Letter to the Editor

Good Essays
Dear Mr. John Adams,
I am writing this letter in regards to the recent article that was printed in the Sydney Morning Herald earlier this week criticizing the study of Shakespeare in school and how it should be removed from the year 9 syllabuses. One of Shakespeare’s most famous works is the play of Romeo and Juliet which is also one of the world’s best-known love stories. A play such as Romeo and Juliet incorporates profound themes of human nature, father and daughter relationships and the inevitability of fate. In addition, exposing students to a multitude of literary techniques, challenges students with difficult language and style, expresses a profound knowledge of human behavior and offers insight into the world around us. Simply stated, I believe students should study Romeo and Juliet in school because of the incredible value within the play.
The play centres around the rivalry between two families, the Montagues and the Capulets, and the victims of this conflict. As the play progresses, it reveals how human beings are capable of many things. They can be incredibly nice and generous, but they can also be very greedy, selfish, and deceptive. This is particularly suitable given the key theme of human behavior. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare demonstrates how even the kindest person can be deceiving to a lot of people or how money can make people do almost anything. This play teaches the audience that these characteristics is something that everyone is capable of in one form or another and not many people realize this but these rivalries may still exist today which is also adds to the reason as to why Romeo and Juliet should remain in the syllabus for year 9 students.
A character in this play that could illustrate this clearly is Lord Capulet. At the beginning of the play, it is clear Capulet feels his daughter is “too young” to marry and “still a stranger to the world” as Capulet first tells Paris when he proposes, conventionally to Capulet

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Satisfactory Essays

    Years, decades and centuries have past and yet a play written in the 16th century is still related to how we live our life today, in the 21st century. Romeo and Juliet may have things that can't possibly exist today but many fail to realize the significance the play has. 'Romeo and Juliet' is about humans and human emotions we feel. As long as we have our emotions this play will be relevant to human life. Romeo and Juliet effects love, life and death and the society the world lives in.…

    • 573 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Better Essays

    In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a world of violence and generational conflict in which two young lovers fall in love and die because of that love. The story is rather extraordinary in that the normal problems faced by young lovers are here so very large. It is not simply that the families of Romeo and Juliet disapprove of the lovers’ affection for each other; rather, the Montagues and the Capulets are on opposite sides in a blood feud and are trying to kill each other on the streets of Verona. Every…

    • 1460 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    Romeo and Juliet

    • 679 Words
    • 3 Pages

    William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, written in the Elizabethan era, retells the story of two young teenagers from feuding families who tragically fall in love. Out of the fabled pair, Juliet’s character experiences a greater change. From a naïve, innocent girl, Juliet changes and develops prominently into a rebellious and defiant young woman due to her infatuation with Romeo. As result of her love for her sworn enemy and his banishment, she changes her allegiance between family and lover, disobeys her parents and changes her beliefs and values.…

    • 679 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Letter to the Editor

    • 449 Words
    • 2 Pages

    I would personally like to thank Jeremy Rifkin for his earth-shaking findings published in “A Change of Heart about Animals”. Without Rifkin’s article, I never would have realized that animals can experience pain, suffering, and affection (2). The global community is truly indebted to Rifkin for proving, for the first time ever, that animals are actually living, breathing creatures—a truly groundbreaking scientific achievement, no doubt. The truth is: Rifkin has proven nothing new and merely demonstrated the barefaced hypocrisy of the animal rights movement.…

    • 449 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    This playright of two star crossed lovers leads to a tragic ending between lovers of disparate families. Whose fault remains Friar Laurence’s for the death of Romeo and Juliet. Friar got too involved with their relationship and made more than three wrong choices for the couple. thought he was helping them out but he was just making it worse. There was also a family feud between the Montague’s and Capulet’s which would make things worse if they found out what Friar was doing for Romeo and Juliet. They would all be executed or banished for choosing love before family and disobeying their parents. Lord Capulet also wants Juliet to marry Paris. Which causes division in the situation because Juliet wants to marry Romeo and not Paris.…

    • 716 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Flaws In Romeo And Juliet

    • 793 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Romeo Montague is the only son of Lord Montague and his wife. He serves as the male protagonist and has a consistent presence throughout the play “Romeo and Juliet”. Romeo is driven by his fatal flaw and can be identified by his impulsiveness and obsession with love. The two traits bond together to prevent him from changing as a character. These two qualities in Romeo’s character remain consistent throughout the course of the play and leads him to the play’s end, where his decision effect the entire story.…

