Shakespeare by Joseph Rodriguez period.1

Left is Shakespeare. Middle is the theaters they used. Right is another theater.

Works Cited: 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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Thesis: Shakespeare had quite the life upcoming to be a great playwriter and to have a great poetry skills, also has a big impact on our daily lives.

Early Life

Quote 1: " 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. Therefore, the generally accepted date for Shakespeare’s birth is April 23." (Lander)

Commentary: Shakespeare was three of eight children, And was baptized because he was apart of a parish church.

Quote 2: "William probably attended the Stratford grammar school with other boys of his social class. The school’s highly qualified teachers were graduates of Oxford University. Students spent about nine hours a day in school"(Lander).

Commentary: Shakespeare probably became such a successful playwright because he went to such a prestigious school. If it weren't for the strict schedules and rules of his teachers, he might not have become as outstanding of a writer.

Quote 3: "Shakespeare attended grammar school, where he studied Latin grammar, Latin literature, and rhetoric(the uses of language). As far as we know, he had no further formal education"(Anderson 776-777).

Commentary: This quote shows that Shakespeare learned about Latin grammar, Latin literature, and rhetoric. If he may have learned more about Latin. No one would know how different or better or worse his poems and plays could have been.

Quote 4: "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."(Lander)

Commentary: Shakespeare was forced to quit doing acting and playwriting because of the outbreaks. And, was forced to doing poetry. Who knows what plays he could have done without the outbreaks happening. He could have a lot more plays than he already had.

Middle Life

Quote 1: "Shakespeare worked with this company for the rest of his writing life. Year after year he provided it with plays, almost on demand. Shakespeare was the ultimate professional writer. He had a theater that needed plays, actors who needed parts, and a family that needed to be fed"(Anderson 777).

Commentary: This quote shows how committed he was to his work. It also shows how much of a good play writer he was.

Quote 2: "Until the end of his London career Shakespeare remained with the company; it is thought that as an actor he played old men's roles, such as the ghost in Hamlet and Old Adam in As You Like It"(William).

Commentary: In this quote, It shows that not only Shakespeare was a great playwright. He was also a actor and played really well.

Quote 3: "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. As was customary at the time, Shakespeare dedicated his volume to a noble patron, in this case Henry Wriothesley, the Earl of Southampton. Venus and Adonis proved to be extremely popular and was reprinted at least 15 times in Shakespeare’s lifetime." (Lander)

Commentary: Shakespeare was forced to turn to poetry, because of the outbreaks of plague. He published a poetry that was extremely popular and was reprinted 15 times. Which means he put a lot of effort into his poetry skills.

Late Life

Quote 1: "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: This quote shows how his hard work in his early life and middle life payed off. He owned more than one theatre and enjoyed with it.

Quote 2: "Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, six weeks after Judith’s wedding. Many consider the same date as Shakespeare's birthday. He was buried in the Stratford church"(Forster).

Commentary: This quote shows that Shakespeare had over 50 good years to become one of the greatest playwrights ever known. It also shows how he was buried in Stratford, the town he grew up in.

Quote 3: "Shakespeare’s son, Hamnet, died in 1596 at the age of 11. The playwright’s daughter Susanna had one child, Elizabeth, who bore no children. Shakespeare’s daughter Judith gave birth to three boys, but they died before she did. Shakespeare’s last direct descendant, his granddaughter Elizabeth, died in 1670."(Lander)

Commentary:Shakespeare had 3 children and the last known descendant was his granddaughter who died in 1670.

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