Romeo and Juliet in the English Canon Essay

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I believe the English canon is worthy of study, and I will use the example of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare to explain why. The English or "Literary Canon" refers to a list or classification of literature. The pieces of literature included in this list are accepted as the most important and influential works of a certain time period. Romeo and Juliet is a powerful piece of work included in the English canon for being of significant relevance worldwide to contemporary society for its universal themes, morals and values and its use of language devices, used to communicate meaning. More than four hundred years after its premiere, why does the story of Romeo and Juliet continue and why is it worth studying? To answer those questions, I want you to ask yourself a few others. Have you ever: * Faced obstacles or bad luck? * Been trapped in a life that feels out of your control? * Had to live by your parents’ rules—and disobeyed them? * Experienced love at first sight? If so, then, even if separated by four centuries, you have encountered some of the same challenges as Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is still a very popular piece today and is still worth studying because it deals with themes as relevant now as in Shakespeare's time. Love, death, rivalry, rebellion... all of it still goes on today. Love is naturally the play’s dominant and most important theme. The hopeless love of Romeo and Juliet happens to everyone, whether its "My family is in a feud with his, so they won't let us be together" or "That cute guy doesn't know I exist”, everyone at some point feels this way. There are three different types of love explored in this text, romantic, unrequited and lust. “Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear, Beauty too rich for use,

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