Shakespeare Research Project Janyssa serrano Period. 2


Thesis: Shakespeare influence the world in his early, middle, late life.

Early Life

Quote #1

"Shakespeare’s parents belonged to what today would be called the middle class." (Lander).


Shakespeare was important and that also goes for his parents. Even though the parents were middle class, shakespeare's father was in business glove maker who own a shop in the town, he also played an important part of their local governmental . As for Williams mother she was a daughter of a farmer. That's why they are called the Middle Class.

Quote #2

''Beginning at about the age of 7, William probably attended the Stratford grammar school with other boys of his social class... Young Shakespeare may have read such outstanding ancient Roman authors as Cicero, Ovid, Plautus, Seneca, Terence, and Virgil" (Lander).


As William Shakespeare was going up he and his parents decided to put him into an all boys school. As he was in school he was one of the best to read in fact he was outstanding he read ancient Roman like Cicero, Ovid, also Plautus and other stuff like that. This quote shows that William was inspired by the way they taught on his school.


"Without the income provided by acting and playwriting, Shakespeare turned to poetry. In 1593, Venus and Adonis became the first of Shakespeare’s works to be published" (Lander).


Shakespeare wrote poems in the 1593 and that where he started to get interest in shakespeare. He started to get interest in his early life, so that's how he started to get into poems and plays.

Middle Life


"Shakespeare throughout 1599 began to write works of increasing complexity, challenging his audiences to pay attention to him rather than to the easy-listening plays of his rivals" (Worsely).


Shakespeare wanted to twist something around in his middle age. Shakespeare did something else then just let the audiences listen to him, he made poems to challenge the audience to listen more and understand what he is telling.


"Alongside the show-business story of a group of actors risking everything to put on difficult plays in the play-mad but increasingly competitive city of London, there are other narratives that unfold throughout the year" (Worsely).


Shakespeare figure if he put a difficult play he would increase the competitive city of London. He started to think about this in his the middle of his life to show people that he was worth the watch worth watching and giving a play for the people to watch. Throughout the year narratives came to watch Shakespeare's plays.


"Shakespeare had been very involved in the publishing of his plays and his long poems. Copyright laws in England were very weak, however, and various versions of his work, including the sonnets, were often printed and sold without his permission" (Forster).


For England the copyright laws were weak in various ways. So, Shakespeare was involved in the plays and his long poems and later there was no permission about printing the poems.


"As the century opened, traveling theater companies were doing plays, including those of Shakespeare, in frontier towns and cities along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Overland travel was much too difficult and dangerous" (Hogeboom).


Shakespeare put many plays for the audiences. Shakespeare traveled all over the world to show his plays for the people. He went to cities and towns along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. He had so many brilliant plays that people enjoy watching.

Late Life


"In 1853, the Mormons opened their first theater, the Social Hall, where a bust of William Shakespeare was built into the proscenium arch over the stage... 1850s, 22 of the Bard's plays were performed in Salt Lake City, with more than 500 performances" (Hogeboom).


The Mormons opened up their first theater in the social hall. That's when Shakespeare started to built the proscenium arch over the stage to set something fancy for his stage. That theater had more than 500 performances.


" During the 1700’s, the business of editing Shakespeare began seriously...Among Rowe’s innovations were adding a short biography of Shakespeare, carefully observed scene and act divisions, elaborate stage directions that identify locations as well as actions, and illustrations showing dramatic moments in the plays"(Lander).


In the 1700's Shakespeare was serious about writing poems and doing plays and making plays. So Rowe decided to make a short biography on Shakespeare. He also observed Shakespeare's scenes and the act divisions.


" By 1594, he was a charter member of the theatrical company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, which was later to become the King's Men... Shakespeare worked with this company for the rest of his writing life" (Robert Anderson).


Shakespeare later became a part of the theatrical company and was a charter member. The theatrical company was called the Lord Chamberlain's and that is where Shakespeare worked for the rest of his writing life.

Works Cited

Anderson, Robert. “William Shakespeare’s Life.” 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.

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

Hogeboom, Willard L. “William Shakespeare Went West, Or At Least His Plays Did, And The Bard Was A Hit On The Frontier.” Wild West 13.6 (2001): 60. History Reference Center. Web. 6 Dec. 2016.

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

Seidel, Michael. “Globe Theatre.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.

“William Shakespeare.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. History Reference Center. Web. 6 Dec. 2016. “William Shakespeare.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. History Reference Center. Web. 6 Dec. 2016.

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

Worsely, Lucy. “1599 A Year In The Life Of William Shakespeare.” History Today 55.6 (2005): 56. History Reference Center. Web. 6

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