Authorship Debate Essay

1685 words - 7 pages

William Shakespeare’s works being just that is a notion most accept; however, there has been a lot of evidence and arguments by historians, who opt to challenge this notion, arguing that Shakespeare was the pen name of Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford had to conceal his authorship for social and political reasons. After careful examination of historian’s evidence this theory doesn’t measure up and it was indeed Shakespeare, who was the genuine author.
The world has come to accept that William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, during the year of 1564. The register of Holy trinity, the parish church in Stratford, records his baptism on April 26. According to the custom ...view middle of the document...

William also had a set of twins in February 1585. Between the years of 1585-1590, Shakespeare disappeared. We considered these years as his lost years mainly because there has yet to be found any documentation or know whereabouts of him.
     
     It’s accepted that Shakespeare was in London by 1590 working as an actor and playwright. Approximately for twenty-three years he was a working member of a London acting company. The acting companies of this time were commercial organizations that depended on the price of admission for their income. Shakespeare even went on to become a shareholder in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men-the most popular company in London-a Company that he also acted in. They performed for the Queen [Elizabeth].
Shakespeare also wrote plays for his company, which took up the majority of his time; however he managed to become a sharer in the Globe Theater and was expected to help in staging the plays.
From 1594 till 1608 he was fully involved the London theater world; in addition he was pumping out the average of two plays a year for his company. Shake as writer was ranked as London’s most popular playwright, based on the number of times his plays were performed and published (World Book 346). His hard work made him very successful, he purchased New Place, one of the largest houses in Stratford-on-Avon. Shakespeare's heart was always at home in Stratford despite his busy life in London away from his family. Shakespeare would also go on to purchase other real estate in Stratford and London.
In 1603, Queen Elizabeth I died and was succeeded by her cousin James VI of Scotland. As kind of England, he became James I. King James I changed the Lord Chamberlains Men into the Kings Men (World Book 346). William Shakespeare would semi-retire from London life some time around 1610 (Reedy and Kathman).

Before this paper goes on to talk about the authorship debate of Shakespeare it is necessary to know what Shakespeare’s London was like during the Elizabethan Age. The city of London, as Shakespeare came to know it was a crowded, unsanitary city, these conditions led to frequent epidemics of plague in which thousands died. The streets were crowded because London was the commercial and banking center of England. London was one of the world’s chief trading centers and England’s capital city. It was because of its importance it attracted people from the different walks of life trying to get a slice of the pie, just as New York City is the capital of the world today. Knowing how Shakespeare was so active in this city life it’s easy to see how the characters he penned came out of his daily experiences and dealings.
The World Book Encyclopedia states that Shakespeare’s works reflect the cultural, social, and political conditions of the Elizabethan Age (348). The people of this time were constantly in fear of plague, so they were intensely aware of death. Death and violence fascinated them....

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