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To Shakespeare or not to Shakespeare. That is the question.

Clayton Merrill, Reporter

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William Shakespeare was an English author, poet, actor, and much more. Studying his works could certainly last a year at least, but should students study his work in high school?

One of the biggest plays Shakespeare had written is the classic love story of Romeo and Juliet. At Orcutt Academy, Mr. Shaw’s 9th grade Honors English classes actually read and study the play. Students also act out a couple of scenes and for the test they have to perform a scene in front of the class.   

In senior year English classes, students read the book Hamlet. So Shakespeare is a big topic in our high school, but is it necessary?

Michi Hinders and Layton Blackwell both said schools should keep teaching Shakespeare because is it a very unique part of literature.

Adelyn Sarah, a sophomore at Orcutt Academy, said it is important to teach Shakespeare because it teaches the history of how we used to speak. She believes if students take history and learn about the past, then that should also include language.

In my opinion, schools need to teach teens the ways of Shakespeare because it shows how literature was in the past. It wouldn’t hurt if schools kept on teaching it, so Shakespeare should stay.  

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