Was the man we know as Shakespeare really the author of the “ShakespeareanWorks”? We know little about the man called Shakespeare, Did he reallywrite the plays, or is he just a man that got confused within history? (Sobran44) There is not even a correct spelling of this mans name, Some of thespellings include Shakspere, Shakespeare, And Shaxpere. Shakespeare, Is it theman, Or is it another? (Hayes 1D) Shakespeare is both fact and fiction, he wasno concern until nearly two hundred years after he perished, and there is stillno definite or probably will there ever be a conclusion to this mystery. (Sobran44) There is another man that can be attributed with the works of”Shakespeare”, His name is Edward DeVere, the 17th Earl of Oxford.
(Bethell47) The man known as Shakespeare does not fit perfectly into the necessarycriteria to determine the author of these works. Thomas Looney invented a seriesof criteria that had to be filled, in order to be a possible candidate for theauthorship of the Shakespearean works. To have all the knowledge that isportrayed in the works, the author must have accomplished many things. Theseincluding a superior education, from what we know of “Shakespeare”,this was not a possibility.(Bethell 46) We do not even know if Shakespeare hasever written anything in his life, Nor do we know that he was paid for writingthese works.
The man Shakespeare does not even make a claim that he is theauthor.(Bethell 50) He may not have been able to write the simplest thing ofall, His own name.(Hayes 1D) Its not how little we know about Shakespeare thatcauses confusion and difficulty, Its the things that we do know about this manthat cause the confusion and difficulty. We know Shakespears father, aglover,trader, and landowner, could not write. When he signed documents, hesimply made an “X”, This is why it is beleived that Shakespeare couldnot write also, Because he probably did not attend school therefore hiseducation was passed down from his father. (Bethell 48) Shakespeares farthermarried Mary Arden, the daughter of an affluent landowner of Wilmcote. JohnShakespeare was ambitious, We do know much more about the man Edward DeVere.
Weknow that because deVere was a nobleman, he could not have his name written uponhis writings because he would be considered of a lower class. The plays containa sense of hate towards some of the noblemen of that time period, which alsopoint the authorship towards DeVere. (Hayes 1D) When DeVere was a young man, hespent a lot of time in Italy and Europe, This could explain the great detailused in the Shakespearean plays of Venice, and other European locations.(Sobran45) The sonnets have never been able to fit into Shakespears life, On the otherhand they fit into DeVere’s life well. (Sobran 45) There are facts that leanboth ways in this age old mystery of authorship, Though the Strafordian man doesnot fit into the story very well, He may have some advantages that the Oxfordianman may not. DeVere on the other hand, has mostly every fact pointing towardshim as the valid author for the “Shakespearean” works, From hiseducation, to his experiences, to his travel. The Oxfordian seems to come out ontop.
How do we know that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare?. We dont actually, Wecan only assume that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare. Yet there will always be thepeople who feel that he didnt write his own work and say that he is just a mythand not a man. The world can only be in wonder if Shakespeare wrote his own workbecause there is no evidence that he really did. Even if there was there wouldstill be the people who say that he didnt.Shakespeare