William Shakespeare by phoenix sommay Period 4

William Shakespeare

Thesis: Shakespeare influenced the world with his writing through his early, middle, and his late life.

Early Life:

Quote#1: "While little is known of Shakespeare's boyhood, he probably attended the grammar school in Stratford, where he would have been educated in the classics, particularly Latin grammar and literature" ("William").

Commentary: Shakespeare attended a very well known and rigorous grammar school in Stratford. He got into the school because his dad was like a major and very important man to the town.

Quote#2: "As a child he would have to perform the same routine each day: unwillingly he would shoulder his satchel and amble at a snail's pace to school"(Shakespeare).

Commentary: Shakespeare loved plays as a little kid. His dad one day had took him to a play and he fell in love with them.

Mid Life:

Quote#3: "Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays, two major narrative poems, a sequence of sonnets, and several short poems" (Lander).

Commentary: Shakespeare was very good at writing and loved doing it. Shakespeare was very well known for his play writing ability. Shakespeare wrote many of his plays but constantly threw them away. They say that he wrote thousands of plays.

Quote#4: "The period from 1599 to 1608 was a time of extraordinary literary activity for Shakespeare. During these years, he wrote several comedies and almost all the tragedies that have made him famous"(Lander).

Commentary: During the years 1599 to 1608 was the best years of his career. He became the most famous during this time of his life. He was most active during his writing career during these years.

Quote#5: "In 1594 Shakespeare became an actor and playwright for the Lord Chamberlain's Men, the company that later became the King's Men under James I. Until the end of his London career Shakespeare remained with the company"("Shakespeare").

Commentary: Shakespeare was in two different troupes during his playwriting career. Both of his troupes were sponsored by royalty. Both of the two groups were very well known in the area. I believe the group changed their name because of a sponsor change

Quote#6: "Shakespeare plays are still produced all over the world...if Shakespeare were still alive, he would be receiving $25,000 a week in royalties for a production of Othello alone"(Anderson).

Commentary: Shakespeare's plays are still getting produced by many people which shows his influence to the world.

Quote#7: "Romeo an Juliet was probably among the early plays that Shakespeare wrote, between 1594 and 1596"(Anderson).

Commentary: Shakespeare is known for writing Romeo and Juliet but has many other famous plays. Some of Shakespeare's most famous plays were written when his writing career had barely taken off. His most famous play Romeo and Juliet had been written during his early career.

Quote#8: "Then he was a prompter (someone who reminds actors of their lines when they forget them). To do this job well, he memorized entire plays so that he could prompt the words at any time, regardless of the role or its lines"(Carrew-Miller).

Commentary: Shakespeare had to have great memorization skills to be able to play the part of a prompter. Shakespeare loved plays so much that he was at first playing as a horse and non important jobs to going to a very important job in the play.

Quote#9: "The Elizabethan era saw England become great, and Queen Elizabeth herself loved the theater. She strongly supported the industry, inviting drama groups to perform at the palace"(Carrew-Miller).

Commentary: Shakespeare and his acting groups had huge support from royalty. He and his acting group would be given money to help expand drama.

Quote#10: "In 1599 he became a partner in the ownership of the Globe theatre, and in 1608 he was part owner of the Blackfriars theatre"("William").

Commentary: William Shakespeare was not just a written but he was a businessman as well, part owning theatre. Shakespeare probably made a little bit of money by part owning in two theaters. He part owned probably so he could do his plays somewhere else and make some extra money.


Quote#11: "In 1582 Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior and pregnant at the time of the marriage. They had three children: Susanna, born in 1583, and twins, Hamnet and Judith, born in 1585"("William").

Commentary: Anne Hathaway was eight years older than William Shakespeare when they married. She outlived Shakespeare by seven years. Shakespeare did have a family that he had to move away from to continue his acting and playwriting career.

Late Life:

Quote#12: "By the time his second daughter was married in 1616, Shakespeare was most certainly spending most of his time in Stratford"(Forster).

Commentary: I knew that he was away for a very long time and that he would stay with his family off and on. Shakespeare did start spending more time with his family after he retired. Once his daughter had gotten married he spent more time with his family.

Quote#13: "By all accounts, Shakespeare did not suddenly give up the theater one day and retire. Instead, he seems to have always had one foot in Stratford"(Forster).

Commentary: Shakespeare never let his career go away and his actions shows how much he loved writing. Shakespeare one random day did not say he was going to retire and give up writing forever. He was always involved in the community and theaters.

Quote#14: "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: It is said to be that Shakespeare died on the same day of his death. However they did not know the exact date of his birth. It is also said their is a curse on his grave. On his grave is a line from a sad play that he had written.

Works Cited:

Source#1:Anderson, Robert. "William Shakespeare's Life: A Genius from Stratford." Literature Arts. Originally published in Literature Arts, , pp. 776-77.

Source#2:Carrew-Miller, Anna. "Shakespeare." Shakespeare (2003): 4. History Reference Center. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.

Source#3:Forster, Matt. "William Shakespeare." William Shakespeare (2005): 1-3. History Reference Center. Web. 6 Dec. 2016.

Source#4:Lander, Jesse M. "Shakespeare, William." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

Source#5:"William Shakespeare." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. History Reference Center. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.


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