Shakespeare Rianne Joy Enguancho 5th period

Thesis: William Shakespeare has deputed a change in the world throughout his early life, career and achievements.

Early Life:

Quote # 1: "William Shakespeare was born in the small market town of Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, the third of eight children" (Lander).

Commentary: Shakespeare has contributed greatly to the arts, through his work as a poet, author, and playwright. If he wasn't born, theatre and the English language may not be as advanced as it is today.

Quote # 2: "Shakespeare's family was considered middle class" (Forster).

Commentary: Shakespeare's family was considered middle class in which provided him with the education that he needed to continue the rest of his life as a world class author. Shakespeare's influences in his early life has shaped him as the successful writer that he has grown into, whose works has further impacted the world through theater.

Quote # 3: "While little is known of Shakespeare's boyhood, he probably attended the grammar school in Stratford, where he would have been educated in the classics, particularly Latin grammar and literature" ("William").

Commentary: As studied from an early age, Latin and the studies of the classics has made a big impact on Shakespeare's writing, as his plays reveal his understanding of literature, history, politics, and the law. If it weren't for Shakespeare's great education, millions may not have the opportunity to experience his wonderful plays. For Shakespeare may not had enough knowledge to write as proficiently as he has done.


Quote # 4: "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" ("William").

Commentary: Lord Chamberlain's Men were one of London's most popular theater companies in which Shakespeare worked and wrote plays for. For Shakespeare has dedicated most of his career under such a demanding company, Shakespeare's plays have been noticed admired by many, which has influenced theater as millions know it.

Quote # 5: "Aristocracy and royalty also patronized Shakespeare's plays at the royal palaces of Whitehall and Hampton Court" ("Special").

Commentary: In addition to the million people who have attended Shakespeare's productions, many of high status have also attended his plays. Shakespeare's great audience have gained him recognition for his works as well as the support of the higher class, in which they had advertised his plays to others. By this, Shakespeare's career has become a success through the support of his audience.

Quote # 6: "Despite the commercial success of these early publications, Shakespeare made no effort to make a career of poetry. When the theaters reopened, he returned to acting and playwriting" (Lander).

Commentary: Shakespeare realized that his true passion was in theater. If not so, then he may not have chosen theatre as his career, and have not wrote his prominent plays that millions have watched and still enjoy today.

Quote # 7: "Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays, two major narrative poems, a sequence of sonnets, and several short poems" (Lander).

Commentary: Throughout his whole career, Shakespeare has wrote many plays and poems, which later transpired to be something greater than he has imagined. His works was later revered as the blueprint for most of the literary works being produced today.


Quote # 8: "In this book, Meres said of Shakespeare: 'As Plautus and Seneca are accounted the best for Comedy and Tragedy among the Latins: so Shakespeare among the English is the most excellent in both kinds for the stage'" (Lander)."

Commentary: As one of Shakespeare’s greatest achievements, he has become an established writer and representative of the English language through his works on stage, as a playwright. Shakespeare has influenced today's world as his works are continuously being analyzed by many authors and students, as they strive to come close to what Shakespeare has become, an established world class author.

Quote # 9: "This son of an illiterate provincial butcher had the largest vocabulary of any writer in English in history, using about 37,000 different words in his works..." (Rubinstein).

Commentary: By shifting around a variety of words, as well as changing and creating new ones, Shakespeare was a able to expand his lexicon. With a strong, extraordinary vocabulary, Shakespeare has made an achievement of contributing hundreds of his words and phrases into Modern English.

Quote # 10: "The romantic poets of the early 1800's, on the other hand, celebrated Shakespeare's relatively humble origins and idolized him as the natural, unschooled, and spontaneous genius of romantic lore" ("Special").

Commentary: Nearly two centuries later, thousands have celebrated and adored Shakespeare's work, for it was such a great success. 'Till this very day, many still admire and take in delight of the works performed by the accomplished writer.

Works Cited

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. 7 Dec. 2016.

“Special Report: In Love with Shakespeare.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.

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

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