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.
There are not many known and proven facts on William Shakespeare’s early life. Shakespeare’s parents were illiterate which makes people question whether or not Shakespeare had enough education to really be the guy behind the words that are accredited to him. Shakespeare’s daughter, Judith, was also illiterate, which would have made it impossible for her to read and appreciate her own fathers great works. (Palmgren) Also, there is no known record of him ever owning a library. People argue that owning even a small library could not suffice enough poetic atmosphere for someone to write works like Shakespeare did. (Palmgren) Palmer Hall wrote, “There are in existence but six known examples of Shakespeare’s handwriting”. The only recorded writings are signatures and three of them are in his will. Trying to prove that Shakespeare may not have been familiar with pens, he was either given guidance or was shown a copy of what the signature was supposed to look like. There is not any mention of books written in his will either and there would certainly have been something to show for all his “supposed works”. Especially knowing these books were known as Shakespeare’s most valued possessions. “No autograph manuscripts of the Shakespearean plays or sonnets have been discovered.” (Palmgren)
Sir Frances Bacon, at the age of 15, had already graduated from Cambridge. He was then admitted into Gray’s Inn where he would study law. (McCrea 132) Bacon was a religious, philosophical and a very well educated person. By the age of Him and Shakespeare show similarities in style and terminology throughout their writings. Bacon showed the “range of general and philosophical knowledge necessary to write the Shakespearian plays”. (Palmgren) He was a “linguist and a composer," which was necessary in order to write sonnets. (Palmgren) He made his early career as a lawyer, and was an able “barrister and a polished courier” whom showed the thought process of someone of the royal court which was shown throughout Shakespearian plays. (Palmgren)
Many of the Shakespeare’s plays have a dialect that would not be something Shakespeare would...