William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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For years, people have argued whether or not to modernize Shakespeare’s plays into modern English or keep the original version. This idea is explored in the articles “Why We (Mostly) Stopped Messing With Shakespeare’s Language” by Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, “Shakespeare in Modern English?” by James Shapiro, and the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. In an article by Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, called “Why We (Mostly) Stopped Messing With Shakespeare’s Language”, the article talks about how the Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced that they will modernize thirty-six playwrights into today’s words. The article supports neither modernize or not modernize Shakespeare’s plays. In an article by James Shapiro called, “Shakespeare in Modern …show more content…

This quote shows that Shakespeare is a genius when it comes for his word choice, not the scenes or the characters. The last example of how Shakespeare is known for his language is in the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. The play states, “O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?” (Shakespeare). This is one of Shakespeare’s most famous lines in history. This quote shows how whenever people hear or see this line, they know that this is Shakespeare’s work and it comes from the play Romeo and Juliet. Also, this quote translated into modern english doesn’t make sense so Shakespeare’s language should not be translated because then Shakespeare’s plays won’t make sense. the plays Shakespeare’s work should not be modernized because people recognize Shakespeare’s by his own words, not by other people’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s work.

The language in Shakespeare’s plays shouldn’t be changed because the Shakespearean language makes the play more exciting. The Shakespearean language adds more depth into what Shakespeare is trying to tell the readers. From the article, “Why We (Mostly) Stopped Messing With Shakespeare’s Language” by Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, that article states, “James Shapiro, a professor of English at Columbia University, used a regionally apt analogy to express this opinion: “Shakespeare is about the intoxicating richness of the language,” he told Oregon Public

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