Irrelevance, Controversial and Perplexing

Shakespeare was born what year? sometime in the 1600’s? yeah  thats right! 400 years ago!!? What type of man is still relevant from 400 years ago. My GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT and so on……… GRAND PARENTS were maybe alive that long ago. I’m sure they did many great         no-shakespearethings too but they’re not relevant. Sure maybe shakespeare helped define culture, wrote some beautiful plays and stories, provided entertainment if not a little overdone, compelling characters and even if he is considered the best writer of ALL time. I do not believe the same. Shakespeare should be dropped and never heard of again. He is not relevant in anyway, he doesn’t even speak the same language. what is this “shakespearean” crap? no one says alack, thou, thy, ye, ene and etc…. as well as that no one even knows what this gibberish is. Most of his books were about politics and law, and nowadays the law has changed a lot. His writings are also not very relatable to modern times.

We aught to avaunt William Shakespeare in the betimes. We aught to have Fare thee Well to him ere. What a silly language, none of this language means anything in modern times. In fact if someone was to start speaking shakespearean society might think them a little crazy.1-300x163 Shakespearean isn’t conversational language. In todays society the majority of the english language is conversational. Imagine going up to someone in this modern society saying ‘how now, thee are attend in the morrow?’ the looks on peoples faces would be much of confusion and also thinking you might not be quite sane. In modern days that translates to ‘hello you are going along in the morning?’ No one speaks this way anymore! maybe in the old times it was acceptable but not anymore. Shakespeare had rocks in his head if he thinks this generations youth would understand what the heck he was on about! His speech is not relevant in any way! All a bunch of gibberish, overrated, unneeded, and especially perplexing nonsense!

Irrelevance, tragical, insane, perplexing, controversial, cultivated and political are words used to describe shakespeare’s plays, poems, stories and writings. Most are similar in some way as in a lot of the endings are often  tragic; Romeo and Juliet ends dramatically with both of them committing  suicide, Hamlet ends by Hamlet dying, Macbeth ends when his head is presented Malcolm who celebrates by having a party. Using these three examples (Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Macbeth) Irrelevance can be explained.romeojulietbyannieleibovitz7 Romeo and Juliet, ah the classic, is not relevant or relatable to this generation. Seriously how many people do you know that would kill themselves because the person they loved died? I highly doubt there would be anyone that would, also nowadays what families would hate each other so much they would disown their children for loving one another, not many, which is an absolutely and completely big nah-uh for relevance. Hamlet is another one of his insane writings, really? Hamlet becomes crazy after his fathers death and tries to take out Claudius? Throughout his insanity he kills an innocent man, gets sent off to England and makes a girl commit suicide? Although it doesn’t stop here! Claudius strikes AGAIN! seriously these characters need to get a grip, forgive forget and move on. anyway the story goes on to the point when Claudius and Hamlet both die tragically. Mmmmm to be quite honest i think shakespeare was the crazy one. Macbeth is probably one of the most perplexing plays I’ve ever heard about, it is not relatable, EXTREMELY gruesome, strange and especially insane. Number One: The main character kills a family, his wife kills herself, the family get revenge and have a party when his head is shown to the next king. Talk about confusing! The likeliness of this happening at all in modern times are slim to none. These three plays are not appropriate in todays society, they would be frowned upon and considered as unacceptable to really talk about. Shakespeare’s plays also have a lot of political meaning, families not liking each other, death, kings, and overthrowing. These are irrelevant because nowadays the politics and law have changed and have barely anything in common with the laws in the ‘betimes.’

I will give the guy credit for one thing though. His quotes are amazing! inspirational! Motivating! beautiful! creative! fantastic!imgres ‘better three hours too early rather than a minute too late’ ‘we know what we are but know not what we may be’ I would say that his quotes are the only things relevant to modern society. They are reflected throughout movies and books and are well known. His characters that were created may be reflected a little bit throughout movies today, but hey maybe those movies just thought of a brilliant idea, that was similar to shakespeare and used it because they thought it was their idea. Titanic, supposedly based on Romeo and Juliet does not have much in common with it at all. The characters don’t have the same name, the plot is very different, the setting is different. This goes for most of movies ‘supposedly based’ on shakespeare’s plays.

All in all William Shakespeare is irrelevant, irrational, BORING, old, and just another ‘dead white guy’ who should be left in the past. His plays are not relevant. I mean sure some people might be mistaken that some popular movies are based on his plays. But really the producers probablyurl just constructed a movie that happened to be a lot like Shakespeare’s plays. Ahhh his language might just pass as the biggest headache ever. Totally irrelevant, irrational and boring! What even? couldn’t find words to say so just invented the mumbly jumbly instead, words that are not even relevant in nowadays because they don’t even exist! And his plays jeezzz they’re a lot to take in, tragedy, politics but again none are relevant to modern society, as the laws have changed drastically, and nothing can be related to him. My theory is shakespeare was probably insane which is why all of his work ends tragically, and this explains the odd language, and also explains his ideas.

  • Yasmin Hunter

Is shakespeare relevant in todays society?

