Should We Read Romeo and Juliet in School
Should we let go of everything from our past that holds memories, simply because its old? Or should we keep on passing it from generation to generation to keep a tradition? In schools is a great example of that. A common debate is whether or not Romeo and Juliet should be taught in schools. We should hold onto this tradition because of the way it makes students think, and because of the knowledge it provides to the students.
For one, although the language in Romeo and Juliet is not how we speak today, it still contains great lessons for students. While reading Romeo and Juliet, your mind is constantly thinking and deciphering what message Shakespeare is giving you. To make students read Romeo and Juliet early in their high school years will benefit them.
The unique style of writing will make the students’ brains work much harder to understand the message. If they were given a book with language they see every day would not benefit their learning as much. By reading Romeo and Juliet students will receive more knowledge.
Another reason that reading Romeo and Juliet in schools is a great idea is because it is a two in one lesson. As teachers they have so much curriculum to teach the students and sometimes its hard to fit it all in. Rather than teaching the students what similes and metaphors are, students can read Romeo and Juliet and have perfect examples right in front of them while not wasting any time. While reading Romeo and Juliet you may notice that Romeo is a romantic and he loves using metaphors and similes to compare Juliet to celestial objects.
You may ask so what? Well Romeo is one of the main characters which means he speaks a lot, therefore there are many more examples for students to learn those parts of speech. Reading Romeo and Juliet in school makes teaching easier and makes learning a two in one combo.
Last but not least as you move on to different levels of school and in life, Romeo and Juliet will be referenced to. Not having read Romeo and Juliet, students would have no idea what is being discussed so being asked a question referring to Romeo and Juliet might be tough to answer. Rather than not knowing the answer and being dumbstruck in front of the whole class, it would be in a student’s best interest to take a little time out of their life and read Romeo and Juliet. Not to mention the benefit that after you read the book you can watch the movie for more excitement.
The knowledge provided to the students, the fact that Romeo and Juliet will be referenced to later in life and the fact that it is a two in one lesson are just some of the many reasons that reading Romeo and Juliet in school should be kept a tradition. There is far too much knowledge to be perceived because of the unique style of writing and the rich vocabulary. After being studied for over a hundred years, there must be something great enough to keep the tradition.