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Is Shakespeare The Be All and End All??

Shakespeare. The one name that all school teens dread. Shakespeare is seen as boring, complicated and he uses language that does not make sense. But what we don’t know is that many of our favorite movies are based of Shakespeare plays and some of the language that we use today has come from the man himself.

Shakespeare is still very relevant to modern day students because of the fact that majority of his plays are turned or adapted into movies that we love. ’10 Things I Hate About You’ is a big one. This movie is based of a Shakespeare played ‘Taming of the Shrew” where basically there are two sister and one doesn’t want to date and the other on is dying to meet a boy but their father will not allow the youngest to date unless the elder sister dates, Yeah it’s all a bit confusing but it is basically about finding true love with many ups and downs. A lot of teens do not know that this movie was based of a Shakespeare play (which is very understandable).)

Another movie is the Disney classic ‘The Lion King’. If you didn’t watch this movie when you were younger then you have been deprived. This movie is based of the Shakespeare play Hamlet, where the King’s brother (Scar) kills the King (Mufassa) {We all know that we cried at that bit} and the uses the Kings death to gain power. This movie is very well known and loved by people of all ages and still a lot of people don’t know that it was based of a Shakespeare play. Many other movies are based/adapted from this mans work (http://www.buzzfeed.com/louispeitzman/movies-you-might-not-know-were-based-on-shakespeare-plays

Another reason why Shakespeare is still relevant is because of his input to the english language. We get words like:  BEDAZZLED and FASHIONABLE, SWAGGER and COLD-BLOODED. Words that (well SOME teens) use now days. These words have changed the english language. To see more words that we owe to Shakespeare click here: http://mentalfloss.com/article/48657/20-words-we-owe-william-shakespeare

The thing is, is that Shakespeare is a part of our life whether we agreed to it or not.  Schools should teach their students Shakespeare but in a way that can be related too, don’t go on and on about the boring old stuff, try something new.

Shakespeare played a big part in what the english language is like today. With out him we might not have had movies that 10 Things I Hate About You, The Lion King and Romeo and Juliet. He may be a man from the ‘ancient times that we all find EXTREMELY boring’ but he is apart of our lives.

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.                          -William Shakespeare


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