William Shakespeare, we all wonder why we have to study him, I mean to us he is just a play writer who died over 400 years ago and has no beneficial value to our lives. But he must have done something important to be remembered today, over 400 years later…


His characters and stories reveal universal truths about the human condition in a way we can all relate to; whether it is the tragic outcome of unchecked greed and ambition, an unrelenting desire for revenge, or the pursuit of love. His representation of human nature is just as real and as relevant today, as it has been through the centuries. The most famous Shakespearian example of betrayal is Julius Caesar, when Caesar is lead to believe that he is going to be king and is then (literally) stabbed in the back by those whom he assumes to be his best friends. Many of today’s movies and books use betrayal as a motivator. Some examples are Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, the story of Mark Zuckerberg’s rise to fame in The Social Network, and even Disney’s The Lion King, which pulls explicitly from HamletA shakespeare theme that is relevant to today is conflict. In all Shakespeare dramas, conflict can take place in many forms, if it be love, war, quarrels within families or quarrels between different families and historical. We see conflict all around us not just on the new when you hear about attacks around the world, but even in your own home, when siblings or families fight, when friends fight even when strangers fight. So conflict is still around today and shakespeare used it well to teach us about conflict.

The 2006 film ‘She’s The Man’ is great way to show shakespeare’s relevance today. ‘She’s The Man’ and the shakespeare play ‘Twelfth Night’, are based on similar theme, characters, plot and settings. In ‘She’s The Man’, Viola dresses up as her brother to be on a soccer team, but when she falls in love with Duke, who in love with Olivia who likes Sebastian who is really Viola, things get complicated.

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The plot of ‘Twelfth Nights’ is very similar to ‘She’s The Man’ and so are the characters. Viola, once she is no longer dressed as Cesario, is silenced, but the Duke demonstrates his awareness of the capabilities she showed while  masquerading as a man;

Your master quits you; an, for your service done him

So much against the mettle of your sex,

So far beneath your soft and tender breeding

And since you call’d me master for so long,

Here is my hand; you shall from this time be

Your master mistress

(Twelfth Night, Act 5, Scene 1)

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Even though you may think is language is not used today, well in some ways it is. Shakespeare created many english words that we use today, they may not be precisely the same but we still use most of them today. The way he used his words is brilliant, it is truly amazing that  Shakespeare continually produced both poetry and prose of such a high standard. Though the language itself may seem a little daunting at first glance or difficult to understand when you watch his plays, you can unlock the door to Shakespeare’s language so you can fully appreciate his marvellous work, it is also very truly rewarding. “ My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep. The more I give thee, the more I have, for both are infinite” (Romeo & Juliet). His work teaches us the power of words as an instrument of communication.

A main theme of shakespeare is appearance and reality. The idea that things are not necessarily what they seem to be is at the heart of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and in the very title itself. Shakespeare creates plays almost dreamlike in a number of ways; including character frequently falling asleep and wake having dreamed. (“I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was”).

images  Above all Shakespeare’s plays are truly entertaining, they offer enjoyable literature and reality of real life. Also many themes such as love, war, betrayal, devision, conflict and death. Also many of his plays relate to todays society, so we can say fro these reason that shakespeare is relevant today even if you might not realise it.

His plays touch on timeless themes, his characters are fallible and real, they are quiet like you and me in some ways. His plays are also filled with quotable quotes, there is repository of commonly used phrases and words today and he made a voice to the marginalised in society. In his plays females were not treated differently, intact they had critical roles in his plays and this really spoke to the women of the world that they are as important and equal as men.

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Shakespeare plays are really amazing, they take you to another world. His plays my seem daunting at times but once you switch over to the shakespearean language you can really find the inner beauty of Shakespeare’s wonderful plays and words use. He has changed history and touched many lives all around the world today and 400 years ago.

Is Shakespeare Still Relevant? – Caitlin Butler

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Shakespeare’s language is old fashioned but understandable, his characters are intricate and a large number of his fundamental themes – love, treachery, honour, bravery, and political interest – are still vibrant and relevant in today’s modern world.5 4 3 2

Within Shakespeare’s plays and poems, there are a set of character types, stock characters that recur throughout his plays. Some examples of these stereotypical characters are; the scorned lover who seeks revenge, the besotted lover such as Romeo and Juliet, the jester who is the comedian, the wise person and the compassionate character. These stock characters remain relevant today as they have specific characteristics and personalities, which enable the audience to identify with them, meaning, they don’t have to think too hard in order to comprehend and understand the story lines. Some of Shakespeare’s characters are based on historical figures such as Queen Elizabeth. The historical figures in Shakespeare’s plays make the story lines educational and comprehendible by people today.

Shakespeare’s plays were written for a diverse audience and include complex themes exploring the theories of humanity and the frailty of the human condition. Common themes in Shakespeare plays are appearance and reality. How things appear on the outside, are not necessarily the truth. Many characters pretended to be someone they were not. Another of Shakespeare’s themes is a chain of events going from order to disorder and ultimately change. This chain of events could happen to a person, society or nature.


In 1994, Walt Disney Pictures released an all time favourite children’s film – The Lion
. The plot is terribly serious including concepts of responsibility and revenge. The tale of The Lion King uses parallels to Shakespeare’s play Hamlet.

