Shakespeare Essay

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Continuing to Study Shakespeare in School
I. Should students continue to study Shakespeare in school, that is the question? Nearly four centuries since of the death of William Shakespeare, the great classical poet and dramatist of the English language are met, and in addition to general acclaim for his work, the debate has increased with the discussion on the appropriateness or otherwise of teaching Shakespeare to American high school students today.
a. High school curriculum should continue to keep such an important figure as part of their studies.
b. The name William Shakespeare means so much to the history of literature; his ability to connect to the human emotion is timeless; ...view middle of the document...

Her argument is incorrect, because Shakespeare is important for all students.
c. Is positive to continue study Shakespeare? The United States Department of Education does well to keep the literature of Shakespeare in high school. It’s a very relevant sample of the purest human feelings. It is also a very positive way of studying the past to learn from the past, understand the present and prepare for the future.
1. Influence
a) His works have been repeatedly adapted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. His plays remain highly popular, and are constantly studied, performed, and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.
b. Shakespeare's work has made a lasting impression on later theatre and literature. In particular, he expanded the dramatic potential of characterization, plot, language, and genre. Until Romeo and Juliet, for example, romance had not been viewed as a worthy topic for tragedy. The Romantic poets attempted to revive Shakespearean verse drama, though with little success. Critic George Steiner described all English verse dramas from Coleridge to Tennyson as "feeble variations on Shakespearean themes." Shakespeare influenced novelists such as Thomas Hardy, William Faulkner, and Charles Dickens.
III. Which things gave us Shakespeare? In Shakespeare's day, English grammar, spelling and pronunciation were less standardized than they are now, and his use of language helped shape modern English. Samuel Johnson quoted him more often than any other author in his A Dictionary of the English Language, the first serious work of its type.
a. His inspiration comes from historical events, mythological tales and biblical passages. All these resources are a vital part of our history. He is responsible for adding about 2000 words and phrases in the English language. His works deal with the consequences of sin and yet Shakespeare was very liberal to show mercy. This is a very important theme in this work.
1) His works have a comprehensive and thoughtful look of the human condition, dealing with both the virtues and the vices of men. As the love, ambition, honesty, pride, pity, lust, power and justice. As students study his works, they understand theirselves...

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