Actor - Quote 1: "Shakespeare wrote his great tragedies during the third period of his artistic development. Except possibly for Pericles, every play of this period shows Shakespeare's awareness of the tragic side of life."
Paraphrase: As explained in the quote, Shakespeare wrote about the dark side of life, about all of the bad stuff. Even his plays resembled how tragic and depressed his life was.
Quote 2: "His works have been performed on the frontiers of Australia and New Zealand. They were part of the cultural life of the American Colonies and provided entertainment in the mining camps of the Old West."
Paraphrase: His plays are very well known, which made him more popular among others. His popularity among others caused a spark of interest to his writing.
Quote 3: "Shakespeare wrote his plays to suit the abilities of particular actors and the tastes of specific audiences. The physical structure of the theaters in which his works were presented also influenced his play writing. He used many dramatic devices that were popular in the Elizabethan theater but are no longer widely used."
Paraphrase: Shakespeare wrote his plays with the help of the Elizabethan theater. He was also influenced off of the form and shape of the theater.
Playmaker - Quote 1: "From 1594 to 1608, he was fully involved in the London theater world. In addition to his duties as a sharer and actor in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, he wrote an average of almost two plays a year for his company."
Paraphrase: Shakespeare grew more and more popular during these years. He had a bigger demand and wrote more and more complex plays that drew the viewers attention more after every play.
Quote 2: "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. The plays have been subject to ongoing examination and evaluation by critics attempting to explain their perennial appeal, which does not appear to derive from any set of profound or explicitly formulated ideas."
Paraphrase: Shakespeare's plays were very influential, which is why they are still performed to this date. Also, his plays are very descriptive and some explain about how his life was in the era he was in.
Quote 3: "During the 17th and 18th cent., Shakespeare was both admired and condemned. Since then, much of the adverse criticism has not been considered relevant, although certain issues have continued to interest critics throughout the years."
Writer - Quote 1: "Generally critics of the 17th and 18th cent. accused Shakespeare of a want of artistic restraint while praising him for a fecund imagination. Samuel Johnson, while agreeing with many earlier criticisms, defended Shakespeare on the question of classical rules."
Paraphrase: This follows up to how he was admired and condemned. He had alot of support from friends he has known for his whole life.
Quote 2: "Shakespeare's sonnets are by far his most important nondramatic poetry. They were first published in 1609, although many of them had certainly been circulated privately before this, and it is generally agreed that the poems were written sometime in the 1590s."
Paraphrase: This quote is explaining how Shakespeare is well known for his sonnets, or 14 line poems. His sonnets are what made him grow in popularity.
Quote 3: "On the other hand, traditionalists ("Stratfordians") who believe that William Shakespeare was indeed the author of the plays and poems, point out that his probable education at the Stratford grammar school would have provided the required knowledge of the classics and classical civilization as well as of Latin and at least some Greek."
Paraphrase: Many people doubted Shakespeare after his death, and people didn't believe that he was the author of many of the most popular poems written at the times. However, after research, people were shocked to find that Shakespeare was the author of some of the most popular poems.
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“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.