Honorificabilitudinitatibus Essay

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Was the famous Shakespeare really who he says he was? This unanswered question is asked by many all over the world but is it really that important or should we just care that the work is left behind? There are hundreds of theories on who actual wrote Shakespeare’s works. “O! They have lived long on the almsbasket of words. I marvel thy master hath not eaten thee for a word; for thou art not so long by the head as honorificabilitudinitatibus: thou art easier swallowed than a flap-dragon.” (LLL.V.I. 16-18) This Shakespearian phrase contains a hidden message telling the world that Shakespeare is not who he says he is. The nonsense word honorificabilitudinitatibus is an anagram for one of the theories that Shakespeare is really the aristocratic Lord Francis Bacon. Shakespeare wrote the extensive works using his education and his mind and the only person to write Shakespeare was the man himself, William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare was born April 23,1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon with no birth record but record that he was baptized three days later. Shakespeare grew up in Stratford and was able to attend school for free because of his father’s position in the towns governing body. It is assumed that Shakespeare attended King’s New School. Shakespeare then grew up to run for the towns government and managing the towns theater. Shakespeare did not grow up poor nor did he grow up rich but when Shakespeare was older his father fell into debt. When Shakespeare was twenty he started writing plays and was part of Lord Chamberlain’s men, an acting group. Shakespeare wrote 37 plays, 5 poems, and 154 sonnets, which was a great quantity to write back that time. To be able to write, Shakespeare must have had an education but some claim because t... ... middle of paper ... ...write these stories and if Shakespeare had been proven fake this theory is very believable. In conclusion, this essay discussed a couple of the theories that William Shakespeare was not the true author of the extensive works with his name on them. William Shakespeare, though there is not a lot of evidence, wrote the works and people should be happy that we have the works. William Shakespeare was not tried as being the author until at least 150 years after his death. William Shakespeare has left evidence of his will and his house, which can still be visited to this day. William Shakespeare was neither Bacon nor De Vere but he was his own individual person. All of the theories forgot to think about the time in which the plays were written, the amount of time the author had to write these long fascinating works, and whether William Shakespeare did or did not exist.

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