The Life of Shakespeare Created by Kennedy Boos, period 1

Top Left: The company shakespeare wrote plays for and worked for, Low Left: shakespeare's children; Susanna,Hamnet, judith. Right: William Shakespeare


The Life of William Shakespeare has a huge significance. He is known to be the worlds greatest playwright and to understand how he earned such title we must study his life. Which is easily understood by being separated into three parts; His early life, his successful mid-life , and his legacy.

Early Life Of Shakespeare

Quote #1: "The school’s highly qualified teachers were graduates of Oxford University......They attended classes the year around.......The teachers enforced strict discipline and physically punished students who broke the rules."

Commentary: Shakespeare's childhood school had a huge impact on his grammar and literature later in life. His latin language he uses in his plays is believed to have been enforced by his oxford graduate teachers at his childhood school.

Quote #2: "Shakespeare learned his art by imitating these Oxford and Cambridge men, but for him they were a difficult group to join. They looked down on most actors and on playwrights, such as Thomas Kyd, who had not attended a university."

Commentary: When Shakespeare pretended to act like his oxford teachers he learned about the art of theater and playwright. After learning more about it he fell in love with theater.

Quote #3: "he married anne hathaway.....some time after the birth of their second and third children..."

Commentary: At the age of 18, William married Anne Hathaway who gave birth to their three children. It is believed he got many of his ideas throughout his career for storylines of his plays and characters from his own family, his kids and wife could be some of shakespeare most important characters. For instance his play hamlet I believe is about his son one of the twins known as Hamnet who died at a very young age.

Quote #4: "Stratford was a lively town. In addition, holidays provided popular pageants and shows....... traveling companies of professional actors were performing in Stratford. Stratford also held two large fairs each year,

Commentary: Growing up shakespeare was surrounded by art and theater he was surrounded by weekly plays in stratford. Another reason why he found such a love for theater.

Successful Mid-Life

Quote #1: "shakespeare worked with this company for the rest of his writing life. year after year, he provided it with plays, almost on demand."

Commentary: This may explain why shakespeare handwriting was so hard to read and why he wrote so fast. Shakespeare wrote his plays for a specific company known as Lord Chamberlain's Men, every year. He had a deadline because of this, so he was constantly thinking of story lines and characters to write about. This is how he created so many successful plays through his work.

Quote # 2: "Many of Shakespeare's greatest plays were written in the first ten years of the company's residence at the Globe, and they were first performed there."

Commentary: The globe theater has a huge significance because all of shakespreares play's were performed there. It's a huge trademark that we have left of shakespeare. Till this day globe theater still performs Shakespeare's tragic plays.

Quote #3: "There is only the inner stage, and a large curtain separates it from the audience.The effect is like looking inside a window or picture frame."

Commentary: The stage is created to look like window because the audience is suppose to be watching a characters life unfold in front of them. That is exactly shakespeare wanted, shakespeare wanted to tell a story with his wonderful actors and sets.

Quote #4:"Among Shakespeare's major tragedies, scholars often cite Hamlet as the greatest. Based on a legend from Denmark, it follows some conventions of the genre known as revenge tragedy, which was immensely popular."

Commentary: Shakespeare didn't just show and tell a story, he gave the story meaning and emotion. He made the audience feel, one major reason why William Shakespeare was such an amazing playwright. He gave his plays such depth and emotion, he gave it humanity. People were able to relate to his stories and that's why they were so famous and successful.

His Legacy

Quote #1: "Many people regard him as the world’s greatest dramatist and the finest poet England has ever produced."

Commentary:Shakespeare is an amazing and famous playwright, he is so famous he is considered the worlds greatest playwright. His poems and shows have been translated in all languages.

Commentary: A huge number of his plays have been publicised and put on by famous theaters world wide. Shakespeares language has made it's way into our language as well. Shakespeare left a huge legacy when he died.

Quote: "he was more concerned with acquiring property and cementing his social position in Stratford than he was with preserving his plays for posterity. If his partners had not published the First Folio, there would be no Shakespeare as he is known today"

Commentary: If Shakespeare would've waited for the next generation and no one had discovered his work we wouldn't be know his work or of him today.

Commentary: Shakespeare wanted a legacy, and he got one. Maybe not the way he planned but now he is known as The world's greatest playwright. Shakespeare impacted so many with just his talent and love of theater. He let his plays have Humanity, mean something and connect with the audience. He left a huge imprint in theater and performing arts, like I hope to do someday.

"Be not afraid of greatness,"

"some are born great,"

"some achieve greatness"

"and some have greatness thrust upon them."

-William shakespeare

Work cited

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.

Lander, Jesse M. "Shakespeare, William." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016.Web. 1 Dec. 2016.

"Shakespeare, William." Elizabethan World Reference Library, edited by Sonia G.Benson and Jennifer York Stock, vol.

Shakespeare, Winston Holt. "William Shakespeare." Introduction. Introduction-William Shakespeare, 1597, by William Shakespeare, Austin, Rinehart Holt, pp. 1-2. 1 vols.

Willard, Thomas. "The Book of William." Magill’s Literary Annual 2010. Ed. John D. Wilson and Steven G. Kellman. Hackensack: Salem, 2010. n. pag. Salem Online. Web. 05 Dec. 2016.


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