I could really use some help. But I tried narrating the plays to students in the form of stories. It was a little step.
Yet his prose, plots and characters are as alive today as they were when the plays were originally staged during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
Shakespearean works are required reading for high school English students and a course or two for college students who study writing or literature. The plays have been performed in almost every language, on stage and screen and at popular festivals around the world.
What is it about a long-dead poet and playwright that makes him such an important element of contemporary culture? But also, one could plausibly argue Shakespeare has been manufactured into what he is today through popular culture. High school students typically read one play each year.
At least one class in Shakespeare is required for college English majors, which is one of the most popular academic programs on the UTSA campus, said Bayer. Outside of the classroom, there are movies, ballets, live theater and Shakespearean festivals.
Even popular music and television commercials have been built around notable Shakespearean characters like Romeo and Juliet, Bayer added.
Nonetheless, Shakespeare manages to shape the experience of many who have never even seen one of his plays, Craven said. Even in prisons, inmates who pursue educational opportunities regularly find lessons about Shakespeare and his plays.
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, a play about the conspiracy to assassinate the Roman emperor, is one of the works regularly used to introduce inmates to literature and learning, Craven said. The plot and themes involve murder, political treachery and justice.
A Man of His Times Still, Shakespeare most likely did not envision his works as fodder for high school English classes or inmates in distant centuries. He was a man of his times, writing for his contemporaries on topics that were the hot-button issues of his day.
Bayer teaches students to examine the historical context of the plays and the people they were written for. For example, sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British audiences, and indeed, the author himself, did not study nor understand human psychology as it is understood today.
Mark Bayer Humans still experience love, loss, be-trayal, war, humor and tragedy, which gives Shakespeare a foothold in modern times, Craven said. Still, the playwright wrote for live audiences, and Craven encourages students and other Shakespeare lovers to get out of the books and go see the plays in a theater.
They sighed, moaned, giggled and cried as one throughout the production, something the professor delighted in. He wanted people to cheer and boo at his characters.
Of course, England is the real heart of Shakespearean love and lore. A tourist in London may be able to find three or four theaters simultaneously presenting different Shakespearean works, Craven noted.
Not because the language is archaic, but because it is semantically dense. But like anything else, time and effort bring an understanding, he said.Of course one of the big arguments against Shakespeare's relevance is the language the plays are written in - it can be hard going if you're reading one of his plays for the first time, and trying to make sense of it.
William Shakespeare's Relevance Today For as long as formal education has existed in Britain it has been a largely standard assumption that teaching the works of William Shakespeare is relevant and necessary. Shakespeare is still relevant today because he is considered to be the greatest ever dramatist, prose writer and poet by many due to his rich language, complex characters and essential themes.
The themes of treachery, honor, bravery, love and political intrigue are still themes in the modern era. If anniversaries are a good time for taking stock, Shakespeare's th birthday on April 23 offers the perfect reason to ask about his plays . Shakespeare is still relevant because of his work's lasting impact on literature and the English language.
Many modern works are based on Shakespeare's plays, while many words and phrases still used today were first coined by Shakespeare.
May 26, · Five reasons why Shakespeare is still relevant The language is now archaic, years since the plays were first performed in Elizabethan England.