Shakespeare Project Brendon Lamsong, Period 2

Thesis: Shakespeare influenced the world through his early, middle, and late life.

Early Life

Quote: "Beginning at about the age of 7, William probably attended the Stratford grammar school with other boys of his social class" (Lander).

Stratford Grammar School

Commentary: This quote is showing that Shakespeare started out in a grammar school which contributed to his later life of one of the most known writer ever known. This quote is significant because it shows that by starting out young as a writer you can be successful if you work hard.

Quote: "Shakespeare’s parents belonged to what today would be called the middle class" (Lander ).

Commentary: This quote shows that Shakespeare grew up as all the other people. This is significant because this shows Shakespeare had to work hard to where he got in his life.

Quote: "The company also stages plays in London. It ranks among the leading theater ensembles in the world" ("Royal").

Commentary: This quote shows that Shakespeare's company had one of the best group of actors in the world. This influences the world of theater because by having the best group of actors the plays are going to be popular and everybody will come watch them.

Quote: "Shakespeare owned a modest percentage of the theater and its operations" (Seidel).

Commentary: This quote shows that Shakespeare was also part owner of the globe theater. This also influences the world of theater because by owning part of the theater and being famous a lot of people will come and watch plays.

Middle Life

Quote: "In 1594 Shakespeare became an actor and playwright for the Lord Chamberlain's Men, the company that later became the King's Men under James I" ("William").

Commentary: This quote shows that Shakespeare was more than just a writer he was in everything from being an actor, a playwright, and the King's Men under James I. This is significant because it shows that Shakespeare liked to work with the show business from writing it to starring in it.

Quote: "In addition to his duties as a sharer and actor in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, he wrote an average of almost two plays a year for his company" (Lander).

Commentary: This quote shows that Shakespeare was a hard worker for his company. Shakespeare has influenced the world of theater by writing about two plays per year and that can influence other playwrights to do the same.

Quote: "...Shakespeare shows the influence of the classical poets in this sonnet. In particular, he appears to allude to quotations from the Latin poets Horace and Ovid..." (Seidel).

Commentary: This quote shows that Shakespeare does use quotations from Latin poets which influences the classic poets. This quote is significant because it shows that Shakespeare uses quotes from other poets that influenced him.

Late Life

Quote: "At the age of about forty-seven, after being at the centre of one of the world's greatest cultural renaissances for more than twenty years, he suddenly retired from London to Stratford, living there quietly until he died five years later" (Rubinstein).

Commentary: This quote shows that after a long period of time in the spotlight Shakespeare wanted to get away from that to get some peace and quiet. This is significant because it shows how long Shakespeare was in the business and it became too much for him.

Quote: "He was buried inside the Stratford parish church. His monument records the day of death as April 23, the generally accepted date of his birth" (Lander).

Commentary: This quote is showing that he has died on his birthday and was buried inside of a church. This quote is significant because this is the date where one of the greatest playwrights and author had died on the same date of his birth.

Quote: "...when he returned to Stratford to live the life of a prosperous retired gentleman, Shakespeare had written thirty-seven plays" (Anderson).

Commentary: This quote shows that even though Shakespeare was retired he still wrote a lot of plays. This influenced the world of theater by giving the theater thirty-seven plays while being retired.

Work cited

Anderson, Robert. "William Shakespeare's Life." Holt Literature & Language Arts:

Mastering the California Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking,

by G. Kylene Beers et al., Austin, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2003, pp.

776-77.

Lander, Jesse M. "Shakespeare, William." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016.

Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

"Royal Shakespeare Company." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 8 Dec.

2016.

Seidel, Michael. "Not Marble, nor the Gilded Monuments (Sonnet 55)." World Book

Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.

Seidel, Michael. "Globe Theatre." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 8

Dec. 2016.

WHO WAS SHAKESPEARE? By: Rubinstein, William, History Today, 00182753, Aug2001,

Vol. 51, Issue 8

"William Shakespeare." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016):

1­4. History Reference Center.Web. 18 Nov. 2016.<!­­Additional

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