Thursday, October 24, 2013

William Shakespeare

        In the world there are thousands of outliers. Some of them are heard of whereas other aren't as well known. Outliers can be intelligent in 3 different ways. They can have creative, analytical, or practical intelligence. One of the most well known outliers in history is William Shakespeare. He was a great poet and playwright. I think Shakespeare's highest intelligence was  his creative intelligence because he managed to write so many plays and poems. However, if you look at Shakespeare's childhood you can see that there may have been many advantages in his life that caused his success. one big advantage that shakespeare seemed to have was that his parents were pretty well off.
        His father was a member of the municipal council as well as a successful glover (a maker of gloves). In addition Shakespeare is thought to be educated at the King's New School in Stratford. At that time people weren't generally educated so this gave Shakespeare a big advantage. He got to learn a lot more about literature than common people did. This allowed him to expand his vocabulary and become a better writer. This became an accumulative advantage for him. He would have always been better than other common poets because he learned grammar and literature at a young age.
        In conclusion Shakespeare is a very successful outlier. He managed to do what he wanted (write plays and have them performed) and make a living out of it. I think Shakespeare's success was partially intelligence and partially an accumulative advantage. Shakespeare had to have been really creative to write the plays and poems that he did. However, if he hadn't gone to a school he would have accumulated the skills that he did. Overall, Shakespeare's success was a combination of creative intelligence and accumulative advantage.