Shakespeare's Life Mary garza 6th period

Shakespeare influenced the world through his writing, impact on modern English, and his improvements to theater.

Shakespeare's Bio Info

William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet, and actor. Many people regard him as the "world’s greatest dramatist and the finest poet England has ever produced."(Jesse Lander) Shakespeare had many successful jobs, and was very well known. He still is widely referenced today.

Shakespeare's Childhood

Shakespeare didn't just write all the time, 24/7. William participated in other activities such as possibly working for a butcher, and for his dad’s business, however it even shows that "there are other fragmented and dubious details about Shakespeare's life growing up in Stratford. "(William Baker) William did activities other than writing, although he was still successful with it.

Anne Hathaway was pregnant and 8 years older than William at their time of marriage.They had three children. Later during Shakespeare's life his father met hard times financially, but earlier on he was successful in his leather business."In 1582 Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior and pregnant at the time of the marriage. They had three children: Susanna, born in 1583, and twins, Hamnet and Judith, born in 1585.His father, John Shakespeare, was successful in the leather business during Shakespeare's early childhood but later met with financial difficulties."("William Shakespeare." <i>Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition</i> (2016): 1-4. <i>Literary Reference Center</i>. Web. 11 Dec. 2016.) William's father had to work really hard, so when he saw success in William's writing he was slightly relieved. Shakespeare's wife was a lot older than him.

No one is 100% sure that Shakespeare actually attended Stratford grammar school. But it is very likely he did because of John Shakespeare's official position."Shakespeare probably began his education at the age of six or seven at the Stratford grammar school, which is still standing only a short distance from his house on Henley Street and is in the care of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Although we have no record of Shakespeare attending the school, due to the official position held by John Shakespeare it seems likely that he would have decided to educate young William at the school which was under the care of Stratford's governing body."(William Baker)Shakespeare was a very proper and intelligent man. It is evident he had to go through some sort of schooling in order for him to achieve as much as he did.

Theater During Shakespeare's Life

There was limited entertainment in the medieval times so people juggled out of carts, or in courtyards. The only other entertainment was religious dramas on holy days."In medieval times, theaters simply did not exist. Actors were regarded as little more than vagabonds who traveled the country performing juggling acts or mimes from the back of open carts or at inn courtyards and the only alternative entertainments were the religious dramas presented on holy days.(Foley, E., and B. Coates.)Shakespeare influenced the entertainment business in theses days. Without him those people would still be waiting for a holy day to get entertained.

Shakespeare perhaps started small, as a minor actor and worked his way up to the "big leagues". A famous author mentioned William and basically said he was an amazing playwright on London's stage. "Shakespeare might have first worked as a minor actor in one of London's theater companies before making his name as a playwright. In 1592, in Greene's Groatsworth of Wit, the well-known poet, dramatist, and prose writer Robert Greene (1558–92) mentioned Shakespeare in a way implying that Shakespeare was at the time a force to be reckoned with on the London stage." (William Baker)Shakespeare was a very educated and well known person and still is to this day. Although the fact that he started out as a small actor is very interesting and almost a hidden fact.

Through the 1550's Shakespeare got bigger and bigger. He was very consumed with the London theater industry. During this time he was one of the biggest playwright's based on the count of times his works were published and performed. His reputation was more of a playwright not a writer of intelligence. "Throughout the 1590’s, Shakespeare’s reputation continued to grow. From 1594 to 1608, he was fully involved in the London theater world. In addition to his duties as a sharer and actor in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, he wrote an average of almost two plays a year for his company. During much of this period, Shakespeare ranked as London’s most popular playwright, based on the number of times his plays were performed and published. But his reputation was largely that of a popular playwright, not of a writer of unequaled genius." (Lander, Jesse)Shakes peace was a very popular playwright and he was very intertwined with the theater business. He was especially big during the 1550's because of the amount of times his works were displayed.

Shakespeare's Reputation

A Bard used to be a Minstrel who went from village to village reciting legends of chieftains and their triumphs. Shakespeare is called a Bard because it means poet. ""Bard" is an ancient Gaelic term meaning poet. It initially referred to a minstrel who might travel from village to village reciting legends of chieftains and their triumphs."(Foley, E., and B. Coates)Shakespeare was a poet that was named "The Bard". This was mentioned in an Ode dedicated to Shakespeare which reads; "Sweetest bard that ever sung, Nature's glory, Fancy's child; Never sure did witches tongue, Warble forth such wood-notes wild!

Shakespeare had criticism too, especially after his death. He was loved, and hated. Much of the criticism was condemned irrelevant, although many critics have been intrigued by certain issues throughout the years. “Shakespeare had criticism too, especially after his death. He was loved, and hated. Much of the criticism was condemned irrelevant, although many critics have been intrigued by certain issues throughout the years.”("William Shakespeare." <i>Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition</i> (2016): 1-4. <i>Literary Reference Center</i>. Web. 11 Dec. 2016.) Even the greatest of people receive criticism. Not everyone will like you.

Shakespeare was extremely successful during the 1550's. A man named Francis Meres shouted out Shakespeare in his publication of Palladis Tamia. Wits Treasury. Being the second part of Wit's Commonwealth. It accredits to Shakespeare's "sugared sonnets". "Throughout the 1590s, Shakespeare met continued success as a dramatist. A contemporary, Francis Meres, mentioned Shakespeare in his 1598 publication Palladis Tamia. Wit's Treasury. Being the Second Part of Wit's Commonwealth. It refers to Shakespeare's "sugared Sonnets," which he circulated, presumably in manuscript, "among his private friends." It also discusses his plays, dividing them into two main genres." (William Baker) Shakespeare's success has lasted all the way up to this day. He works have still continued to be displayed.

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