Contributions of William Shakespeare Justin Sequeira P.4

THESIS: Shakespeare greatly impacted the world of theater throughout his early, middle, and late life.


QUOTE 1: "In 1576, outside the city walls of London..." (Anderson 778-780).

COMMENTARY: This quote shows where Shakespeare lived when he was in his early life. It gives us an idea of what his early life was like.

QUOTE 2: "William Shakespeare was born in the small market town of Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, the third of eight children. The register of Holy Trinity, the parish church in Stratford, records his baptism on April 26. According to the custom at that time, infants were baptized about three days after their birth. Therefore, the generally accepted date for Shakespeare’s birth is April 23" (Lander).

COMMENTARY: This quote shows us where Shakespeare was born. It also shows us that the custom at the time was for babies to be baptized three days after their birth.

QUOTE 3: "William probably attended the Stratford grammar school with other boys of his social class. The school’s highly qualified teachers were graduates of Oxford University. Students spent about nine hours a day in school"(Lander).

COMMENTARY: Shakespeare probably became such a successful playwright because he went to a high level school. If it weren't for the strict schedules and rules of his teachers, he might not have become the world class writer he is today.

QUOTE 4: "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 further formal education"(Anderson 776-777).

COMMENTARY: This quote shows that Shakespeare learned many things about the Latin language in grammar school, which could have affected his career as a playwright. If he had more education, he could have possibly been an even greater writer.


QUOTE 5: "The Lord Chamberlain’s Men were one of the most popular companies in London. In large part because of Shakespeare’s talents, they would go on to become the dominant company in England during the late 1500’s and early 1600’s"(Lander).

COMMENTARY: This quote shows that Shakespeare made The Lord Chamberlain's Men quite popular, using his talents. Shakespeare must have been a genius when it comes to plays to make a popular company even more popular.

QUOTE 6: "Shakespeare worked with this 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. He had a theater that needed plays, actors who needed parts, and a family that needed to be fed"(Anderson 777).

COMMENTARY: This quote shows that Shakespeare was a truly incredible playwright. It shows that he was very committed and loved to do what he did.

QUOTE 7: "Until the end of his London career Shakespeare remained with the company; it is thought that as an actor he played old men's roles, such as the ghost in Hamlet and Old Adam in As You Like It"(William).

COMMENTARY: Shakespeare was not only a phenomenal playwright, but he was also a great actor and was very successful. This shows how much he loved to work in the play community.

QUOTE 8: "William Shakespeare is considered the greatest English poet and the world’s greatest playwright. His main body of work consists of 37 plays that are divided into comedies, tragedies, and histories. In addition, he wrote a number of poems, including 154 sonnets"(Forster).

COMMENTARY: This quote shows that Shakespeare wrote many plays and other pieces during his prime. This shows that he is dedicated to being a playwright making him one of the best.


QUOTE 9: "In 1599 he became a partner in the ownership of the Globe theatre, and in 1608 he was part owner of the Blackfriars theatre. Shakespeare retired and returned to Stratford c.1613. He undoubtedly enjoyed a comfortable living throughout his career and in retirement, although he was never a wealthy man"(William).

COMMENTARY: This quote shows that Shakespeare was very successful in his writing career that in retirement, he could enjoy being the owner of many theaters. This shows that he worked hard in his early and middle life and it payed off.

QUOTE 10: "Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, six weeks after Judith’s wedding. Many consider the same date as Shakespeare's birthday. He was buried in the Stratford church"(Forster).

COMMENTARY: This quote shows that Shakespeare had over 50 good years to become one of the greatest playwrights ever known. It also tells us that he was buried in Stratford, the town he grew up in.

QUOTE 11: "Seven years after Shakespeare's death, in 1623, a huge memorial volume appeared, produced by several of his former theatrical associates, which contained nearly all of his plays (many printed in full for the first time)"(Rubinstein).

COMMENTARY: This quote shows that Shakespeare was so popular and well known that even after he died, he still had memorials dedicated to him. People must have really liked his works to care that much about his death, 7 years later.


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.

Forster, Matt. "William Shakespeare." William Shakespeare (2005): 1­3. History Reference Center. Web. 5 Dec. 2016

Lander, Jesse M. "Shakespeare, William." World Book Online, Lander, Jesse M., Accessed 8 Dec. 2016.

Robert, Anderson. "William Shakespeare's Life." Holt Literature & Language Arts: Mastering the California Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, by G. Kylene Beers et al., pp. 776-77.

Rubinstein, William. "Who Was Shakespeare?." History Today 51.8 (2001): 28. History Reference Center. Web. 5 Dec. 2016.

"William Shakespeare." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. History Reference Center. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.

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