Why should we study Shakespeare

Why should we study Shakespeare

“Romeo and Juliet is one of the world’s best-known love stories. For over 400 years, readers and theatre audiences all over the world have been moved by this tragic story of love.” TARA STEELE The study of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, in schools, is an extremely beneficial exercise. It teaches students about many issues to do with human experiences. It is more than just a story of love. It is a play of contrasts; love, hate; joy, sorrow; light, dark; youth, age; life and death. Love in Romeo and Juliet was a significant factor in Shakespeare’s play. The most prominent “love’ relationship was the love between Romeo and Juliet. Their love was surreal, yet we all yearn for love at first sight with its fairytale feeling. Love, as a topic, has great appeal and relevance to youth today. At their first meeting, Romeo and Juliet’s mutual attraction and their play on words is perfectly captured through the Shakespearean language. “Romeo: If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready to stand Too smooth that rough touch with a gentle kiss. Juliet: Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, Which mannerly devotion shows this. For saints have hands that pilgrim’s hands do touch, And palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss. Romeo: Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too? Juliet: Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer. Romeo: O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do. They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair. Juliet: Saints do not move, though grant for prayers’ sake Romeo: Then move not while my prayer’s effect I take. (he kisses her) Thus from my lips, buy thine, my sin is purged.” The love between Romeo and Juliet influences people’s perspective’s on love and life today. Everyone wants to be loved at some stage in their lives and we see in Shakespeare’s play, that …


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