In The Lion King, the young prince’s father is murdered by his wicked uncle. The uncle then takes over the Pride Land and the prince is tricked and sent away. He grows up and returns to fight his uncle because he has found out the real truth. Hamlet is a play about the Prince of Denmark (Hamlet), whose father is murdered by his uncle, then marries his mother, and reins the kingdom. Hamlet is excluded and returns to fight his uncle.

Subtle similarities illustrated in The Lion King, can be noted and the two tales are very comparable. Although the stories were written centuries apart, the themes of responsibility and truth are still relevant today. So yes, Shakespeare’s work reigns supreme.

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10 Things I Hate About You is a popular classic teen cult movie, that is still viewed upon 20 years after its release. The film is based on Shakespeare’s romantic comedy The Taming of The Shrew, one of many of Shakespeare’s plays that have been adapted for modern day audiences. The film and play contain parallels between character, storyline and themes of individuality, plus young love and trust. The film includes many elements of teen life making it relatable and relevant. Several obvious links are the name Kat & Bianca and their surname Stratford is a link to Shakespeare’s birth place. One character and his date wear old Elizabethan attire and she addresses him as William. My favourite fact is that the director even extends the links to Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew by not only the girls’ surname but the male protagonist Patrick whose surname is Verona. This is the setting of another of Shakespeare’s plays, Romeo and Juliet. The ideas and themes of Shakespeare’s work are continually adapted to parallel the similar and relevant ideas in our 21st century, just in case we can’t think of any of our of own.

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Perhaps the most well know of Shakespeare’s tragedies and the most ‘borrowed’ in terms of tragedies and thematic concerns of conflict and forbidden love is Romeo and Juliet. Parallels have been noted in the famous musical West Side Story, the animation Gnomio and Juliet, even our most recent Twilight in the the forbidden relationship between Bella and Edward.

“Once again, this demonstrates that Shakespeare’s timeless version of human nature is accurate in our days too.”

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Shakespeare’s plays, have also influenced many novels. The famous ‘Moby Dick’ by Herman Merville is based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth and elements from King Lear. This novel was written in 1857, and sold 1500 copies its first week. Many authors use elements of Shakespeare’s plays to enable them to create a plot with conflicts and thematic but relevant to today’s audiences.

Yes, we know students detest Shakespearian language and prefer to read the translated versions of his works but many high schools and university curriculums have substantial quantities of Shakespearian literature. Although teenagers complain about the language difficulties, many words in the English vocabulary have been adopted from the Elizabethan era. Some of these words include: addiction, assassination, bedazzled, swagger and uncomfortable. Without Shakespeare, the English language would not exist as it does today. Shakespeare’s word inventions are still used in today’s English vocabulary.

Blackadder vs. Shakespeare

“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” It is no coincidence that Shakespeare is the most quoted playwright and poet in the Oxford Dictionary and some of his phrases are so well known that many of us have forgotten who first said it. Shakespeare has some of literatures most celebrated lines and expressions that are used daily. “There is something rotten in Denmark.” This reference is used often by politicians and often in murder mysteries to illustrate that something is being hidden or covered up. “Where for art thou,” is a quote from Romeo and Juliet yet it is used, primarily humorously in modern films and television shows “To be or not to be,” from Hamlet is used by people again in humourous prose or comedies.

“To be or not to be , um..what was the question?”

450 years on, Shakespeare still speaks to us wherever we are and in whatever era we find ourselves in. “The world is indeed a stage and we are mere players.”

Comic Relief – Catherine Tate & David Tennant

By Joel Rowley William Shakespeare

Although students may think that learning about William Shakespeare is a huge waste of time well you would actually be surprised at how much of an impact that he still has on our lives today through so Bl7yDc7CAAAfR9Emany different ways.

One reason why it is important for us as students to learn about William Shakespeare in this day and age is because believe it or not William Shakespeare had a huge impact on many movies and drama thats you see on your tv and/or on a stage. An example that most kids or teenagers would of heard of is Romeo and Juliet. The reason most of you have probably heard about is because many of the movies that you see are kind of based off the same concept this concept is that there is a guy and a girl that can’t be together because there fathers are at war so they have to keep it a secret in order to keep seeing each other. This relates to many other movies but not in the exact same way but quiet similar, for example The Note Book and Twilight. These movies and many other are all based on the same concepts as Romeo and Juliet that Shakespeare wrote in 1594.

William Shakespeare is still relevant in our time because works deal with the human nature which even with many hundreds of years still has only slithy altered since his time therefore our human nature includes what there human nature included hundreds of years ago like ambition, jealousy, unawareness, need of power, fear of death and many other things in our human nature. This was all relevant in William Shakespeare time as well as it is in our modern society. This human nature is shown through his writing and the human nature of his characters, this shows us students that even though we may think that it is a waste of our time if you actually take it for what it is you will begin to realise that it really does relate to our modern society today through many ways.

Even 400 years ago power was still relevant as it is today. William Shakespeare wrote the play Hamlet who was a soldier who got promoted and then felt power and was literally backstabbing (killing them) until he killed the king and he became king himself, even after Hamlet became king he was still so worried that someone would take his power so he kept on just killing people. This relates quiet well to society but not in the actual killing part but the part about him back stabbing people to gain more power. Although we may not be literally killing people we still do back stab people to get a promotion even though they may get in trouble or even fired for what you said. An example of this is the President that we have right now Malcolm Turnbull who through Tony Abbott under the bus to gain the position of president. Power was relevant in the time of William Shakespeare and is still relevant in our time either if we like it or not.

