The Life and Times of: William Shakespeare

Thesis: Shakespeare made an impact on the world through his writing, influence on modern english, and his contributions to theatre.

Early Life:

Quote #1: "Shakespeare’s parents belonged to what today would be called the middle class" (Lander).

Commentary:Shakespeare was not a high or low class individual in the social ladder. He was an equivalent to that of an average man and was no more special in anybody's eyes.

Quote #2:"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."(Lander)

Commentary:This text suggests that even though he was able to be taught by some of the best grammar teachers even in his middle class position in society. It was at a young age William achieved an excellent education.

Quote #3:"We do not know exactly when Shakespeare left school or what he did in his immediate post-school years. It was customary to leave school at the age of 15; beyond that, there has been much speculation."(Baker)

Commentary:For large span of years we don't know what he did or where he was. This occurred after his educational period.

Mid to end Life:

Quote #4:"No one knows for certain how Shakespeare first started his career in the theatre, although several London players would visit Stratford regularly, and so, sometime between 1585 and 1592, it is probable that young Shakespeare could have been recruited by the Leicester's or Queen's Men."(Mabillard)

Commentary:Although it is not for sure how Shakespeare got into the theater business it was believed that he was recruited by London players. Sometime after word he became the playwright.

Quote #5:"At some point after his marriage, and probably after the birth of his children, Shakespeare must have made his way to London and joined the theatrical world there."(Baker)

Commentary:It was shortly after his children were born that he left them. He left and went to London to pursue his theatrical career.

Quote #6:"...left Stratford to pursue his more spiritual goal of becoming a Jesuit, and relocated to the seminary at Rheims. Hunt had found his true vocation: when he died in Rome seven years later he had risen to the position of Grand Penitentiary." (Mabillard)

Commentary:During his final years William was very religious and practiced Jesuit. Jesuit is also known as the "Society of Jesus"

Workplace/Modern Influences:

Quote #7:"The Globe was 20-sided and nearly cylindrical, with a diameter of around 105 feet. A large rectangular stage in the center of its amphitheater measured 43 by 23 feet. Three overhanging tiered galleries seated the audience."(Hager)

Commentary:The theater of which Shakespeare worked in was a large and open to the elements. There were also several levels in the sides of the structure where higher payers could sit with a thatched roof to protect themselves.

Quote #8:"The Globe held 3,000 people, and its audiences were composed of members from all social classes. Lords and ladies, whores and thieves, and barristers, professors, and students, and just about everyone in between attended plays at the Globe."(Hager)

Commentary:The building was able accommodate a whole lot of audience. The audience was composed of people that weren't limited to any particular class of people.

Quote #9: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."(Colombia Electronic) "For about 150 years after his death no one seemed to doubt that Shakespeare wrote the works attributed to him. However, in the latter part of the 18th cent. questions began to arise as to whether or not the historical William Shakespeare was indeed the author. Since then the issue has continued to be a subject of often heated debate, albeit mainly in academic circles. Those who doubt that Shakespeare

Commentary:After his death people wondered if Shakespeare deserved all the credit he had attained for the plays and poems. To this point it is unclear whether he did or not.

Quote #10:​"Appeal and Influence Since his death Shakespeare's plays have been almost continually performed, in non-English-speaking nations as well as those where English is the native tongue; they are quoted more than the works of any other single author."(Colombia Electronic)

Commentary:Shakespeare is able to affect the modern world through his plays and poems. Today many people both far and wide enjoy the acting of his plays and the reading of his poems.

Works Cited

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, Facts On File, Inc.

Hager, Alan, ed. “Globe Theatre.” Encyclopedia of British Writers, 16th and 17th Centuries. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2005. Bloom’s Literature, Facts On File, Inc.

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 2 Dec. 2016.

Mabillard, Amanda. “Shakespeare of Stratford.” Shakespeare Online. Sept. 11 2005: n.p. SIRS Renaissance. Web. 08 Dec. 2016.

“William Shakespeare.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. History Reference Center. Web. 7 Dec. 2016.


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