Shakespeare's professions Nathan D'souza p.5 12-2-16

Shakespeare has made a big impact on English literature today with each profession he has been apart of. He was an actor, writer, and poet, and was very successful with each of his professions. All of his professions have revolved around the writing world. He made such an impact "his works have been translated into a remarkable number of languages, and his plays are performed throughout the world. His plays have been a vital part of the theater in the Western world since they were written about 400 years ago. Through the years, most serious actors and actresses have considered the major roles of Shakespeare to be the supreme test of their art." Shakespeare's work that he produced is known worldwide. Actors who get roles in Shakespeare's plays are considered to have a major role. He has contributed to English literature through writing masterpieces and masterful poetry. He also acted out some of what he wrote. Here is some information about his professions.

Shakespeare's education and professions.

Speaking of his professions, "Shakespeare, William (1564-1616), was an English playwright, poet, and actor. Many people regard him as the world’s greatest dramatist and the finest poet England has ever produced." Shakespeare has wrote 37 plays in his lifetime working as a playwright. As a poet he wrote 154 sonnets. It is unknown how many plays he has acted in. About the education he received, "William attended grammar school, where he studied Latin grammar, Latin literature, and rhetoric (the uses of language). As far as we know he had no formal education" However, William Shakespeare was a great playwright even though he did not have any formal education. He was not like the normal playwright considering the education he received. He produced a lot in his lifetime, "Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays, two major narrative poems, a sequence of sonnets, and several short poems." Shakespeare is famous for his work in his professions. Most of his work ended up being masterpieces.

Shakespeare as a playwright

Shakespeare was a great playwright. A little bit about his plays is "Romeo and Juliet was probably among the early plays that Shakespeare wrote, between 1594 and 1596. By 1612, when he returned to Stratford to live the life of a prosperous retired gentleman, Shakespeare had written thirty-seven plays, including such masterpieces as Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth." Shakespeare wrote many plays in his lifetime. He was very successful in doing so, producing masterpieces that are commonly known in modern society. He was so great, in fact, he had a company named after him called RSC. Some information about the company is "the RSC was established in its present form in 1961, but its roots go back to 1879. In that year, the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened in Stratford as the site for productions of Shakespeare's plays." The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre was burned down in 1926. The annual festival for Shakespeare's dramas began in 1886 however so they did host quite a bit of festivals before it burned down.

Shakespeare as an actor

Out of all the careers he took part in, acting is by far the one with the least information about him. Some information about his acting skills is "the second period covers the seven years of Shakespeare's life in which he must have been perfecting his dramatic skills and collecting sources for the plots of his plays." Shakespeare had started to perfect his acting skills long before that time of his life. He had a lot of experience directing plays, teaching actors, and writing plays. He worked with many other actors. One of them is "Richard Burbage is considered to be the first great actor in the English theatre. He was the son of James Burbage, the theatrical entrepreneur who built "the Theatre" in Shoreditch on the outskirts of London, and the brother of another famous actor of the day, Cuthbert Burbage. Richard Burbage achieved success as a performer by the age of 20 and during his career he appeared in plays by Jonson, Kyd, Beaumont and Fletcher, and John Webster. He also played many of the major Shakespearean characters, including Othello, Hamlet, Lear, and Richard III. Out of all his plays "it is likely that Richard III was the most popular of all Shakespeare's plays with the Elizabethan public; it provided a superlative part for Burbage" (Rowse 130). Legend tells us that a woman fell in love with Burbage when she saw him play Richard III and begged him to come to her chambers that night under the name of King Richard. But Shakespeare overheard the proposition and, as a joke, left the theatre early to take Burbage's place." Shakespeare has worked in the acting field with many other actors that were very well known. He has acted in many plays times and times again.

Shakespeare as a poet

His poetry career is his most known career. His poetry career is the most know because "Shakespeare’s poetry is full of vivid metaphors and brilliant images. His verbal skill also reveals itself in a tendency for wordplay and puns." Shakespeare is a very skilled poet. He produces masterpieces by putting in the right elements. As good of a poet he is there was some controversy about his authorship however. Even though "the Shakespeare authorship question is over 400 years old. One would think that after all this time, the controversy would be resolved, but the debate continues. And it continues for the most part, not on college campuses or in scholarly journals, but within a relatively small anti-Stratfordian community, with occasional forays into mainstream media or forums." There is not evidence for either of these sides sadly. That is why this controversy is still around today.


In conclusion, that is all to know about Shakespeare’s impact with the careers he has done with his life. All around his careers made him famous. His masterpieces he has produced has made a huge impact on the world. With him the writing and acting world has progressed a lot. Without Shakespeare what would the world be like?

Works Cited

Anderson, Robert. “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.

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

Mabillard, Amanda. “Shakespeare of Stratford.” Shakespeare of Stratford, by Mabillard. SIRS Renaissance, Accessed 5 Dec. 2016. Mabillard, Amanda. “Shakespeare of Stratford.” <I>Shakespeare Online.</I>. Sept. 11 2005: n.p. <I>SIRS Renaissance.</I> Web. 05 Dec. 2016.

Price, Diana. “Shakespeare’s Authorship and Questions of Evidence.” SKEPTIC. SIRS Renaissance, Accessed 6 Dec. 2016. Price, Diana. “Shakespeare’s Authorship and Questions of Evidence.” <I>Skeptic (Vol. 11, No. 3)</I>. Vol. 11 Iss. 3 2005: 10-15. <I>SIRS Renaissance.</I> Web. 06 Dec. 2016.

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