William Shakespeare By: Liana Woodley

Thesis: William Shakespeare was an author who had a big influence on the English language. His early life, career, and even death made a big impact on history.

Early life/Death:

Quote 1: "The register of Holy Trinity, the parish church in Stratford, records his baptism on April 26. According to the custom at that time, infants were baptized about three days after their birth. Therefore, the generally accepted date for Shakespeare’s birth is April 23"(Lander).

Commentary: This statement shows the reader that Shakespeare's date of birth is uncertain. The priest that baptized him made the assumption that he was born on the 23rd of April, since newborns were usually baptized on the nearest Sunday or holy day.

Quote 2: "Knowledge of Latin was necessary for a career in medicine, law, or the church. In addition, the ability to read Latin was considered a sign of an educated person"(Lander).

Commentary: This quote shows the audience that Shakespeare learning Latin as a young boy was just the start of his career. He went to a school with highly-educated teachers, so he worked hard and became very intelligent.

Quote 3: "He retired there around 1611, and lived quietly with his family. He died there on his birthday, April 23, 1616, at age 52"("Shakespeare").

Commentary: Shakespeare had a nice and peaceful last year alive, for he retired from being an amazing author and actor. His career was quite a success and he had been through a lot, he definitely lived his life to the fullest.


Quote 1: "After arriving in London, Shakespeare began an association with one of the city’s repertory theater companies. These companies consisted of a permanent cast of actors who presented a variety of plays week after week"(Lander).

Commentary: Working in London's theatres was just the beginning of Shakespeare's career. He acted in many plays and made a nice profit as a result.

Quote 2: "Throughout the 1590’s, Shakespeare’s reputation continued to grow. From 1594 to 1608, he was fully involved in the London theater world"(Lander).

Commentary: This quote from the article proves to the audience that Shakespeare's career continued to grow as he got older and more involved with writing and acting. He became more skilled at being an author and actor and that's how his career took off.

Quote 3: "Then follows the great period of Shakespeare's creative life. Between 1599 and 1606, he produced a series of masterpieces, including the great tragedies Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Coriolanus, and Antony and Cleopatra, as well as "problem plays" or "bitter comedies" such as All's Well That End's Well, Troilus and Cressida, and Measure for Measure"(Baker).

Commentary: Shakespeare made many masterpieces in his life, and a lot of his works are known to people worldwide. This just shows how big of an impact he made through his writing.

Quote 4: "The turning point in Shakespeare's career came in 1593. The theatres had been closed since 1592 due to an outbreak of the plague and...It seems more likely that he left the theatre entirely during this time to work on his non-dramatic poetry. The hard work paid off, for by the end of 1593, Shakespeare had caught the attention of the Earl of Southampton"(Mabillard).

Commentary: This quote from the passage tells the reader that Shakespeare had went through a rough time in his career, yet he still managed to prosper in his writing. He was faced with difficulty in his career, and trying hard to overcome it all made him a better writer, author, person, and influence to others.


Quote 1: "Shakespeare is today the most quoted author in the English language"("Shakespeare").

Commentary: This quote from the article proves to the audience that Shakespeare is a very influential writer. He has written so many plays and poems and his work is admired by many.

Quote 2: "The English playwright, poet, and actor William Shakespeare is generally considered the greatest of English writers and one of the most extraordinary creators in human history"("Shakespeare").

Commentary: Shakespeare is very well known from his writing and acting. During his time and still today, he is very influential to the English language, writers, actors, etc;

Quote 3: "They are considered masterpieces that, alone, would have established Shakespeare's reputation as a poetic genius"("Shakespeare").

Commentary: Shakespeare is being praised for his amazing work and reputation. His poems and stories show a lot and he deserves the recognition for all of the work he has accomplished over the years.

Works Cited:

Baker, William. “Shakespeare, William.” In Baker, William, and Kenneth Womack, eds. The Facts On File Companion to Shakespeare. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2012.

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

Mabillard, Amanda. “Shakespeare of Stratford.” Shakespeare Online. http://www.shakespeare-online.com. Sept. 11 2005: n.p. SIRS Renaissance. Web. 09 Dec. 2016.

“Shakespeare, William.” Renaissance and Reformation Reference Library, edited by Julie L. Carnagie, et al., vol. 4: Vol. 2: Biographies, UXL, 2002, pp. 335-346.

“Shakespeare, William.” Elizabethan World Reference Library, edited by Sonia G. Benson and Jennifer York Stock, vol. 2: Biographies, UXL, 2007, pp. 197-207.


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