Did Shakespeare actually write what he was credited with writing?
For Christmas my daughter gave me a copy of “Shakespeare For Every Day of the Year” edited by Allie Esiri. (I am woefully behind on my reading this every day…). I also recently read “Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell, a fictional account of the death of Shakespeare’s son Hamnet, and subsequent reason for the play. AS such, I’ve been thinking about other plagued times…
Historically speaking, we know that Shakespeare had twins, one named Hamnet and we know he died. We also know that there is a play called “Hamlet”. As there was no Google back then, or TMZ, we can only delve so much into life at this time. Much of what we talk about is speculation. But, in a world where we consider whether or not there should be right answers in math, is there anything above speculation? What are facts? How do we know if we are interpreting things properly?
The works credited to Shakespeare are true masterpieces. The themes are still relevant today. People fall in love with those that theirparents don’t approve of, we stab each other in the back, suicide is still contemplated. Human nature really hasn’t changed all that much.
So when faced with a body of work as diverse and extraordinary as this, as we look at it hundreds of years later…
Does it matter who the author actually is?
Sure, the correct person should be credited for their work. Sure, it’s nice to know if something was taken from someone’s true life story.
But for the casual reader of this work…
Is it relevant?
So for today’s questions:
- Overall- Shakespeare yay or neigh?
- Who actually wrote it REALLY matters…?
- Who actually wrote it doesn’t take away from my enjoyment of the plays and sonnets…?
- Who’s is Shakespeare?
- Shakespeare should be cancelled because he is so totally not woke