Life of Shakespeare By Kasidee Wickman

Shakespeare influenced the world greatly in his early, middle and late life from taking chances with his life to do what he wanted, inspiring others to write texts and plays, influencing now well-known movies, and heightening the amount of words in the English language.

The first way Shakespeare influenced the world was by taking chances with his life instead of going with the flow.

"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."

Shakespeare lived a normal life that most families aspired to have. Unlike others, Shakespeare took a risk and moved away from his mediocre family to make a legacy of himself.

"Shakespeare used language of startling originality to portray many-sided characters and tell fascinating stories. Critics and readers celebrate him as a great student of human nature."

This quote shows that Shakespeare was a very original writer from the start of his career. From his never before used vocabulary to his original storylines, he became very successful.

"As an actor, a playwright, and a partner in a leading acting company, he became both prosperous and well-known."

Shakespeare had multiple jobs that he worked hard to pursue. This may have influenced many others to follow their dream as a writer since his whole life was set on writing.

"...the first definite mention of Shakespeare is in 1592 as an established London actor and playwright, mocked by a contemporary as a "Shake-scene." The same writer alludes to one of Shakespeare's earliest history plays, Henry VI, Part 3, which must already have been performed."

This quote shows that Shakespeare's first playwright was a huge hit with all of the practice he had performed in earlier years. Obviously, this was a huge step for Shakespeare since he became so successful soon after.

The second way he was an influence to the world is by being an influence to others stories and plays.

"The Romantic poet John Keats (1795-1821) was so influenced by Shakespeare that he kept a bust of the Bard beside him while he wrote, hoping that Shakespeare would spark his creativity. Keats's poems duplicate Shakespeare's style and are full of Shakespearean imagery."

This quote proves that Shakespeare was a very big influence to many writers and playmakers in progress. Shakespeare was the inspiration for many other large artists we most likely know today.

"...English men and women are, they will say to one another, 'Yes, this Shakespeare is ours; we produced him, we speak and think by him; we are of one blood and kind with him. (Thomas Carlyle, The Hero as Poet, 1841)."

This quote shows that Shakespeare has such a strong influence on people that they will look up to him as their leader. I wonder if any of the people that solemnly look up to him have ever met him before.

"As a result, the experience of Shakespeare’s plays in the theater took a populist turn. Audience members engaged with the events taking place on stage, becoming vocal and often raucous. At times, it may have been difficult to determine which individuals were audience members and which were part of a performing troupe."

Shakespeare providing people with access to the spotlight of his plays gave them inspiration to create their own works. Perhaps if people had not witnessed this opportunity there would not have been as many writers today.

Another way Shakespeare influenced the Earth is by being a huge inspiration for other popular movies we know of today.

"Several famous movies have been based on Shakespeare's work. For example, Disney's "The Lion King" is an adaptation of "Hamlet," while "10 Things I Hate About You" is a modernized version of "The Taming of the Shrew."

Most of the living population has seen these films including these few that are mentioned. After all of this time Shakespeare has been gone, works are still being produced in regard to his name.

"Most of what we know about modern storytelling and language can be traced back to Shakespeare. Theater, in particular, has experienced many changes due to his influence. For example, the way in which Shakespeare’s plots move forward has helped define modern play-writing."

Many of the plays today are influenced by the works of Shakespeare. Many movies and plays would not have been made if it was not for him.

The final reason Shakespeare has influenced the world is because he was a large contribution to our very own English language, without even trying.

"Shakespeare is still relevant because of his work's lasting impact on literature and the English language. Many modern works are based on Shakespeare's plays, while many words and phrases still used today were first coined by Shakespeare."

Shakespeare's legacy is everlasting because he created some of the common words and phrases we use today. Obviously, this is a very large achievement and reason that Shakespeare contributed to our society for a very long time.

Works Cited

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Beers, G. Kylene, et al. Shakespeare’s Life. Austin, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2003.

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

Shakespeare’s Influence on Other Artists. Amanda Mabillard., Amanda Mabillard.

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

William Shakespeare’s Impact on Theatre. Octane Seating, Accessed 3 Nov. 2016.


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