Shakespeare's Life By: Fallon Donaldson

Thesis: Shakespeare's writing career can be shown through his early, middle, later years and his success.

Early Life:

Quote #1: "We know 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 #1: This shows when Shakespeare was born and where he was born.

Commentary #2: He grew up in a great house hold where he became a writer in his small town.

Quote #2: "William attended grammar school, where he studied Latin grammar" (Anderson 776-777).

Commentary #1: This shows how Shakespeare from the start was a writer.

Commentary #2: He had always had the passion for writing.

Quote #3: "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 #1: This shows that as a little boy William was a well-educated boy, went to classes that his fellow friends went to.

Commentary #2: He had his career set from the start, with going into grammar school.

Middle Life:

Quote #4: "By 1592, Shakespeare had already become an actor and a playwright" (Anderson 777).

Commentary #1: As Shakespeare got older he started to get more into the theater and was starting to see what he wanted to do.

Commentary #2: He started writing many plays from this point on.

Quote #5: "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"(Anderson 777).

Commentary #1: As Shakespeare began to get more into writing he saw himself as a part of the theater group called the "King's Men".

Commentary #2: He began to write more and more for then creating plays that they were soon to perform.

Quote #6: Scholars do not know which of the various companies first employed Shakespeare. Scholars have noted connections between Shakespeare’s early plays and a number of plays that were performed by the Queen’s Men, a company that played in Stratford in 1587" (Lander).

Commentary #1: This shows how Shakespeare started his career and it kicked off, he wrote many plays to start off his career that many people such as the "Queen's Men" to play perform his plays.

Commentary #2: This helped his career so much b cause it help d him have a solid place to push off on.

Quote #7: "The London theater, in Shakespeare’s day, was composed of companies of men and boys (women were not allowed on the Renaissance English stage but were played by young men or boys) who performed in public playhouses roughly modeled on old innyards. The theaters were open to the air, had balconies surrounding the pit and stage, and held from two thousand to three thousand people" (Bloom).

Commentary #1: This shows the things that Shakespeare did when he was working and who he worked with.

Commentary #2: He even played in some of his own plays.

Later Life:

Quote #8: "In 1599, Burbage's theater was torn down and its timbers were used by Shakespeare and his company to build the Globe Theater. This was the theater were Shakespeare wrote most of his plays" (Anderson 778).

Commentary #1: This shows how Shakespeare wrote his plays and in his later years where the were preformed.

Commentary #2: Shakespeare used this theater as inspiration to create his plays.

Quote #9: "Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, at the age of fifty-two. He is buried under the old stone floor in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford" (Anderson 776).

Commentary #1: Shakespeare had died at a very young age but his fame carried his legacy for a very long time.

Commentary #2: People today even remember most of the things that he wrote.

Quote #10: " During his last eight years, Shakespeare was the sole author of only three plays—Cymbeline,The Tempest, and The Winter’s Tale. He collaborated with John Fletcher, another English dramatist, in writing three more plays. In the past, some scholars argued that The Tempest, written about 1610, was Shakespeare’s last play... However, in 1612 and 1613, Shakespeare worked closely with Fletcher, who replaced him as the chief dramatist for the King’s Men" (Lander).

Commentary #1: At the end of Shakespeare's life he began to get more involved in the globe theater and started to write more plays, even after he was to die they were performed.

Commentary #2: He was a legacy that people loved to share.

Quote #11: "Shakespeare’s company in London prospered. In 1599, it stopped renting theaters and built its own, the Globe, which increased company profits. The company was a favorite of the reigning monarchs, who paid well for special performances at court—first Elizabeth I, then, after 1603, James I, who loved the theater even more and renamed Shakespeare’s company the King’s Men" (Alexander).

Commentary #1: This shows how in Shakespeare's career he made a tone of profit and it helped him when he was starting to come to an end.

Commentary #2: He had performed for many famous people in his life time.

Works Cited

Alexander, Peter. Shakespeare’s Life and Art. Reprint. London: Nisbet, 1961. Print.

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.

Anderson, Robert. "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. 778-80.

Bloom, Harold, ed. Elizabethan Drama. Philadelphia: Chelsea, 2004. Print.

Lander, Jesse M. "Shakespeare, William." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 9 Dec. 2016.


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