Shakespeare Research By: Maggie McCown

Thesis: Shakespeare has made a major impact in present day literature through the world renowned writings he created during his life.

Early Life:

Quote 1: "William Shakespeare was born in the small market town of Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, the third of eight children"(Lander).

Commentary: It has been said that Shakespeare based many of his plays of off this little town and the humble years of his early life. His ability to make a name for himself even though the odds were against him has inspired many writers to push through for a chance of success.

Quote 2: "Beginning at about the age of 7, William probably attended the Stratford grammar school with other boys of his social class"(Lander).

Commentary: Shakespeare's school was very strict and taught him lots of Latin. This later proved handy in his writing career by providing him with a large vocabulary that made his literature unique and made his plays famous across the world.

Quote 3: " As a market center, Stratford was a lively town. In addition, holidays provided popular pageants and shows, including plays about the legendary outlaw Robin Hood and his merry men" (Lander).

Commentary: Stratsford's festivals may have introduced Shakespeare to the world of plays. He was very much inspired by the town and it shows through in his plays that now inspire modern day poets and playwrights.


Quote 4: "The Lord Chamberlain’s Men were one of the most popular companies in London"(Lander).

Commentary: The Lord Chamberlain's Men, Shakespeare's company, being very popular, had helped his plays become known all around. If they were not as liked back then, his famous works would not have become an inspiration to other writers as they are today.

Quote 5: " ...along with the actor Richard Burbage, who would play the star roles in Shakespeare's plays"(Cavendish).

Commentary: Shakespeare's scripts alone were amazing, but to truly reach their full potential he needed great actors to perform them. Shakespeare's plays, still acted out today in theaters all across the globe, use actors to bring his words and stories to life.

Quote 6: "It has often been noted that Shakespeare's characters are neither wholly good nor wholly evil, and that it is their flawed, inconsistent nature that makes them memorable"(William).

Commentary: Shakespeare wrote differently from many other playwrights who would have a hero or villain. Many modern day plays are based on this originality and use this method to make their characters memorable.

Quote 7: "Shakespeare was also, apparently, the first writer to use the word 'its' as a third person possessive"(Rubinstein).

Commentary: Shakespeare used his knowledge of the Latin and English languages to use pre existing words in new ways and even create his own words. Many of these words are still very common in modern day and are used by writers.

Late Life:

Quote 8: "He undoubtedly enjoyed a comfortable living throughout his career and in retirement, although he was never a wealthy man"(William).

Commentary: Although Shakespeare was not particularly wealthy in his time, experts estimate he would be extremely rich nowadays. They estimate that he would be receiving $25,000 a week in royalties just from his play Othello. His ability to gain such wealth shows people today that everyone has a chance to make it big.

Quote 9: "His bones have lain undisturbed to this day"(Anderson 777).

Commentary: Shakespeare is buried in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church in his hometown where a famous verse of his is carved in the grave, scaring away anyone from touching him. This verse is known by many and people flock to the site to see what may be their biggest inspiration.

Quote 10: "Shakespeare's plays are still produced all over the world"(Anderson 777).

Commentary: Shakespeare’s plays still last today because so many people were influenced by his writings. Shakespeare lovers worldwide love to see his plays in person that bring so much inspiration to our present lives.

Works Cited

Anderson, Robert. “William Shakespeare’s Life.” 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.

Cavendish, Richard. “Months Past.” History Today 61.11 (2011): 8-9. History Reference Center. Web. 29 Nov. 2016.

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

Rubinstein, William. “Who Was Shakespeare?.” History Today 51.8 (2001): 28. History Reference Center. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.

“William Shakespeare.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. History Reference Center. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.


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