Essay on The True Author of the Works Attributed to Shakespeare

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“I am firm against Shakespeare — I mean the Avon man, the actor.” (Whitman) The true author of the works attributed to Shakespeare have been in question since the late eighteenth century and really garnered attention until the early twentieth century, when famous authors such as George Bernard Shaw, Walt Whitman, and Ralph Waldo Emerson declared their opinions on the question. The most popular candidates for authentic authorship, besides William Shakespeare himself, are Edward DeVere, Francis Bacon, Queen Elizabeth I, and Christopher Marlowe. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, writing was not considered a noble profession; therefore, authors would use either an alias or hire someone to allow them to take their name, which in …show more content…
(Hoffman) Another strong comparison comes from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and Marlowe’s Jew Of Malta. “But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?
It is the East, and Juliet is the sun!” (Romeo and Juliet. Act 2. Scene 2.)

“But stay! What star shines yonder in the east?
The lodestar of my life, if Abigail!” (Jew Of Malta. Act 2. Scene 1.)
Both of these passages start with the male protagonists exclaiming to his love interest and compares here to lightness and stars. Even more, these passages take place in almost the same act and scene within their respective plays. ("Marlovian Theory of Shakespeare Authorship") The passages evoke the same feeling of desperate love for a female fiercely being chased by a patriarchal protagonists. The similarities are too pronounced for coincidence to be likely, they would have to have been written by the same person
A second reason that suggests Christopher Marlowe actually wrote the plays attributed to William Shakespeare is because their major educational differences. The only known education Shakespeare received was basic grammar school that would not have given him the knowledge needed to write plays at the caliber they were at. Marlowe, however, attended King’s School, Canterbury, and from their was awarded a scholarship for Archbishop of

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