Shakespeare's Influence on the World by: Jake Heeren

Thesis: Shakespeare made an impact on the world through his early life, his many accomplishments, and his career.

Shakespeare’s Early Life:

Quote #1: "Beginning at about the age of 7, William probably attended the Stratford grammar school with other boys of his social class. The school’s highly qualified teachers were graduates of Oxford University" (Lander).

Commentary: Shakespeare's mother and father were not very wealthy people but despite that they're able to get him into a highly regarded school. Since Shakespeare attended such a good school he was able to write plays and poetry and it is a big reason why he has left such a lasting influence on the world.

Quote #2: "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. By 1569, traveling companies of professional actors were performing in Stratford" (Lander).

Commentary: The place Shakespeare grew up in also played a major role in him being so successful. Since he grew up in such an active place he was introduced to acting and playwriting at a very young age and it most likely grabbed his attention.

Quote #3: "His son William, born in 1564 as one of eight children, must certainly have had the formal education denied to his father, but, unlike his father, made what seems like an improvident marriage." (Edwards and Rogers).

Commentary: Even though Shakespeare had 8 siblings he was still able to go to great school and be very successful. Shakespeare's lasting influence on the world relates back to his home life in many ways.

Quote #4: “He was eighteen when Anne Hathaway, a woman of twenty-six, became his wife. Their first child, Susanna, was born five months after the wedding (baptized May 1583). Twins, Hamnet and Judith, were born in February 1585" (Rogers and Edwards).

Commentary: Shakespeare's wife and children were his inspiration and motivation and helped him get his play writing and poem writing on the go. His family is a major part of why Shakespeare has made such an enormous impact on our life today.

Shakespeare’s Career:

Quote #1: "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" (Lander).

Commentary: Shakespeare's career with the Lord Chamberlain's Men is really when his plays started to get a lot of popularity. If Shakespeare didn't start his career with the Lord Chamberlain's Men he most likely would not have left such a lasting influence on us and play writing.

Quote #2: "Romeo and Juliet is a famous tragedy written by English playwright William Shakespeare. The play was probably first performed in 1596 and was first published in 1597" (Seidel).

Commentary: During Shakespeare's career he wrote many plays but Romeo and Juliet is the most well known of all. Although Shakespeare did do many other things that contributed to his great impact on the world, Romeo and Juliet were a major part in it.

Quote #3: "Shakespeare throughout 1599 began to write works of increasing complexity, challenging his audiences to pay attention to him rather than to the easy-listening plays of his rivals" (Lucy).

Commentary: During the year 1599 many other playwrights had began to pick up fame so in return Shakespeare made his plays harder to follow so his listeners would be more interested in them. If Shakespeare had not bumped up the level of his plays he wouldn't have sustained the amount of audience he had an most likely would not have made such a great influence on us today.

Quote #4: "Not only was this period a great time for the King’s Men, it was also a time of incredible success for Shakespeare as a writer. He wrote some of his greatest plays during this period. Between 1599 and 1608 Shakespeare wrote "Much Ado about Nothing," "Henry V," "Hamlet," "King Lear," "Macbeth," and "Othello" (Forster).

Commentary: Shakespeare's plays were skyrocketing in the years he spent with the Lords Chamberlain's Men. This is mainly because of his plays that are so impressive that they are being turned into movies and books that many of us read or watch in our lives.

Shakespeare’s Accomplishments:

Quote #1: "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" (Lander).

Commentary: Shakespeare is not only famous in present day times he was extremely famous back in his day as well. Shakespeare's playwrights are a big reason why his accomplishments are so famous in our lives.

Quote #2: "By 1612, when he returned to Stratford to live the life of a prosperous retired gentlemen, Shakespeare had written thirty-seven plays, including such masterpieces as Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth" (Anderson 777).

Commentary: Shakespeare's had written many plays that inspired and touch the hearts of many and each of the plays is something he accomplished. Many plays Shakespeare wrote are still being reenacted to this day proving that Shakespeare has made a lasting influence on this world.

Quote #3: "Romeo and Juliet is a famous tragedy written by English playwright William Shakespeare. The play was probably first performed in 1596 and was first published in 1597" (Seidel).

Commentary: During Shakespeare's career he wrote many plays but Romeo and Juliet is the most well known of all. Although Shakespeare did do many other things that contributed to his great impact on the world, Romeo and Juliet were a major part in it.

Quote #4: "Since his death Shakespeare's plays have been almost continually performed, in non-English-speaking nations as well as those where English is the native tongue; they are quoted more than the works of any other single author" (Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia).

Commentary: Even after Shakespeare's death people still conduct his plays over and over again. For this reason, Shakespeare has shaped the world in his play writing and the many other things he has accomplished.

Works Cited

Anderson, Robert. “William Shakespeare 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.

Forster, Matt. “William Shakespeare.” William Shakespeare (2005): 1­3. History Reference Center. Web. 7Dec. 2016.<!­­Additional Information:Persistent link to this record (Permalink): http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=khh&AN=15323954&site=hrc­live

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

Rogers, Pat, and Philip Edwards. “William Shakespeare.” Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature. 112.GB: Oxford University Press 1987, 1987. History Reference Center. Web. 6 Dec. 2016.<!­­Additional Information:Persistent link to this record (Permalink): http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=khh&AN=7672161&site=hrc­live

Rubinstein, William. “Who Was Shakespeare?.” History Today 51.8 (2001): 28. History Reference Center.Web. 6 Dec. 2016.<!­­Additional Information:Persistent link to this record (Permalink): http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=khh&AN=4927508&site=hrc­live

Seidel, Michael. “Romeo and Juliet.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 7 Dec. 2016.

“William Shakespeare.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1­4. History Reference Center.Web. 6 Dec. 2016.<!­­Additional Information:Persistent link to this record (Permalink): http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=khh&AN=39031723&site=hrc­live

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