William Shakespeare Hunter Messere P.4

William Shakespeare

Thesis: Shakespeare influenced the world through his early, midlife, and late life.

Early Life:

Quote #1: "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: He attended grammar school in Stratford where he was taught Latin Grammar and Literature.

Quote #2: "William attended grammar school, where he studied Latin grammar, Latin Literature, and rhetoric (the uses of language)"(Anderson).

Commentary: He studied at a grammar school and studied there. He studied Latin grammar, Literature, and rhetoric.

Quote #3: "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).

Commentary: Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford. Third of eight children.

Mid Life:

Quote #4: Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays, two major narrative poems, a sequence of sonnets, and several short poems. His works have been translated into a remarkable number of languages, and his plays are performed throughout the world. His plays have been a vital part of the theater in the Western world since they were written about 400 years ago"(Lander).

Commentary: Shakespeare wrote many plays and were translated into many languages. They can be all over the world and are a vital part in the Western world.

Quote #5: "John Shakespeare was a respected man in the town and held several important positions in the local government"(Lander).

Commentary: He was a respected man in town because he held important position in the government.

Quote #6: "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"("William").

Commentary: He married Anne Hathaway in his senior year. He had three children.

Late Life:

Quote #7: "Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, six weeks after Judith’s wedding. Many consider the same date as Shakespeare's birthday. He was buried in the Stratford church"(Foster).

Commentary: Shakespeare died on April 233, 1616. He is buried at the Stratford church.


Quote #8: "His father, John Shakespeare, was successful in the leather business during Shakespeare's early childhood but later met with financial difficulties"("William").

Commentary: John Shakespeare met financial difficulties during his successful leather business.

Quote #9: "Shakespeare’s parents belonged to what today would be called the middle class. John Shakespeare, William’s father, was a glove maker who owned a shop in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon"(Lander).

Commentary: He was born into the middle class. His father owned a glove maker shop.

Quote #10: "His Father, John, was a shopkeeper and was a man of importance in Stratford, serving at various times as justice of peace and high bailiff (mayor)"(Anderson).

Commentary: His father was an important man in town. He served position like the justice and mayor.

Quote #11:"John was once a farmer, later moving to Stratford as a glove merchant. He made a good living, and money was plentiful. He also bought land and dabbled in politics, eventually becoming the high bailiff of Stratford-on-Avon"(Miller).

Commentary: His father used to be a farmer then became a glove merchant man. Then he became the high bailiff of Stranford.

Works Cited

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.

Forster, Matt. "William Shakespeare." William Shakespeare (2005): 1-3. History Reference Center. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.

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

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

Carrew-Miller, Anna. “Shakespeare.” Shakespeare (2003): 4. History Reference Center. Web. 14 Dec. 2016.


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