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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    ABSOLUTELY !!
    We have yet to do things better than William Shakespeare , and we may never ..
    No vote as I did not see any positive options/selections .

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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Of course. It is part of the heritage of Western Civilization. They should not only read Shakespeare, they should watch first-rank productions of his plays on video, like Kenneth Brannagh's Henry V, Polanski's MacBeth and Zefferelli's Romeo and Juliet.

    The language may be dated but there is timeless wisdom about the human condition in his plays.

    Even some of the modernized versions, like the DeCaprio version of Romeo and Juliet, have virtue as a decendent of that legacy.


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    I would have them read ROMEO AND JULIET and then watch WESTSIDE STORY to show them that the themes and characters are timeless.
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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by SlevinKelevra View Post
    The only reason I put maybe was because I think there are other fantastic Western/English authors that could be rotated in. At my school they substituted Shakespeare for the Junior and Senior classes for two years with Geoffrey Chaucer, Daniel Defoe, Tolkiens translation of Beowulf, and some other more modern authors. It was a cool experiment and was based on the idea that Shakespeare is 'overdone' at the expense of numerous other others and it reduces our literary heritage to one man.

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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    I would have them read ROMEO AND JULIET and then watch WESTSIDE STORY to show them that the themes and characters are timeless.
    Yes! Excellent point.

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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Of course but only as an elective portion of required English.
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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    I would have them read ROMEO AND JULIET and then watch WESTSIDE STORY to show them that the themes and characters are timeless.
    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Yes! Excellent point.
    ...and the Chinese redid King Lear in an epic movie called Ran, I believe, and was set in a feudal period of Chinese history. Was twenty plus years ago that I saw it.
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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    I don't really see why. She's not wrong, honestly. It would still be beneficial to teach something about Shakespeare, but probably either in history classes, perhaps a short look at his poetry, or in a field trip to actually see his work live. That's really how his plays are meant to be enjoyed anyway (and it's almost always one of the plays that gets covered in schools). Most of them don't read even half as well as they perform, in my opinion.

    Old is not always superior. And so much has happened in literature since Shakespeare's day. If we want to make an honest attempt to turn students into readers, yes, we do need to be engaging them better. Many students today won't be engaged by Shakespeare, and not simply because of the differences in language. Also because the content is probably less involving to a modern mind. Hell, I think learning to read the original Beowulf (and that was some work, let me tell you) was more beneficial to me than Shakespeare, at that age.

    There's so much great literature out there, and education should always be evolving. Just because Shakespeare has always been taught through reading it in novel form, doesn't mean it still should be in 2015.

    It is important for students to understand Shakespeare's place in history, I think. But that's better achieved in a history class or in live acting than in making them slog through Romeo and Juliet -- which is frankly rather eyeroll-inducing to most younger people.

    I love Medieval paintings. But the truth of the matter is that later artists were much better at portraying realistic and lifelike forms. So if I want to study realism, I won't be looking at Medieval art, which isn't the best in that regard.

    Similarly, there have been many great dramatists since Shakespeare, and if I dare say it... some of them are better.
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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    He was an adulterer and should be demonized... he is certainly burning in Hell right now as a result.
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    Re: Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    to read or not to read
    that is the question

    and I answer it yes
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    Should Shakespeare still be taught in school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    ...and the Chinese redid King Lear in an epic movie called Ran, I believe, and was set in a feudal period of Chinese history. Was twenty plus years ago that I saw it.
    Just for the record Ran (War in English) is Japanese.
    It was Kurosawa's last film and the most expensive japanese film at the time it was produced.
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