Research Paper: William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare, an accredited playwright and poet was born to the late Mary Arden and John Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s birthdate is not known but it is celebrated April 23 (Bentley 11). In this time period a child had to be baptized on the nearest Sunday and Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564. There are no records that proves that Shakespeare attended school as an adolescent but it was assumed that Shakespeare attended Stratford grammar school. Because of financial issues he was removed from school in his early teens (Walter 4). Shakespeare did not face many challenges growing but as adult that’s when he faced most of his challenges in life such as the death of his son, the heavy criticism of his work, and also the Black Plague. The death of his son was the first major tragedy in his life. During a time in Shakespeare’s life where he disappeared nobody knew of his whereabouts and none were recorded (Lindaman). These black periods lead to a lot of doubting and questioning did Shakespeare really write all of his work? Or did he use someone else’s work and sold it as his?
“No scrap of his own letters or manuscripts has survived, nor have the records of his school years, his theatrical tours or anything he ever said to anyone” (Michell). The big debate about Shakespeare work was how could a man that did not have the proper education to write such in depth and amazing plays. Many people such as Delia Bacon questioned his work because of his education and assumed that he had help from someone with a good education to be able to put such pieces together with that type of syntax. You could not blame anyone for wondering how a man with merely an education could come up with such pieces of grand pieces of work that would be used in English literature for centuries after his death. On the other hand who says that you need to go to a top school to be able to write such pieces? There are many people that did not attend school and have produced plays, written books, etc so not having an education is not enough to try to take Shakespeare’s credentials away from him for his work.
Many people have conjured up many questions about who is William Shakespeare or even did he exist because he had a period in his life where he “disappeared” and no documents could tell you where or what he was doing at this time (Bleiberg). I believe that during this time period where his whereabouts were unknown Shakespeare took the time to escape from the world and dig deep and focus more on his work. Having the pressure of the world criticize you can make any human being want to escape and have time to rebuild and think without the world’s pressure on their shoulders. Looking it if from someone like Bacon’s perspective he could have been waiting for his ghostwriter to come up with his latest piece of work. Looking at this theory it would be ridiculous for a man to put his life on hold to wait for someone to think and put together a piece of work so that he could...

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