The life of William Shakespeare By: Keilana Donato

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

Early Life

Quote #1: "Beginning at about the age of 7, William probably attended the Stratford grammar school with other boys of his social class... The students studied Latin.”

Commentary: In his early years, William Shakespeare attended a grammar school where he learned and studied Latin which later would help him out with his works in play writing.

Quote #2: "Whatever the veracity of Ben Jonson's famous comment that Shakespeare had "small Latine, and less Greeke," much of his work clearly depends on a knowledge of Roman comedy, ancient history, and classical mythology."

Commentary: Shakespeare studied and had knowledge of Roman comedy, ancient history, and classical mythology at a young age.

Quote #3: "Rather, in 1582 at age 18, he married Anne Hathaway, a woman eight years his senior and three months pregnant...the historical record concerning Shakespeare is incomplete, contradictory, and unreliable; scholars refer to this period as his “lost years.”

Commentary: The very last of his early life that was recorded was his marriage with Anne Hathaway. No information was found between those years and was considered his "lost years".

Middle Life

Quote #4: "After arriving in London, Shakespeare began an association with one of the city’s repertory theater companies. These companies consisted of a permanent cast of actors who presented a variety of plays week after week."

Commentary: Shakespeare arrived in London in 1592. To start off his career in play writing, he associated with theater companies that announced continuous plays week after week.

Quote #5: "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. Until the end of his London career Shakespeare remained with the company."

Commentary: He played mostly old men's roles like the ghost in "Hamlet" and Old Adam in "As You Like It". He did play parts in his own plays at the Globe Theater.

Quote #6: "Shakespeare’s first plays, believed to have been written before or around 1592, encompass all three of the main dramatic genres in the bard’s oeuvre: tragedy (“Titus Andronicus”); comedy (“The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” “The Comedy of Errors” and “The Taming of the Shrew”); and history (the “Henry VI” trilogy and “Richard III”)."

Commentary: The main genres of Shakespeare's plays included tragedy, comedy, and history which made up his entire 37 plus of plays. The most famous of the plays were "Romeo and Juliet", "A Midsummer Night's dream", "Hamlet" and "Macbeth".

Quote #7: "He became a member of the popular theater group the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, who later became the King’s Men. The group built and operated the famous Globe Theater in 1599."

Commentary: Later he became a major shareholder in the troupe and earned enough money to buy a large house in Stratford in 1597. He had written more than 100 sonnets after establishing the Globe Theater.

Late Life

Quote #8: "He retired to Stratford in 1610, where he wrote his last plays, including The Tempest (1611) and The Winter’s Tale (1610-11)."

Commentary: He had written more than 100 sonnets that were published in 1609.No collections of his works were published until after his death.

Quote #9: "Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616, at the age of 52."

Commentary: Before his death, he was still working as an actor in London in 1608 and by 1616 he had become England's most successful play writer. As he got older, he gradually reduced his activity in London rather that ending it abruptly.

Quote #10: "It was once common to claim that in the late 1500’s, when Shakespeare first began to write his plays, the English people were experiencing a period of great optimism and patriotism."

Commentary: Shakespeare had a heavy influence on the Elizabethan society back in 1588. Most Elizabethans believed in ghost, witches, and magicians.He used their beliefs in a lot of his works.

Works Cited

“Birth and death of William Shakespeare celebrated.”, A+E Networks, 2009, Accessed 8 Dec. 2016. A+E Networks, 2011, Accessed 8 Dec. 2016.

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.

Shakespeare in American Communities. Accessed 7 Dec. 2016.

Wikipedia. Harpercollins, 1998, Accessed 8 Dec. 2016.

William Shakespeare. EBSCO, “William Shakespeare.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition (2016): 1-4. History Reference Center. Web. 7 Dec. 2016. Accessed 6 Dec. 2016.

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Keilana Raine Donato


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