Shakespeare's Impact BRody Soderman Period 3

Thesis: Shakespeare affected all by using his plays, his quotes, and his theater structure.

His Plays

Quote #1: "Shakespeare's plays are still produced all over the world. During a Broadway season in the 1980's, one critic estimated that if Shakespeare were alive, he would be receiving $25,000 a week in royalties for a production of Othello alone. The play was attraction larger audiences than any other non-musical production in town" (Anderson 777).

Commentary #1: People today still go to his plays and pay lots of money to watch good ones and to see his work.

Commentary #2: People love his work so much that even in the 1980's he would be making a lot of money just from one play, and probably a lot more today.

Quote #2: "Shakespeare has affected other aspects of our culture. His plays and poems have long been a required part of a liberal education. Generations of people have absorbed his ideas concerning heroism, romantic love, loyalty, and the nature of tragedy as well as his portraits of particular historical characters. To this day, most people imagine Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Cleopatra, and Richard III as Shakespeare portrayed them"(Seidel).

Commentary #1: His work has influenced people so much that it is used in today's education and teaching our generations morals to stories and poems that will help us later on in life.

Commentary #2: People still even remember his character as he portrayed them when he wrote about them.

Quote #3: "Shakespeare's characters, language, and stories are a source of inspiration, quotation, and imitation. Many words and phrases that first appeared in his plays and poems have become part of our everyday speech. Examples include such common words as assassination, bump, eventful, go-between, gloomy, and lonely, as well as such familiar phrases as fair play, a forgone conclusion, and salad days" (Lander).

Commentary #1: Shakespeare's plays have brought many common words to the modern language today that many people.

Commentary #2: He has also made many phrases that have now been used for many situations today. Also, at his time nobody used the words he was using, he just came up with them, and now we use them daily.

His Quotes

Quote #4: "Besides influencing language and literature, Shakespeare has affected other aspects of our culture. His plays and poems have long been a required part of a liberal education. Generations of people have absorbed his ideas concerning heroism, romantic love, loyalty, and the nature of tragedy as well as his portraits of particular historical characters. To this day, most people imagine Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Cleopatra, and Richard III as Shakespeare portrayed them" (Lander).

Commentary #1: He has even affected our education today in our society. Students in today's schools take in all the information in his ideas in his quotes of his plays.

Commentary #2: Also people still portray his most of character in his plays as he portrayed them back when he wrote them.

Quote #5: "Sometimes playwrights influence the shape and form of a theater, but more often existing theaters seem to influence the shape and form of plays. It is important that we understand Shakespeare's theater because it influenced how he wrote his plays. Shakespeare took the theater of his time, and he used it brilliantly" (Anderson 778).

Commentary #1: The way his theater was built affected the way he wrote and structured his plays and the quotes in them so the theater had to be good in order for his plays to be good.

Commentary #2: Then since his theater was built well his plays were amazing because of the structure and form of the theater. That is why the structure of his theater affected today.

Quote #6: "Shakespeare used language of startling originality to portray many-sided characters and tell fascinating stories. Critics and readers celebrate him as a great student of human nature. A remarkable group of vivid characters populate his plays. They include rogues and aristocrats, housewives and stuffy teachers, soldiers and generals, shepherds and philosophers. The most successful of these characters create an impression of psychological depth never before seen in English literature" (Lander).

Commentary #1: His quotes in his plays have reached a new level of philosophy at that time were really important and had a lesson or meaning to every single quote he has written.

Commentary #2: Also, in today's theater many of his saying and words are used, also many of his stories are still used such as Romeo and Juliet is re-done many times.

Quote #7: "Shakespeare has so saturated modern culture that many people who have never read a line of his work or seen one of his plays performed can identify lines and passages as his. Examples include “To be, or not to be,” “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears,” “Parting is such sweet sorrow,” “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” and “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!” (Lander).

Commentary #1: Many people don't even realize that he made those quotes because they are so often used that some people don't know who wrote them.

Commentary #2: His quotes have influenced many lives today and teach people many lessons and stories in them.

Structure of his Theater: The Globe Theater.

Quote #8: "Here there is no outer stage; there is only the inner stage, and a large curtain separates it from the audience. the effect is like looking inside a window or inside a picture frame. this is the stage most of us know today. It has been standard for well over a hundred years” (Anderson 779).

Commentary #1: This shows that his theater he created is now used today because it was so well used. Also, he was the only one who thought of that type of theater back then.

Commentary #2: Most people today don't even know that he was the creator of that theater. Today it is one of the most common theaters.

Quote #9: "The stage was surrounded by several levels of seating. In 1613, the Globe burned down. It was rebuilt on the same foundation and reopened in 1614. The Globe was shut down in 1642 and torn down in 1644. A reconstruction of the theater was completed 200 yards (183 meters) from the original site in 1996, and it officially opened in 1997"(Seidel).

Commentary #1: Since The Globe Theater have rows going higher and higher depending on your social class. The rich would no longer have to sit with the poor because the poor got the bottom right by the stage, yet the rich got the higher levels of the theater. It burned down many times, but since it was so amazing they had to rebuild it twice

Commentary #2: The globe theater really affected the way performances were made and showed to the people. Before people would have to just crowd up by the stage.

Quote #10: "Shakespeare’s plays have attracted large audiences in big, sophisticated cities and in small, rural towns. His works have been performed on the frontiers of Australia and New Zealand. They were part of the cultural life of the American Colonies and provided entertainment in the mining camps of the Old West. Today, there are theaters in many nations dedicated to staging Shakespeare’s works" ("Royal").

Commentary #1: His theater was very popular because of its structure and have a separation between the wealthy and the poor.

Commentary #2: His plays attracted many sophisticated and wealthy people, and also poor and shabby towns. Not just England is dedicated to his work, many regions of the world follow his work and worship him.

Bibliography-

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,

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Winston, 2003, pp. 776-77.

Lander, Jesse M. "Shakespeare, William." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016.

Web. 8 Dec. 2016.

"Royal Shakespeare Company." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 9 Dec.

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Seidel, Michael. "Globe Theatre." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 9

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