Thesis: Shakespeare influenced the modern world through early, middle, and late life.
"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").
William Shakespeare had good education when he was young where he learned everything he needed to become a play writer. This is probably what gave him the confidence and intelligence he needs to become what he wants, a play write.
"In 1594 Shakespeare became an actor and playwright for the Lord Chamberlain's Men, the company that later became the King's Men under James I" ("William").
This a significant part of Shakespeare's early life because this is one of the first groups Shakespeare joined. Lord Chamberlain's Men is the group that got him started in his life and helped him improve in his works because of experience.
"He wrote some of his greatest plays during this period. Between 1599 and 1608 Shakespeare wrote "Much Ado about Nothing," "Henry V," "Hamlet," "King Lear," "Macbeth," and "Othello"(Forster 1).
When Queen Elizabeth I died, James VI of Scotland took over, as the king. This was good because James VI was a theater lover, which meant that the company, now named Blackfriars would perform year-round. This wasn't just a success for the company, but also for Shakespeare. During this time, he wrote some of his best plays.
"In 1599, he and some other investors became owners of the Globe Theater just outside of London. The name of the theater is later used by Shakespeare as a pun in his play, "As You Like It," when the character Jaques says, “All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players"(Forster 1).
The Globe Theater is an important part of Shakespeare's life because it is where most of his plays happened. The Globe Theater greatly impacted modern theaters today because Shakespeare was a big part of it.
"In his play Henry V, Shakespeare called his theater the "wooden o". It was large, round (or polygonal) building, three stories high, with a large platform stage that projected from one end into a yard open to the sky" (Anderson 1).
Shakespeare's theater, the "wooden o" is important to his life because his theater influenced his writing, which later influenced the whole world. Also, it was Shakespeare's first theater, which means it influenced him a lot.
"In 1609, a London publisher named Thomas Thorpe published a book called Shakespeare’s Sonnets. The volume contained more than 150 sonnets that Shakespeare had written over the years. Scholars have long been curious about the book’s puzzling dedication" (Lander).
This is an important part of Shakespeare's midlife because the sonnets were one of his best works because of the dedication put into it. Shakespeare supposedly dedicated a lot into the sonnets over years and they probably influenced modern writing.
"In 1576, outside the city walls of London, an actor-manager named James Burbage built the first permanent theater in England. He called it the Theatre. Up to that time, touring acting companies had plated wherever they could rent space" (Anderson).
When Shakespeare was with the King's Men, this is probably where they would perform most of their plays. This is important because Shakespeare would have first started his successful career there, whenever they could rent space.
"During his second period, Shakespeare brought historical drama and Elizabethan romantic comedy to near perfection. Particularly in his histories and comedies of this period, Shakespeare demonstrated his genius for weaving various dramatic actions into a unified plot, rather than writing a series of loosely connected episodes" (Lander).
This period of Shakespeare's life is important because it shows him improving in his writing. His writing is getting better because instead of writing a series of loosely connected episodes he weaved various dramatic actions into an unified plot like other writers. Shakespeare was also better than other writers and stood out because of this style of writing.
"Shakespeare wrote his great tragedies during the third period of his artistic development. Except possibly for Pericles, every play of this period shows Shakespeare's awareness of the tragic side of life. Even the period's two comedies—All's Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure—are more disturbing than amusing. For this reason, they are often called "problem" comedies or "bitter" comedies" (Lander).
Shakespeare's comedies were more down toned than funny which shows his awareness to the tragic side to life. This is important because it greatly affects modern comedies. Our comedies today usually are tragic at first and get more funny.
"The RSC was established in its present form in 1961, but its roots go back to 1879. In that year, the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened in Stratford as the site for productions of Shakespeare's plays. An annual festival of Shakespeare's dramas began in 1886" ("Royal").
Shakespeare made such an impact of modern world that there is a company called the RSC that makes annual festivals in memory of the great writer, William Shakespeare. Shakespeare wasn't like any other writers during his time, and he greatly impacted our modern style of writing and plays.
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