The Lion Kings Plot is based on Hamlet: 

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One Movie that is based off of Shakespeare’s well known play Romeo and Juliet is West Side Story which is much the same a girl and a guy want to get together and are forced apart due to where they live. This is related in our modern society believe it or not. Not the love stuff but the part how just because you are a certain race or in a certain group you can’t be seen with other people one example of where this is an extreme case is all of the gangs not mainly in Australia but more in America where if you are caught talking to another gang member from a different group you will be punished or even worse may be even killed. Another case in which this happens is with different races which is awful because just because some is Black or someone has white skin does mean that you are any more important or any less important as the other person. This is why Shakespeare’s play are very relevant in our modern society.

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Some examples of shows that shakespeare wrote:images

Hamlet (1600-1601)

Romeo and Juliet (1594-1595)

Julis Caesar (1599-1600)

King Lear (1605-1606)

Timon of Athens (1607-1608)

Othello (1604-1605)

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are still relevant in our modern society and will be for a very long time.

Even 400 years ago when this iconic man was alive there life was much the same as ours is today. There are powerful people, lovers and many other things. One huge thing that he did in his plays where having women play as men and men play women, this is showing William Shakespeare express of women and men equality through his plays. “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages .” This is one of o-SHESTHEMAN-570William Shakespeare’s quotes showing equality between men and  women and that they are equal.

If you are sitting in English and think your teacher is wasting your time learning about William Shakespeare like I did a little while back then really just think about how much input he has had on us as a modern society.1

The White Guy Lives

Shakespeare… When you hear that name do you just think of some dead guy that got famous from writing some rubbish? I know what your thinking ‘this kid is so not swagger, he ain’t dope and he defiantly ain’t no lad – he just some dude that uses rubbish english that makes no sense’.Think again. Shakespeare is so much more than just a dead white guy, he is the person that defined todays society through many things he introduced during his plays especially love and relationships.

Now, we all love a good romance (don’t even try to deny it boys), and we have Shakespeare to thank for creating the most famous love story ever written.. (no i’m not talking about The Fault in Our Starts) but i’m talking about Romeo and Juliet. You may not even know it, many ideas of love originate from Shakespeare. He teaches his readers through Romeo and Juliet one of the most important lessons that is brought to life today and that is; love conquers all (not saying you need to die for someone to prove you love them).

Romeo and Juliet revolves around love (duhhh) and relationships with both yourself and others. William conveyed love as ‘worth dying for’, you probably think i’m crazy but think to your self, have you ever heard people say ‘I’d die with out you?’ this is because the person saying and is inferring you are their Romeo or Juliet. (See this guy is still relevant)

(Romeo and Juliet, consists of feuding families, where the two people meet at a party and fall in love. They marry the next day to avoid a marriage arranged by her parents, she fakes her own death. Romeo, doesn’t know Juliet’s death is faked, so he commits suicide at her grave. Juliet then wakes up and finds Romeo dead next to her, so she stabs her self so they may be together.)

When i mentioned partying and parents and boy/girl you freaked out, don’t worry i know you’ve been there (forbidden romances always make the best stories even today). The marriage part is a little weird but hey the story is ancient. The moral of the story is not that they both die. It’s that they die for each other and to be together. (Remember this is just a story, please do not try this at home)

Don’t believe in that kind of love ? Read this Yes yes i know i’m right, it’s a modern day Romeo and Juliet ! Still not convinced ? Watch this, maybe Ryan Gosling and Rachel Mc Adams will convince you. Now that you see ,the love that is conveyed through Williams plays is relevant listen to what he has to say about love in his other plays;

“love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.”  – A Midsummer Nights Dream

Ever had a friend say to you ‘Ew why do you like him/her’ just know all you have to do is recite this quote from William Shakespeare and you have your answer. Today society is telling us our physical appearances are the most important thing about us, automatically diminishing self confidence and causing anxiety and self esteems to drop. William is telling us the opposite, he is saying people should love you for who you are and not what you look like. Don’t you just wish people read a little more William Shakespeare before they decide to go to war based on race, religion or ethnicity ?

“Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.” Twelfth Night

People often say ‘love creeps up on you when you least expect it’, once again relating to Williams writing. You can search for love and find it, but love is best being found without prioro intensions to search or go looking for it. This is a common messaged conveyed even in today’s society. (It hits you in the face)

“The course of true love never did run smooth.” A Midsummer Nights Dream

Love isn’t easy, Shakespeare isn’t trying to cherry coat it or make it out to be something it isn’t. Love is difficult if it were easy the world’s divorce rate would be so much lower. One of the main properties of love is to push through the tough times to test your love and limits. Shakespeare is preparing us for the common truth; that love is no fairy tale, but it can be at times, but love is still difficult and if it’s true it will persevere. For students love is always confusing, whether it’s because you’ve been in lust not love, or your parents are going through a tough time. William Shakespeare is able to give everyone hope and he tries to teach us the truth about love and even today we can relate to his work for inspiration and hope.

