Sample History Paper on Shakespeare’s Theatre Practices



William Shakespeare was one of the greatest writers, literature analysts, poet and playwright of all time during his time on earth. He was the son of Mary Arden, who was the daughter of a landowning farmer and John Shakespeare his father, who was a successful glover-maker having his background life from Snitterfield. William was born from a Christianity family which led to his baptism in April 1564. He recorded to be one of the most successful writers in the world by writing approximately 154 sonnets and 39 plays. William Shakespeare died at the age of 52 years old mysteriously after living a long healthy life (1564-1616).


  1. Briefly discuss the age in which Shakespeare lived and how that influenced his writing.


Shakespeare invested his life by working between 1564-1616. This age period is significant in English literature because it was the period of Queen Elizabeth’s 1 reign (15158-1603). The availability of influential leaders during this time influenced Shakespeare to write remarkable poets and books such as ‘Romeo and Juliet’. This book was then produced as a film as a result of William’s relationship with a brave woman which was the core influence in this work. A variety of Shakespeare’s pieces were influenced by ancient writings that existed in different languages such as Roman and Greek. Shakespeare’s pieces of plays and poems influenced diverse learning of students during this time wherein literature sessions in school, they used Shakespeare plays for reference and extraction of new techniques to be good writers. William began his writing career in 1592 when he realized that he had the potential to be a good playwright. Due to his interest in theatre acting procedures, he discovered that he could not only write plays but also take part in the acting section. His personality, interests, and goals contributed to his influence to major in scriptwriting poems and plays.


  1. Briefly describe his canon of work: how many plays, the time span of his writing, major themes throughout his work.


Shakespeare’s type of writing technique took a different route as compared to the norm of other literature gurus. He used a metrical pattern style to gather information and rhyming sentences throughout the lines of his plays. The style was called an unrhymed iambic pentameter style. This strategy was developed by the use of blank verses between lines in the play that results in a unique poetry evaluation. Moreover, there is a difference between Shakespeare’s English and the current English learned in schools. The only difference is that the English used in Shakespeare’s plays were written in a rhythmic form as compared to plain English. In 1592, he began his writing career and his work was categorized into three main types, the poems, the sonnets, and the plays. The plays are also further classified into different genres which include comedies, romantic plays, tragedies, and histories. However, he chose relevant themes for his work such as rhetoric and power in Hamlet, women, and power in Macbeth, women, and love in Romeo and Juliet and the world as a stage used in The Merchants of Venice.


  1. How were his plays presented on stage during his day?


William’s plays were performed and presented in Globe theatre. This was a conventional structure that was developed in 1599 which was used for movie production scenes and organization of different seminars during this time. Shakespeare’s developed his plays to be easily interpreted and taking a practical section where they can be performed. His plays were also presented in different playhouses and due to the development of acting personnel and technology in this period (1594-1599), the plays were performed in Theatre and the Curtain then later after 1608, the film departments invested in indoor Blackfriars.


  1. What is his lasting impact on world theatre today?


Shakespeare contributed to the development of the theatre industry by influencing not only the filmmakers but also actors who have majored in taking different roles in performing plays. Currently, authors have evolved with different ideas which have led to building a good relationship with the acting industry to bring liveliness to the plays published. It has been relevant in schools and at a professional level to spread knowledge through practical measures.