Shakespeare Andres Tobar p.4

Thesis:Shakespeare influenced the world with his works, afterlife, and mid life.

His Life

Quote 1:"In addition, play writing was not a highly regarded occupation, and so people saw little point in recording the lives of mere dramatists."(Lander).

Commentary: This quote shows how he changed the theater world during his life time because they did not regard theater much then he changed that. This relates to the thesis because this is showing how he affected the world with his life.

Quote 2:"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, Shakespeare moved to London.."(Anderson 777).

Commentary:This is important because this tell about his life, the women he married, the amount of children had and when he moved to London. This relates to the thesis because it talks about the details of his family life.

Quote 2:"Shakespeare lived at a time when ideas and social structures established in the Middle Ages still informed human thought and behaviour. Queen Elizabeth I was God's deputy on earth, and lords and commoners had their due places in society under her, with responsibilities up through her to God and down to those of more humble rank. The order of things, however, did not go unquestioned"(Shakespeare).

Commentary:This is significant because it talk about how it was during the time of his life, how the social system worked and how people were organized. This relates to the thesis because it relates to his life as he was growing up.

His works

Quote 1:"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."(lander).

Commentary:This quote shows how much of an influence Shakespeare has had the the modern world and how much of it. This is significant because if it were not for Shakespeare we may not be the same when it comes literature.

Quote 2:"The strength of Shakespeare's plays lies in the absorbing stories they tell, in their wealth of complex characters, and in the eloquent speech...that it is their flawed, inconsistent nature that makes them memorable"(William).

Commentary:This is important because it talk about how he designed the characters and how they left the audience and how it affected them. This relates to the thesis because a Shakespeare play is an experience because of the way he proposed them.

Quote 3:"The title given to the collection of his plays which Shakespeare's colleagues published after his death was Mr William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies and it is still helpful to divide the plays into those three large categories in which they were originally printed, while making some provision for the different periods of his writing career"(William).

Commentary: "Shakespeare's comedies were his best genre in the early days and people say they were his best works of all time. This relates to the thesis because it talks about how his works left people and what they thought of them.

His Afterlife

Quote 1:"Shakespeare's plays are still produced all over the world... a critic estimated that if Shakespeare were alive, he would be receiving $25,000 a week in royalties for a production of Othello alone"(Anderson 777).

Commentary:This shows how much his plays made and how that even after his death, his plays are still produced by people all over and also watched all over. This relates to the thesis because this shows what legacy he left on the modern world.

Quote 2:"Those who doubt that Shakespeare wrote the works (sometimes called "anti-Stratfordians") generally assert that the actor from Stratford had a limited education; some have even claimed that he was illiterate"(William).

Commentary:This is significant because it shows that not everybody loved his works and praised him. This relates to the thesis because it talks about the opinion of people about his works after he has died.

Quote 3:"No letters written by Shakespeare have survived, but a private letter to him happened to get caught up with some official transactions of the town of Stratford and so has been preserved in the borough archives"(Shakespeare).

Commentary:This is important because this shows how his life was a mystery to the world after his death.This relates to the thesis because the quote talks about how their is no record of his writing personally to other people.

Works Cited

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.

John Russell, Brown, Spencer Terence John Bew, and Bevington David. “Shakespeare, William.” Britannica Biographies (2012): 1. History Reference Center. Web. 6 Dec. 2016.

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

Rogers, Pat, and Philip Edwards. “William Shakespeare.” Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature. 112. GB: Oxford University Press 1987, 1987. History Reference Center. Web. 7 Dec. 2016.

“William Shakespeare.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. History Reference Center. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.


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