Shakespeare may be a dead white guy, but his teachings of love are still highly relevant

even through the everyday expressions of love we see today.

  • Shelby Pannell

Is William Shakespeare still relevant to modern society?

William Shakespeare. A name recognised by almost every human being. To me, I see him as a normal human being that came up with a few plays and somehow became famous. But somehow, even after 451 long years, he and his plays are still relevant to today’s society, how this happened, I did some research and this is what I found…

One of the reasons as to why Shakespeare is somehow relevant to today’s society is that most of Shakespeare’s plays include timeless themes such as friendship, love and vengeance. In the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ we can see just how much the theme of love played (a huge part) in the famous play. Although this play actually falls under the genre of tragedy, the theme of love is important in showing the audience the full meaning of the play. To this day the theme of love in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ has made it the most popular play ever written, even though it was written over 400 years ago. Some examples are movies that are exactly the same as the play except set in modern times are West-side story, Gnome’o & Juliet and Dirty Dancing. If this play has inspired this many movie producers, it’s quite obvious that he’s still relevant in today’s society.

Another one of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays written in 1603 is known as ‘Hamlet.’ It was re-written as a children’s movie 391 years later, this movie was known as ‘The Lion King.’ ‘Hamlet’ is known to have one of the best plots of all time from the creative way that Prince hamlet tried to use his uncle for the murder of his father. Hamlet was a normal character in the beginning, but as the play went on Hamlet became more aggressive and “power hungry.” ‘The Lion king’ kept the same storyline as ‘Hamlet’ but created a different experience by using new ways of entertainment through themes and language. Madness, mortality, women and political lively-hood are themes that made ‘Hamlet’ one of William Shakespeare’s most famous. But now days it’s famous because of the way it relates to modern society, even though it was written 400 years ago.

Another reason as to why William Shakespeare is important in today’s society is because of Shakespeare-Memes-3his language. Shakespeare invented around three THOUSAND words, which were added to the English language. Some examples of these words are bedroom, hint, swag, uncomfortable and assassination. If Shakespeare had never been alive the English language would not be as it is today and we might be using very different words in our everyday life.

I also found out that we use lots of Shakespeare’s quotes every day. His plays are filled to the top with quotes that we people use without knowing where on earth they came from. Some popular quotes of his that we still use today are: “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late,” and “Dogs of War” and “A heart of Gold”. Whoever’s reading this must have heard at least one of those lines. Another little fact is that 400-year-old Shakespeare is the most quoted person in the history of English literature, if not the whole world! So, now that you know that Shakespeare is responsible for so many common sayings or quotes this is added to the list of things that Shakespeare’s done in our lives.

Whoever’s reading this thing is probably thinking that this is enough proof as to why William Shakespeare is relevant in today’s society but I thought I should find one more just in case. This reason is that Shakespeare allowed women in the society that were viewed as less important than men, to be viewed equally if not more important then men in his plays. In the time that Shakespeare was alive men were seen as much more important and respected than women, except for the queen, and women were not allowed to do many things that men did, like going to school or having a job. Most young girls now days might think this would be a dream come true because you wouldn’t have to learn and you could sit around all day, but in reality, all women in the 15th century were used for was raising children and keeping their husband’s happy and their home clean. This all changed when Shakespeare came along.

Although women did not actually perform in these plays (they were played by men in women’s clothes) the actual characters that were women were not sidelined at all and actually played some very important roles in plays. Examples of women characters that played important roles are Lady Macbeth from Macbeth and Viola from Twelfth Night. Using the example of Lady Macbeth, Shakespeare gave power to this character and showed every one that women were capable of all the things men are, if not more.

So without William Shakespeare our society would still believe that women have no rites and that Men are superior to women, so all women should be very grateful of William Shakespeare,

Before creating this blog about Shakespeare I thought of him as an over rated play writer, but through research I found out what he has actually done for us. Hopefully this is enough to prove to you that that William Shakespeare is relevant in today’s society and that he is still worth learning about!

Is Shakespeare Still Relevant Today? Ethan McAullay

Is Shakespeare Still Relevant Today ?

imgres-2Almost 400 years after shakespeare death the world of shakespeare shows little sign of losing popularity. Perhaps the reverse with many of his famous pieces being recreated in the last couple of years, into major Box Office hits.

Many young people today shakespeare and his
time feel very alien, but is it really? With the language he used and the way he spoke still being used in day to day language without even knowing.

Shakespeare’s 55th sonnet, shakespeare suggested that his poems and plays could last when other things wouldn’t because his “powerful rhyme” would be internal. But he also realises, in this poem, that everything changes. thing like “marble,” “the gilded monuments of princes” and “statues” will all go away, and fade away into history. Everything decays, and only the “living record” of his poems and plays would to change time.

Shakespeare is still relevant today through his phrases and words that he created and used.




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Many of shakespeare plays are still relevant in todays society through his plays being remade in modern day classics.

Hamlet & The Lion King

flat,800x800,070,fin mid-1994, Walt Disney Pictures released what could arguably be the best animated feature of all time The Lion King. With a base unlike most of the movies released at the time. However, this theme is one of the oldest in history, and it is not the least apparent in one of the oldest works of literature by William Shakespeare. The work that Disney parallels is none other than Hamlet: Prince of Denmark, and the film shadows this work so closely, that parallels between the main characters themselves are wildly apparent. This very close comparison has led critics “to compare the movie to Hamlet in the importance of its themes” (Schwalm 1). But with a closer inspection of the characters themselves do we see just how apparent these similarities are.

