William Shakespeare Alyssa Hefferman

Works Cited

Anderson, Robert. “A Genius from Stratford.” William Shakespeare’s Life. Holt Literature and Language Arts, pp. 776-82.

Quote #1 "William attended grammar school, where he studied Latin grammar, Latin literature, and rhetoric ( the uses of language). As far as we know,, he had no further formal education" (Anderson). Shakespeare studied at a grammar school and learned Lain literature, and as far as we know that was his only form of education. Could Shakespeare have maybe studied somewhere else? How old was William Shakespeare when he studied here?

Quote #2 "Romeo and Juliet was probably among the early plays that Shakespeare wrote, between 1594 and 1596. By 1612, when he returned to Stratford to live the life of a prosperous retired gentlemen. Shakespeare had written thirty-seven plays including such masterpieces as Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth"(Anderson). Romeo and Juliet was one of Shakespeare's earliest plays. In 1612 Shakespeare had returned back to his hometown Stratford to live the life of a prosperous gentlemen. In all of his time as a play writer he wrote 37 plays. What was Shakespeare's first play? What was Shakespeare's most popular play?

Branam, Harold. “William Shakespeare.” Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia (2016): Topic Overviews 6­12. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.
Quote #1 "Matters were not improved in 1582 when Shakespeare, at the age of eighteen, hastily married Anne Hathaway, the twenty-six-year-old daughter of a farmer from the nearby village of Shottery; she presented him with a daughter, named Susanna, approximately five months later. In 1585, the couple also became the parents of twins, Hamnet and Judith. As was then customary, the young couple probably lived in his parents’ home, which must have seemed increasingly crowded" (Harold). Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway at the age of 18, but at this time Anne was 26 and had their daughter Susanna 5 months after getting married. 3 years later in 1585 they had twins Hamnet and Judith. Were they forced into marriage because Anne was pregnant? Did they only have 3 children or did they have more afterwards?
Quote #2 "The London theater, in Shakespeare’s day, was composed of companies of men and boys (women were not allowed on the Renaissance English stage but were played by young men or boys) who performed in public playhouses roughly modeled on old innyards... Actually, Greene’s judgment of Shakespeare’s early work is more accurate. The early plays are far from excellent; they include some of the most slavish imitations in Renaissance English drama, as Shakespeare tried his hand at the various popular modes"(Harold). Women were not allowed to perform in plays, so all parts were played by men.I know that women were not allowed to be in plays tell later in history, so all parts were played by men including women parts. Shakespeare's plays were considered excellent and some of the most famous plays even in today's society.

Lander, Jesse M. “Shakespeare, William.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.

Quote #1 William Shakespeare was born in the small market town of Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, the third of eight children. The register of Holy Trinity, the parish church in Stratford, records his baptism on April 26. According to the custom at that time, infants were baptized about three days after their birth. Therefore, the generally accepted date for Shakespeare’s birth is April 23.William Shakespeare was born in Stratford in 1564 he was the third of eight children i his family. Since he was baptized on April 26 and it was customary for infants to get baptized 3 days after their birth he was most likely born on April 23.Was William Shakespeare actually born on April 23 I could do more research to figure out his exact date of birth and was it really April 23. I could also do more research to figure out how often infants were baptized 3 days after birth.

Quote #2 "On Nov. 27, 1582, Shakespeare received a license to marry Anne Hathaway, the daughter of a local farmer...At the age of 18, William was young to marry, while Anne at 26 was of normal marrying age. The marriage appears to have been hurried, and the birth of their first child, Susanna, in May 1583 came only six months after marriage. Some scholars have suggested that William may have been forced to marry Anne because she was pregnant" (Lander). Shakespeare was married to Anne Hathaway at eighteen. Six months later they had their first child. Many people suggested it was a forced marriage because Anne was pregnant. Did Shakespeare have to marry Anne because she was pregnant?I know that Anne was actually the daughter of Shakespeare's families old land lord.

Mazzeno, Laurence W. “William Shakespeare.” Magill’S Survey Of World Literature, Revised Edition (2009): 1­10. Literary Reference Center. Web. 8 Dec. 2016
Quote #1 "No doubt at some time during the decade of the 1580’s the aspiring playwright left his family in their Stratford-upon-Avon surroundings to make his fortune in London. There is no evidence that during his time away from his hometown Shakespeare was ever estranged from his wife and children. On the contrary, available evidence suggests he took great pains to maintain his domestic ties during the decades that he spent working in London"(Mazzeno). Shakespeare had to most likely leave his family around 1580 in order to become a famous play writer. However there is nothing stating that he was separated from his wife or children. Shakespeare eventually had to leave his family at some point in order to pursue a career. Was he living in London with his family or were they still in Stratford?
Quote #2 "By 1592, Shakespeare had become sufficiently well known in literary circles to be the object of a now-famous attack by the English poet and playwright Robert Greene, who complained that the young upstart was being presumptuous in trying to compete with more distinguished members of the literary establishment. Contemporary records refer to Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III (pr. c. 1590-1592, pb. 1594-1595) as early as 1589, and from that date until 1613 his comedies, histories, and tragedies were performed in open-air theaters and later in the private venues frequented by nobility and well-to-do citizens"(Harold). Shakespeare started to become well known around 1592. However jealousy arose when Robert Greene was complaining about Shakespeare trying to compete with more distinguished members of the literary establishment. Why were Shakespeare's plays performed in open-air theaters? What caused Shakespeare to become more known around 1592?

Royal Shakespeare Company. World Book Advanced. Accessed 2 Dec. 2016.

Quote #1 "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). The Royal Shakespeare Company is a theatre that presents Shakespeare's play. What plays of Shakespeare's were played here? Who organized this theatre?

William Shakespeare.“ Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1­4. Literary Reference Center. Web. 8 Dec. 2016
Quote #1 "His father, John Shakespeare, was successful in the leather business during Shakespeare's early childhood but later met with financial difficulties. During his prosperous years his father was also involved in municipal affairs, holding the offices of alderman and bailiff during the 1560s. 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. Whatever the veracity of Ben Jonson's famous comment that Shakespeare had "small Latin, and less Greek," much of his work clearly depends on a knowledge of Roman comedy, ancient history, and classical mythology" (Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia). Shakespeare's father was a successful business man. He most likely attend the grammar school in Stratford probably studying Latin grammar and literature. I know that Shakespeare attended a grammar school and studied Latin. I also know that his father owned a successful leather business, but then struggled with financial difficulties.


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