Shakespeare's Life Jennifer Pruitt - Period 4

The Globe Theatre
A Sculpture of William Shakespeare
A Picture of William Shakespeare

Thesis: Shakespeare made a huge impact on literature today. He went through many things throughout his early years, his career as a writer, and his later years.

The Beginning of Shakespeare’s Life -

Quote #1: "Without the income provided by acting and playwriting, Shakespeare turned to poetry. In 1593, Venus and Adoni became the first of Shakespeare’s works to be published" (Lander).

Commentary #1: Before Shakespeare’s fame, he started with poetry. Then later on in 1593, one of him poems were published.

Quote #2: "When Shakespeare was a teenager, his family fell on hard times. His father stopped attending town council meetings in 1577, and the family’s fortunes began declining" (Branam).

Commentary #2: Shakespeare had many failures but he did not let it get to him. With all the challenges he's been through, he still kept going.

Quote #3: "Shakespeare has had enormous influence on culture throughout the world. His works have helped shape the literature of all English-speaking countries." (William).

Commentary #3: Shakespeare's plays affected many people around the world. His literature affected every single English speaking country.

Shakespeare’s Fame -

Quote #4: "Despite their imitative nature and many other faults, Shakespeare’s early plays, notably Henry VI, were popular onstage, but his greatest early popularity came from two long narrative poems, Venus and Adonis (1593) and The Rape of Lucrece (1594)" (Branam).

Commentary #4: Shakespeare's plays were very popular and well known. His plays may be super popular but at the time, his poems were more popular.

Quote #5: "Royal Shakespeare Company is an English theater organization dedicated to presenting the plays of William Shakespeare and other playwrights of his time, modern classical dramas, and new works." (World Book Advanced).

Commentary #5: Shakespeare has a company that present Shakespeare's plays. They also present other playwrights.

Quote #6: "Yet even during this period, perhaps the high point in the history of world drama, Shakespeare’s company had its problems" (Branam).

Commentary #6: Even with all of Shakespeare's struggles and failures, he did not give up. Even his company had struggles.

Quote #7: "This curiosity, plus his facility with language, enabled him to write his masterpieces and to create characters who are better known than some important figures in world history" (Branam).

Commentary #7: There are two main reasons why Shakespeare is still famous today, one of them is that he adds in world history. He adds it in with his characters and other important figures.

Quote #8: "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" (Lander).

Commentary #8: Shakespeare was involved with theaters around the whole word. According to this article, he wrote two plays a year for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The Ending of Shakespeare’s Life -

Quote #9: "By 1612, Shakespeare had become England's most successful playwright. He apparently divided his time between Stratford and London." (Lander).

Commentary #9: Shakespeare was England's most successful writer and playwright. He worked in two locations, Stratford and London.

Quote #10: "He was buried inside the Stratford parish church. His monument records the day of death as April 23, the generally accepted date of his birth" (Lander).

Commentary #10: Shakespeare died on April 23. Nobody really knew the cause of Shakespeare's death.

Works Cited:

Anderson, Robert. “William Shakespeares Life.” 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.

Branam, Harold. “William Shakespeare.” Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia (2016): Topic Overviews 6-12. Web. 7 Dec. 2016.

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

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

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

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