The Life of Shakespeare Created by Francis Alvarez Period 1

Right: A home in Stratford-on-Avon; Left: William Shakespeare


William Shakespeare has impacted many lives and changed many perspectives using his spectacular plays and poems. He was and still is known as one of the worlds greatest playwrights and poets. The life of Shakespeare is anything but ordinary.

His Childhood growing up

Quote 1: "Stratford-upon-Avon is a quiet English market town famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. It is one of the oldest towns in England. It lies in the green valley of the River Avon. High-peaked Old English-style houses line its narrow streets. It is the largest town in the district of Stratford-on-Avon."

Commentary: William was born in one of England's oldest towns. Because of this, Stratford has become one of the most popular places for tourist to visit, since William was born there.

Quote 2: "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."

Commentary: As shown, growing up shakespeare did not have the life of luxury. Although his family was well known throughout Stratford. Through time his father became an alderman. Three years later he became the "bailiff" or mayor of the town, this was considered the highest honor someone can become in Stratford.

Quote 3:"During Shakespeare’s time, the English cared little about keeping biographical information unrelated to affairs of the church or state."

Commentary: Although the english folk did not care about keeping information about Shakespeare at the time since he was not well known yet, his childhood was not at all boring. Living in a lively town, the holidays introduced pageants, and shows! Maybe this was how Shakespeare was inspired to become the man he was in his day.

Quote 4: "Beginning at about the age of 7, William probably attended the Stratford grammar school with other boys of his social class. The school’s highly qualified teachers were graduates of Oxford University. Students spent about nine hours a day in school"

Commentary: Shakespeare did not just gain his usage of literature profoundly impressive he developed his skills through his school work. Shakespeare spent almost nine hours each day studying. Not only that, his teachers were from high education, putting great pressure into his work habits and studies.

His Early days

Quote 1:"On Nov. 27, 1582, Shakespeare received a license to marry Anne Hathaway, the daughter of a local farmer."

Commentary: At a young age of 18, William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway who was only 26 years old. At the time getting married at a young age was not uncommon. Although both families have met each other, many have been skeptical of their relationship

Quote 2: "..Early in 1585, Anne gave birth to twins, Judith and Hamnet. The record of baptism marks the start of an important gap in the documentary evidence of Shakespeare’s life."

Commentary: Not long after they married, Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway gave birth to his children who were twins. There is not much information about his children but this moment was one of the first events that was recorded in Shakespeare's life.

Quote 3: "The plays of Shakespeare's first period have much in common, though they consist of comedies, histories, and a tragedy. The plots of these plays tend to follow their sources more closely than do the plots of Shakespeare’s later works."

Commentary: Shakespeare's early period foreshadows his plays in the future. His plays about tragedy foreshadows his famous work, "Romeo and Juliet" or "Hamlet"

Quote 4: "The brothers Cuthbert and Richard Burbage constructed the theater in 1599 from the timbers of London's first playhouse, called The Theatre."

Commentary: Both brothers Cuthbert and Richard created the The Globe Theatre in 1599 using wood from London's first playhouse. Since both brothers and Shakespeare got along fine, they used this wood to create The Globe Theatre.

His Significance and Influence

Quote 1: "During the 1800’s, admiration for Shakespeare grew so intense that it resulted in a totally uncritical attitude toward the man and his works. Some people so admired Shakespeare’s plays that they refused to believe an actor from Stratford-upon-Avon could have written them."

Commentary: Shakespeare became such a big impact on peoples lives back then, they could not believe he came from a small town such as Stratford. Those who admired his work did not accept he had come from Stratford.

Quote 2: "Another dominant form of Shakespeare criticism is called New Historicism. New Historicism tries to understand Shakespeare’s plays as products of the time and place in which they were written...New Historicism emphasizes the way in which the plays actually contributed to the shaping of early modern English culture."

Commentary: Since Shakespeare left a big influence on modern times today. Because of Shakespeare a new way of analyzing early English culture has changed. It shows a way how the plays contributed to shaping modern culture today.

Works Cited

Works Cited

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.

Hrw. Literature and Language Arts Universal Access Support Grade 9: Holt Literature and Language Arts. Place of publication not identified, Holt Mcdougal, 2003.

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 1 Dec. 2016.

Mounfield, Peter R. “Stratford-upon-Avon.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 9 Dec. 2016.

Seidel, Michael. “Globe Theatre.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 12 Dec. 2016.


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