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Discuss a work that you are familiar with that alludes to or reflects Shakespeare and show how this allusion is used thematically. I am not looking for someone to do my work for me, but i am having a terrible case of writer's block and can't seem to think of any "modern" ideas or allusions to compare to Shakespeare's themes specifically in his works.

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Shakespeare is a common allusion, but the most common is Romoe and Juliet.  Just about every time there is a girl and a boy whose parents don't like each other, they are Romeo and Juliet.  The most obvious is West Side Story.

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If you're still looking for ideas, I might suggest a quick look at famous Shakespeare lines which have insinuated themselves into everyday language and usage, such as "The lady doth protest too much, methinks" and "catch my drift." One of the Star Trek movies is titled from a line in one of Hamlet's soliloquys--The Undiscovered Country. More titles and phrases come from Shakespeare than most people imagine.

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As others have noted, there are many modern films which are loose versions of Shakespeare's plays. The film O with Josh Hartnett is Shakespeare's Othello; similarly, 10 Things I Hate about You is a version of the bard's Taming of the Shrew. The older musical Kiss Me Kate (which was revised a couple of years ago) is also a "remake" of Taming of the Shrew.

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Thankyou all of you.
i decided to use Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard and then i also used the Lion King tieing them both to Hamlet.