Who Was William Shakespeare? and Could the Man from Stratford-Upon-Avon Be Responsible for the Shakespearean Plays? Essay

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Who was William Shakespeare? And could the man from Stratford-upon-Avon be responsible for the Shakespearean plays? I do believe so… William Shakespeare was born in 1564 in the humble town of Stratford-upon-Avon. After finishing grammar school, he went to London to become an actor, where he wrote 40 plays, 2 long poems, 154 sonnets. He eventually returned to Stratford, and died around the time of his 52nd birthday, in 1616. Various critics or anti-Stratfordians would on the otherhand beg the question: “How could a mere grammar schoolboy from rural Warwickshire have known enough about courts and kings to write Hamlet and Lear”? “Where did he get his vast vocabulary and knowledge of the war to have written Henry V?” Doubts around Shakespeare’s work began two and a half centuries after his death, with different claims by an American woman named Delia Bacon. She claimed that the plays were really written by sir Francis Bacon, a lawyer and philosopher. Eventually Delia’s family reported that she had been removed to an asylum after trying to dig up Shakespeare’s grave, in order to search for evidence proving her unsupported claims. There were many similar claims over the years such as: Sir Walter Raleigh, The Countess of Pembrook, 8th Lord Mountjoy, 7th Earl of Shrewsbury, Queen Elizabeth I and King James I. These names all have something in common. Snobbery.People just can’t seem to contemplate the fact that a man from such a modest background, could be responsible for the genius that is Shakespeare. Conspiracy theorists dismiss the man from Stratford-upon-Avon as an imposter. They claim he was an illiterate actor mouthing the words of someone great. But there are facts they can not explain. In Shakespeare’s dying will he left legacies to his fellow actors and friends Henry Condell and John Hemmings. They then edited a first folio of Shakespeare’s collective works,

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