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Saturday, 16 July 2011

Old secret or wrong Shakespeare?

William Shakespeare is a well-known name for majority of us. It is one of the most common names googled every single day in the internet. We all know him as a great English poet and playwright living in the 17th century. Books of this extremely talanted and famous figure such as Antony and Cleopatry and Hamlet have been read for more than four centuries with not a less interest. It is worth saying that one may find it more difficult to find a book of contemporary but popular authors in book shops or libraries than Shakespeare's. The reason is the same as with the case with Tolstoy, Marc Twain, Dostoyevski and other writers. They are all classics. Despite of continious debates for and against books by these authors, they still remain being classics. Too important for a nation for history and ultimately, for the world. As there is no need to introduce Shakespeare any more lets move on to the argument of this post. Was Shakespeare the real author of all these books we have been reading and admiring? Who is Shakespeare in reality and what is his relationship with Francis Bacon?

One of the works by Shakespeare "The Tempest" was written in 1611 and after that during five years there was no work written by him. Although, some historians insist that these five years he was busy with theatre work, most of them claim that "The Tempest" as all other books by so called Shakespeare were written by Francis Bacon who was actually ill when writing "The Tempest" so after finishing that book there was no published works of Shakespeare( The photo from "The Tempest" play can be seen below). Moreover, it was possible to understand from the content of the book that it was written in a more emotional way, relating to late period of life. Now, the reasonable question which comes to mind - who is Francis Bacon? Francis Bacon was an English philosopher, lawyer and scientist living at the same time with Shakespeare during 1561-1626. But why didn't Bacon want to accept authority of so great works? Before moving to the answer of this question lets talk further about Shakespeare alone. He was an actor which was playing second type roles in theatre in Stratford where he was born. Now the reason why Bacon didn't want to publish books with his own name was his flourishing career. He wanted to be remembered as a successful parlamentarian rather than an ordinary writer. However, before death Bacon left a letter and asked it to be read. There is not much information about that very letter and decision his family and government made about reading it. 

The point is whether the world has enough courage to face the truth or not? If the letter is read the world loses Shakespeare as the greatest poet of all times but doesnt get anything in return as Bacon is already famous as a politician of British governance. If this claim is true then it just proves that history is unnfair, it creates heros from ordinary people and vice versa. Sometimes we just need to believe that extraordinary things exist and maybe it will explain everything.

16 July, 2011
Istanbul, Turkey

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