Essay about Doubting Shakespeare's Authorship

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Adding to the list of those assumed to be the legitimate authors of the Shakespearean works, a theory naming poet and dramatist Christopher Marlowe the writer of the plays. The coincidence regarding Marlowe's death in 1593 and the publications of Shakespeare's early works are the forefront for this argument. The Marlovian theory states that the death of Christopher Marlowe was faked, and he was the main author of the poems and plays attributed to William Shakespeare. "Around the time of Marlowe's apparent death, the name William Shakespeare appeared in print for the first time, attached to a new work, Venus and Adonis, described by its author as 'the first heir of my invention'" (Barber 84). For a long time, scholars have heeded …show more content…
(Barber 85)
The conclusion of the poem from which the excerpt is taken both celebrates the immortality of the poet through his verse, and, if read as more literally, references the poet's triumph over death. This is simply an example of the brilliant and profound writing ability of Marlowe, and one of the reason he is considered one of the main "alternative Shakespeares." Marlowe is also the main creator of the "Shakespearean" blank verse drama (Barber 85).
The similarities in the style of Marlowe's and Shakespeare's writing are much disputed, as well. "Parallelisms" between the two authors have been made by many authors and scholars, in particular Calvin Hoffman. For example, in Marlowe's Jew of Malta, Barabas sees Abigail above him and says, "But stay! What star shines yonder in the east?/ The lodestar of my life, if Abigail!" (Barber 85). This is shockingly and undeniably similar to Romeo's famous words to Juliet when she appears on the balcony above him in Romeo and Juliet, "But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the East, and Juliet is the sun!" (Barber 85). However, despite the parallelism and similarities between these two authors, it is simply not enough evidence to prove that they are the same person. This is due to the possibility of Shakespeare simply copying from Marlowe. His influence on Shakespeare's work is

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