Influences on the Work of Shakespeare Term Paper by Nicky

A look at what may have influenced the life and work of William Shakespeare.
# 150042 | 1,449 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 22, 2012 in Literature (English) , Shakespeare (General)

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This paper examines the life and works of William Shakespeare, particularly questioning the influences that shaped one of the greatest literary geniuses of all time. First, the paper introduces what is known about Shakespeare's life. Then, it points out the questions that exist about what shaped his works. The paper further notes that his knowledge of human nature and ability to put these to the pen may have been brought about unforgettable events in history that he lived through. The paper categorizes these events into health and the Plague, religion, education and culture and foreign affairs. Each section describes contemporary happenings during Shakespeare's life and how they are reflected in his works. The paper concludes by stating that the human nature and behavior Shakespeare immortalized in his plays and sonnets are the same ones we feel today.


Health and the Plague
Education and Culture
Foreign Affairs

From the Paper:

"No doubt Shakespeare's effect on the lives of people and groups can be described as ubiquitous and transcends time. There are voluminous materials that give testimony to this but what really makes "him tick" so to speak is also an interesting study. What made William Shakespeare the great playwright and poet that he is? What were the stimuli in his life that enabled him to write those immortal plays and sonnets despite being only a glover's son? In what capacity did he train himself to be able to ascend the throne of literary greatness and genius? A lot of the information known about Shakespeare and his life are from 16th century documents that are extant. The actual facts of Shakespeare's life are still a matter of great speculation and over the centuries, [the] speculations surround[ed] various aspects of Shakespeare's life including his religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sources for collaborations, authorship of and chronology of the plays and sonnets."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hata, Adam. Translating William Shakespeare. 2009. 02 Sept. 2009. <>.
  • Holden, Anthony. The Early Life Story of William Shakespeare, Stratford, England, 1564-1569. 1999. 02 Sept. 2009. <>.
  • Jalic, Inc. William Shakespeare. 2009. 02 Sept. 2009. <>.
  • Kathman, David and Terry Ross. The Shakespeare Authorship Page: Dedicated to the Proposition that Shakespeare Wrote Shakespeare. 1996. 02 Sept. 2009. <>.
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