Shakespeare Elija Mays/Period 2

Thesis:Shakespeare made an impact on the world through his writing,influence on Modern English, and his contributions to theatre.

Subtopic:Shakespeare’s Life

Quote:"In 1594 Shakespeare became an actor and playwright for the Lord Chamberlain's Men, the company that later became the King's Men under James I."("William").

Commentary:Shakespeare was an average man who made his life and legacy off of playwright and being an actor. He is a very important man till this day.

Subtopic:Shakespeare’s Style

Quote: Writing at a time when early modern English was assuming its fully modern form, Shakespeare and other Elizabethan writers looked upon the English language as alive and changing.("Style").

Commentary:Shakespeare had his own unique style with writing. Most people will not understand what some things mean because the way he speaks is very complicated.

Subtopic:Shakespeare's Early Life

Quote:"Shakespeare's parents belonged to what today would be called the middle class" ("Lander").

Commentary:This quote shows that Shakespeare grew up a middle class common citizen. This is significant because he became known as the worlds greatest English writer.

Subtopic:Shakespeare's Career

Quote:By 1592, Shakespeare apparently attracted the hostile attention of a jealous rival. Robert Greene was a university-trained writer who was among the first to attempt to make a career of writing for the stage and the commercial press.("Career")

Commentary:Shakespeare somehow brought attention to a rival that was very jealous. Robert Greene was one of the first to try and make a career of writing.

Subtopic:His Life in Stratford

Quote:Shakespeare’s parents belonged to what today would be called the middle class. John Shakespeare, William’s father, was a glove maker who owned a shop in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Stratford is about 75 miles (120 kilometers) northwest of London in the county of Warwickshire. John Shakespeare was a respected man in the town and held several important positions in the local government.("Life")

Commentary:Shakespeare was not rich. His family mainly lived off of his father because he owned a shop in the town of Stratford. His father was a man that was very respected.

Subtopic:England of Shakespeare's Day

Quote:During most of Shakespeare’s lifetime, England was ruled by Queen Elizabeth I. Her reign is often called the Elizabethan Age. Shakespeare’s works reflect the cultural, social, and political conditions of the Elizabethan Age. Knowledge of these conditions can provide greater understanding of Shakespeare’s plays and poems.("Shakespeare")

Commentary:Shakespeare is a very famous man and everyone knows about him.Without the Elizabethan age Shakespeare's plays wouldn't be able to be understood by most people.

Subtopic:The English writer

Quote: Shakespeare’s 10 history plays deal with English kings and nobility. Nine of the plays concern events from 1398 to the 1540’s. A knowledge of these events and of the Elizabethans’ attitude toward their own ruler can help a playgoer or reader understand Shakespeare’s histories.("English Writer")

Commentary:Shakespeare's play are very hard to understand because the way he has the characters speak is very different than how we speak now.

Subtopic:Shakespeare's Plays

Quote:Scholars do not know exactly what Shakespeare wrote. With the possible exception of a short passage from Sir Thomas More, no manuscripts in Shakespeare’s handwriting exist. Thus, editors have had to sort through the early printed documents to determine what was written by Shakespeare. Their labors have been greatly assisted by Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories & Tragedies, published in 1623.("Plays")

Commentary:Shakespeare's plays were very famous and people paid a lot of value to watch them even though he had them occasionally.

Subtopic:Shakespeare's Years of Fame

Quote: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.("Fame")

Commentary:Shakespeare did not start off rich and his name wasn't as known as it is now. He had to build his reputation up enough to get the kind of respect he is getting now.

Subtopic:His last years

Quote: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.("Last Years")

Commentary:Shakespeare made one last play before he passed. Most people did not know about it though.

"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.Book Chapter or Section Anderson, Robert.

"Shakespeare, William." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016.Web. 18 Nov. 2016.Book Beers, G. Kylene, et al. Holt Literature & Language Arts: Mastering the California Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking. Austin, Holt,Rinehart & Winston, 2003.Reference Source:Archive & annotate Lander, Jesse M.

"Royal Shakespeare Company."Reference SourceArchive & annotate World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 30 Nov.2016.Created: 11/30/16 09:15 AM1 Show | New Options

"William Shakespeare."Reference SourceArchive & annotateColumbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016):1­4. History Reference Center.Web. 18 Nov. 2016.

Lander, Jesse M. "Shakespeare, William."Reference SourceArchive & annotate Worldbook. World Book Advanced. WorldBook, 2016. Web. 7 Dec. 2016.Created: 12/07/16 11:01 AM

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