What are at least the 3 reasons why Christopher Marlowe wrote Shakespeare's plays?Christopher Marlowe is connected to Shakespeare's plays during his times before he was mysteriously murdered...

What are at least the 3 reasons why Christopher Marlowe wrote Shakespeare's plays?

Christopher Marlowe is connected to Shakespeare's plays during his times before he was mysteriously murdered (stabbed to death).

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If he had indeed written the plays, the reasons why he hid behind the image of Shakespeare are according to Marlovian theorists, the following:

Marlowe was a larger than life character. He possessed every ethos and pathos imaginable. He made enemies everywhere he went. He had plenty of people looking for him, and in the end 1593, he was presumably stabbed to death. Marlovians say that this was a faked death so that Marlowe could escape a death penalty that was coming his way for heresy. Interestingly, the first notices of Shakespeare appear....in 1954 (a year after Marlowe's supposed death)/

Marlowe may have wanted to continue expanding his career in an area where he burned a bridge. The theatre world was quite limited and only the best would reach the top. He had not been brilliant previously, and had little time and friends to try again. He may have used a less-educated and much humbler conduit to continue his works.

Marlowe and Shakespeare share a number of similar characteristics in prose and poetry, the same tendencies for rhythm, a similar choice of language, an interestingly curious choice of word order and word count, and many similar themes.

What is for sure is that, if indeed Shakespeare was the writer of his own sonnets, plays, and prose, then he and Marlowe must have to had met because they were in the same circle (theatrical) and they were, alas, the same age as well.