Who really wrote Shakespeare’s works?
One of the most well-known writers in history is also one of the most controversial writers. William Shakespeare has been credited to thirty-eight plays, but did he actually write all of them. The debate whether he wrote all of his plays has been debated for generations. One of the main reasons was if his education level was high enough to be a world-famous writer. But if Shakespeare didn’t write his works, then who did?
One of the most controversial and accused writers was Sir Francis Bacon. Sir Francis Bacon was a great scientist and a great writer. He was a well-educated man and his educated level was higher and more advanced than William Shakespeare. He had enough education to write master pieces of Shakespeare’s caliber.
I think the reason he didn’t write Shakespeare work was that his literature and writing style was more sophisticated. The way Shakespeare wrote was a type that couldn’t be learned in school it was just talent thats why it didn’t matter how high your level of education was.
Edward de Vere was another writer though to have written the work of Shakespeare. Since the 1930’s de Vere has been strongly advanced as the true author of Shakespeare’s plays. De Vere represents the social-elitist stratum of the theorists, who believe that a commoner could never have accomplish such genius. De Vere was a nobleman of Queen Elizabeth I’s court.
Charlton Ogburn an author thought that parallels of the Earl’s life with materials from the plays. Similarities between Polonius of Hamlet and the Earl’s Guardian, William Cecil, was thought to be one the biggest pieces of evidences against Shakespeare.
The Earl of Oxford stopped writing at an early age, but thought still to be writing under the name of Shakespeare after. The fact that the Earl died before some of Shakespeare’s last plays were produced really hurt the argument that de Vere wrote Shakespeare’s works.
Other writers such as William Stanley, Earl of derby, Ben Johnson, Thomas Middleton, Sir Walter Raleigh, Queen Elizabeth I and Christopher Marlowe. Christopher Marlowe would have been the perfect ghost writer. He was killed in a tavern fight in 1953. Legend has it that Christopher Marlowe really didn’t die. He was a spy of the Queen and able to fake his death. Supposedly Marlowe went on writing the works credited to Shakespeare for many years under the pin name of Shakespeare.
The fact that there is no really convincing evidence the story is at the back of the line. Ever since Shakespeare death many have tried to discredit Shakespeare as the writer, but none have seriously threatened the man from Stratford.
In 1564, William Shakespeare was born in Stratford, a small town in northwest of London. His father name was John Shakespeare and his mother was Mary Arden Shakespeare. John Shakespeare was a glove maker and also held a position in the local government. When William Shakespeare was seven when he attended the Stratford Grammar School. This school was a strict, dull and demanding school. The teacher’s weren’t known for stirring the imagination of the student, they just studied the basics.
Shakespeare started as a actor and got his foot in the door. With his acting experience in theatre he began writing. By 1594, he was huge in the London theatre business. He wrote about two plays a year when he was with Lord Chamberlain’s men.
In 1599, Shakespeare and six associates became owners of the Globe, a new outdoor theatre in London. It was one of the biggest theatres of its time, it held about 3,000 spectators. Shakespeare wrote about 37 plays divided into three categories, comedies, histories, and tragedies. He was the greatest writer of his time and a very talented artist.
What hurts Shakespeare’s case for writing all of his works was his education level. He had basic schooling but no university education. Some say his writings are writings not learned in school and that his writings are just pure talent. But Robert Greene said that Shakespeare as an actor thought he could write as well or better than well-educated writers. Most great writers have a good educational background, but Shakespeare doesn’t so that will always have some cause for debate.
The debate of whether Shakespeare wrote his works will be debated for years. Both sides have strong arguments but neither have enough evidence to prove the other wrong, the thing we know is that whoever wrote them they did a spectacular job. So if you can’t decide who the author is, just know that they are wonderful masterpieces.
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