Shakespeare's Life By drew larsen period 5

Top left: William Shakespeare, top right: William Shakespeare's house, bottom left: The Globe Theater, bottom right: William Shakespeare statue

Thesis: During my research, I've learned many things about Shakespeare's early life, career, his family and his unfortunate death.

Early life

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

Commentary: This was where William Shakespeare was born in 1564. This also where he probably started his education.

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: William Shakespeare started his education at a young age. He learned about how to use proper grammar at the school which helped with his later years as a poet and a playwright.

Shakespeare's Career

Quote 3: "Shakespeare had written thirty-seven plays including such masterpieces as Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth"(Anderson).

Commentary: William Shakespeare wrote many plays in his lifetime. Many of the plays that places show are his own.

Quote 4: "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"(Worsley).

Commentary: Shakespeare began to challenge his audience in 1599. Shakespeare started to make the audience sit at the edge of their seat at this period of his career.

Quote 5: "In 1599, Burbage's theater was torn down and its timbers were used by Shakespeare to build the Globe Theatre.

Commentary: In 1599, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre was built. It was originally James Burbage's theatre but it was torn down and used by Shakespeare.


Quote 6: "In 1582 Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior and pregnant at the time of the marriage. They had three children: Susanna, born in 1583, and twins, Hamnet and Judith, born in 1585"(Lagasse).

Commentary: William Shakespeare had gotten married in 1582. He had 5 children that helped carry his family name for a long time.

Quote 7: "John Shakespeare, William’s father, was a glove maker who owned a shop in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon", "William Shakespeare’s mother was born Mary Arden"(Lander).

Commentary: This shows me that John Shakespeare and Mary Arden had William Shakespeare. John worked as a glove maker.

Quote 8: "We know that William was born the third of eight children..."(Anderson).

Commentary: William Shakespeare had a lot of siblings. He was the third child to be born into his family.

Unfortunate Death

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"(Lander).

Commentary: William Shakespeare passed away in 1616. He died within months of his daughter Judith marriage with Thomas Quiney.

Quote 10: "Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbear To dig the dust enclosed here! Blessed be the man that spares these stones And cursed be the man that moves my bones", "His bones have lain undisturbed to this day"(Anderson).

Commentary: William Shakespeare on his grave site to any grave diggers. To this day his grave has yet to be dug up.

Works Cited

Anderson, Robert. “Shakespeare and His Theatre: 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.

Lagasse, Paul. “William Shakespeare.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. History Reference Center. Web. 7 Dec. 2016.

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

Worsely, Lucy. “1599 A Year In The Life Of William Shakespeare.” History Today 55.6 (2005): 56. History Reference Center. Web. 7 Dec. 2016.


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