For the past few decades, people have questioned whether or not Shakespeare should be accredited for writing his own plays. “More than twenty thousand books and articles have been written about the identity problem regarding William Shakespeare”(Palmgren). Because of his earlier years in life, people have always thought there would be no way he had the capability of writing the impressive works that he is known for. There has been controversy over whether it was Shakespeare, himself, Edward de Vere, Frances Bacon, Christopher Marlowe, William Stanley, or even Queen Elizabeth I. While many people assume that Shakespeare wrote the great works attributed to him, the actual writer was Francis Bacon because he was an intelligent and well educated man, he traveled extensively, and he embedded codes in the writings that gave hints to his identity.
From what we know about him—which is not a lot—he was not highly educated which leads people to believe that he could not have written his spectacular plays. Is William Shakespeare a fake or just extremely lucky and talented? William Shakespeare was baptized on April 26th 1565 in Stratford-upon-Avon. Historians do not know his exact birth date, but do know when he was baptized. Researchers do not know exactly what school he went to but it is most commonly thought that he attended King’s New School in Stratford because it was only one fourth of a mile away from his home: “Shakespeare would have studied Latin language, literature and history, and some Greek in upper school.
Shakespeare became England’s foremost writer practically overnight, when he was merely an unknown actor. He resided in England throughout the peri... ... middle of paper ... ...at are at an inconsistency. Anti-Stratfordians dispute that there are as innumerable as 12 divergent accounts of Shakespeare's misspelling his name, or adding spaces or hyphens in odd places. These signatures not only question Shakespeare's literacy but also rouse uncertainty as to if ever the same man signed each and every one of them. Anti-Stratfordians dispute that the Shakespeare authorship subject matter has a less to do with verifying the illiteracy of William Shakespeare from Stratford-Upon-Avon and more to do with proving that a figure of men could have used Shakespeare's name as a pseudonym.
In 1564, a man was born by the name of William Shakespeare. He was born to a poor family, was given little education, and had no interaction with sophisticated society. Thirty-eight plays and over 150 sonnets are not attributed to this ignorant man. Those who believe that Shakespeare was the author have no definitive proof but instead point to Hamlet’s declaration: "The play’s the thing(Satchell 71)." The true author, however, lies hidden behind he name of Shakespeare. Edward de Vere the premier Earl of Oxford is not only considered a great poet in history, but he may also be the great playwright who concocted the sonnets and plays which are now attributed to William Shakespeare of Stratford, England.
Is Shakespeare a Fraud? Who is this mysterious play write? For nearly 500 years, historians have been baffled as to how Shakespeare could have authored so many plays, if it truly was Shakespeare. Various historians have come up with numerous theories as to who wrote the plays. Yet the outcome has been the same, there is no solid evidence to neither confirm nor deny that Shakespeare truly did author the plays because most of the evidence is contradictory.
Approximately for twenty-three years he was a workin... ... middle of paper ... ... died too early to have been the real Shakespeare (Michell 171). Oxford did not leave a will. If he were to have left a will, Oxfordians and Anti-Strafordians would have no doubt have more weight to their theory, that’s if his will contained Shakespeare plays and sonnets. The 17th Earl of Oxford was a recognized poet in his day, and the Oxfordians make the most of this in their attempts to prove that he wrote the works of Shakespeare. There is evidence presented about his reputation in actual context of the times and shows that while Oxford work had some admirers, but don’t all authors have some admirers, nobody seems to have considered him a great poet or playwright.
Was it William Shakespeare? William Shakespeare was one of the most memorable play writers in history. However, William may have been given false credit. Many people believe that he may not author the plays. In fact, there is much evidence that shows that he did not author the plays.
(Hayes 1D) Shakespeare is both fact and fiction, he was no concern until nearly two hundred years after he perished, and there is still no definite or probably will there ever be a conclusion to this mystery. (Sobran 44) There is another man that can be attributed with the works of "Shakespeare", His name is Edward DeVere, the 17th Earl of Oxford. (Bethell 47) The man known as Shakespeare does not fit perfectly into the necessary criteria to determine the author of these works. Thomas Looney invented a series of criteria that had to be filled, in order to be a possible candidate for the authorship of the Shakespearean works. To have all the knowledge that is portrayed in the works, the author must have accomplished many things.
The range of knowledge which he displays would only be expected of a man of extensive education during the time period that was familiar with the royal figures that are depicted in his works. The insufficient records have added even more mystery as none of the original manuscripts have survived and were possibly destroyed to conceal the identity of the actual author. Although Shakespeare is considered by many to be the greatest playwright of all time, much speculation surrounds his authenticity through theories based on linguistic and historical problems as well as criticism. Since the four centuries that have passed since Shakespeare’s times, several theories have been developed which claim that others may be the legitimate authors of his works. The playwrights usually focused on are Francis Bacon, Edward de Vere, William Stanley, Roger Manners and Christopher Marlowe.
Many people believe he wrote the plays that are in his name but as research shows he did not have the right education, he did not have the means, motive, or opportunity, and he did not publish any of his plays while he was alive. Since William Shakespeare did not have the right education it is impossible for him to write these plays the way they were written. For example, according to Amanda Mabillard’s article “Shakespeare likely had some lessons in English, Latin, composition and the study of Latin authors like Seneca, Cicero, Ovid, Virgil, and Horace which would have been the focus of his literary training” (Mabillard para. 3). Even though he had basic education in elementary teachings, the education he had is not enough to write these plays so strategically, and with words so advanced.