Bullying In Gail Giles's Shattering Glass

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¨Bullying is a national epidemic” (Macklemore) bullying has always been a problem but no one seems to try and stop it. In the novel Shattering Glass and the play Romeo and Juliet the evolution of bullying can be seen, but yet no one had tried to stop it in either of the books. In the play Romeo and Juliet the families bully each other around until eventually their own kids take their lives, because they could not be together due to the feud. In the book Shattering Glass by Gail Giles the characters touch a little bit on cyberbullying, but mainly they verbally and physically abuse people in the story to help them achieve what the characters want. In the novel Shattering Glass by Gail Giles, bullying is very evident among the characters. One…show more content…
The characters Sampson and Abraham fight at the very beginning of the play remarking to each other “[d]o you bite your thumb...sir?” (1.1, 55.60) then the bickering leads to swords drawn and fighting. These characters bully each other around until they physically fight each other. Another major bully in the play, is the families to each other. The Montagues and Capulets “[t]wo households alike in dignity” are feuding with each other and eventually cause the death of “star-crossed lovers” (Prologue). Their own families indifferences causing the death of their own children. Lastly, in Romeo and Juliet, Tybalt bullies Romeo when Romeo does not want to fight. Romeo loves Tybalt but he does not know that so Tybalt calls Romeo “a villain” (3.1, 64). Eventually Tybalt provokes Romeo enough to where they duel and Tybalt dies. The play Romeo and Juliet has a lot of bullying in it, much of which could have been avoided if the feuding families owned up to their mistakes and became…show more content…
In today’s world bullying has changed drastically, from Romeo and Juliet drawing swords to ganging up on people and beating them. Cyberbullying has become a way to bully “among young people” (Kids Health). In Romeo and Juliet the characters have probably never heard the term cyber bully, instead they just banter with the enemy and draw swords at each other. In the novel shattering glass, electronics such as computers or even iPods were barely owned by the normal population, so cyberbullying was not really heard of although it existed at the time. In today’s world electronics are very prominent, making “abuse” (Kids Health) very easy as there are “[n]o longer limits” (Kids Health) to cyberbullying. In the past, a person could simply walk out of a situation but now “cyberbullying can follow [one] home” (Teens Against Bullying). Bullying has changed drastically changed throughout the years, but now a bully can reach someone from anywhere in the world unlike in the
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