Thesis: The Elizabethan era was the time in which Elizabeth the first was ruling. During this time the arts, much like drama, began to pick up more attention. This era also brought to us one of the writers with the most eloquence, William Shakespeare.
Subtopic #1: Queen Elizabeth’s Reign
Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I
Quote #1: “In foreign affairs, Elizabeth played for time, avoiding war with Spain until England’s navy became strong” (Morril,1).
Commentary: The main reason as to why this era was one of the most prosperous is because Queen Elizabeth was good at managing problems with other nations. This eventually prevented wars in between different nations.
Quote #2: “The English also enjoyed dressing up formasques, pageants, and plays at Christmas and other special times. Elizabeth’s court became a center for musicians, scholars, and writers”(Bumgarder, 1).
Commentary: Many wealthy people began to accept the arts as a valuable way to entertain which was very different than it was before. It was because of the the wealthy people that many of the art prospered but mainly it was queen Elizabeth who sparked the interest in this era.
Quote #3: ”An important law of 1601, the Poor Law, regulated the treatment of beggars to provide them with relief. In time, England's growing prosperity provided new jobs” (Morril, 1).
Commentary: Due to the fact that queen Elizabeth this era was able to avoid many internal conflicts, people were able to focus on other things. This is the main reason why the era was so prosperous.
Subtopic #2: The Art and industrial inventions
Mdern Picture of The Golden Globe Theater
Quote #1: “English flowered during the Elizabethan Age, with the work of such writers as Francis Bacon, Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, Edmund Spenser, and William Shakespeare” (Bumgardner).
Commentary: All of these English writers made literature much more eloquent and exciting by introducing new words and ideas. They all contributed to the descriptive plays that were written with this newly enhanced language.William Shakespeare specifically was one of the writers that directly influenced the growth of the arts once he began writing plays.
Quote #2: “The first public theater in England, called The Theatre, was built near London in 1576. By 1642, there had been at least nine others in and around London, including the Globe, Rose, and Fortune” (Novick, Julius).
Commentary: The art that was created in the Elizabethan era was able to be spread and thoroughly enjoyed due to the abundance of theaters that were basically growing out the ground because plays were becoming very popular.
Quote #3: “One of the most important occurred in 1476, when William Caxton set up the first printing press in England.”
Commentary: This is another reason why the arts were able to thrive so well in the Elizabethan era. With the printing press, more people could now know the current events and also catch up on the trends.
Subtopic #3: Shakespeare
Quote #1: "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."
Commentary: William Shakespeare is clearly a very popular poet. He not only influenced future generations but it is likely he was a major source of influence in the Elizabethan era.
Quote #2: "His dramatic poetry is unequaled, and he had a genius for probing character, producing emotion, and relating human experience to broad philosophical issues" (Novik, 1).
Commentary: As you can see, shakespeare in fact built a sturdy foundation from other playwrights in this era using his eloquence that described emotions in a way no one had done before. he was able to inspire playwrights to keep contributing to the drama world.
Quote #3: "Shakespeare's plays are still played all over the world. During a broadway season in the 1980's, one critic estimated that if he were still alive he would be paid $25,000 a week by royalty."
Commentary: This quote reveals the fact that even though Shakespeare is dead, he has continued to grow and influence english writing. Many writers today cannot compare to Shakespeare. his contribution to the arts is beyond that of another person.
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.
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Bumgardner, Jake. “Elizabethan Age.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.
Caffrey, Cait. “Elizabethan Era.” Salem Press Encyclopedia (2016): Topic Overviews 6-12. Web. 18 Nov. 2016
The first public theater in England, called The Theatre, was built near London in 1576. By 1642, there had been at least nine others in and around London, including the Globe, Rose, and Fortune.
Morril, John S. “United Kingdom, History of the.” World Book Advanced, www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/article?id=ar746953&st=elizabethan+era#tab=homepage.
“Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced, www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/article?id=ar504520&st=shakespeare#tab=homepage.
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.