Thesis: William Shakespeare was a man of many talents , writing being one of his main talents. Shakespeare’s has made a huge impact on our society in many ways with his talents and beautiful work. Shakespeare's accomplishments will be explained through his life story, and his accomplishments of the Globe Theater and his many forms of writing.
The Globe Theater:
Quote #1: "In 1599, Burbage's theater was torn down and its timbers were used by Shakespeare and his company to build the Globe Theatre. This was the theatre for which Shakespeare wrote most of his plays " (Anderson 778).
Commentary: Shakespeare built the Globe Theater out of the timbers of Burbage's theater in 1599. The Globe Theatre is where Shakespeare wrote most of his plays.
Quote #2: "In 1613, during a performance of Shakespeare's Henry VIII, a cannon shot during a staged battle ignited the thatched roof, and the Globe burned to the ground without serious casualties. Within a year the theater was rebuilt, this time with a tile roof, and it continued to host performances until 1642 when the Puritan government, strongly opposed to all forms of entertainment, shuttered every theater in London. The Globe was torn down two years later" (Hager).
Commentary: In 1613, a cannon was ignited and shot during a stage performance in the Globe Theater, there was primary damage to the architecture. Within a year it was completely rebuilt. The Globe Theater continued to be successful until the Puritan government strongly disputed entertainment. Two years later, the Globe Theater was torn down.
Quote #3: "The campaign to rebuild the theatre was begun by US film director Sam Wanamaker (1919-1993), who established the Globe Playhouse Trust site in 1949, just 183 m/200 yds from the first Globe site. A decades-long battle for funds followed, resolved finally by a British National Lottery grant" (Globe).
Commentary: After the tragic act of the tearing down of the Globe Theater, a campaign begun to rebuild a mock of the original. It passed and was built only 200 yards from where the original Globe Theater stood just decades ago thanks to the British National Lottery grant.
Quote #4: "Shakespeare had written thirty-seven plays, including such masterpieces as Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth" (Anderson 777).
Commentary: World known plays were written by Shakespeare and have had such an impact on our society that they are still being performed to this day.
Quote #5: "From mid-1592 to 1594, London authorities frequently closed the theaters because of repeated outbreaks of plague. Without the income provided by acting and playwriting, Shakespeare turned to poetry. In 1593, Venus and Adonis became the first of Shakespeare’s works to be published. The publisher was Richard Field, a native of Stratford who may have known Shakespeare in childhood" (Lander).
Commentary: When Shakespeare made no money from acting and play-writing, he turned to poetry. His first poem to be published was titled, "Venus and Adonis" which was published by who was thought to be a childhood friend/ acquaintance.
Quote #6: “Since his death Shakespeare's plays have been almost continually performed, in non-English-speaking nations as well as those where English is the native tongue; they are quoted more than the works of any other single author” (William).
Commentary: Shakespeare's writing has had such an impact on our society that they are still being performed to this day. His work is the most quoted writing in english and non-english speaking nations.
Quote #7: "Coming from a rural background, Shakespeare never had a formal university education, but his plays reveal a deep understanding of literature, the law, history, and politics. In addition to these lofty subjects, he had intimate knowledge of a score of trades. His work shows that he knew the details of being a butcher, glove maker, shepherd, hunter, and sailor, among other professions" (Forster).
Commentary: Although Shakespeare did not have any official and or proper education, he exceeded beyond the standards for his understanding of literature, law, history, politics and many other professions.
Quote #8: "The Shakespeares were a family of considerable local prominence. In 1565, John Shakespeare became an alderman. Three years later, he was elected bailiff (mayor), the highest civic honor that a Stratford resident could receive. Later, he held several other civic posts. But toward the end of his life, John Shakespeare had financial problems" (Lander).
Commentary: In 1565 Shakespeare's father became an elected member of a municipal council and then later, mayor. Shakespeare had a very high role model while growing up, and probably had very high expectations expected from him. Towards the end of his father's life he had financial problems, so they went from being very wealthy to having problems.
Quote #9: "The period from 1599 to 1608 was a time of extraordinary literary activity for Shakespeare. During these years, he wrote several comedies and almost all the tragedies that have made him famous. Shakespeare’s masterpieces during this period include the comedies Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night; the history Henry V;and the tragedies Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, and Othello" (Lander).
Commentary: During 1599 to 1608, Shakespeare wrote several comedies as well tragedies. Tragedies took more of a dominance and brought him more fame than the comedies did. Both brought him a lot of fame and success.
Quote #10: "In 1599 he became a partner in the ownership of the Globe theatre, and in 1608 he was part owner of the Blackfriars theatre. Shakespeare retired and returned to Stratford c.1613. He undoubtedly enjoyed a comfortable living throughout his career and in retirement, although he was never a wealthy man" (William).
Commentary: Shakespeare co-owned the Globe theatre and the Blackbird theatre. He later then retired and returned to his hometown. Even though Shakespeare wasn't wealthy he had a comfortable lifestyle.
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.
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Hager, Alan, ed. “Globe Theatre.” Encyclopedia of British Writers, 16th and 17th Centuries. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2005. Bloom’s Literature, Facts On File, Inc.
Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 7 Dec. 2016.
“William Shakespeare.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. History Reference Center. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.