Shakespeare By: Marlee Osborn Period 5

Shakespeare impacted the world through his writing, his plays, and his contribution to theater.

Shakespeare's Life: William Shakespeare was one of the world’s greatest English writer and actor, ¨Shakespeare, William (1564-1616), was an English playwright, poet, and actor. Many people regard him as the world’s greatest dramatist and the finest poet England has ever produced.¨ (Lander). Shakespeare worked with the King's Men company for the rest of his life, "Shakespeare worked with this company for the rest of his writing life. Year after year he provided it with plays, almost on demand." (Anderson). Shakespeare did not go to school to become a playwright, "Though many of the most outstanding Elizabethan poets and playwrights studied at university, there is no record of Shakespeare having done so." (Benson).
Shakespeare’s Career: Shakespeare committed his life to the public theater and has written poetry when he was unable to write plays, "Shakespeare's entire life was committed to the public theater, and he seems to have written nondramatic poetry only when enforced closings of the theater made writing plays impractical." (Carnagie). Shakespeare earned money from the plays he had written, acted in, and also from the profits of each company performance, "Shakespeare earned money not only from the plays he had written or in which he acted but also from a share of the profits of every company performance. The financial arrangement seemed to inspire his creative efforts, for he set about writing the plays that made him famous, beginning with Romeo and Juliet" (Branam). As Shakespeare wrote more and more plays, he became more and more known and involved in the London theater world, "Throughout the 1590’s, Shakespeare’s reputation continued to grow. From 1594 to 1608, he was fully involved in the London theater world." (Lander). Shakespeare made tons of plays, many which were masterpieces, "Shakespeare had written thirty-seven plays, including such masterpieces as Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth." (Anderson).
Shakespeare’s Plays/Poems: One of Shakespeare's greatest achievements is how he portrays the emotional states of human life, "Perhaps his greatest achievement was the portrayal of the emotional states that are essential to human life, such as falling in love, knowing the need for friendship and loyalty, going through midlife crisis, growing old, and facing the approach of death." (Carnagie). In Shakespeare's final years as a playwright he wrote more romance plays than mixed genre plays, 'The plays that Shakespeare wrote in the final years of his career are sometimes classified as romances. They conform less closely to conventional genres of comedy or tragedy, mixing elements from several genres within one work.' (Benson). London authorities closed theaters due to out breaks of the plague, Shakespeare had to rely on poetry to support his family, "From mid-1592 to 1594, London authorities frequently closed the theaters because of repeated outbreaks of plague. Without the income provided by acting and play writing, Shakespeare turned to poetry." (Lander).

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