Shakespeare Early life

Thesis ; In Shakespeare's life, then hardships he went through which only helped him better his writing, childhood and his later years were all important to ensuring Shakespeare had as much success as he did.

Young Shakespeare

Early life Q 1 ; Quote 1 "William Shakespeare was probably born on about April 23, 1564, the date that is traditionally given for his birth. He was John and Mary Shakespeare's oldest surviving child; their first two children, both girls, did not live beyond infancy."( Folger Shakespeare Library)

Commentary ; This quote shows that life 400 years ago was rough and survival for infants was scarce. This quote also depicts his struggle for survival from an early age.

Q 2 ; "William Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, England."(Bio.)

Commentary ; This quote shows that Shakespeare came from a religious and well cultured family. This quote tells the reader that Shakespeare would learn religon from an early age and carry it out throughout his entire life.

Q 3 ; "Within the class system of Elizabethan England, William Shakespeare did not seem destined for greatness. He was not born into a family of nobility or significant wealth. He did not continue his formal education at university, nor did he come under the mentorship of a senior artist, nor did he marry into wealth or prestige. His talent as an actor seems to have been modest, since he is not known for starring roles. His success as a playwright depended in part upon royal patronage. Yet in spite of these limitations, Shakespeare is now the most performed and read playwright in the world."(National Endowment for The Arts)

Commentary ; This quote explains that his economical background held him back from reaching success but reached it anyway. This quote also shows that Shakespeare had to earn his own success through education and hard work.


Shakespeare's Family

Middle life Q 4 ; "We know very little about Shakespeare’s early childhood or teenage years. In those days children were seen as miniature adults to be manipulated and trained to take their place in the adult world as soon as possible."(No Sweat Shakespeare)

Commentary ; This quote shows that people had to mature from a young age in order to reach full potential and have a prosper and successful life. This quote also shows that life 400 years ago was fast paced and people had to make the most out of what they could.

Q 5 ; Shakespeare married his wife Anne Hathaway when he was 18. She was 26 and three months pregnant with Shakespeare’s child when they married. Their first child Susanna was born six months after the wedding.

Commentary ; Shakespeare married at a young age, either for wealth or for higher social status. This showed that marriage was required in order to have a successful life

Q 6 ; By 1592, there is evidence William Shakespeare earned a living as an actor and a playwright in London and possibly had several plays produced. The September 20, 1592 edition of the Stationers' Register (a guild publication) includes an article by London playwright Robert Greene that takes a few jabs at William Shakespeare: "...There is an upstart Crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his Tiger's heart wrapped in a Player's hide, supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blank verse as the best of you: and being an absolute Johannes factotum, is in his own conceit the only Shake-scene in a country," Greene wrote of Shakespeare.

Commentary ; Shakespeare took advantage of his education to do what he wanted. This shows that he really took advantage of his privelages and made use of them.

Q 7 ; "Few people realise that apart from writing his numerous plays and sonnets, Shakespeare was also an actor who performed many of his own plays as well as those of other playwrights. There is evidence that he played the ghost in Hamlet and Adam in As You Like It." (No Sweat Shakespeare)

Commentary ; This shows that not only was he talented in writing, but he was a spectacular actor.


Shakespeare's Grave

Later life Q 8 ; "William had four periods in his life. The first was Apprenticeship from age 26-30. The second was mastered his art. the third was problem of evil in the world.The fourth was he creates a new drama for tragicomedy or the dramatic romance genre."(William

Commentary ; William Shakespeare had four stages throughout his life because he advanced his skills of English, play writing and acting over time. Overall Shakespeare worked hard throughout each stage to become what he was.

Q 9 ; ​ " William Shakespeare died on his birthday in 1616 at the age of 52. He wrote a total of 154 sonnets and 60 songs. He wrote many plays, the tragedies were, Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet. His comedies were, The Tempest, As You Like It, The Writer's Tale, The Merchants of Venice, Much ado About Nothing, and A Midsummer Night's Dream."(

Commentary ; Shakespeare had hundreds of work of hart to his name and changed the theater world forever. This quote shows that Shakespeare's life changed billions of others forever.

Q 10 ; Shakespeare prospered financially from his partnership in the Lord Chamberlain's Men (later the King's Men), as well as from his writing and acting. He invested much of his wealth in real-estate purchases in Stratford and bought the second-largest house in town, New Place, in 1597.

Commentary ; Shakespeare built such a living for himself that he could finally retire and live a rich and prosperous life. This quote also means Shakespeare worked hard to create the life he always wanted.



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