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.

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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.