    • 793 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet focuses on two young lovers, whose love is destined for destruction from the beginning because of the tenacious pride of their families. Although Shakespeare’s play celebrates the beauty of love through Romeo and Juliet, ultimately it is about the destructiveness of pride and honour shown through the both families and the feud between them. Although the audience is aware of the tragic fate of the pair we hope that it will be averted because we wish that the family will change their ways for the sake of their offspring. Throughout the play, Shakespeare demonstrates the beauty of love and how the love between Romeo and Juliet could resolve the feud between the two families. Although the beauty of love is celebrated, it is overshadowed by the destructiveness of pride between the two families and the influence of the feud on the younger members of each family. We are also shown the emotional consequences of family honour through Lord and Lady Capulet’s abandonment of Juliet and the irresponsibility of the Nurse and Friar Lawrence for not speaking up and the consequences of this as well as how both families’ obstinate pride leads to the fall of Romeo and Juliet.…

    • 1328 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    In Shakespeare’s play, “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet”, the two protagonists, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, are “a pair of star-crossed lovers” [Prologue] whose tragic death “buries their parents’ strife” [Prologue]. In the play, many factors lead to the death of Romeo and Juliet; among these are fate, impulsive love and the rivalry between the Montague and Capulet family.…

    • 463 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    This Shakespearean classic tells the tale of a young couple who fall deeply in love finding themselves separated from their happily ever after by their family’s century long conflict. Romeo and Juliet meet and immediately fall in love, their relationship progressing rapidly and living under fear of their family’s reactions they make panicky, over-stressed decisions and find themselves digging their grave deeper and deeper. Shakespeare’s inclusion of puns makes the play feel a bit lighter at times adding much needed humor to this tragedy while his use of metaphors makes amplifies the romance and tension of the play. Setting the play in sixteenth-century Verona, Italy added to the drama and exotic nature of the play, showing royalty, foreign laws and customs.…

    • 261 Words
    • 1 Page
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    The ‘ancient grudge’ between the Capulets and Montagues sets the foundation for unfortunate events that catapults their offspring to their ultimate demise. The ‘pernicious rage’ between both households ‘alike in dignity’ has significant impact on the course of Romeo and Juliet’s lamentable…

    • 906 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    A Letter to the Editor

    • 1031 Words
    • 5 Pages

    In A Letter to the Editor, the writer makes it clear to the reader that he believes the cheating which was observed in Monroe College is justifiable. The writer claims that society’s view on cheating is flawed and that in many instances, not only is cheating acceptable, but it’s also necessary for success. He goes on to assert that the act of cheating is a lifeline for many people and that it’s a way of sharing information, helping each other in need, similar to “if you were going into an unknown wilderness, you would take along the things you knew were needed for survival” (A Letter to the Editor). Nevertheless, the writer’s claim cannot be granted credible, not because of the morality behind cheating, but because the flaws in the authors’ logic validating cheating. In the writer’s letter, his argument is filled with logical fallacies, no credibility, and facts which are hard to prove.…

    • 1031 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Romeo and Juliet is a play about decisions, and more importantly, about action which comes after the decisions. The play demonstrates how love and hate can impair the decision making process, which in turn creates foolish actions. The main characters make decisions based on hate or love, and the actions cause unforeseeable consequences. For all actions, there are consequences - and the more important the action is, the more serious the consequence. The actions in Romeo and Juliet were fuelled by hate. In the play, there are two feuding families - the Montagues and the Capulets. They have been fighting for so long that they can't remember what they are fighting about. The hatred of each other has been embedded in the minds of the families so much that there has been three brawls in the streets and many lives have been lost. Family members and those linked to the families had the hatred embedded in their minds so much, that the decisions they made resulted in serious consequences for either the character who committed the action or other characters in the play. A character in the play sent a challenge on the life of a member of the opposite house. A Friar linked to both houses must consider the hatred when taking action. Important actions that had been committed would have been different if the hatred between the Montagues and the Capulets did not exist.…

    • 1595 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    About – The play is a tragedy about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. The Montague’s and Capulet’s do not get on at all.…

    • 279 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    The play Romeo and Juliet has two themes that rely on each other to create an understanding of the dynamics of relationships - the power of love and hate. One could easily conceive that hatred is the stronger theme when looking at the tragic denouement that befalls the star - crossed lovers. The ongoing feud between the Capulets and Montagues, functioning as a mean of hatred results in the deaths of the youths. However, a more profound exploration widens our horizons. Romeo and Juliet has become forever associated with love. The play has become an iconic story of love and passion, and the name “Romeo” is still used to describe young lovers. Shakespeare’s treatment of love in the play is complex and multifaceted. He uses love in its many guises to thread together the key relationships in the play.…

    • 926 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Letter to the Editor

    • 296 Words
    • 2 Pages

    I am writing this letter to Jeremy Rifkin’s article “A Change Of Heart About Animals.” I disagree. I don’t think we can change the way we treat animals. I think we should just let them be and have them live their own habit. If we change the way we treat animals, than they would be like humans and not themselves. They wouldn’t be just normal animals. I feel that animals should be in their own habit and not become more like humans.…

    • 296 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays

Related Topics