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That's the thing, isn't it?

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That's the thing, isn't it? The themes are universal, which is one of the reasons why the Bard's plays have been so enduring. There are so many ways for people to enter the plays: the action, the humor, the tragedy, the romance, and so on.

And I love that Joss Whedon, of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Avengers fame, recently directed a version of Much Ado About Nothing. That in itself is another entry point and one that might intrigue students.

Years 8, 10 and 12 English and History-Australian Curriculum

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Hello fellow Shakespeare teachers,
My Year 8 class of girls is currently looking at the ways in which Jessica and Portia shared many similar traits in 'The Merchant of Venice', and how they had to resort to devious ways to show independence. We have had some highly engaging discussions on the role of wives, sisters, mothers and daughters and how those roles have changed, OR stayed the same over history.
The girls had to interview their parents/guardians and grandparents if they were still alive, on whether or not marriage is still as necessary now as it was in Shakespeare's time. Would THEY have stolen from their parents to escape with the boy of their dreams?
Would they have deliberately directed their heart throb to make the right choice in choosing the correct casket? Why or why not?
Finally, to what extent is it acceptable to bend the rules to marry the man of your dreams?
Lots of hilarious discussions about what really DID constitute a heart throb and the extent to which girls go behind their parents' backs to be rebellious.

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