Thesis: Shakespeare had humble early years, very famous years, and just as successful later years.
Shakespeare’s Early Years
Quote #1: "Stratford-upon-Avon is a quiet English market town famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. It is one of the oldest towns in England. It lies in the green valley of the River Avon. High-peaked Old English-style houses line its narrow streets. It is the largest town in the district of Stratford-on-Avon." (Mounfield)
Commentary: This quote tells of Shakespeare's hometown. The town he grew up in is Stratford in England. It is one of the oldest towns. This clearly tells of Shakespeare's humble early life because it tells of his hometown where he grew up.
Quote #2: "The house where Shakespeare probably was born has been kept as a memorial. It is always open to visitors. At Shottery, 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) west of Stratford, is the thatch-roofed cottage that was the home of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's wife. The Guild Hall and grammar school are kept as they were in Shakespeare's day." (Mounfield)
Commentary: This quote tells where Shakespeare lived as a young child and where his wife lived. It also tells of his grammar school and the Guild Hall, which is still the same from when Shakespeare was young. This clearly tells of Shakespeare's humble and quiet early life because it tells of his childhood home and his grammar school.
Quote #3: "At the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, who was eight years older than he was. Sometime after the birth of their second and third children (twins), Shakespeare moved to London, apparently leaving his family in Stratford." (Anderson, 777)
Commentary: This quote tells of his years as a young adult when he married his wife Anne and had multiple kids. This clearly tells of his early years because it tells of his marriage at age 18.
Shakespeare’s Famous Years
Quote #4: "Throughout the 1590’s, Shakespeare’s reputation continued to grow. From 1594 to 1608, he was fully involved in the London theater world. In addition to his duties as a sharer and actor in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, he wrote an average of almost two plays a year for his company. During much of this period, Shakespeare ranked as London’s most popular playwright, based on the number of times his plays were performed and published. But his reputation was largely that of a popular playwright, not of a writer of unequaled genius." (Lander)
Commentary: This quote tells about Shakespeare's popularity as a playwright growing. He became more popular and his reputation grew the more his plays were performed. This clearly shows his famous years because it tells of how much more popular he got during the late very 1500's and very early 1600's.
Quote #5: "By the late 1590’s, Shakespeare not only had become an established writer but also had become prosperous… Certainly Shakespeare was eager to establish himself in Stratford." (Lander)
Commentary: This quote tells how Shakespeare had become very successful and wealthy. By the late 1590's, he had become very prosperous. This clearly shows his famous years because of how wealthy, successful, and established he had become.
Quote #6: "It is important that we understand Shakespeare's theater because it influenced how he wrote his plays. Shakespeare took the theater of his time, and he used it brilliantly." (Anderson, 778)
Commentary: This quote tells how important it is to know and understand Shakespeare's theater and his plays. This clearly shows how famous he was during his most famous years because it is still important to know and understand Shakespeare, his plays, and his theater.
Quote #7: "In 1599, Burbage's theater was torn down and its timbers were used by Shakespeare and his company to build the Globe Theatre. This was the theater for which Shakespeare wrote most of his plays." (Anderson, 778)
Commentary: This quote tells how Shakespeare and his own company built the Globe Theatre out of a torn down theater. This clearly shows his success and fame because it tells how he had his own company and later on is own theater.
Shakespeare’s Later Years
Quote #8: "1609 An unauthorized first edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets is published. The King’s Men start performing at Blackfriars (private) indoor theater as well as at the Globe."
Commentary: This quote tells how Shakespeare's works were still being published later in his life. It also tells how there were still performances being held at the Globe Theatre, Shakespeare's theater. This clearly shows that Shakespeare's later years were still successful.
Quote #9: "1613-1614 The Two Noble Kinsmen, written by Shakespeare and Fletcher, is produced."
Commentary: This quote tells how a play written by Shakespeare, "The Two Noble Kinsmen" was being produced two years before he died. This tells of Shakespeare's successful later life because his plays were still being produced at the time.
Quote #10: "Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, at the age of fifty-two. He is buried under the old stone floor of the chancel of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford." (Anderson, 777)
Commentary: This quote tells of his death in 1616. He is buried under the floor of a church in Stratford. This clearly shows his later years because it tells of the end of his life and his death.
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.
---. “William Shakespeare’s Life: A Genius from Stratford.” Holt Literature & Language Arts: Mastering the California Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, pp. 776-77.
“Chronology Of William Shakespeare’s Life And Times.” Critical Insights: King Lear (2011): 323-326. Literary Reference Center. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.
Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 9 Dec. 2016.
Mounfield, Peter R. “Stratford-upon-Avon.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 9 Dec. 2016.