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William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a play that many believe is one of the most influential, iconic writings of all time. To some people it is useless and has no benefits to anyone reading it. Of course these people have their personal reasons and thoughts for their claims but only few have really went into detail and wrote about their opinions. I believe that Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet should be taught in the 9th grade curriculum because it is still relevant and easy to relate to for so many people.
Teenagers can relate to the relationships that the teens in Romeo and Juliet have with their parents. In this particular scene of Romeo and Juliet, Capulet was making the announcement that Juliet would marry Paris in a few days and Juliet was obviously very unhappy with the announcement. Capulet was then furious with Juliet’s reaction and unleashed his anger upon her. “I tell thee what: get thee to church o’ Thursday, Or never after look me in the face”. This explains the bad relationship between Juliet and her father. Capulet was forcing his daughter to marry a man that she had no interest in. This is a situation that many can relate to in reality.
Teenagers can relate to the relationships that the teens in Romeo and Juliet have with their parents. In the article “How Shakespeare changed everything”, the author Stephen Marche is stating reasons to support his basis on how he believes Shakespeare invented teenagers as we know them today. “ Shakespeare created this category of humanity, which now seems as organic to us as the spring.” This statement is one of the best when it comes to proving Shakespeare’s writing is relevant. It describes how valid and relevant his writings actually are to people.
Some people may argue that Romeo and Juliet should not be taught in 9th grade because it isn’t relatable but I can prove that wrong. In the article “Why I don’t want to assign Shakespeare anymore (even though he’s in the Common Core)”, the author Dana Dusbiber is stating her side and why she thinks Romeo and Juliet should not be taught in 9th grade. “I do not believe that a long-dead, British guy is the only writer who can teach my students about the human condition”. The author has a very good point by stating how a man so old could teach or relate to someone of our modern day lives. Although her point is very valid, when actually reading Shakespeare’s work for example Romeo and Juliet, Juliet and her father’s violent altercation. The fighting and violence in the scene is what many people can relate to in their daily lives at home.