The Controversy Of William Shakespeare Essay

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Little do we know about the true history of William Shakespeare; there are many conspiracies that surround his life. For centuries, scholars have debated over the true authorship of Shakespeare's plays. Many books and articles have been written arguing that someone other than William Shakespeare wrote the plays and poems published under his name. Many quarrels have been exchanged, but the problem remains unresolved.William Shakespeare is a man of immense mystery. There are many blanks left unfilled about his life due to lost records. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. His most widely accepted date of birth is on April 23, 1564. However his actual date of birth still remains a mystery. A record from the parish register of Holy Trinity Church in his hometown was found, which states that he was baptized on April 26, 1564. Based on this record, and considering that children of Shakespeare's time were usually baptized two or three days after their birth, April 23 became traditionally accepted as Shakespeare's date of birth.Details about his life are only known from few surviving documents. Shakespeare was the son of John Shakespeare, a locally well-known merchant, and Mary Arden, the daughter of a prosperous landowner. He was the eldest of eight children. Shakespeare probably went to the King's New School grammar school in Stratford; but he had no education after that. In November of 1582, at the age of eighteen, a license was issued to permit Shakespeare to marry Anne Hathaway, who was eights years his senior and also pregnant with their first child, Susanna. Hathaway was the daughter of a Warwickshire farmer, owner of the Hathaway farmhouse, which later became known as Anne Hathaway's Cottage. Susanna, their first child, was born on May 26, 1583. Later, in 1585, Shakespeare's wife was once again pregnant, this time giving birth to a set of twins, a boy, Hamnet (who would later die at an early age of eleven), and a girl, Judith. Not much is known after the birth of the twins up until 1592, when Shakespeare was writing in London. For this reason, Shakespeare's biographers referred to the years between 1585 and 1592 as the lost years. There are still many speculations concerning this period in his life.Many people believe that Shakespeare did not actually write his plays; that someone else wrote them; and this person needed to remain anonymous. Scholars have come up with a list of possible candidates, which range from well-known writers such as Edward de Vere, the seventeenth Earl of Oxford; Sir Francis Bacon; and Christopher Marlowe; to far out suggestions such as Queen Elizabeth I; and Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's own wife. Although no one can really prove these claims to be true, there are many arguments to support them. These arguments, used as evidence, were accumulated and summarize into a few points: Shakespeare's education was very limited, so he could not have had such an exceptional use of English; Shakespeare...

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