This week we are looking at the influence that Shakespeare has had on the modern world.
Shakespeare’s works have been HUGELY influential since they were first created in the 1500s and 1600s- not only do people still love watching and performing his plays and poems, but they keep reinventing his ideas, characters and storylines, they use the words that he created, and they use his language for inspiration.
Let’s start by looking at some works of Shakespeare that you can relate to- modern interpretations of Shakespeare’s works.
There are a series of videos that you need to watch from modern films:
- Ten Things I Hate About You (based on ‘Taming of the Shrew’)
- She’s the Man (based on ‘Twelfth Night’)
- The Banquet (Asian martial arts version of ‘Hamlet’)
- Romeo and Juliet (1996)
- Gnomeo and Juliet (animated version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’)
All of these are modern takes on some of Shakespeare’s most influential and loved plays. You can see that not all versions are serious- many are very playful- and not all use Shakespeare’s language. They should give you an idea of the rich storylines, comedy, drama and tragedy of Shakespeare’s plays, and how easily they can be modernised and reinterpreted.
*** Don’t forget that you can find links to all the videos you need to watch on the Symbaloo page, as well as on the Student Drive, so that you can download them and watch them without the internet. ***