Thesis: Shakespeare influenced the world through his Early, Middle, and Last years of his life.
Quote #1: "Shakespeare’s parents belonged to what today would be called the middle class. John Shakespeare, William’s father, was a glove maker who owned a shop in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon" (Lander).
Commentary: This quote shows that Shakespeare grew up like any other common person and not royalty. This relates to the theme because Shakespeare wasn't royalty and was given things.
Quote #2: "Stratford-upon-Avon is a quiet English market town famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. It is one of the oldest towns in England. It lies in the green valley of the River Avon. High-peaked Old English-style houses line its narrow streets. It is the largest town in the district of Stratford-on-Avon" (Mounfield).
Commentary: Shakespeare was born in on of the oldest towns in England. Now a days this market town is famous for only one thing, that is Shakespeare's birthplace.
Quote #3: "William Shakespeare was the third child of John and Mary Shakespeare.They had a daughter named Joan who was baptized on 15 September 1558 but probably died at a very early age as his parents named another daughter Joan, who was christened in 1596. A Margaret Shakespeare was born in 1562 and died a year later" (Baker).
Commentary: Shakespeare had two elder sisters named Joan and another named Margaret that died before he was born. After them his parents had many more children that died later on.
Quote #4: "At the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, who was eight years older than he was. Sometime after the birth of their second and third children (twins), Shakespeare moved to London, apparently leaving his family in Stratford" (Anderson).
Commentary: Shakespeare got married around his middle life and had the children. He eventually moved to London after his twins were born and started his career there.
Quote #5: "The London of 1592 where Shakespeare had, according to his fellow dramatist and rival Robert Greene, already become known, was the capital of the country and an ever-expanding city" (Baker).
Commentary: When Shakespeare moved to London, around 1592 he became more known to people. He was known in the capital of the country in an expanding city that has it's outbursts of the plague.
Quote #6: "Shakespeare worked with his company for the rest of his writing life. Year after year he provided it with plays, almost on demand. Shakespeare was the ultimate professional writer" (Anderson).
Commentary: Soon after Shakespeare became a playwright he became really successful that he worked in a company for most of his middle life. People now still see his work in modern times because his plays were ultimately original.
Quote #7: "The summer of 1596 was a sad one for William Shakespeare. Following the success of Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream the previous year, his only son, Hamnet, died at the age of 11. No letters or documents record how England’s most celebrated dramatist and poet felt at the time..." (Ravilious).
Commentary: This time was a successful and sad time for Shakespeare. He succeeded in two of his popular works but lost his only son. He didn't show any grief or sadness until later when he writes one of his new works saying how a woman lost her son.
Quote #8: "Shakespeare’s name did not appear on his earliest published plays, but the 1598 edition of Love’s Labour’s Lost includes his name on the title page. Later editions prominently advertise his authorship, in some cases falsely" (Lander).
Commentary: Shakespeare didn't get his ownership on his earliest published plays until 1598 when his name was on the title page on one of his editions. Newer editions were advertised with his authorship, but in some disloyally.
Quote #9: "By 1612, Shakespeare had become England’s most successful playwright. He apparently divided his time between Stratford and London" (Lander).
Commentary: In Shakespeare's last couple years he became really successful in his works of playwrights. He went back to his wife and back to London often to divide his time.
Quote #10: "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. He was buried inside the Stratford parish church. His monument records the day of death as April 23, the generally accepted date of his birth" (Lander).
Commentary: Shakespeare died months after his younger daughter, Judith, had gotten married. Shakespeare died around his general birthday and his daughter had three boys who then died before she did.
Anderson, Robert. “William Shakespeare’s Life.” 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.
Baker, William. William Shakespeare. London: Continuum, 2009. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 8 Dec. 2016.
Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.
Mounfield, Peter R. “Stratford-upon-Avon.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.
RAVILIOUS, KATE. “The Bard At Home.” Archaeology 69.4 (2016): 44-47. History Reference Center. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.