Even Sesame Street does Shakespeare

Sesame Street does Monsters of Venice

It has been said that the work of Shakespeare is “for all time.” I was skeptical of the accuracy of this statement until taking this Shakespeare course. In this course, I have learned that even now, thousands of years after Shakespeare’s death, he is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language! I believe this to be the reason why Shakespeare is still so widely studied and the reason why adaptations of many of his most famous plays can be found in different forms of media like television and film. For this reason, I wanted to share with all of you a modern adaptation of a play that we read during our coursework. I found, on youtube, a video of a parody that Sesame Street did of The Merchant of Venice.

This video, while filled with humor, also teaches us another very valuable lesson. That is, that Shakespeare is still relevant in our lives today and his works have truly transcended from his time into ours. I am very confident that this will continue to happen far into our future, and even the future of our children and grandchildren. It is amazing to me that through the vast language that Shakespeare used in his works, we turn to him for entertainment and to learn valuable lessons about our past that can be carried through to our present and our future!

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