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Why we shouldn't study Shakespeare...help! My shakespeare class is holding a debate, and my group has been assigned the stance that Shakespeare is an old tradition that shouldn't be studied anymore. We need good reasons as to why Shakespeare could be considered outdated or even detrimental. So far, we have discussed his racism, sexism, and possible plagiarism. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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In reply to #4: Some contradictory rhetoric here -- either it's obvious or it's been analyzed for hundreds of years. These remarks seem particularly disingenuous coming from an "expert" editor. And "aggravate high school students" is a cheap shot devoid of serious thought. The student asked for debate help. You did not contribute. Wordprof

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In reply to #15: What effect do you think your address name has on people? Your "present now" is not well served here.

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You could look at it from a parent's point of view, too.  You could say that if the average parent really knew what was in Shakespeare's plays they might not want their under-aged children reading it. Teacher's can't show movies that are PG-13 much less rated R and some of the themes in the plays border on rated R material.  In a Christian-dominated society like the United States, maybe parents should have to sign waivers before a teacher approaches a Shakespearean play.  I know for a fact that in this recession, I need to do...

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princessita-2-day | Student

i also heard that he borrowed certain words and idioms and phrases from other people who does that

princessita-2-day | Student

i just dont like Shakespeare's Language there is toooooooo much SEX in it, where did this guy come from. i hate when we are told to translate into mordern english. man i hate this guy

is00 | Student

Shakespeare should not be read because all other writers of the world appear merit-less literrateurs while compared with this 448 years old Bard of England.

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nazi123 | Student

We shouldn't study Shakespeare because we don't need to learn about past and about him. We live in Present Now

 

keshavmwd14 | Student

I have a solution for this.

Do not read any poems of shakespeare and read all the poems of emily dickinson. Them you will know the simplest language that shakespeare had tried to use.

He is just telling you the reality which he had experienced in his life that also making the poem entertaining.

So i do not think that there are any points against William Shakespeare

kjarman | Student
Why we shouldn't study Shakespeare...help!

My shakespeare class is holding a debate, and my group has been assigned the stance that Shakespeare is an old tradition that shouldn't be studied anymore. We need good reasons as to why Shakespeare could be considered outdated or even detrimental. So far, we have discussed his racism, sexism, and possible plagiarism. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

You should not have to study Shakespear because no one talks that way anymore. Our job as educators is to prepare our students to face the world of today in order to succeed in a very competitive job market. There are other writers who talk in modern english who could teach you the writing skills you need to know without being bogged down with all the thee's and thou's. A good way to win the debate would be to find a modern writer who teaches you the same skills.

mocking123 | Student

boring

hard to understand (language)

bad example for people (voilence)

 

bhawanipur | Student

My point of view is that the plot and themes in Shakespeare' writing is still contemporary. Such actions are yet found in the society. For example King Lear in which he asked his younger daughter- how much she loved him and would she do so after her marriage? These questions are still there.

However, to put forward argument why we should not read him, then of course we do injustice with the present writers. On the other hand, Matthew Arnord has compared him like this-

Thou art free.
We ask and ask: Thou smilest and art still,
Out-topping knowledge. For the loftiest hill,
That to the stars uncrowns his majesty,
Planting his steadfast footsteps in the sea,
Making the Heaven of Heavens his dwelling-place,
Spares but the cloudy border of his base
To the foil'd searching of mortality:
And thou, who didst the stars and sunbeams know,
Self-school'd, self-scann'd, self-honour'd, self-secure,
Didst walk on earth unguess'd at. Better so! All pains the immortal spirit must endure,
All weakness that impairs, all griefs that bow,
Find their sole voice in that victorious brow.

Shakeapeare, as I have read somewhere, had written for his livelihoos. His plays lack three unities. There are more co-incidence, supernatural being, revengeful motive which may distract new generations.