William Shakespeare Euniz velasquez, Period 5

Thesis: William Shakespeare was a playwright that wrote hundreds of poems, books, and plays that are very popular til this day within theater and English langue.

Actor:

Quote #1: "Sometime after the birth of their second and third children (twins), Shakespeare moved to London, apparently leaving his family in Stratford. We know that several years later, by 1592, Shakespeare had already become an actor and a playwright." (Anderson).

Commentary: By 1592, Shakespeare had become an actor and a playwright after having to move to London a few years before.

Quote #2: "Shakespeare's day was very different from the theater we know today. Plays were originally performed by the all-male medieval trade guilds, so all women's parts were played by boys... In Shakespeare's day, Juliet would have been played by a trained boy actor." (Anderson).

Commentary: The theater from Shakespeare's time and our time are very different because back then, in Shakespeare's time, the roles of female characters had to be played by trained male actors. Juliet would have been one of those characters.

Quote #3: "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 Londoncareer 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." (unknown).

Commentary: Shakespeare became an actor and a playwright for the Lord Chamberlain's Men in 1594 which is the company that later becomes the King's Men under James I where he remained. Shakespeare played the roles of old men.

Playwright:

Quote #4: "Romeo and Juliet was probably among the early plays that Shakespeare wrote, between 1594 and 1596. By 1612, when he returned to Stratford to live the life of a prosperous retired gentleman, Shakespeare had written thirty-seven plays, including such masterpieces as Juilus Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth." (Anderson).

Commentary: When Shakespeare had returned home from London to Startford in 1612, he had already written thirty-seven plays including the famous Romeo and Juliet, which was one of the earliest plays he wrote between 1594 and 1596.

Quote #5: "In 1599, Burbage's theater was torn down and its timbers were used by Shakespeare and his company to build the Globe Theatre. This was the theater for which Shakespeare wrote most of his plays." (Anderson).

Commentary: James Burbage's theater, "The Wooden O", was torn down in 1599 and it's timbers were used to create Shakespeare's theater, the "Globe Theatre" where he spent most of his time writing his plays.

Quote #6: "Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III, are three related historical dramas by the English playwright William Shakespeare...The three dramas belong to the first period of Shakespeare's development as a playwright. They were written and performed between 1590 and 1592." (Unknown).

Commentary: Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III, are all historical dramas Shakespeare has written and develpoed as a playwright which were preformed between 1590 and 1592.

Quote #7: "Romeo and Juliet is a famous tragedy written by English playwright William Shakespeare. The play was probably first performed in 1596 and was first published in 1597." (Seidel).

Commentary: A famous tragedy written by the famous playwright, William Shakespeare, was Romeo and Juliet. The play was performed in `1596 and was published only a year later.

Writer:

Quote #8: "Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays, two major narrative poems, a sequence of sonnets, and several short poems" (Folger).

Commentary: Throughout William Shakespeare's life, he wrote thirty-eight plays, two major narrative poems, a sequence of sonnets, and several short poems.

Quote #9: "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." (Anderson).

Commentary: London authorities had closed down theaters because of a continuation unwelcome disease, the plague, from 1592 to 1594. Without the theater, Shakespeare's attention went straight to poetry.

Quote #10: "Shakespeare's first published works were two narrative poems, Venus and Adonis (1593) and The Rape of Lucrece (1594)." (Unknown).

Commentary: Venus and Adonis was published in 1593, and The Rape of Lucerne was published in 1594. Both were the first published works of William Shakespeare.

Work Cited/Source:

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.

---. “William Shakespeare’s Life: A Genius from Stratford.” 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.

“Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 9 Dec. 2016.

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

Seidel, Michael. “Romeo and Juliet.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 9 Dec. 2016.

“William Shakespeare.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 9 Dec. 2016.

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