Thesis: William Shakespeare influenced many thing throughout his early, middle and late life.
Quote #1: “One can see that Shakespeare absorbed much that was taught in his grammar school, for he had an impressive familiarity with the stories by Latin authors, as is evident when examining his plays and their sources” (Mabillard).
Commentary: Shakespeare, in the little time he had in school, he learned so much and even more. He was very familiar with latin stories and he closely examined their plays and pieces. He was taken out from school due to his father not being able to pay for it. Yet, this did not hold him back it is easy to see that he still learned far beyond what was normal at the time even if he was removed from education.
Quote #2: “On Nov. 27, 1582, Shakespeare received a license to marry Anne Hathaway, the daughter of a local farmer. The two families knew each other, but the details of the relationship between William and Anne have been a source of speculation. At the age of 18, William was young to marry, while Anne at 26 was of normal marrying age” (Lander).
Commentary: His marriage is at his early life because he was married very young, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway yet it is believed he was forced into it because she was pregnant. However it was not unusual for people to get married young like he had.
Quote #3: “William Shakespeare was born in the small market town of Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, the third of eight children. The register of Holy Trinity, the parish church in Stratford, records his baptism on April 26. According to the custom at that time, infants were baptized about three days after their birth” (Lander).
Commentary: Shakespeare was thought to be born on April 23, 1564. His early life and childhood may have influenced his poetry. Shakespeare was raised by a working class family and he was not given the biggest chance to have an education so as a young child he made the most of it.
Quote #4: “The first period covers the time after Shakespeare left grammar school until his marriage to Anne Hathaway in November of 1582” (Mabillard).
Commentary: From the first period of the lost years which are from 1578-82 it is believed when shakespeare left his education in grammar school to his rushed marriage to Anne Hathaway. Shakespeare's first period of the lost years was the time when shakespeare first started to show interest in stories and his love for latin showed.
Quote #5: “The second period covers the seven years of Shakespeare's life in which he must have been perfecting his dramatic skills and collecting sources for the plots of his plays” (Mabillard).
Commentary: The second period of this time Shakespeare is believed to have devoted most of his time to perfect his skills in the theater and writing industry. This is the time where Shakespeare's most famous plays were produced and his most known phrases were created.
Quote #6: “Since Shakespeare's time "the planks" have undergone various changes. First the part of the stage that projected into the yard grew narrower, and the small curtained inner stage grew larger, until there developed what is called the promiscuous stage” (Anderson).
Commentary: Shakespeare's theater has been changed over time to be a more modern and functional theater. It has undergone stage changes to make a larger stage and narrower yard and make the best theater possible for that time.
Quote #7: “During his last eight years, Shakespeare was the sole author of only three plays—Cymbeline,The Tempest, and The Winter’s Tale” (Lander).
Commentary: Shakespeare was as not as active in writing in his last eight years only writing 3 plays. Yet he was still acting and his activity reduced his last years.
Quote #8: “Shakespeare's genius was so brilliant, his knowledge so wide and universal, his conception so true, and his sentiments so godlike, that to meditate his character is to suppose perfection” (Dibdin).
Commentary: Shakespeare was more than talented he was genius, his influence on the world today is more than just well. Shakespeare was so well at what he did that he created his work with many elements that work so well together that he created his own style of writing of brilliance.
Quote #9: “During most of Shakespeare’s lifetime, England was ruled by Queen Elizabeth I. Her reign is often called the Elizabethan Age. Shakespeare’s works reflect the cultural, social, and political conditions of the Elizabethan Age” (Lander).
Commentary: Living in the Elizabethan age, Shakespeare's work reflected the art, culture, and political life of this time, this means that all of his work was based on the way things were back then, the way people acted, and the problems people faced at the time.. Knowing this can create a better understanding and easier to learn lessons of his art and poems.
Quote #10: Shakespeare whose writings are the offspring of an intuition that mocks description, that shames the schools, and that ascertains sublimity; whose knowledge of human nature was profound, penetrating and infallible; whose morality and philosophy confirm all that was good and wise in the ancients; whose words are in our mouths, and their irresistible influence in our hearts..” (Dibdin).
Commentary: Shakespeare is one of the most influential writers ever, he mocked, he used all from romance to comedy to create his great plays. He has influenced our modern English and given us phrases and stories that are timeless and will forever be immortal.
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.
Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.
Pro Quest SIRS. Mabillard, Amanda. “Shakespeare of Stratford.” Shakespeare Online. http://www.shakespeare-online.com. Sept. 11 2005: n.p. SIRS Renaissance. Web. 10 Dec. 2016.
“Shakespear.” EBSCO eBook Collection, Dibdin, Charles. “Shakespear,” A Complete History of the Stage, volume 3, pp. 14–28, 1795. Quoted as “Shakespear” in Heims, Neil, ed. William Shakespeare, Bloom’s Classic Critical Views. New York: Chelsea House Publishing, 2010., www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=103800&SID=5&iPin=CCVWS48&SingleRecord=True.