what was life like before shakespeare and how did he change it?
i need to do an english essay, on how shakespeare changed the world, and how he influenced people, and i have no idea what to say! what was life like before and after shakespeare? what did he influence? :]
Shakespeare did not change “the world,” nor did he change “life.” Great artists have an impact on cultural life — in this case the theater and literature and aspects of English-language speech and expression that endure today — but they don’t change the entire world around them. If your instructor tried to claim that, then he or she was wrong.
The first site below should give you some help. As far as general cultural developments in 16th-century England, see the second site on the English Renaissance.