University of Chicago
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
William Shakespeare – Shakespearean Authorship Research paper
Many individuals say that William Shakespeare of Stratford is the original writer of all 38 plays and 154 sonnets. It is argued that someone else other than Shakespeare wrote these plays. William Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Shakespreare was a lower middle-class man. William Shakespaeare, son of John Shakespeare, a glove maker and town official and Mary Arden who belonged to a family of the local gentry. Also, father of Susan and Judith Shakespeare.
Shakespeare attended King Edward VI School, a boys’ grammar school and academy in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. Overall, there was never enough information to elaborate on who Shakespeare really was and what he did, which leads to open opinions and arguements on who wrote these plays. There are many individuals who are said to have written those plays that Shakespeare claims to have written himself. Christopher Marlowe, a spy in the government and one of England’s best play writers before Shakespeare came along, wrote Doctor Faustus in the years of 1564-1593 when Shakespeare was born.
In the year of 1593, Christopher was announced dead, but, because he was a spy in the government, it was never really proven if Mr. Marlowe was dead or alive. A few years later in the Elizabethan Era, Shakespeare staged Doctor Faustus as his own play. Sir Francis Bacon of Strand, England served as Lord Chanceller of England and an attorney. Bacon was born January 22, 1561 and was an author, philosopher, scientist, jurist, statesman and orator.
Francis Bacon, also created the Baconian theory of Shakespearean authorship which indicates that Sir Francis Bacon wrote the plays attributed to Shakespeare and that Shakespeare was only a front to hide the identity of Bacon because too much credit towards Bacon would hinder his ambition to hold a high position. The Baconian theory of Shakespearean authroship gives Shakespeare the right to say he is the author. Based on research, I believe Shakespeare did not write all 38 plays and 154 sonnets because every play Shakespeare wrote was created in the same years or earlier.
Shakespeare took credit for the re-making of the plays and sonnets which, led to many individuals believing Shakespeare’s plays are authentic. According to my understanding of the life of Williams Shakespeare, there was never enough records and information on Shakespeare to prove if he completed grammar school, if he wrote plays himself or if he did write any plays himself, why did he suddenly stop. Did he run out of material? It makes one wonder, how Shakespeare randomly become a play writer of such high status, if his mother and father were merely close to being writers and his two daughter were said to be illiterate.
In conclusion, I believe, Shakespeare did not write all 38 plays, but, I suppose Shakespeare is not wrong for taking credit based off of the Baconian theory of Shakespearean authorship. Bibliography http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Shakespeare_authorship_question UNknown, . N. p.. Web. 16 Oct 2013. . https://www. uwgb. edu/dutchs/pseudosc/hidncode. htm Steven Dutch, . N. p.. Web. 16 Oct 2013. . http://shakespeare. about. com/od/authorshipdebate/a/authorship. htm Jamieson, L.. N. p.. Web. 16 Oct 2013. .