Thesis- Shakespeare influenced the world through is early, late life, and his accomplishments.
Quote #1: "By 1569, traveling companies of professional actors were performing in Stratford"(Lander).
Commentary: Shakespeare was just a kid around this time. He was very influenced by the different actors that he encountered. Without these actors, he would not have been given the motivation to be one of the best playwrights in the world.
Quote#2: " We know that 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 776).
Commentary: This shows how he came from such a big family and a small town that held no significance. Shakespeare was able to make a name for himself and separated from this small town to pursue his writing career.
Quote#3 : "...he probably attended the grammar school in Stratford, where he would have been educated in the classics, particularly Latin grammar and literature"(William).
Commentary: William Shakespeare was fortunate enough to have gotten into a pristine grammar school in Stratford. This was the reason most inferred he became such an eloquent writer. Without this school, Shakespeare would have not been given the opportunity to flourish in this writing, therefore, he would not have been able to leave us with the many of plays he has wrote.
Quote#4: "...he is credited with introducing 300 words and dozens of well-known phrases into the English language"(Ravilious).
Commentary: This quote shows how Shakespeare not only produced plays as a source of entertainment, but he also contributed to our English language with words we will use for the rest of our lives. Shakespeare left a lasting impression on the world in more ways than one, and the fact that we still actively use words he created proves this.
Quote#5: "His works have been translated into a remarkable number of languages, and his plays are performed throughout the world"(Lander).
Commentary: William was not only a popular writer to the ones around him, but when his fame grew, the need to read and watch his plays did too. People from all over the world were curious to see if Shakespeare lived up to his representation. He was starting to influence more and more regions all across the world by his talents.
Quote#6: "Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays, two major narrative poems, a sequence of sonnets, and several short poems"(Lander).
Commentary: William Shakespeare wrote around forty plus pieces of work that were all popular. Shakespeare was able to keep producing plays to be performed, each having more meaning, each topping the last, and each getting more recognition.
Quote#7: " By 1594, he was a charter member of the theatrical company called the Lord's Chamberlain's Men, which was later to become the King's men. Shakespeare worked with this company for the rest of his writing life. Year after year he provided it with plays, almost on demand"(Anderson).
Commentary: Shakespeare was a charter member of the theatrical company, giving more opportunities to share the world his talent. Without this company, Shakespeare would not have been able to become as popular and provide thousands of people with hours of entertainment.
Quote#8: "In 2010 the Trust, along with Staffordshire University’s Centre of Archaeology, launched a public research project to explore the remains of New Place and discover more about Shakespeare's life there"(Ravilious).
Commentary: Shakespeare was put on a pedestal to all that knew his name. His followers were desperate to uncover any information that was hidden to the public eye. He captivated his audiences and it showed by the support and encouragement he received from them. And for this reason, a research project was launched solely for the purpose of finding anything that could put Shakespeare's thoughts and experiences into perspective.
Quote#9: "His works have been translated into a remarkable number of languages, and his plays are performed throughout the world"(Lander).
Commentary: Shakespeare was not only appreciated in a certain region in the world, but he was well known throughout the majority of the globe. He finally got the recognition he deserved, leading to the translations of his plays in a plethora of different languages so that his legacy could live on. Shakespeare's plays were also performed all across the world so people from all over could experience his remarkable work.
Quote#10: "In 1879, a Shakespeare Memorial was completed on the riverbank above the church. It includes a theater, a museum, and a library that contains valuable books and manuscripts having to do with Shakespeare and his life"(Mounfield).
Commentary: A whole memorial was dedicated to Shakespeare, that you can still visit, to marvel in all of his work. Shakespeare was such an influential character that a whole memorial was built for him after he died. This was so people could still get the chance to witness his work.
Anderson, Robert. “William Shakespeare’s 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.
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Mounfield, Peter R. “Stratford-upon-Avon.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 9 Dec. 2016
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