Violence In Romeo And Juliet

1056 Words5 Pages
In many high schools, 9th graders read stories from different times and of different genres in their english classes. Notably, one of the most prominent stories read by high schoolers is The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. However, there is controversy that high schoolers should not read this Shakespearean play because many argue that it is not relevant to what teens deal with on a daily basis. Despite the fact that the tragedy takes place in the 14th century, teens were no different back then. As a matter of fact, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet presents topics that present-day teens still struggle with such as brain development, tunnel vision, and how to correctly approach suicidal teens. Whether it is modern-day teens or teens from the 14th century, teen brains are developing and therefore they rely on their emotions rather…show more content…
As a result these people believe that it may negatively influence teens. And while violence is expressed in The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, it is not as nearly significant as the violence found in contemporary books read by teens. In fact, this play does not have much violence, of course it displays Mercutio and Tybalt’s death by sword and Romeo and Juliet’s suicide, but it is nothing compared to the intense content that authors produce today. There are many books that are created with the most brutality that teens have been exposed to. Modern books meticulously describe bloodshed, current stories are centered around such violence. On the other hand, Shakespeare did not intend to make his story based on violence, rather, it Therefore, teens are more likely to be influenced by the subjects established in twenty-first-century texts. Ultimately, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet describes few violent scenes, and with that, the play is appropriate to read in high school classrooms and will not harm any
Open Document