Research Project Notecards
Thesis: Shakespeare influenced the world through his early, middle, and late life.
Quote #1: "We know that William was born the third of eight children around April 23, 1564, in Stratford, a market town about one hundred miles northwest of London" (Anderson 776).
Commentary: This quote shows how huge Shakespeare's family was. In addition, it represents how he was able to influence the world with his poetry even though he was raised in a middle-class family.
Quote #2: " ...where he would have been educated in the classics, particularly Latin grammar and literature" ("William").
Commentary: Growing up, Shakespeare's was not poor; however, not rich. This lead to William learning at high-end schools with proper education. This is significant to the theme because taking classes in Latin grammar and literature helped Shakespeare to become as famous as he is today.
Quote #3: "On Nov. 27, 1582, Shakespeare received a license to marry Anne Hathaway, the daughter of a local farmer... Some scholars have suggested that William may have been forced to marry Anne because she was pregnant" (Lander).
Commentary: William Shakespeare was married at a very young age (18), however this marriage could have been forced because of Anne's pregnancy. This is significant to the theme because Shakespeare might have had trouble in his early life because of his decisions.
Quote #4: "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" ("William").
Commentary: Aside from being a famous writer, William Shakespeare was also known for being an actor for the King of England, James I. This relates to the theme because in Shakespeare's life, he did many jobs in the department of theater.
Quote #5: "he wrote an average of almost two plays a year for his company" (Lander).
Commentary: This conveys how William Shakespeare was very devoted in his a job and how gifted he was. This relates to the theme because at the time of Shakespeare's popularity, he was more focused on his occupation.
Quote #6: "Shakespeare's 'Henry the Fifth' demands that the audience work hard to visualize the action: 'Think, when we talk of horses, that you see them"(Worsely).
Commentary: Shakespeare wanted people to imagine the play like they were in it. He wanted people to visualize his plays rather than just watch. This relates to the theme because Shakespeare was not like other's and had a different meaning of the way he demonstrated his plays/works.
Quote #7: "Shakespeare was trying to impress the Earl and secure his financial support" (Forster).
Commentary: From Shakespeare's fascinating poems, he was able to gain financial help, which at the time was extremely difficult to accomplish. This relates to the thesis because during his middle-age life he had to start his business somehow and so he used his brilliant poetry skills to overcome his expenses.
Quote #8: "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: Shakespeare was honored at the end of his life from people around the world. This is related the theme because throughout his life, Shakespeare was very respected through his plays.
Quote #9: "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).
Commentary: Shakespeare did not just make play's just for people to enjoy them. He wanted to challenge one's mind by making them pay close attention. This is significant to the theme because during his life, he did advanced learning concepts way before his time. Proving how gifted Shakespeare was.
Quote #10: "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 always made the city of Stratford a big part of his life even when his theater was England. This ties in with the thesis because even in Shakespeare's later life, when he had all the fame and glory in the world, he remembered where he came from and being proud of it.
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. 7 Dec. 2016.
Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.
“William Shakespeare.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. 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 Dec. 2016.