Not sure if this debate has ever taken place, but my class is talking about it and i thought id try and get a reaction from you guys.
Did Shakespeare ever exist?
I had to take "no" side of this debate, and at first i figured some nut who was jealous started the rumour that he didnt exist. Then, after doing alot of research, i think ive been convinced he was not a real person. Remember, at this time in England, writers who wrote something that royalty did not improve of were thrown in jail and sometimes killed. So many believe some other write (Francis Bacon for example) wrote them and gave this name to remain anonymous. Or maybe it was different writers, who all chose to credit this Shakespeare character with their work. couple other points:
1- shakespeares parents were poor and illiterate.
2- shakespeare never had the money to go to school, and there are no records of him ever going to school
3- it is said he could speak 5 languages, but there are no records of him ever leaving the country, let alone take the time to learn all these languages
4- Other than these plays, no one had ANYTHING that was written by him personally. I mean letters, remember at this time letters were very common, people were frequently sending letters to friends, youd think he would have written someone being the great writer he was.
Course i dont know for sure, i wanted to see what others thought. Maybe someone here as that all important piece of proof everyone is looking for to solve this madness...