10 Things I Hate About You & The Taming The Shrew

imgres-110 Things I Hate About You, a film directed by Gil Junger, is a young adult culture classic that is still watched nearly 20 years after its release date.  The film is based on Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, but has been changed to suit the audience and context of 1990’s America.

10 Things I Hate About You Trailer:

Twilight  & Romeo and Juliet

Deemed the new modern day Romeo and Juliet, Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight shows the mental picture osearchf “forbidden love”. However, Meyer’s Edward Cullen and Bella Swan are not simply recreated versions of Romeo and Juliet. Instead, when comparing these two stories together, the reader can recognise more than the “forbidden love” that happens between two opposing sides in both books, but they can also use the comparison to understand each character more thoroughly.

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Many people today believe shakespeare is not relevant in society when in fact we talk and act in ways that he created and that he brought to light. So why do we think he is not part of todays culture? Slowly he is drawing away from us. Everyone has changed to a more modern way of speaking and as for his plays and there re-makes they are all starting to become old and date, but are definitely not forgotten about. Shakespeare is still reverent in today society in todays society if not he must have done something that will last forever if we still remember him 400 years later.

Is Shakespeare still relevant today?

Shakespeare is dead, and has been for nearly 400 years now, but still somehow seems to pop up every so often in our lives. The question many have asked still stands, is Shakespeare still relevant today? Shakespeare is known basically all around the world and in his lifespan of 52 years he wrote 37 plays, 154 sonnets, invented over 1700 words and coined many of the phrases we still use today. Judging by this I think that Shakespeare is still, very, relevant.

Plays | themes

With Shakespeare having created more than 37 plays there are bound to be some of which that have valuable teachings and themes that are still relevant to todays society. For Example:

Romeo and Juliet

Who doesn’t looovve love right? And in Romeo and Juliet its all about forbidden love (the most dramatic kind) and cruel twists of fate. Fate is not something we can control, although our choices may affect it, stuff like culture, religion and the family your born into is something we cannot. Poor Romeo and Juliet just so happen to be born on different ends of the battle field, but when they mistakenly fall in love, they get married in a secret ceremony and thennn… Romeo gets banished. Here’s where the cruel twist of fate comes in 😓😣 Juliet takes a potion that puts her in a deep sleep and when Romeo finds her, thinks she is dead and kills himself. When Juliet wakes up and finds Romeo dead she stabs herself out of love for him and that how this romantic tragedy ends. The theme of love in this play is definitely one that has lived on through the centuries and this story line is still being used e.g. in the 2013 film ‘Warm Bodies’ where Zombie R (Romeo) and Julie (Juliet) are not allowed to love each other due to their very different existence which is also exploring the theme of forbidden love. The theme of forbidden love is also especially relevant in intercultural romance, which can be between two duelling ethics who tend to be forever enemies or as simple as two kids who cannot tell their parents or siblings about their kindling love. This leads to broken hearts, eloping or another common theme in Shakespeare’s plays, death, as it did in Romeo and Juliet.

There are also many film adaptations that have the same themes and plot as Shakespeare’s original plays such as:

She’s the Man, an adaption of Twelfth Night

This Movie is about is a love triangle as well as ambition and it shows how you can over come sexist limitations if you put your mind to it. Although we claim to have equal rights for men and women these days, it’s not entirely true and this adaptation of Shakespeare’s play goes to show girls can kick ass as much as boys can, more even!

10 Things I Hate About You, an adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew

This film explores the ideas of dating, individualism and trust. Dating is an unavoidable element of teenage life, often something teens feel pressured into doing. In The Taming of the Shrew, marriage is something everyone is obsessing over. In the film this has been altered and now dating is the best thing for you to preoccupy your time with, because if you don’t, you allude to ‘fit in’ to teenage culture. This theme is mainly explored through the younger sister Bianca, who is not allowed to date until older sister Kat does. Kat is a very strong, independent and externally confident young woman. Very much a feminist, She doesn’t fit in and doesn’t care, which is something we could all learn to do, especially in a world where social roles have an effect on an individual’s happiness.

The Lion King, an adaptation of Hamlet

The Lion King is about a greedy uncle who kills the king and takes the throne for himself, following a subject of betrayal which is something that can happen in any circumstance e.g. When you cheat on your husband or wife. If you put someone in a position where betrayal is an option you will soon find out who the people you can really trust are. 

Words | Phrases

Not only did Shakespeare contribute all his fabulous plays to our history but he also added a great deal of words (approximately 1700) and phrases (approximately 135) to the english dictionary. These are some of the most common phrases still used today:

Oh my goodness you’re a ‘Piece of work’.

You just need to ‘Break the ice’.

No, I ‘Refuse to budge an inch’ on the matter

This is ‘A dish fit for the Gods’.

This topic is not for the ‘Faint hearted

Jealousy is the green-eyed monster

That boy has a ‘Heart of Gold

Ahahah, omg, he made himself a ‘Laughing stock

That girl really ‘Sets my teeth on edge

Knock knock! Who’s there?’ Interrupting cow, interrupting cow wh— moo!!

