Shakespeare's Life Early life, Significance, work in theater

William Shakespeare is significant for his excellent writings and plays, but without some occurrences in his early life and work in the theater, he may not have been successful.

Early Life:

Quote #1: “William Shakespeare was born in the small market town of Stafford-upon-Avon in 1564, the third of eight children...The Shakespeare's were a family of considerable local prominence” (Lander).

Commentary: Shakespeare was the 3rd oldest of 8 other siblings. He was born in a small town called Stafford-upon-Avon in 1564. His family was also wealthy. This is relevant to his early life because that is where he originally descended and grew up with as a boy.

Quote #2: “Beginning at about the age of 7, William probably attended the Stratford grammar school with other boys of his social class. The school’s highly qualified teachers were graduates of Oxford University. Students spent about nine hours a day in school. They attended classes the year around, except for three brief holiday periods. The teachers enforced strict discipline and physically punished students who broke the rules” (Lander).

Commentary: He began school at the age of 7. He may have gone to Stafford grammar school. Students were in school for 9 hours. They rarely had breaks unless it was a holiday. The teachers had many rules. Shakespeare started to work on grammar at a young age so it makes sense that he got into writing. Also he had the money to be trained by specialists.

Quote #3: “William Shakespeare was descended from tenant farmers and landed gentry. One of his grandfathers, Richard Shakespeare of Snitterfield, rented land from the other, Robert Arden of Wilmcote” (Branam).

Commentary: William came from farmers and landowners. His grandfather rented land from Robert Arden of Wilmcote. This relates to his early life this shows where his family normally did and what he grew up on.

Quote #4: “When Shakespeare was a teenager, his family fell on hard times. His father stopped attending town council meetings in 1577, and the family’s fortunes began declining” (Branam).

Commentary: Shakespeare went through hard times his father stopped going to meeting in 1577, after this point there was only a downfall. This relates to my subtopic on the early life because this gives some background on what Shakespeare went through. Shakespeare's writing may have been influenced by some past memories in his life.


Quote #5: “The two portraits of Shakespeare portray the two parts of his nature. On the one hand, he possessed immense intellectual curiosity about the motives and actions of people. This curiosity, plus his facility with language, enabled him to write his masterpieces and to create characters who are better known than some important figures in world history” (Branam).

Commentary: Shakespeare has 2 known sides. One of them was his curiosity on the actions of people. This is what allowed him to write so freely.This relates to the significance of Shakespeare because he easily got famous over his sense of style when it came to writing. Many people liked his style which why he is known today.

Quote #6: “On the other hand, reflecting his middle-class background, Shakespeare was himself motivated by strictly bourgeois instincts; he was more concerned with acquiring property and cementing his social position in Stratford than he was with preserving his plays for posterity...Shakespeare as he is known today: still acted and enjoyed, the most widely studied and translated writer, the greatest poet and dramatist in the English and perhaps any language” (Branam).

Commentary: Shakespeare came from a normal family. He was only motivated by himself. He was more worried over his social position and his class. Shakespeare was an enjoyable writer all around. This shows he is significant because he was motivated on his own and a strong writer without anyone else. As well as, he is considered the best writer in history.

Quote #7: “His love of language sometimes makes him difficult to read, particularly for young students, but frequently the meaning becomes clear in a well-acted version. The second quality is his openness, his lack of any restrictive point of view, ideology, or morality. Shakespeare was able to embrace, identify with, and depict an enormous range of human behavior, from the good to the bad to the indifferent (Branam)”

Commentary: He took very much pride into his work, almost to the point that you could not read it. He easily had it made it into a play which was much easier to understand. He was open with his work and could embrace human behavior. His significance is so great because he was able to take his writing to new level. In which, he took to his advantage and soon got popular.

Work in the Theater:

Quote #8: "...his company to build the Globe Theater. This was the theater for which Shakespeare wrote most of his plays" (Robert).

Commentary: The Globe Theater had an important role because Shakespeare wrote many plays and performed in there too. The Globe Theater had a huge impact on Shakespeare's writing because he was able to produce plays and have ideas to write them.

Quote #9: "Shakespeare was the ultimate professional writer. He had a theater that needed plays, actors who needed parts, and a family that needed to be fed" (Lander).

Commentary: Shakespeare was the most well known writer. He was an essential for the play writing business. This fits with his work in theater because he was responsible for many plays, and other jobs.

Quote #10: "Since his death Shakespeare's plays have been almost continually performed, in non-English-speaking nations as well as those where English is the native tongue; they are quoted more than the works of any other single author" (HRC)

Commentary: Shakespeare has been a huge inspiration to theater culture. Meaning he has had many great works. Theaters are still thriving today because of his work. This means his theater business is still being carried on like a tradition.

Works Cited

Anderson, Robert. “Shakespeare And His Theater: A Perfect Match.” Holt Literature & Language Arts: Mastering the California Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, by G. Kylene Beers et al., Austin, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2003, pp. 778-80. World Book Student.

---. “William Shakespeare’s Life: A Genius From Stratford.” 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.

History Center. History Reference,

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Student. World Book, 2016. Web. 7 Dec. 2016.

William Shakespeare. By: Branam, Harold, Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia, January, 2016. Explora, Press Biographical Encyclopedia, January, 2016, 5p

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