Thesis: Shakespeare impacted the world through his career and life, literature and influence to the world.
Career and Life
Quote #1: "...he probably attended the grammar school in Stratford...veracity of Ben Jonson's famous comment that Shakespeare had "small Latine, and less Greeke," much of his work clearly depends on a knowledge of Roman comedy, ancient history, and classical mythology"(Shakespeare).
Commentary: Shakespeare attended a grammar school in Stratford, where he learned the basics of literature. However, Shakespeare not only succeeded because of his beautiful writing but also his creativity and expansive knowledge of history and mythology. Shakespeare's works are appreciated even till now thanks to the unique and creativity of his works.
Quote #2: "...Shakespeare the writer as one who functioned as part of a team including actors, directors, and revisers and who regarded stage production, not publication, as the final objective of his writing...really means not Shakespeare’s life as a creative writer but rather the life of his dramas on stage and their potential for creating meaningful experiences for their audiences"(Archer).
Commentary: Shakespeare regarded the acting, the stage performance more than the literary publication important. He considered his works to be an enjoyment, to mean something to the audience, not only to be a story writer. These objectives of Shakespeare's plays are what makes the plays notable till and after our time.
Quote #3: "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(as the names of these acting companies indicate, theatrical groups depended on the support of a wealthy patron-the King's Men were supported by King James himself.) Shakespeare worked with this company for the rest of his writing life"(Anderson).
Commentary: Shakespeare spend most of his playwright career at the King's Men, where he wrote most of his plays. Thanks to the support of King James Shakespeare was able to see his masterpieces on stage. Because of the support the theatrical company got from King James Shakespeare may have been more easily known to people including us here in the present.
The Characteristics of His Literature
Quote #4: "The strength of Shakespeare's plays lies in the absorbing stories they tell, in their wealth of complex characters, and in the eloquent speech—vivid, forceful, and at the same time lyric—that the playwright puts on his character's lips. It has often been noted that Shakespeare's characters are neither wholly good nor wholly evil, and that it is their flawed, inconsistent nature that makes them memorable"(Shakespeare).
Commentary: Shakespeare's plays are famous for their impacting stories and deep characters. The language he used for his plays are unique, witty and powerful and is able to express a story like no other man could. Because of these factors Shakespeare's plays are on stages till today for the rich story and memorable characters.
Quote #5: "Shakespeare’s poetry is full of vivid metaphors and brilliant images. His verbal skill also reveals itself in a tendency for wordplay and puns. Critics and readers acknowledge his superb way with words even when the richness of his language blurs the sense of what his text means"(Lander).
Commentary: Shakespeare's poems were also known for the rich language excellent writing. Not only were Shakespeare's plays famous but his poems were also known for its fine literature and abundant wordplay.
Quote #6: "Critics and readers celebrate him as a great student of human nature. A remarkable group of vivid characters populate his plays...The most successful of these characters create an impression of psychological depth never before seen in English literature"(Lander).
Commentary: The characters in Shakespeare's plays had variety and were each unique, because of that fact Shakespeare's plays were able to be deep and enjoyable. In result, Shakespeare's plays were rich with interactive, realistic characters and he was able to express each character's emotions and psychology in depth. Because of Shakespeare's talent to deliver the emotions of the characters within his plays his works were able to be memorable to audience and reader alike.
Influence to the World
Quote #7: "Shakespeare, William (1564-1616), was an English playwright, poet, and actor. Many people regard him as the world’s greatest dramatist and the finest poet England has ever produced"(Lander).
Commentary: This quote is showing that Shakespeare not only influenced England, but also the entire world.He has worked not only as a playwright but also a actor and poet, and this shows that Shakespeare was also influential in not only plays, but with poems and as an actor too.
Quote #8: "Shakespeare has had enormous influence on culture throughout the world. His works have helped shape the literature of all English-speaking countries. His work has also had an important effect on the literary cultures of such countries as Germany and Russia. In addition, his widespread presence in popular culture extends to motion pictures, television, cartoons, and even songs"(Shakespeare).
Commentary: Shakespeare not only affected England's culture, but his influence was used to help form the language of all English-speaking countries and other language speaking countries. The massive influence by Shakespeare can be shown by the fact that his presence is referenced in popular culture like movies, cartoons and songs in the past, the present, and most likely, the future also.
Quote#9: "Shakespeare's plays are still produced all over the world...if Shakespeare were alive, he would be receiving $25,000 a week in royalties for a production of Othello alone. The play was attracting larger audiences than any other nonmusical production in town"(Anderson).
Commentary: Even now, approximately four-hundred years later, Shakespeare's plays are still popular as before. Shakespeare's plays being memorable, unique and deep people still enjoy the plays till today and still will in the future.
Quote #10: "Brettell's application of Shakespearean expressions and images to African realities creates intertextual resonances that profoundly enrich the significance of the scenes, events and personae of his poetry. Shakespearean allusions occur and recur as an integral part of Brettell's poems for over 60 years"(Hacksley).
Commentary: The above example of a present poet's influence from Shakespeare shows the amount of literary value Shakespeare's poems and plays are to present poets. They find motivation from the deep scenes and characters from Shakespeare's plays and poems.
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.
Archer, Stanley. “Shakespeare.” Magill’S Literary Annual 1996 (1996): 1-3. Literary Reference Center. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.
Hacksley, Gregory. “I, You And Cymbeline: An Exploration Of Shakespeare’s Influence In The Poetry Of Noel Brettell.” Shakespeare In Southern Africa 15.(2003): 29-38. Literary Reference Center. Web. 8 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.