Love is blind

I ‘Wear my heart upon my sleeve

He basically sent us on a ‘Wild-goose chase

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So as you see we owe a lot to the still famous, but dead poet William Shakespeare, and you better believe it. He and his work are definitely still relevant to society today and whether you use one of his phrases or words, watch one of the many movies based on his plays, or you experience a situation of which he once wrote about way back in the 15 – 16 hundreds, he’s always there. 

Is Shakespeares up with the times?

Is William Shakespeare relevant to today?

When asked who William shakespeare is,  most People  in the educated world would say, “oh he’s that that sick old dead dude who wrote a lot of fresh plays, like Romeo and Juliet  and  spoke in a weird version of english.”  His name and some basic knowledge about him has stayed well known, over 400 years after his death. As a playwright, he’s stayed up to date, because he wrote plays with themes like love, loyalty and fantasy, that have stayed relevant 400 years after his death.  Shakespeare has also created many words and sayings in the english language, that we still use today.

The Themes

The themes used in shakespeare are still completely relevant to todays world, our technology may have advanced but when it comes to human behaviour we have progressed as much as a monkey. One of the major themes he used in his plays was love and romance, and his most well known play, romeo and Juliet was about love. Love and romance is something that everyone was interested in 400 years ago and in todays the interest has probably increased.   Some of the popular types of love stories are forbidden love, unrequited love, separation of lovers and heart break.Shakespeare demonstrates many of these love tragedies his plays, which makes his plays so funny, heart breaking and completely update to the time. With 1 in 3 marriages ending, heart break is a huge factor in todays relationships, and like the tragic ending to romeo and Juliet, there is a lot of heart break in shakespeare plays. Another thing which makes his  plays about love so brilliant is how  everyone can relate to some level. Maybe not to  the extent which is shown in the movies, and it’s maybe not “love” that young people feel, but they can they still relate to the liking of someone. Just to prove how update his themes are, the updated 1996 version of romeo and Juliet, a play and now movie based on love and romance, grossed over 145 million dollars worldwide. Shakespeare also explores themes such as loyalty, mercy and forgiveness and Fantasy. Which are all things, I’m interested in and can relate to, to some degree.

The language

If you ever wanted  to ask someone how to insult someone, shakespeare would be the man to ask. With countless insults spread thought his work, some of my favourites are :  “Deep, hollow, treacherous, and full of guile,” “O disloyal thing, that should’st repair my youth, thou heap’st a years age on me”  and “Hang yourself, you muddy conge” If you thought insults and swearing was a modern day thing, you were wrong. Shakespeare has countless insults and swear words scattered throughout his work, if you want a to learn so new ways to swear GO READ SHAKESPEARE. William Shakespeare has also changed the way we use english language, he has created many words and saying that we still use to this day. If you want to say shakespeare isn’t relevant you should stop saying these words because you wouldn’t want to use words that weren’t relevant now. And if you want to stay up to date with todays society, you should stop swearing and insulting people. Because shakespeare did that 400 years ago and he so not relevant or cool. You see, to say shakespeare isn’t relevant, would be to say that parts of the english language we use today, isn’t either.

The Hollywood Screen Writer

Hamlet – The Lion King – Grossed $987,483,777 Worldwide

Taming of the shrew- 10 thing I hate about you- Grossed $53,478,166   Worldwide

Romeo and Juliet- Romeo and Juliet ( 1996 film) – Grossed $147,554,998   Worldwide

Romeo and Juliet- Westside story – Grossed $43,656,822

Twelfth night – She’s the man – Grossed $57,194,667 Worldwide

Othello – O (2001) – Grossed $19,210,835 worldwide

Thrilling storylines and great characters have allowed Shakespeare plays to be rewritten into modern day text. Movies based of shakespeare’s plays have made more the 1.3 billion dollars worldwide with lion king being the number 1 G rated film of 1994. Shakespeare may have died along time ago, but his  legacy and plays still live on. To say his plays aren’t relevant, when countless movies that we enjoy are based of them, is to say a writer in hollywood isn’t relevant. Because that what he has now become, he writes these great scripts and then someone edits them and creates amazing movies. One of my favourite plays which was created into a movie was

taming of the shrew into 10 things I hate about you. The to daughters take on the exact characteristics that was written in the taming if the shrew and it also shows a comedic side, present to in shakespeare. It also shows the story of the males characters trying to win the hand of Bianca, and a crazy person trying to win the hand of Kat.

Shakespeare is a true genius. By writing plays on themes that we can still hold true to today, creating words and saying that are now common in the english language and writing great stories that when “edited” make over 1.3 billion dollars, it’s hard to argue against the fact, that he is still relevant today’s society.

Is Shakespeare Still Relevant Today?

