Thesis: Shakespeare made an impact on the world through his writing, influence on Modern English, and his contributions to theatre
Quote #1: "Shakespeare’s parents belonged to what today would be called the middle class" (Lander).
Commentary: This quote demonstrates how Shakespeare grew up as being a common person. This relates to the theme because it shows how Shakespeare grew up to be like royalty even though he wasn't rich as a boy.
Quote #2: "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. Nothing is known of the period between the birth of the twins and Shakespeare's emergence as a playwright in London" ("William").
Commentary: The quote displays how Shakespeare got married and had 3 children. In this time Shakespeare wasn't playwriting. It relates to the theme because it shows how he was a normal man who risked everything for his career.
Quote #3: "Shakespeare moved to London, apparently leaving his family in Stratford" (Anderson).
Commentary: The quote explains how Shakespeare was so interested in pursuing his career that he even left his family behind. This relates to the theme because it shows how much work he put into becoming what he is known as today.
Quote #5: "By 1594 he was acting with and writing plays for the Lord Chamberlain's Men, a theater company for which he was also a managing partner" ("Shakespeare").
Commentary: The quote is explaining how by the first years of moving to London he was a managing partner of where he was acting and writing. This was his first official job in England. This relates to the theme because it shows how talented he was.
Quote #6: He had a theater that needed plays, actors who needed parts, and a family that needed to be fed... Shakespeare had written thirty-seven plays" (Anderson).
Commentary: Anderson shows how that by the time he was on his road to fame he had bought his own theatre not knowing what to do. But once he was retired he had wirtten 37 successful plays.
Quote #7: "Throughout the 1590’s, Shakespeare’s reputation continued to grow... 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).
Commentary: The quote demonstrates how his success began throughout the 1590s. He also was known quite well because of all of his plays. As the quote explained he was known as popular play writer.
Quote #8: "His presence in London in 1592 is known from an attack on him by Robert Greene (1558–92), man of letters and playwright, who deeply resented Shakespeare coming from the ranks of the actors to undertake the writing of plays" (Rogers).
Commentary: The quote displays how another playwriter may have been intimidated from a young actor who wanted to become a playwriter. This relates to the theme because it shows how other playwriters may have resented actors who wanted to try something new. It shows the type of person Shakespeare is to ignore them and persevere.
Quote #8: "On 25 March 1616, Shakespeare made his will. He was buried on 25 April in the Stratford-upon-Avon churchyard" (Baker).
Commentary: The quote displays how Shakespeare must have really loved Stratford in order to want to be buried there. This relates to the theme because it shows how he had always loved his job.
Quote #9: "Shakespeare remained with the company; it is thought that as an actor he played old men's roles, such as the ghost in Hamlet and Old Adam in As You Like It. In 1596 he obtained a coat of arms, and by 1597 he was prosperous enough to buy New Place in Stratford, which later was the home of his retirement years" ("William").
Commentary: The quote is claiming how he had never stopped loving the theatre. Even as an older man he acted as older parts like ghosts. The quote relates to the theme because it helps the reader realize that Shakespeare's success was long and prosperous.
Quote #10: "His value to his own age is suggested by the fact that, in 1623, two fellow actors gathered his plays together and published them in a form known as the Folio edition. Without their efforts, since Shakespeare was not interested in publication, many of the plays would not have survived" ("Shakespeare").
Commentary: The quote demonstrates how even after the death of Shakespeare his audience still wanted to hear his plays. Against Shakespeare's wants they still published his plays which caused many of them to survive. This relates to the theme because it shows the positive influence he had on everyone.
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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Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016
Rogers, Pat, and Philip Edwards. “William Shakespeare.” Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature. 112. GB: Oxford University Press 1987, 1987. History Reference Center. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.
“Shakespeare, William.” Elizabethan World Reference Library, edited by Sonia G. Benson and Jennifer York Stock, vol. 2: Biographies, UXL, 2007, pp. 197-207.
“William Shakespeare.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-4. History Reference Center. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.
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