Importance Of Shakespeare Today

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This paper explores the question of whether Shakespeare and his works are still relevant to the culture of today. Shakespeare remains relevant through the themes of love, identity, and death, and relate to the issues and feelings of the modern world. Love can be related to how people act with their partners, mainly regarding sexual love, and can be seen in the innuendoes and scenes Shakespeare used and those used today. Identity can be related to modern times by how Shakespeare used the plot device of having his characters present as either a different person or a different gender. Death can be related to today by how Shakespeare portrayed his characters feelings of death and the afterlife to how people today view death and the afterlife. These topics are explored by using sources such as Shakespeare’s works of Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, and Hamlet, as well as using the modern adaptions of 10 Things I Hate About You and She’s the Man. Shakespeare’s Relevance in Modern Society “Now, I know Shakespeare’s a dead white guy, but he knows his shit, so we can overlook that,” (Junger, “10 Things I Hate About You”, 1999). Mr. Morgan, an English teacher in the movie 10 Things I Hate About You, says this while teaching a class. This quote somewhat implies that isn’t as relevant as some think, raising the important question: Is Shakespeare still relevant in today’s society? This is one of the most pressing questions that students across the world have. They gripe and moan
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