THESIS: Shakespeare made a major impact on society today by his well known writings, influence on English and how it is used, and his contributions to theatre. Shakespeare had a very fascinating life, whether it was his early younger years, years of fame or even when his life came to an end.
Quote #1: Stratford-Upon-Avon is a quite English market town famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. It is one of the oldest towns in England.
Commentary#1: Shakespeare was born and died in the same small town, the home where he was born is to this day, visited by people who appreciate the work done by Shakespeare.
Quote #2: "Beginning at about the age of 7, William probably attended the Stratford grammar school with other boys of his social class. Students spent about nine hours a day in school. They attended classes the year around, except for three brief holiday periods."(Lander)
Commentary #2: There isn't much that people know about William Shakespeare's early life and education. The little that we do know isn't surprising with how strict they were and as to who got an education based on the time he lived.
Quote #3:"At the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, who was eight years older than he was" (Anderson).
Commentary #3: This shows the differences between life back then in Shakespeare's time and life now. There are so many other differences that has happened from now until then.
Quote #4: Shakespeare was born and died in the same small town, the home where he was born is to this day, visited by people who appreciate the work done by Shakespeare.
Commentary#4: Shakespeare spent most of his life in Stratford and was born into a religious family. He grew up in a large family which made for many daily struggles while living in a time where money was very short.
YEARS OF FAME:
Quote #5: 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.
Commentary #5:Shakespeare has many plays that he is still to this day famous for all around the world. His life became revolved around work as he wrote his plays about love, lust, heartbreak, and daily struggles.
Quote #6: The RSC was established in its present form in 1961, but its roots go back to 1879. In that year, the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened in Stratford as the site for productions of Shakespeare's plays.
Commentary #6: Even though Shakespeare is no longer alive and made plays years ago people still remember them and use them to this day. Shakespeare was such an inspiration that his memory goes on through The RSC which still shows plays to this day.
Quote #7: " Like Shakespeare's stage, this kind of thrust stage, with its minimal scenery, allows playwrights ( if they want) to move their stories rapidly from place to place... playwrights have been tempted to write plays that imitate the style of movies"(Anderson).
Commentary #7: Shakespeare was one of the many playwrights that used a stage with little to no scenery to make his intimate, dramatic plays. This type of stage fit his style so well and allowed him as a writer to surpass all the others to make his plays memorable.
Quote #8: "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..."
Commentary #8: All though people felt that Shakespeare was hinting at not writing plays anymore, he continued to get closer with Fletcher by working on plays. Getting closer to Shakespeare helped Fletcher in the long run when he took over being chief.
Quote #9: Scholars have referred to the period between 1585 and 1592, when Shakespeare was called an “upstart” by a London writer, as the “lost years.”
Commentary #9: Although Shakespeare disappeared for a time period he had to of been writing as well because when he reappeared he continued making plays. No one knows where Shakespeare went and are still trying to find old documents explaining that era.
Quote #10: Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, at the age of fifty-two. He is buried under the old stone floor in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford (Anderson).
Commentary #10: The citizens at this time died at young ages for different reasons The fact that Shakespeare was buried in a church in his town must mean that he was a fairly religious man.
Anderson, Robert. “Shakespeare and His Theater : A Perfect Match.” Holt Literature & Language Arts: Mastering the California Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, by G. Kylene Beers et al., Austin, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2003, pp. 778-80.
Beers, G. Kylene, et al. William Shakespeare’s Life: A Genius From Stratford. Austin, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2003.
Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.
Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 1 Dec. 2016.
Mounfield, Peter R. “Stratford-upon-Avon.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 7 Dec. 2016.
“Royal Shakespeare Company.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 4 Dec. 2016. The RSC was established in its present form in 1961, but its roots go back to 1879. In that year, the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened in Stratford as the site for productions of Shakespeare’s plays.