Thesis; Shakespeare influenced the world through his early, middle, and late life.
Shakespeares early life;
Quote #1: "The Shakespeare's were a family of considerable local prominence." (Lander 16)
Commentary: Shakespeare's dad was a successful leather business man therefore they were not financially struggling. However Shakespeare started struggling later on his life
Quote #2:"While little is known of Shakespeare's boyhood, he probably attended the grammar school in Stratford, where he would have been educated in the classics, particularly Latin grammar and literature" (Shakespeare 1).
Commentary:Shakespeare attended grammar school at an early age. this is why is thought that Shakespeare wrote the way he did, his writing skills were developed at a young age.
Quote #3:"much of his work clearly depends on a knowledge of Roman comedy, ancient history, and classical mythology."(Shakespeare 1).
Commentary: Shakespeare did not only learned grammar at school. He also learned other things that helped him write the way he did.
Shakespeares middle life
Quote #4: "In 1582 Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway"(Shakespeare 2).
Commentary: Shakepeare married at a young age.William marrying Anne Hathaway was an impulsive decision. But just a little while later him and Anne had unexpected twins. They both stayed at his parents' house for a while to raise the twins.
Quote #5:" What is certain is that by 1594 Shakespeare was a sharer in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men." (Lander)
Commentary:Shakespeare became a sharer in the company, "the Lord Chamberlains Men".The sharer of a company is basically just the person that is a stockholder. Since he was a stockholder he shared some of the profits from the company. This is how Shakespeare maintain financially stable.
Shakespeares late life
Quote #6:"From mid-1592 to 1594, London authorities frequently closed the theaters because of repeated outbreaks of plague." (Lander)
Commentary:The theater that Shakespeare was working at got closed down because of the plague.Since it got shut down Shakespeare had no source on income. So he just switched to writing poems instead, as a source of money. And it just so happens to be another thing that he was good at as well.
Quote #7:"Unfortunately, also in 1596, Shakespeare suffered a setback when his son, Hamnet, died at the age of eleven"
Commentary:Shakespeare had a bit of a distraction in his personal life when his 11 year old son died.Towards the middle/end of Shakespeares life he had a distraction or setback he his son Hamnet died. During that time his affection for his other two children grew and it may be expressed in many of his funny/ witty plays.
Quote #8:" The 154 sonnets, tracing a friendship with a young man and a romance with a “dark lady,” (Branam)
Commentary:He wrote about a man having a romantic relationship with a lady, which people started to wonder about.His work started becoming personal. People started to question what he was doing when he was away from his wife and kids back at home.
Quote #9:"Shakespeare’s company in London prospered. In 1599, it stopped renting theaters and built its own" (Branam)
Commentary: Shakespeares company stopped renting out building to use and they have decided to create their own.Since Shakespeares company was doing so well they have took it upon themselves to create their own building to use. They named it "The Globe" which was used for very many special presentations.
Quote #10: "His monument records the day of death as April 23, the generally accepted date of his birth." (Branam)
Commentary: Shakespeare died on April 23,1616 and has a monument in Stratford. Shakespeares death was a tragic moment in the US history. He was and is one of the most memorable play writers and actors. Till this day he is remembered as a remarkable person in history because of his affects in language arts and writing.
Branam, Harold. “William Shakespeare.” Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia (2016): Topic Overviews 6-12. Web. 7 Dec. 2016
Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.
"William Shakespeare." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. History Reference Center. Web. 13 Dec. 2016.