Authorship In William Shakespeare

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For years, critics have questioned whether Shakespeare wrote his plays, along with his other works. Although those who question his authorship are a minority, it is a serious debate. Many arguments date back hundreds of years ago, but are still relevant and believed by a minority today. Many people, including famous actors, academics, and writers, have suggested that the plays and other works credited to William Shakespeare were either not the work of a single man or, were not written by Shakespeare at all. Even people such as Mark Twain who said "So far as anybody actually knows and can prove, Shakespeare of Stratford-on-Avon never wrote a play in his life.” and Samuel Mosheim Scmuker, who questioned if Shakespeare could have written such …show more content…
Shakespeare’s works have one of the largest vocabularies of some single English writers. With such little education and such a large vocabulary, it is hard to believe Shakespeare could have written all that he did. As according to Keir Cutler, “There is a startling incoherence between the story of a young man, with at best a grammar-school education, wandering into London, getting involved in theatre, and then suddenly, even miraculously, possessing one of the greatest vocabularies of any individual who ever lived.” It is said that if nobles produced their written works under their own names, they would face shame from their peers. Therefore, it is said that some aristocrat who wrote the plays must have used Shakespeare as a cover-up …show more content…
The case of Shakespeare’s fraudulence has attracted many famous faces including, but far from limited to, Mark Twain, Sigmund Freud, Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Charles Chaplin, who is quoted by saying "I am not concerned with who wrote the works of Shakespeare [...] but I can hardly think it was the Stratford boy. Whoever wrote them had an aristocratic attitude." (Fowler). Most scholars and those who have extensively studied William Shakespeare find that these theories are falsities. Instead, they believe that the young Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon did indeed write these works himself. Each of the other possible candidates of authorship has plenty of flaws on their own. Many of them already have works published under their own name and have no need to use Shakespeare’s name to publish their works. Although Shakespeare was a mere commoner, his schooling would have taught him enough for him to have written the way he did. He did, in fact, learn different languages at his school along with everything else he included in his publications. Furthermore, documentation from such a long time ago is hard to find in any case, not just Shakespeare’s. Thus, so, there is too little evidence to prove that Shakespeare is not the author of the works with his name on them and it is far more likely that a man named William Shakespeare existed and wrote all thirty-eight plays, one-hundred and fifty-four sonnets, and

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