I loved reading your comments about Shakespeare and how you have incorporated it into your lives… you really got me thinking girls! In a very good way.
I agree that Shakespeare is an extremely intelligent writer, with great use of language and exquisitely described emotion.
I do not think it is appropriate for children. Mostly. Like Seraphim mentioned, "Shakespeare wrote some of the most lyrical and beautiful verses that have
endured for centuries and I see no harm in sharing that with children."
In my personal experience, I read and saw Romeo and Juliet when I
was in middle school… I was totally distracted by the 'sex' scene. The story…the fantastic tragedy and
heart wrenching love saga… were all lost on me. I was a teenager. And I do not believe mine was an abnormal response.
If one of the defenses is, "Children should learn this literature and the
human complexities behind it and understand the value of 'classic'
…well, then should they be reading adapted versions? If
that is truly the argument, then what value is the 'childrens' version,
where the beauty of the language and the true story is not represented?
That being said, I do not think the content is appropriate for children. Most certainly not for 7, 8, 9 or 10 year olds.
Now, am I so old fashioned as to try and shield my children from every genre that Shakespeare represents?
Thats what the Bible is for. The original great
The Bible has its own share of lust, incest, murder,
deception, and greed. The benefit of children hearing it from the
Bible is the follow through. Not only are they exposed to the
grotesque sin of all man, but it is coupled with the grace, mercy, and forgiveness of a holy and loving God.
Can a child truly understand Shakespeare and his complex irony if
they don't have a strong Biblical foundation to perceive it from?
Maybe. But I am not willing to take the chance with my children.
So, thats my opinion. I apologize if this is offensive to anyone.
But I thank you for sharing your insights and hope you know that you made an impact!