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Overall C+

There has long been a theory that William Shakespeare isn't really the author of the body of work accredited to him. But if this were true, who then is the real writer? Anonymous poses an answer to that question, which is intertwined with Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex Rebellion.

Violence C
Sexual Content C-
Profanity B
Substance Use C+

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and sexual content.

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For those who have been out of English classes for a while, what is iambic pentameter? Why would it be so difficult to write an entire play using this poetic format? What does it say about the person who could do this? How does this example play into the controversy about Shakespeare?

The Earl of Essex believes that all art is political and if it is not political it is not art. Why is he so driven to write? How did the popular culture of the time (found in the theater) color the opinions and ideas of the public? How do movies and music in our time do the same thing?

Could this story be told as effectively in a linear fashion rather than using flashbacks? What are the advantages of this style in this movie?

Discover the myths about Queen Elizabeth I.

Get more details about William Shakespeare.

To learn more about the Essex rebellion check here.