Essay about William Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet '

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“To be or not to be” wrote William Shakespeare in his play Hamlet. Or did he? For years intellectuals have debated whether Shakespeare really wrote his 154 sonnets and 37 plays (Pruitt). Despite the present-day lack of evidence to prove Shakespeare’s authorship and the myriad theories to the contrary, the balance tips toward concluding that Shakespeare is the one true author of his impactful collection of works. When people start to question the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays they immediately turn to his education and lower class lifestyle. How could a poor man from Stratford write such insightful and politically complex plays? (Pruitt). With regards to the argument that Shakespeare wasn’t educated enough to know about politics, have an Italian or French vocabulary or make allusions to Latin and Greek sources, Wheeler emphasizes that many who make this argument ignore the fact that Shakespeare attended Stratford Free School and thus had multiple opportunities to study French and Italian and become well versed in Latin and Greek sources. Wheeler makes references to The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet and Henry VIII to prove that Shakespeare was educated enough to write in an intellectual manner, capable of asking questions of other people about their experiences on a battlefield or in a court-room and, unlike the noblemen who are suggested to have written his plays, Shakespeare reproduced the slang of the common tavern and the technicalities behind…

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