Who Really Wrote Shakespeare? Shakespeare Did

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The question on who really wrote Shakespeare's work has been on debate for more than three centuries. And it still continues on today. Yet, the truth was always there: William Shakespeare. The arguments stating that Shakespeare isn't Shakespeare are rubbish. The facts that he had shallow education and there are no letters or records left of him don't prove that he isn't the author but are just reckless theories that lack sound support. Inventors of such false theories also came up with a myriad of candidates to replace him. The two major runners, Edward de Vere (17th Earl of Oxford) and Francis Bacon- a philosopher and a writer- can be proved to be just another nonsense made by the anti-Stratford.One of the major criticisms of Shakespeare is that a man who only got a primary education from a small grammar school cannot possibly have the background knowledge to have written works of such depth. However, here is the fact: a true genius shapes himself. The notion that "you have to go to Oxford to be a great writer" is not only silly but dangerous as well (Bate in Chua-Eoan). Being the son of a middle class family, Shakespeare would have gone to a grammar school. In these schools, they offered the basic educations in Latin. These includes oratory and letter writing in the style of characters form classical myths and history. (Chua-Eoan) Then again, it is really hard to imagine that such great works were done by a person who only went to a grammar school. Instead of going to prestigious schools like Oxford, Shakespeare read a lot and widely. Some even go as far as to state that "London's book-shops were by necessity Shakespeare's working libraries and he must have spent a good many hours browsing there moving from one seller's wares to the next (Shapiro in Niederkorn)." Books are the primary source for knowledge. The depth of his masterpieces all came from his love for books, regardless of his lack of education.It is true that there are no letters or documents in Shakespeare's hand or book in which he wrote his name. Nonetheless, this doesn't mean that he wasn't Shakespeare, nor does it show that Shakespeare didn't even exist. It simply means that he was cautious. As many know, Shakespeare was a devoted Catholic. Going back to his time of history in Europe, Protestantism came into being and threatened religious stability in Europe. Thus it was very dangerous to put your name as a Catholic. For example, St. Edmund Campion was martyred by the Protestant authorities. From this, Shakespeare must have known he had to be very cautious not to have his head "displayed on pike on London Bridge (Niederkorn)."Another counterargument brought up by anti-Stratford is this: How could someone who has no connection with the aristocrat possibly write works that deeply related with the government? Well,...

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