Who is shakespere By sean medbury

Thesis: William Shakespeare changed our literature throughout his life

Quote 1: The Shakespeare's 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 Stafford resident could receive. Later, he held several other civic posts. But toward the end of his life, John Shakespeare had financial problems.(lander)

Commentary 1: His family was already put in a higher position in the town. the villagers had already respected Shakespeare and his family.

Quote 2: Beginning at about the age of 7, William probably attended the Stafford 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. They attended classes the year around, except for three brief holiday periods. The teachers enforced strict discipline and physically punished students who broke the rules. (Lander)

Commentary 2 His school was very high qualifying and over achieving. they were required to get good grades.but, we are not to sure.

Quote 3: During Shakespeare’s time, the English cared little about keeping biographical information unrelated to affairs of the church or state. In addition, play writing was not a highly regarded occupation, and so people saw little point in recording the lives of mere dramatists. However, a number of records exist that deal with Shakespeare’s life.(lander)

Commentary 3: Although people had given him respected his family they didn't see the point in writing about people. Meaning they also didn't record much about William.

Quote 4:After these early plays, and before his great tragedies, Shakespeare wrote Richard II, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King John, The Merchant of Venice, Parts I and II of Henry IV, Much Ado about Nothing, Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night. The comedies of this period partake less of farce and more of idyllic romance, while the history plays successfully integrate political elements with individual characterization. Taken together, Richard II, each part of Henry IV, and Henry V form a second tetra logy of historical plays, although each can stand alone, and they are usually performed separately. The two parts of Henry IV feature Falstaff, a vividly depicted character who from the beginning has enjoyed immense popularity.(Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia,)

Commentary 4: Shakespeare didn't just write dead serious sad plays such as romeo and Juliet and hamelot. He does have a sense of humor but it is usually hidden by the dark serious plays.

Quote 5:" I think it is possible, at least where Shakespeare is concerned. Efforts to translate Shakespeare's plays are not a sudden turn away from Shakespeare's texts so much as a natural evolution of various other and equally dubious attempts to make sense of them. The trouble with making sense of fundamentally incomprehensible aspects of the plays is that it risks making those plays less than they are. It fixes what isn't broken, delivering a set of generalized themes or meanings at the expense of confusion, instabilities, and reversals -- the stuff on which drama is made. Human beings cannot choose but make all the sense they can of the language streaming at them from the stage," ( Gamboa brett)

Commentary 5: Our language includes how his plays were written. But it is now brought down to a new level to be easier to read and perform.

Quote 6: The period of Shakespeare's great tragedies and the "problem plays" begins in 1600 with Hamlet. Following this are The Merry Wives of Windsor (written to meet Queen Elizabeth's request for another play including Falstaff, it is not thematically typical of the period), Troilus and Cressida,All's Well That Ends Well,Measure for Measure,Othello,King Lear,Macbeth,Antony and Cleopatra,Coriolanus, and Timon of Athens the last may have been partially written by Thomas Middleton. (Julie L. Carnagie)

Commentary 6: His evil like plays began in the 1600s. This is after his comedy plays so now people were mostlikely suprised that he just switched generes

Quote 7: The last two plays in the Shakespearean corpus, Henry VIII and The Two Noble Kinsmen, may be collaborations with John Fletcher. Shakespeare also may have had a small part in writing the play Double Falsehood, first published in 1727 and thought to be mainly the work of Fletcher. The remaining four plays—Pericles (two acts of which may have been written by George Wilkins), Cymbeline,The Winter's Tale, and The Tempest—are tragicomedies. They feature characters of tragic potential, but resemble comedy in that their conclusions are marked by a harmonious resolution achieved through magic, with all its divine, humanistic, and artistic implications.(Julie L. Carnagie)

commentary 7: He didn't write them himself towards the end he started to involve other writers. They most likely just collaborated together better like a song duet.

Quote 8: As the century opened, traveling theater companies were doing plays, including those of Shakespeare, in frontier towns and cities along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Overland travel was much too difficult and dangerous. In 1817, a theater company run by Noah Ludlow traveled on its own keelboat, Noah' Ark, along the Cumberland, Ohio and Mississippi rivers, giving performances along the way. In 1831, a theatrical producer named William Chapman fitted out a 100-foot-long barge as a floating theater, complete with stage, orchestra pit and seats for 200 patrons. (Hogeboom, Willard L.)

Commentary 8: Williams plays hit the states. They hit the states and blew up every one wanted to see them.

Quote 9: In 1849 the California Gold Rush brought not only miners to the Far West but also people who wanted to mine the miners--merchants, gamblers, prostitutes and, yes, even actors. Top actors reportedly earned as much as $3,000 a week in San Francisco, far more than they could make on the East Coast. And in the mining camps, appreciative audiences would often throw gold nuggets or small bags of gold onto the stage. By 1851, the exodus of actors to the West had become so pronounced that some Eastern theater managers tried to sign thespians to long-term contracts in order to keep them around. After Juni's Brutus Booth, Jr., became a theater manager in the West, he kept urging his father to join him in San Francisco, where there were wealthy audiences willing to pay well for good theatrical entertainment.(Hogeboom, Willard L.)

Commentary 9: Even actors came into the west searching for the gold. They were making tons of cash doing what they usually do in England.

Quote 10:"By 1612, Shakespeare had become England’s most successful playwright. He apparently divided his time between Stratford and London. He had lodgings in London at least until 1604 and probably until 1611. Such family events as his daughter Susanna’s marriage in 1607 and his mother’s death in 1608 would likely have called him back to Stratford. By 1612, he may have spent much of his time in the comforts of New Place in Stratford." (lander)

Commentary 10: Before he died his family was going through happy and sad times. His mother died but his daughter got married.

Works cited:

1.) Gamboa, Brett. "Understanding Shakespeare." New Criterion 34.8 (2016): 27-31.Literary Reference Center. Web. 15 Dec. 2016.

2.) Lander, Jesse M. "Shakespeare, William." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016.. World Book, 2016.Web. 15 Dec. 2016.

3.) "William Shakespeare." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016):27-31.Literary Reference Center. Web. 15 Dec. 2016.

4.) "William Shakespeare." Renaissance and Reformation Reference Library, edited byJulie L. Carnagie, et al., vol. 5: Primary Sources, UXL, 2002, pp. 63-77.Gale Virtual Reference Library, go.galegroup.com/ps/

5.) Hogeboom, Willard L. "William Shakespeare Went West, Or At Least His Plays Did, And The Bard Was A Hit On The Frontier." Wild West 13.6(2001): 60. History Reference Center. Web. 15 Dec. 2016.


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