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TOPIC: Are Shakespeare's themes still relevant today?

Are Shakespeare's themes still relevant today? 6 years 1 week ago #5070

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'Shakespeare's themes are as relevant today as they were when he wrote them'.

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Re: Are Shakespeare's themes still relevant today? 6 years 1 week ago #5071

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Yes they are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Are Shakespeare's themes still relevant today? 6 years 1 week ago #5072

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They are because of human nature, which links all the themes. Human nature has always been the same and is universal :)
That's why his themes are still relevant today!!
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Re: Are Shakespeare's themes still relevant today? 6 years 1 week ago #5073

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i think yes because people wil still kill other people for power B)
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Re: Are Shakespeare's themes still relevant today? 6 years 1 week ago #5074

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Yes they are. This is shown in Shakepseare's play Macbeth. Macbeth's extreme ambition leads to his eventual downfall. Macbeth's ambition is shown through is soliloquy in act 1 scene 7, where he states that his only reason to kill King Duncan for the throne is his ambition. It is that ambition which leads him to kill and his mind to deteriorate. He becomes insecure and continues to commit sin after sin. This is still relevant today. Many people fall due to their own ambition.
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Re: Are Shakespeare's themes still relevant today? 6 years 1 week ago #5075

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Your points are very true, but what about the supernatural elements of the play? Surely a modern audience would be removed from the belief in witches and spells? What do you think?
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Re: Are Shakespeare's themes still relevant today? 6 years 1 week ago #5076

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Yesz i think they are because people are still ambitious in todays society and are always wanting power and once they get it they cant get enough of it so eventually they fall. With the theme supernatural however i dont think it is still relevant in todays society because people dont believe in withes anymore :P hope that makes senseee B)
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Re: Are Shakespeare's themes still relevant today? 6 years 1 week ago #5077

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So are you saying that the witches are not important to the play? What is your evidence?
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Re: Are Shakespeare's themes still relevant today? 6 years 1 week ago #5078

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no ofcourse the witches play a major role in this play but i just dont see the theme supernatural as being relevant in todays society because we arent taught or raised up to believe that withces still exist like they were then and were not influenced by them or at least by the thought of them like they were in those times. does that even make sense? :huh:
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Re: Are Shakespeare's themes still relevant today? 6 years 1 week ago #5079

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Could you say that the theme of the supernatural is still relevant today but in a different way to the original Elizabethan audience? We take new meaning from it, a new interpretation because the witches represent the evil side of human nature so they become more symbolic to a modern audience compared to an Elizabethan audience, but it is still considered a theme :)
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