How do adaptations of Shakespeare on screen reflect modern and contemporary social and political concerns whilst retaining the core 500 year texts?

William Shakespeare is one of, if not the most well known writer in history. Shakespeare’s texts are read across the world, taught in schools, performed in the original, traditional working conditions and adapted in to modern plays and films. Throughout time his immortal texts have been developed in to modern masterpieces and have reflected the modern, contemporary, social and political concerns of their time as well as displaying those of the current. Shakespeare’s plays still attract the large audiences they did when they were first performed and film makers are constantly finding new ways to attract varied audiences to an adaptation of one of his instantly recognisable plays. Although, are the issues raised in his work still relevant to us today? How have modern film-makers adapted Shakespeare’s work to suit a wide and varied demographic? As an audience adapting to an ever changing society; do we look for more than just the traditional story line or do we want new and unique adaptations depending on the demographic we fit in to?

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6 thoughts on “How do adaptations of Shakespeare on screen reflect modern and contemporary social and political concerns whilst retaining the core 500 year texts?

  1. I like the use of media language used and you have shown great signs of research. The use of questions at the end are nice to show what your going to be writing about. You could mention what Shakespeare pieces you will be looking at.

    • abiclaytonx says:

      Thanks for your comment. The questions at the end are there to lead to my next paragraph where I start to compare new and old adaptations. 🙂

  2. bobbi14 says:

    You get straight to the point and can see exactly what you will be talking about in your essay. I like the questions at the end as they tell us what you might be included in your essay. Maybe you could include a few examples of shakespeares plays that link well with your question.

    • abiclaytonx says:

      Thanks for your comment. I will be mentioning Shakespeare’s plays in my next few paragraphs. I will explore new and old adaptations and how they have changed over time. 🙂

  3. Ella Stewart says:

    From here you could go on to anaylse how Shakespeare still applies to the modern day and events that could be related back to events in the plays. Really good use of media terminology and I like your rhetorical questions as they engage the reader and make them want to read on for an answer.

    • abiclaytonx says:

      Thanks for your comment. Throughout my investigation I will touch on exactly that and talk about the modern, contemporary issues of today and how they relate to the original plays. 🙂

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