Here is a little background video on William Shakespeare.
Thesis: Shakespeare created new literature, wrote plays and changed culture throughout his lifetime.
"The range of Shakespeare’s learning and the variety of his characters owe something to his involvement in London life." (Lander)
Shakespeare was influenced by the busy city of London and gained much of his knowledge from this city. Shakespeare also used what he learned throughout his plays and many people were amazed with all the knowledge.
"Shakespeare’s works reflect the cultural, social, and political conditions of the Elizabethan Age." (Lander)
Ghosts, Witches and Magicians were believed by many during this time and Shakespeare incorporated them throughout his plays. Shakespeare even named a few of his plays after Magicians, Ghosts and Witches, like "Hamlet" and "Tempest".
"Since his death Shakespeare's plays have been almost continually performed" ("William" )
Shakespeare's plays are still very famous, they are still performed in some theaters around the world. in fact, according to sources, he has been quoted more than any other single author.
"After 1600, Shakespeare’s dramas show the confused, gloomy, and often bitter social attitudes of the time. During this period, he wrote his greatest tragedies" (Lander) .
During the period of this time, there was tension is society and Shakespeare tried to incorporate the mood of society in his plays. During this time is when he wrote most of his sad and tragic plays.
"Shakespeare's 154 sonnets, taken together, are frequently described as a sequence, and this is generally divided into two sections" ("Sonnets")
Many believe that Shakespeare's Sonnets were all put together and divided into sections to create a sequence. Some people think the sequences are about a specific someone and some thing its just a general person.
"Shakespeare's sonnets do not describe or enact a clear sequence of events" ("Sonnets")
Shakespeare does not put his plays in a sequence, the few sequences in his plays are general. He also generalizes his setting, he never puts an exact place as the location of where the play is taking place.
"Many of Shakespeare's greatest plays were written in the first ten years of the company's residence at the Globe" (Benson)
William Shakespeare wrote many different types of plays such as tragedies and comedies. Within the ten years, "Julius Caesar". "Othello", "Hamlet" and many more plays were produced.
"The strength of Shakespeare's plays lies in the absorbing stories they tell, in their wealth of complex characters, and in the eloquent speech—vivid, forceful, and at the same time lyric—that the playwright puts on his characters' lips" ("William").
Shakespeare makes his characters neither good or evil, which makes each play more memorable. He makes his plays to have vivid stories and unique characters who are both good and bad, he uses his own kind of language that makes people remember his plays even more.
"If Shakespeare were alive, he would be receiving $25,000 a week in royalties for a production of "Othello" alone" (Anderson).
The play "Othello" had attracted audiences in town larger than any nonmusical production in town. Shakespeare's plays are so famous still that if he were alive he would still be making a lot of money.
Quote # 10
" Shakespeare was the ultimate professional writer" (Anderson).
By the year 1612 Shakespeare had written 37 plays. Shakespeare wrote a few masterpieces such as Julius Caesar, Othello, and King Lear.
Anderson, Robert. “William Shakespeare’s Life: A Genius from Stratford.” William Shakespeare’s Life.
Benson, Sonia G., and Jennifer York Stock, editors. Shakespeare, William. Vol.2:Biographies ed..
Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.
“The Sonnets.” Gale Virtual Reference Library, edited by Anne Marie Hacht, 2007. Accessed 8 Dec. 2016.
William Shakespeare. Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition, Q2 2016. 6th ed. History Reference Center, Apr. 2016. Accessed 8 Dec. 2016.