The Art of Theater by Kendall Powell

Thesis: William Shakespeare started his career, progressed to make many plays in the theater, and after proving his success, his afterlife.

Early Life:

William Shakespeare


"According to christening records at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford, he was baptized on April 26, 1564. His date of birth is assumed to have been April 23. Historians know little about Shakespeare's early life"(Carganie).

Commentary 1:

This is just a little background on William Shakespeare and just some things that might be interesting to know about him. Still not knowing a lot about William Shakespeare, other than him and his amazing play wrights, this is just some more knowledge you can gain from him.

Still talking about his early life:

" William attended grammar school, where he studied Latin grammar, Latin literature, and rhetoric (the uses of language)"(Anderson).

Commentary 2:

William did have some school as he was younger which could have benefited him and his amazing writings. Especially to know that he has become a very well known play writer around the globe.

Cultural Influences


"During Shakespeare’s lifetime, Robert Greene apparently attacked Shakespeare for thinking he could write as well as university-educated playwrights "(Lander).

Commentary 3:

Shakespeare was seen as a fool, just because of his high quality writings for someone who didn't attend a university-educated playwrights. Nor did it matter though because, in other people eyes he was seen as one of the best playwrighters in the world.

The speaking:

"Shakespeare’s style has helped shape the language of all English-speaking countries. This influence has chiefly been felt directly through his writings(Lander). "

Commentary 4:

Shakespeare's writing seemed to be very unique during his time and has past to the 2000's. This is a very huge impact, considering this was the English that was spoken at the time. Coming from now, the way people speak is very different from the 1500's.

Business :

"A typical acting company had 8 to 12 sharers, a number of salaried workers, and apprentices. The sharers were the company's leading actors as well as its stockholders. They had charge of the company's business activities. They bought plays and costumes, rented theaters, paid fees, and split the profits. The salaried workers, who were called hirelings, took minor roles in the plays, performed the music, served as prompters, and did various odd jobs. The apprentices were boys who played the roles of women and children"(Lander).

Commentary 5:

These theaters and plays were not just creative, but also very organized. The plays would have the costumes, the scripts, and etc. all ready. This seems very similar to what we do today at plays in the 2000's.

His work in the theater

A play that was created by William Shakespeare

Special Effects

"A half roof projected over the upper stage and the back part of the main stage. Atop the roof was a hut that contained machinery to produce sound effects and various special effects, such as the lowering of an actor playing a god. The underside of the hut was sometimes called the heavens. Two pillars supported the structure. The underside of the heavens was richly painted, and the interior of the theater undoubtedly had a number of other decorative features" (Lander).

Commentary 6:

The theater in the 1500s and 1600s was very creative and genius, considering how the people would set everything up. Also, how the people would be super decorative and put a lot of work into the plays by making it perfect with such beautiful effects.

Scenic Effects

"Unlike most modern dramas, Elizabethan plays did not depend on scenery to indicate the setting (place) of the action. Generally, the setting was unknown to the audience until the characters identified it with a few lines of dialogue"(Lander).

Commentary 7:

All plays remained a mystery, unlike all the special effects where everything was well thought out. No, these scenic effects that were created, anything could happen and that is what made it so interesting.

Good writing

"Shakespeare’s characters “seem real” because they respond to situations with a wider range of human emotions than one expects to find in literature"(Buller).

Commentary 8:

He knew how to make all his writing very realistic, and that is what made his playwrights so good. The crowd could not get enough of Shakespeare, and that is a reason why he stayed in the business for so long.

Shakespeare's Last Years

Off to where?

"Around 1610, it is thought that Shakespeare spent a good deal more time in Stratford than in London"(Baker).

Commentary 9:

See this is where Shakespeare spent some of his last years living and enjoying his life. Unlike how he would stay in London directing and writing scripts of plays, it seems he had dialed down from plays for a while.

R.I.P. Shakespeare

"Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbear, To dig the dust enclose here!, Blessed be the man that spares these stone, And cursed be he that moves my bones"(Anderson).

Commentary 10:

Shakespeare seemed to be loved and remembered when he past away. For example, when he died someone had these very words engraved onto his tombstone.


Overall, it is good to say that William Shakespeare was a beloved man, and has influenced many through his great works.

Work Cited:

Baker, William. William Shakespeare. London: Continuum, 2009. eBook Collection

Buller, Jeffrey L. "Shakespeare." Magill’s Literary Annual 1999. Ed. John D.

Wilson. Hackensack. Buller, Jeffrey L. "Shakespeare." Magill’s Literary

Annual 1999. Ed. John D. Wilson. Hackensack. Buller, Jeffrey L.

"Shakespeare." Magill’s Literary Annual 1999. Ed. John D.

Wilson. Hackensack

Lander, Jesse M. "Shakespeare, William." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016.

"Shakespeare, William." Renaissance and Reformation Reference Library, edited by

Julie L. Carnagie. "Shakespeare, William." Renaissance and Reformation

Reference Library, edited by Julie L. Carnagie.

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