William Shakespeare Savanah Salcedo Period 5

Thesis: Shakespeare influenced the world through his early life, career, and success.

Early life:

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

Commentary: William wasn't born into this big popular and rich area most likely because he was born into a big family and their parents couldn't afford to live in a much richer and more urban area.Although he wasn't born into a rich family and rich area, he still grew up to be a successful and wealthy man.

Summary: Even though you may be apart of a less wealthy family, it doesn't always mean you can never be apart of something in the future that would influence something.

Quote #2: "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: William was taught very well at a young age at a high leveled school improving his Grammar and writing skills.The fact that William was taught by these highly educated people explains some of his talent in writing plays that improved the theater world.

Summary: Being in a good school that teaches the right information can really help in what you would want to do in the future.

Quote #3: "William was born during a period known as the Renaissance, a European cultural movement that focused on the rebirth of art, literature, and science" (Kesselring).

Commentary:Shakespeare was born during a time where art, literature, and science were really important in Europe. He grew up around an area that was full of art and literature and he would soon be one person to influence the literature world.

Summary:It was a perfect time for William to be born during the Renaissance time since the re-birth of literature was happening and he would be the one to highly influence it.

Quote #4: " There is no evidence that Shakespeare's parents could write, although signatures in the form of markings on documents are extant" (Baker).

Commentary: There was no proof of his parents being writers, so he most likely achieved his talent in writing because of the good school he went to. William most likely didn't inherit a talent from his parents, but he was still born with a talent that would inspire the world all around.

Summary:Shakespeare did not inherit any of his talents from his parents, but he was still born with a talent that would be improved by the very good school he went to.


Quote #5: " ...Shakespeare also must have had the chance to both watch and participate in frequent musical and dramatic entertainments, to make contacts among patrons who later would help him to advance his career, and to gain experience of a noble household and the details he would need to add realism (in a general sense) to his plays" (Sanna).

Commentary: In his younger years Shakespeare had a chance to learn more about the dramatic theater industry.Patrons were the ones who played a part of advancing his career by helping him gain more knowledge on making plays more realistic.

Summary:Shakespeare would have had to been apart of plays or at least watch them to make the patrons want to sponsor him.

Quote #6: "The turning point in Shakespeare's career came in 1593. The theatres had been closed since 1592 due to an outbreak of the plague.... he left the theatre entirely during this time to work on his non-dramatic poetry. The hard work paid off, for by the end of 1593, Shakespeare had caught the attention of the Earl of Southampton. Southampton became Shakespeare's patron, and on April 18, 1593" (Mabillard).

Commentary: The plague in 1592 had actually been a good thing for William because he had time to work more on his non dramatic poetry. All the work he did during this time had helped him catch the attention of a patron.

Summary:Although the plague was a disastrous thing to happen, it wasn't so bad for William because he worked on more plays outside the theatre giving his career a turning point.

Quote #7: "The second half of the 1590s was a tremendously creative and professionally successful period for William Shakespeare. The first of the two Henry IV plays was entered in the Stationers' Register in February 1598; the second part was entered in August 1600" (Baker).

Commentary:Not only was the first part of the 1590's good for him, but the second part was too because two of his plays he made were entered.All of the time he had to write his plays gave him more creative thoughts to put into his plays.

Summary:These two plays that were entered were some plays that helped out with his career.


Quote #8: "The Lord Chamberlain’s Men were one of the most popular companies in London. In large part because of Shakespeare’s talents, they would go on to become the dominant company...Shakespeare’s position as sharer allowed him to achieve a level of financial success[...]" (Lander).

Commentary: Shakespeare's good working talents had helped a company become more popular and soon a dominant company.The position he had in the company helped him achieve a great amount of financial success.

Summary: If it wasn't for shakespeare then the company probably wouldn't have done so well. Not only did he help the company, but the company helped him with his financial needs.

Quote #9: "Shakespeare's works are still performed around the world. He is often credited with adding many popular words and phrases to the English vocabulary. Shakespeare has made a large impact on society and art that can not be forgotten" ( Kesselring).

Commentary: Shakespeare works are loved so much that his works are still being performed around the world today.He highly influenced the English vocabulary and made a big part in the art of literature.

Summary: William was successful and influential during his time and is still influencing the world today.

Quote #10: "Considered the greatest playwright in the English language and one of the greatest writers in the world, William Shakespeare created a body of work that has remained unparalleled for its poetic brilliance and its depth of understanding. His long poems and sonnets are among the best in the English language. But his masterpieces are his plays..." ("Shakespeare")

Commentary:William was successful in many things, but his most successful thing was his masterpiece plays he made.All of his hard work and time he put into his passion gave him the title of the best playwright in the English language and one of the best writers in the world.

Summary:William had spent a lot of his life writing plays, poems, sonnets, etc.. In all of these things he wrote and made were the things he was considered being one of the best at.

Works Cited

Baker, William. William Shakespeare. London: Continuum, 2009. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 4 Dec. 2016.

Baker, William. “Shakespeare, William.” In Baker, William, and Kenneth Womack, eds. The Facts On File Companion to Shakespeare. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2012. Bloom’s Literature, Facts On File, Inc. www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=103800&SID=5&iPin=CS0001&SingleRecord=True.

Kesselring, Mari. How To Analyze The Works Of William Shakespeare. Minneapolis, MN: Abdo Publishing, 2013. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 4 Dec. 2016.

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

Mabillard, Amanda. “Shakespeare of Stratford.” Shakespeare Online. http://www.shakespeare-online.com. Sept. 11 2005: n.p. SIRS Renaissance. Web. 04 Dec. 2016.

Sanna, Ellyn. “Shakespeare, William.” In Bloom, Harold, ed. William Shakespeare, Bloom’s BioCritiques. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishing, 2002. Bloom’s Literature, Facts On File, Inc. www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=103800&SID=5&iPin=BCWS02&SingleRecord=True.

“Shakespeare, William.” Elizabethan World Reference Library, edited by Sonia G. Benson and Jennifer York Stock, vol. 2: Biographies, UXL, 2007, pp. 197-207. Gale Virtual Reference Library, go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=GVRL&sw=w&u=tmulvusd&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7CCX2587000052&asid=f84b848efcbdec6df492f23db4e7b735. Accessed 4 Dec. 2016.


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