Shakespeare research project CJ Warren period 6

Thesis:

Shakespeare made a big influence in English literature from his early years, mid years, and late years.

What was Shakespeare early years like?

Quote 1:

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. However, birth and marriage records indicate that many women in England at that time were already pregnant before they married, and so Shakespeare’s marriage was not unusual. Early in 1585, Anne gave birth to twins, Judith and Hamnet. The record of baptism marks the start of an important gap in the documentary evidence of Shakespeare’s life.

Commentary:

Shakespeare was really young when he got married to a local farmer like his farther did. There wedding was most likely rushed because Anna was probably already pregnant possibly with someone else's child. Two years later Anna give birth to twins. The twins baptism played a big role None of this was known except for Shakespeare having three children and being married by age 18

Quote 2:

Stratford-upon-Avon is a quiet English market town famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. It is one of the oldest towns in England. It lies in the green valley of the River Avon. High-peaked Old English-style houses line its narrow streets.

Commentary:

Stratford is currently one of the famous places to visit and is a very old town. Stratford is one of the oldest towns in England and the place is very nice. We know Shakespeare was born in Stratford and was lived in a very clustered community

Quote 3:

William attended grammar school,where he studied Latin grammar, Latin literature, and Rhetoric. As far as we know he had no further formal education.

Commentary:

William took a bunch of Latin Literature to learn of the culture and became a big resource in his writing life. We know William attended Latin school at a private school to study Latin so he can communicate easier with others.

What was Shakespeare's mid years like?

Quote 4:

From mid-1592 to 1594, London authorities frequently closed the theaters because of repeated outbreaks of plague. Without the income provided by acting and playwriting, Shakespeare turned to poetry. In 1593, Venus and Adonis became the first of Shakespeare’s works to be published. The publisher was Richard Field, a native of Stratford who may have known Shakespeare in childhood. As was customary at the time, Shakespeare dedicated his volume to a noble patron, in this case Henry Wriothesley, the Earl of Southampton. Venus and Adonis proved to be extremely popular and was reprinted at least 15 times in Shakespeare’s lifetime.

Commentary:

With no income Shakespeare started writing plays so people can act them out. His first play was "Venus and Adonis" and it was very popular. Henry Wriothesley, the Earl of Southampton claimed it to be very popular. The only thing that was known about this is the play "Venus and Adonis".

Quote 5:

In 1599, Burgage's theater was torn down and its timbers were used by Shakespeare and his company to build the Globe Theatre. This was the theater for which Shakespeare wrote most of his plays.

Commentary:

Shakespeare's theater was a hit and is where Shakespeare got his ideas for most of his plays. The Globe Theater was built after Burgage's theater was torn down

Quote 6:

The next mention of Shakespeare is in 1592, when he was an actor and playwright in London. His actions during the seven-year interim have been a matter of much curious speculation, including unproved stories of deer poaching, soldiering, and teaching. It may have taken him those seven years simply to break into and advance in the London theater. His early connections with the theater are unknown, although he was an actor before he became a playwright. He might have joined one of the touring companies that occasionally performed in Stratford-upon-Avon, or he might have gone directly to London to make his fortune, in either the theater or some other trade. Shakespeare was venturesome and able, and had good reasons to travel his confining family circumstances, tinged with just enough disgrace to qualify him to join the disreputable players. The theater was his escape to freedom; he therefore had strong motivation to succeed.

Commentary:

Having struggles in his family at the time Shakespeare turned to the theater where Shakespeare had unknown connections to it. Shakespeare eventually joined a touring company that performed in Starford and he realized he can go to London and make his fortune. Having his Family situation he left to go to London and have freedom and motivation to succeed. Mainly what is known is that Shakespeare went to London to escape his family problems and succeed. Also what is known is he was an actor before he became a play write.

Quote 7:

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.

Commentary:

Shakespeare wrote two plays a year so he can keep his company in line so he won't shut down. With these plays Shakespeare got most popular playwright in England and a very high reputation. Shakespeare wrote two plays a year and was the most popular playwright.

How did spend his last years?

Quote 8:

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.

Commentary:

Shakespeare's very last plays with a collaboration with John Fletcher with unsure what his last play was. We are still not sure what his last plays were.

Quote 9:

On Feb. 10, 1616, Shakespeare’s younger daughter, Judith, married Thomas Quiney, the son of his Stratford neighbor Richard Quiney. Six weeks later, Shakespeare revised his will. Within a month, he died. He was buried inside the Stratford parish church. His monument records the day of death as April 23, the generally accepted date of his birth.

Commentary:

Shakespeare didn't want Judith to Marry Thomas Quiney which was his old neighbor. Once he finally accepted her choice a month later he died. Shakespeare died on his birthday and has a monument made for him.

Quote 10:

By 1612, Shakespeare had become England’s most successful playwright. He apparently divided his time between Stratford and London. He had lodgings in London at least until 1604 and probably until 1611. Such family events as his daughter Susanna’s marriage in 1607 and his mother’s death in 1608 would likely have called him back to Stratford. By 1612, he may have spent much of his time in the comforts of New Place in Stratford.

Commentary:

Shakespeare's daughter got married and his mother died in 1604-1611 called him back to London to experience the event's that are happening in his life. His daughter got married and his mother died in between 1604-1611 so he went back to London.

Works Cited

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.

---. "William Shakespeare's Life: A Genius from Stratford." 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.

Lander, Jesse M. "Shakespeare, William." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.

Mounfield, Peter R. "Stratford-upon-Avon." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 9 Dec. 2016.

"William Shakespeare." Great Lives from History: Renaissance & Early Modern Era, 1454-1600 (Online Edition). Salem Press. 2013.

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