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Shakes…who? October 30, 2011

Topic #290: Do you think Shakespeare existed? Or are there just to many plays and sonnets credited to him to be the work of one person? The new film Anonymous questions his prolificity and his existence. If you think these claims against history are a waste of time, why do you think they are periodically raised by so many people?

When I saw a trailer for Anonymous, my first thought was “Great, so many kids at school don’t know who Shakespeare is, now you’re going to confuse the ones that do.”

The trailer makes it look interesting and visually stunning. The Tudors is my favourite period of history and seeing the Globe Theatre and the city of London recreated will be interesting; but I have serious doubts to its claims that the most famous plays, sonnets and poems were written by either:

1.)   William Shakespeare
2.)   Christopher Marlowe
3.)   Edward de Vere
4.)   Sir Francis Bacon
The director is Roland Emmerich, who has produced two other sensational films The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. Emmerich admits that Anonymous is  ‘Hollywoodized’; but it’s working on theories that up to 70 potential people would have written the plays and that William Shakespeare didn’t have the education or court experience to get the details right.

When it comes down to it, does it really matter who wrote these amazing literary works? It’s not like Shakespeare’s descendants are claiming royalties. I think people should spend more time appreciating the plays, than wondering who wrote them. Unless time travel is invented we’ll never know for sure, so what’s the point in questioning. The film may be an enjoyable way to spend  a few hours and if it encourages people to read more Shakespeare, then that’s great; but as far as I’m concerned it’s as much a work of fiction as Romeo and Juliet or A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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2 Responses to “Shakes…who?”

  1. redjim99 Says:

    I’m with the one man and it’s Shakespeare party. To much consistency in the writing to be many men. And I will keep believing.


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