Discovering the Relevance of Words
This is sort of like a Choose Your Own Adventure question. It’s an age-old question with so many different theories and conspiracies, and no real answer in sight. Sure, there was most likely a man named William Shakespeare, and he was probably a fantastic playwright, but did he really write all those plays?
Here’s my major issue with the idea of Shakespeare: there’s no handwritten proof that any of the plays were ever actually written by the William Shakespeare. I’m a fellow who enjoys hard evidence, so for me, it’s very difficult to believe that he’s responsible for such a massive collection of great works.
Yes, William Shakespeare wrote a lot of plays, but as the plays were acted out, the handwritten scripts – because, remember kids, there were no computers or cell phones or even typewriters back then- were crumpled up and thrown on the floor prior to each player walking on stage. Once William Shakespeare dies, his acting realizes that none of the works will survive unless they get together and write them all down. The actors gather round in a big circle, and beginning with the first play, they recall, re-write, and revise, until each play has been written down in their first folio editions, thus creating the legacy of the brilliant Willy Shakes.
So, now it’s your turn to answer The Question Of The Day:
Who was William Shakespeare, and did he really write all 38 plays?