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But if you are an American teenage girl you may have to be convinced of that. Look at the way she goes about finding out who he is. Look at her confusion, her conflict between what she knows she should do and what she wants.
Long before there was John Hughes, Judy Blume, or any other recent chronicler of the teen experience and the sundry joys and pains that go with it, there was William Shakespeare. In his plays, he tackled young adult angst, love, and lust as it played out in tragic relationships, parental power struggles, and plain old frothy flirtation. Miranda Prospero never held much regard for the misfits employed at the mall until a mistake finds her at work with them.
One might imagine that the teachings of Shakespeare might not be relevant anymore, years after the fact. But when I teach Shakespeare to teenagers, once they get past their fear and trepidation of the language, they continue to personally connect to what he wrote about so long ago. His examination of the human condition is still entirely relevant.
No kidding. Shakespeare is credited with inventing 1, words. But language aside, what Shakespeare was brilliant at, and what has kept his words alive through the ages, is his interest in the human condition.
Shakespeare described the terrifying beauty of the adolescent so early in its development, and so definitively and so thoroughly, that it is only slightly an exaggeration to say that he invented teenagers as we know them today. It has been adapted across genres and eras, into operas and ballets and musicals. The most popular brand of Cuban cigars: Romeo y Julietta.
Though The Tempest was written around and the words spoken by a fictional character Caliban we can still see the beauty in it, the warmth, and can connect to his plight, his story. I remember first reading this play in school at the age of I was lucky not only to set my eyes upon this odd, unclassifiable play but also then to see it performed at the Globe Theatre in its full greatness, to fully realise that it was a truly great piece of work.
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Jump to navigation. He was the greatest writer in the English language and is known around the world. But how much do you really know about William Shakespeare and his life?
Skip to content. Shakespeare is without a doubt the most famous British poet and playwright that has ever lived. However, his work is often avoided by EFL teachers as they deem it too complex for their students. By being intimidated by the multilevel narrative and the stylised language we are missing out on some exceptional teaching materials.