Mary Arden, was a farmer's daughter related to minor gentry. At age seven, William Shakespeare entered grammar school with other boys of his social class, studying Latin among other things. In 1582, at age 18, he married 26-year-old Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children, Susanna, Hamnet, and Judith."(Melissa A. Harris).

Commentary: Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564. Shakespeare's father was a glove maker and his mother was a farmer's daughter. Shakespeare was in grammar school at age 7.

The Last Years of Shakespeare:

Quote #7: "During his last eight years, Shakespeare was the sole author of only three plays—Cymbeline,The Tempest, and The Winter’s Tale. He collaborated with John Fletcher, another English dramatist, in writing three more plays. In the past, some scholars argued that The Tempest, written about 1610, was Shakespeare’s last play. Such a theory was encouraged by the presence in the play of passages that sound like a farewell to the stage. However, in 1612 and 1613, Shakespeare worked closely with Fletcher, who replaced him as the chief dramatist for the King’s Men, on Cardenio (now lost), King Henry VIII, and Two Noble Kinsmen. In addition, Shakespeare purchased a house in the Blackfriars district of London in 1613. The evidence thus suggests that Shakespeare gradually reduced his activity in London rather than ending it abruptly."(Lander, Jesse M).

Commentary: During his last years Shakespeare wrote three plays called, Cymbeline, The Tempest, and The Winter's Tale. Many people believe that ,The Tempest, is the Shakespeare's last play.

Shakespeare’s plays:

Quote #8: "Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays, two major narrative poems, a sequence of sonnets, and several short poems. His works have been translated into a remarkable number of languages, and his plays are performed throughout the world. His plays have been a vital part of the theater in the Western world since they were written about 400 years ago."(Lander, Jesse M.).

Commentary: William Shakespeare wrote many plays throughout his life. His plays are still performed to this day and his plays have a big influence on the Western world.

Shakespeare’s Life in Stratford:

Quote #9: "Shakespeare’s parents belonged to what today would be called the middle class. John Shakespeare, William’s father, was a glove maker who owned a shop in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Stratford is about 75 miles (120 kilometers) northwest of London in the county of Warwickshire. John Shakespeare was a respected man in the town and held several important positions in the local government."

Commentary: Shakespeare's parents belonged to the middle class. Shakespeare's father was a glove maker and his mother was the daughter of a farmer.

Quote #10: "William Shakespeare’s mother was born Mary Arden. She was the daughter of a farmer but related to a family of considerable social standing in the county. John Shakespeare married Mary Arden about 1557. The Ardens were Roman Catholics. Mary may also have been a Catholic, but the Shakespeares publicly belonged to the Church of England, the state church."(Lander, Jesse M.)

Shakespeare’s Influence on Culture:

Quote #11: "Shakespeare has had enormous influence on culture throughout the world. His works have helped shape the literature of all English-speaking countries. His work has also had an important effect on the literary cultures of such countries as Germany and Russia. In addition, his widespread presence in popular culture extends to motion pictures, television, cartoons, and even songs."(Lander ,Jesse M.)

Commentary: Shakespeare had a huge influence on today's culture. Many motion pictures, television, cartoons, and songs are influenced by Shakespeare.

Works Cited:

Source #1: Anderson, Robert. "William Shakespeare's Life: A Genius From Srtatford." 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.

Source #2: Baker, William. "Shakespeare, William." In Baker, William, and Kenneth Womack, eds. The Facts On File Companion to Shakespeare. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2012. Bloom's Literature

Source #3: Lander, Jesse M. "Shakespeare, William." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

Source #4: Lander, Jesse M. "Shakespeare, William." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 1 Dec. 2016.

Source #5: Melissa A. Harris"Shakespeare, William." In Sauer, Michelle M. The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry before 1600. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2008.Bloom's Literature, Facts On File, Inc.

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