William Shakespeare Tianna Osuna Period 4

William Shakespeare a man of success and fortune can be recognized as one of the most magnificent artists who constructed a monumentally, glorious collection of plays and poems, in which he also acted in a few plays, throughout his some what short but victorious lifetime.

William Shakespeare as a Writer

Quote 1:

"In 1593, Venus and Adonis became the first of Shakespeare’s works to be published" (Lander 28).

Commentary:

Shakespeare decided to turn his career to poetry since he was not bringing in any profit from play writing nor acting. This was because of repeated outbreaks of plague from mid-1592 to 1594, London authorities periodically closed theaters. Even though it was his first poetry piece Venus and Adonis was proven to be extremely popular and in fact in Shakespeare's it was printed at least fifteen times.

Quote 2:

“THE JOKES found in Shakespeare's dramas often baffle modern audiences: like doublet and hose, a sense of humour belongs to its age. As does Shakespeare's sense of geography”(Green 2).

Commentary:

Shakespeare wrote his pieces in inconsistent ways that did not correlate to reality. It is believed that he did not know that he was wrong just did not care in general especially if he was writing his comedies. Another possible explanation is that he knew exactly what he was doing while writing. This point in his life was an era of printing and ‘New Learning’, of translations and dissemination, of beginnings modern history writing and the formation of a new past the current Protestant kingdom of England.

Quote 3:

“The second half of the 1590s was a tremendously creative and professionally successful period for William Shakespeare” (Baker 40).

Commentary:

This period of Shakespeare’s life was prospering for his plays were at a high peak in his writing career. Many of his plays, such as Henry IV, were being printed and received very good criticism from contemporaries. William produced two of his landmark tragedies which can include Romeo and Juliet. In 1597 Romeo and Juliet was such a success that it was printed in a quarto edition.

William as an Actor

Quote 1:

“From 1594 to 1608, he was fully involved in the London theater world” (Lander 30).

Commentary:

During this time Shakespeare was in active duty as an actor in Lord Chamberlain’s Men which later became known as the King’s Men. King James I of England was dynamically involved with the company and even issued the royal license that allowed Shakespeare and the rest of the company to call themselves the King’s Men.

Quote 2:

“Until the end of his London career Shakespeare remained with the company...” (William 4).

Commentary:

While he was associated with the company, the King’s Men, it is believed that Shakespeare played old men’s roles when he acted. Some roles may include the ghost in Hamlet and Old Adam in As You Like It.

Quote 3:

“...Shakespeare must have made his way to London and joined the theatrical world there” (Baker 26).

Commentary:

It came to a point after Shakespeare’s marriage and most likely after the births of his children he decided to leave and go to London but no person for surely knows why he did this. Before he made a name for himself as a dramatists, it is believed that he worked as a minor actor in one of London’s theater companies.

William Shakespeare’s Personal Life

Quote 1:

“...William was born the third of eight children around April 23, 1564, in Stratford, a market town about one hundred miles northwest of London” (Anderson 2).

Commentary:

It was here in this city that William was raised by his father, John, a shopkeeper and an important man who sometimes served as mayor of Stratford. Also, Stratford was the place in which Shakespeare received his education that contributed to his later on success in writing. William had no further formal education besides studying Latin grammar, Latin literature, and rhetoric (uses of language).

Quote 2:

“In 1582 Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior and pregnant at the time of the marriage” (William 3).

Commentary:

One of the three children was a daughter named Susanna who was born in 1583. Later on in 1585 the twins Hamnet and Judith were born. Hamnet ,later in life, died at the age of 11. After the twins were born it is said that Shakespeare left his family and fled to London.

Quote 3:

“The summer of 1596 was a sad one for William Shakespeare. Following the success of Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream the previous year, his only son, Hamnet, died at the age of 11” (Ravilious 1).

Commentary:

Although William was experiencing a time when he was at the top of the world through success grief had followed after. Even though their was a death in Shakespeare’s life it was not documented on how he felt. Evidence can be found in King John, written later in 1596. In this piece of literature Shakespeare’s grief may be perceived through the words of Lady Constance who is a mother that is panic-stricken at the death of her son.

Balcony scene from Shakespeare's tragedy "Romeo and Juliet"- Shakespeare acting in a play- A portrait of William Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway.

Works Cited

Anderson, Robert. “Shakespear 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.

Baker, William. “Shakespeare, William.” In Baker, William, and Kenneth Womack, eds. The Facts On File Companion to Shakespeare. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2012. Bloom’s Literature, Facts On File, Inc. www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=103800&SID=5&iPin=CS0001&SingleRecord=True.

Green, Dominic. “THE BARD Beyond Borders.” History Today 66.4 (2016): 40-47. History Reference Center. Web. 5 Dec. 2016.

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

RAVILIOUS, KATE. “The Bard At Home.” Archaeology 69.4 (2016): 44-47. History Reference Center. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.

“William Shakespeare.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. History Reference Center. Web. 5 Dec. 2016.

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