Shakespeare, a famous name known pretty much around the whole world, but why? For a name so widely known, he must have made a large impact on his society, and ours, or else why would he be so important. First, just a little background on Sir William Shakespeare, he was a famous playwright from the 1500’s. A lot of his plays are actually still around today and have been adapted into famous movies. You must be thinking the same thing as many other people, “Why would Shakespeare still be relevant today?”. Considering he died over 400 years ago, he is absolutely still relevant to society today for many reasons


Love is a very common theme that William used quite often in his plays. Like most of us, he understood that ‘true love never does run smoothly’ and based most of his plays on exploring what makes love work and what destroys it. An extremely famous movie and play by William Shakespeare that shows this and is known by basically everyone, is the classic Romeo and Juliet. This play was a tragic love story about two teen forbidden lovers that ultimately died for each other. Their families have been enemies for as long as they can remember, and cannot meet without fighting. In an attempt to get over his former lover, Romeo visits his enemies party in disguise, and instantaneously falls in love with Juliet. Knowing their families would never allow their love, they marry in secret. After many deaths and madness, JRomeo-and-Juliet-romeo-and-juliet-2013-35804451-3000-2000969322-romeo-and-julietuliet takes a potion to make her appear dead, and would wait for Romeo to come get her. Instead, he believes she is truly dead and takes poison, killing himself. When Juliet awakes, she discovers that her husband is dead, and stabs herself in the chest for love of him. Pretty devastating, huh? The story of Romeo and Juliet presents love as an extremely powerful force, and that it is worth dying for. This play was one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays and the characters, Romeo and Juliet, are now thought of as the ‘typical teen lovers’ of todays society. This theme of love shown in Romeo and Juliet is still found today, as there are more and more couples everyday devoting themselves to each other through marriage.

If you read one of William’s playwright’s, odds are that you wouldn’t understand most of what is being said. He did use a pretty odd language compared to us ‘LOL’ users and ‘YOLO’ers, but we actually owe some of the words we use today to him. Shakespeare invented many words, from hobnob to swagger, yes that’s right, a 451 year old man created the word swagger, that’s pretty funny. He also invented the words ‘eyeball’ and ‘gossip’. Imagine getting something in your eye and saying “Oh no! I got something in my eye sphere!” It doesn’t really fit right? So thank goodness that Shakespeare invented these words, or our speech would be pretty weird as well.


You may not know it but many of Shakespeare’s plays were actually modified into famous movies! 10 Things I Hate About You is a 1990’s American teen movie based on the romantic comedy play The Taming of the Shrew. Although people think “There is no way they can be the same, since, like, The Taming of the Shrew is so old and 10 Things I Hate About You is so.. not”, well, they actually have many similarities. For starters, the plot. The Taming of the Shrew is a bout a father who wants to find husbands for his two daughters, Katherine and Bianca, and all of the men want to marry the youngest sister, Bianca. However, the father wants his oldest daughter, Katherine, to marry first. Sounds pre10ThingsIHateAboutYouTamingShrewtty familiar, doesn’t it? In the film 10 Things I Hate About You, Walter (the father) wants the best for his daughters as most do, and the youngest daughter, Bianca (Same name, obviously) really wants to date a boy she likes but unfortunately her father will not let her date until her older sister, Kat (Short for Katherine, also the same name), dates someone first. Not only is it bad that Bianca can’t date until her older sister does, but her sister happens to be very mean and unlikable, making it hard for any guy to want to go out with her. So already, the plots are pretty much the same except marriage has been swapped for dating, because they’re clearly only teens! This is not the only similarity, in the play, a man named Petruccio is paid to marry Katherine so Bianca would finally be able to marry. This also happens in the film, as Patrick is paid to take Kat to the school dance so Bianca can go with her almost-boyfriend. In the end, Patrick and Petruccio have “tamed” the unfriendly and unsociable Katherine/Kat because she is now willing to be with a man. Even though the plot and character names are pretty much the same or similar, there a subtle differences, but this is only done so that the movie is more acceptable in today’s society.

20010 Things I Hate About You is not the only movie that was modernly adapted from a Shakespearean play. The Lion King was another adapted movie and was derived from another famous play called Hamlet. This adaption is slightly different to 10 Things I Hate About You though because The Lion King has been aimed at children and made into a cartoon. In Hamlet, Hamlets father, The King, is murdered by his uncle named Claudius. This happens in The Lion King, as Simba’s father, Mufasa, is killed by his uncle, Scar. These were both tragic deaths, especially for the young children watch the movie. In Hamlet, after much murdering, returns to his kingdom which was being ruled by his uncle to take the throne which rightfully belongs to him, just like Simba does, just without all the murder. Although the story line is pretty much the same, The Lion King was made more kid friendly so only 2 main characters die and Simba  wasn’t as brutal as Hamlet, where as in the play, Hamlet is killing people left right and center, which would probably scare children to death seeing a cute little cub going on a killing spree. This adaption only adds to my point that Shakespeare IS relevant to today’s society, as it was made into a movie that kids can also enjoy.


So yeah, Shakespeare is pretty relevant to our society, despite his odd language and old age. But we do owe a lot to this guy, such as words that are a part of all of our vocabulary, and without his some of his plays we wouldn’t have movies that were a part of most of our childhood’s. Not only would we miss out on a couple good movies, but we wouldn’t have the understanding of love that we have now, considering the impact he made on us with the tragic yet classic story of Romeo and Juliet. So what he died almost 500 years ago and so what he used strange words that we don’t all understand in his plays, but like it or not he impacted on our lives, making him still relevant to todays society.