British and World Literature, Section #300
Shakespeare’s Questionable Authorship
The work attributed to William Shakespeare, both plays and sonnets, display wisdom, imagination, and creativity beyond what many people are willing to believe could come from a single author. He was an individual not a god, just a man who made a few touches to his work perfecting it so as to make it credible. Why argue over a few words, he took (or had taken) from people while he was brainstorming.
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26, 1564 he then was baptized in the church of the Holy Trinity. Back then, in the sixteenth century, Catholics and Protestants had a belief that if an infant died and was not baptized, they would not go to heaven. So, tradition would be, "the Sunday or other holy day next after the child be born." Yet back then practicing or being a Catholic was against the law. Shakespeare's mother, Mary Arden, came from a Catholic family. So, you could say the “religion” was strong in the family. In 1591, John Shakespeare (Shakespeare’s father) had missed church "for fear of process for debt", which was a very common Catholic excuse. Many authors continue to argue that there is lack of evidence about Shakespeare's religious beliefs. But scholars find evidence both for and against Shakespeare's Catholicism, Protestantism, or lack of belief in his plays, but the real truth is... we may never know because it is impossible to prove.(http://books.google.com/books?id=V0Udd61zN4cC&printsec=frontcover&dq=shakespeare+biography&hl=en&sa=X&ei=X7N8VJyAH5ftoASR44K4AQ&ved=0CCUQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=shakespeare%20biography&f=false)
Shakespeare began his career in writing at an earlier age. Shakespeare was finally founded in 1592 allowing him to bring his wonderful talents alive. Shakespeare's work was written in "conventional style of the day" which was with metaphors or rhetorical phrases. Nothing was straight forward, sometimes it was hard to comprehend and questionable on how it even related to the story. But he did adjust over time with his wording and following the traditionally styles at the time. In this same year he was recognized as an actor and a playwright in London. He had many plays produced as well in this period of his life. In the writing world, there was a pamphlet by Robert Greene that hadn’t taken a few shots at William Shakespeare: "...There is an upstart Crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his Tiger's heart wrapped in a Player's hide, supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blank verse as the best of you: and being an absolute Johannes factotum, is in his own conceit the only Shake-scene in a country," (http://www.biography.com/people/william-shakespeare-9480323#married-life )
Robert Greene specifically complains of Shakespeare, who is a great writer as well as actor, he then goes on to use the term "Shake-scene," referring to him as not a great performer. It’s ironic that Shakespeare was criticized in his own time for his work; from the person who founded him. Nevertheless, Shakespeare shaped the performing art community by writing plays that were entertaining and educating. Not only informing the public but also helping them become aware of serious situations. He wrote about controversial subjects. He never was shy or held back to his audience he always said what he felt, pointing out the cons as well as the pros.
Shakespeare was 18 when he got married his wife’s name was Anne Hathaway who was 26. Their first child together was a girl, they named her Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Two years later, on February 2, 1585, they had twins Hamnet and Judith. But in 1596, Shakespeare’s son Hamnet had died there are no details on to how it had happened. Yet, instead of spiraling out of control he used writing therapeutically. He never mentioned the death of his son in his writing but in his writing he showed grief and lost. By using grief and sadness,