Shakespeare Melissa Cordero
Thesis: Shakespeare made many influences in the world when it came to theater and was also very successful.
Shakespeare’s life in theater:
Quote #1: " After arriving in London, Shakespeare began an association with one of the city’s repertory theater companies" (Lander).
Commentary: Shakespeare got more involved with theater when associating with London's theater companies. Because of London, he got to learn more about theater and start to enjoy and appreciate it more.
Quote #2: "Scholars have noted connections between Shakespeare’s early plays and a number of plays that were performed by the Queen’s Men, a company that played in Stratford in 1587" (Lander).
Commentary: After going to london Shakespeare has connected with scholars to come up with different types of plays. William has also shared his ideas with different types of scholars.
Quote #3: "As we all know, Shakespeare was a young man when he began to write magnificent plays that had plots based entirely on Latin stories, such as the Menaechmi of Plautus, and striking imagery that was drawn from the Metamorphoses of Ovid and the Lives of Plutarch" (Mabillard).
Commentary: Shakespeare started early yet was still able to make incredible plays. He also did not wait until he was older to start his career, he did it whenever he wanted, age did not matter to him.
Quote #4: "The play was attracting larger audiences than any other musical production in town" (Anderson 777)
Commentary: Some of William's plays got a lot of attention compared to other productions.
The more and more that Shakespeare put in his work, the more and more people payed attention to it.
Quote #5: "Shakespeare took the theater of his time and used it brilliantly" ( Anderson 778)
Commentary: William Shakespeare was able to expand how theater was originally by being more creative and different. He took the time to be able to take theater and make it his own.
Quote #6: "He was more completely and more continuously involved in theaters and acting companies than any other Elizabethan dramatist" (Mabillard).
Commentary: This shows that William became a huge part of theater. He was also important because he was involved with more companies in theater.
Quote #7: "During his final period, Shakespeare wrote five plays—four romances and a history. (Lander).
Commentary: This shows how William worked hard and wrote many plays. It also shows that his plays were succeeding.
Quote #8: "Records also tell us that several of Shakespeare's plays were popular by this time, including Henry VI, The Comedy of Errors, and Titus Andronicus" (Mabillard).
Commentary: This shows that Shakespeare's plays were getting attention and he was succeeding. Also, it meant that he was consistent and always put in hard work to all of his plays.
Quote#9: "Whether an acting troupe recruited Shakespeare in his hometown or he was forced on his own to travel to London to begin his career, he was nevertheless an established actor in the great city by the end of 1592" (Mabillard).
Commentary: The quote explains how William was still successful even though he had make a change. Also, it explains that Shakespeare was known by many people because it says that he became an established actor in the end.
Why Shakespeare did what he did:
Quote#10: "The theater was his escape to freedom; he therefore had strong motivation to succeed" (Branam).
Commentary: William was able to go far in theater because he felt free. This also shows how he found a way to make the best of what he did to motivate himself.
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.
Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.
Mabillard, Amanda. "Shakespeare of Stratford." Shakespeare Online. http://www.shakespeare-online.com. Sept. 11 2005: n.p. SIRS Renaissance. Web. 09 Dec. 2016.
Branam, Harold. "William Shakespeare." Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia (2016): Topic Overviews 6-12. Web. 9 Dec. 2016.