Shakespeare's Influential Life By Toby Meyers

Shakespeare influenced the world through his early, middle, and late life.

"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 Shakespeare"). Shakespeare attended schools of grammar to get educated about writing. This is what led to him becoming a playwright and creating the plays that still influence the world today.

"The house where Shakespeare probably was born has been kept as a memorial. It is always open to visitors"(Mounfield). Shakespeare's birthplace is now a monument and a great inspiration for aspiring writers. Shakespeare's house is an inspiration for modern people because it shows that writing is a thing that anyone can do.

"Visitors to the lovely Warwickshire market town where England's most famous literary export was born in 1564 are always in abundance, no more so than for the annual Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations. In April there was pomp and pageantry aplenty to mark the 450th anniversary of the writer's birth; next year there will be more cakes and ale; and already the game's afoot to prepare major commemorations in 2016, the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death"(Ellis). Shakespeare's birth and death are celebrated in England. This shows that the people appreciate his work and believe that his name should not be forgotten.

"Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays, two major narrative poems, a sequence of sonnets, and several short poems. His works have been translated into a remarkable number of languages, and his plays are performed throughout the world. His plays have been a vital part of the theater in the Western world since they were written about 400 years ago"(Lander). Shakespeare wrote many different works in many different styles, and those works still influence the world of literature today.

"Romeo and Juliet is a famous tragedy written by English playwright William Shakespeare...The story of Romeo and Juliet has inspired a number of other artistic works. They include a symphonic poem by the French composer Hector Berlioz and an opera by another French composer, Charles Gounod"(Seidel). Romeo and Juliet is arguably Shakespeare's most famous play. It has influenced many writers, painters, musicians, and more. His play has inspired parodies, retelling, and different versions of his tale. Romeo and Juliet is the most inspirational play that Shakespeare ever wrote.

"Most of the great English playwright William Shakespeare's plays were first presented at the Globe. The brothers Cuthbert and Richard Burbage constructed the theater in 1599 from the timbers of London's first playhouse, called The Theatre. They erected the Globe in the area known as the Bank side on the south side of the River Thames in the suburb of Southwark. Shakespeare owned a modest percentage of the theater and its operations"(Seidel). Shakespeare helped build the Globe Theatre, which is where most of his plays are presented today. This is influential because this theatre is a place where many people go to witness Shakespeare's plays come to life.

"Shakespeare's approach to history and geography is often regarded as something of a joke. Wrong, argues Dominic Green. He skillfully reconstructed the people and places of the medieval Mediterranean for audiences whose horizons were being expanded by the Renaissance"(Green). Green describes how Shakespeare molded a world for audiences to view during his lifetime. This is what makes Shakespeare's plays so enveloping to the modern viewer.

"Royal Shakespeare Company is an English theater organization dedicated to presenting the plays of William Shakespeare and other playwrights of his time, modern classical dramas, and new works. The company, also known as the RSC, performs at its own theater at Stratford-upon-Avon, England, Shakespeare's birthplace"("Royal Shakespeare Company"). As shown by the RSC, Shakespeare's influential plays are still presented today in Stratford. Even in our modern day, Shakespeare's works are still managing to create influence in today's writers and readers.

"Shakespeare Library, Folger an independent library in Washington, D.C., houses one of the world's most important collections of books by and about William Shakespeare"("Folger Shakespeare Library"). Shakespeare's work is kept alive by being kept in the Folger library. Shakespeare's plays are so influential that they are being presented publicly to the people in the Folger library.

"During the 17th and 18th cent., Shakespeare was both admired and condemned. Since then, much of the adverse criticism has not been considered relevant, although certain issues have continued to interest critics throughout the years"("William Shakespeare"). Shakespeare had many great works that influenced the entire world, but he was still met with criticism. This is important because it shows that even though Shakespeare's works are some of the greatest plays in history, he still had critics, which shows any aspiring writers that their works will not be perfect.

Works Cited

ELLIS, SI N. “The Stage Is Shakespeare’s.” British Heritage 35.5 (2014): 32-35. History Reference Center. Web. 24 Dec. 2016

“Folger Shakespeare Library.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 24 Dec. 2016.

Green, Dominic. “THE BARD Beyond Borders.” History Today 66.4 (2016): 40-47. History Reference Center. Web. 24 Dec. 2016.

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 16 Dec. 2016.

Mounfield, Peter R. “Stratford-upon-Avon.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 24 Dec. 2016.

Royal Shakespeare Company.“ World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 24 Dec. 2016.

Seidel, Michael. “Romeo and Juliet.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 24 Dec. 2016.

Seidel, Michael. “Globe Theatre.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 24 Dec. 2016.

“William Shakespeare.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. History Reference Center. Web. 16 Dec. 2016.

“William Shakespeare.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. History Reference Center. Web. 24 Dec. 2016.


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