Shakespeare's Life by: olivia Fernandez Per. 5

Thesis: Shakespeare impacted the world through his early life, career, and his last years.

Early Life:

Quote #1: "By 1569, traveling companies of professional actors were performing in Stratford" (Lander).

Commentary: When these actors came to Stratford when Shakespeare was a child, it inspired him to do playwright. If these actors did not come, Shakespeare would not have had the motivation to be one of the best playwrights in the world.

Quote #2: "William Shakespeare was born in the small market town of Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, the third of eight children" (Lander).

Commentary: Even though Shakespeare lived in a small town with a small family, he was able to break through and make a name for himself. Even though it was hard, he was able to do it and be an influence on the world.

Quote #3: "He probably attended the grammar school in Stratford, where he would have been educated in the classics, particularly Latin grammar and literature" ("William").

Commentary: Shakespeare was able to get into a prestigious school that helped him create his plays later on in life. This higher level education at an early age helped him become one of the best writers in the world.


Quote #4: "In 1594 Shakespeare became an actor and playwright for the Lord Chamberlain's Men..." ("William").

Commentary: This kick started his career and helped him become famous because The Lord Chamberlain's Men was a popular company in London. Without the Lord Chamberlain's Men, Shakespeare would not have been able to be known by the world and impact many people.

Quote #5: "Shakespeare ranked as London’s most popular playwright, based on the number of times his plays were performed and published" (Lander).

Commentary: This quote shows that Shakespeare's play were getting popular and played more in the theater. Shakespeare became very famous for his plays that are still played and studied worldwide.

Quote #6: "Year after year he provided it with plays, almost on demand" (Anderson).

Commentary: Shakespeare's plays at the Globe Theater have gotten so popular there was a high demand for them. He made many plays that have influenced the world so much and that people still show today.

Quote #7: "His working vocabulary of more than 17,000 words" (Stewart).

Commentary: In this quote, it explains that Shakespeare had a large vocabulary which helped him create magnificent plays. Without this use of vocabulary he wouldn't have stood out to the people and be different.

Last Years:

Quote #8: "Shakespeare had written thirty-seven plays, including such masterpieces as Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth" (Anderson).

Commentary: These masterpieces are still produced all over the world and are attracting large audiences that are influenced by his work. Even though Shakespeare has died, people still look up to his plays and use many things from it.

Quote #9: "Since Shakespeare's recognition in the late eighteenth century as the pre-eminent English national writer, hundreds of archivists, researchers, and historians have poured over thousands of contemporary manuscripts and published works in an effort to learn something -anything - about Shakespeare the man" (Rubinstein).

Commentary: This quote shows that after many years since Shakespeare's death people still read and learn his work. This conveys that archivists, researchers, and historians use his writing as examples for their own writing and want to learn about him because of the effect he left on them.

Quote #10: "Copyright laws in England were very weak, however, and various versions of his work, including the sonnets, were often printed and sold without his permission" (Forster).

Commentary: Even though Shakespeare might have not wanted all of his work printed and sold, it helped the world learn more about him and his writing. Without this, he would not be the greatest playwright in the world.

Works 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.

Forster, Matt. “William Shakespeare.” William Shakespeare (2005): 1-3. History Reference Center. Web. 7 Dec. 2016.

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

Rubinstein, William. “Who Was Shakespeare?.” History Today 51.8 (2001): 28. History Reference Center. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.

Stewart, Doug. “To Be Or Not To Be Shakespeare.” Smithsonian 37.6 (2006): 62-71. History Reference Center. Web. 7 Dec. 2016.

“William Shakespeare.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. History Reference Center. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.


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