William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet Essay

1752 Words May 6th, 2016 8 Pages
Since the beginning of the Enlightenment period and perhaps even prior, the skepticism of the changing world into modernity has been presented by great minds throughout the world. The argument really comes down to a very broad argument of whether rapid change is benefiting the human race or causing its destruction. The argument encompasses many aspects and categories. Poetry and other works of literature have attempted to tackle these questions and also leave their views on which side they fall. William Shakespeare, William Blake and William Wordsworth all fall under the category of praising modernity, and support the push into the new and modern. However, they show this in different ways and specific subcategories. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare portrays this theme within his theme of old versus young. Blake shows the theme through an argument on past versus present in his poem, London. Wordsworth approached the theme slightly different using the argument of beauty in nature versus cities. Each of these subcategories falls under the broader theme of tradition versus modernity. A debate still seen in literature in the modern age. However, instead of arguing the beauty of a city versus nature the discussion has turned to face-to-face conversation versus texting. The world has changed so much in these last hundreds of years and yet the general discussion on which is better, old or new, still exist actively. Under subcategories of tradition versus modernity, Shakespeare,…

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