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Thursday, October 20 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
For the Love of Romeo and Juliet, save it for Seniors. LIMITED

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While this beautiful play is typically taught to Freshmen as an old-fashioned, tragic love story, most Freshman teachers tell me that they either summarize, skim, or modernize the text in order to get through it. I believe that this play, however, is the most currently relevant of all of Shakespeare’s plays, and is worth reading, line-by-line, word-by-poignant word. It is Shakespeare's words that compel us to wrestle with the universal problems, not only of his world, but also of our modern world. How important is family? And family reputation? Why do we see different cultures as a threat? What happens to women in a patriarchal society? What is the difference between lust and love? What does a young person do when they feel betrayed by every adult in their life? How does joking help us fit in? What role does religion have on one’s decisions? So much wealth under-appreciated by freshman. I hope to convince you to consider teaching this play to Seniors. If for no other reason, come and enjoy this review of one of Shakespeare's greatest and most currently relevant plays.


Bette VanDinther

Bette VanDinther is a Writing and Literature consultant, teacher, and workshop leader.
BA and MA in English and Education from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Thursday October 20, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. Marys on the second floor of the DoubleTree hotel.

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