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Re: Unfit for Teens
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2460  Monday, 23 December 2002

[1]     From:   Walter Miale <
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        Date:   Friday, 20 Dec 2002 21:38:25 -0500
        Subj:   Unfit for Teens (was Re: SHK 13.2445 Re: Baz Luhrmann Review)

[2]     From:   John W. Kennedy <
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        Date:   Friday, 20 Dec 2002 21:53:45 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2454 Re: Baz Luhrmann Review


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From:           Walter Miale <
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Date:           Friday, 20 Dec 2002 21:38:25 -0500
Subject: teens (was Re: SHK 13.2445 Re: Baz Luhrmann Review)
Comment:        Unfit for teens (was Re: SHK 13.2445 Re: Baz Luhrmann Review)

>>....(just kidding.)

>hmmm...I find the posting "Unfit for Teens (was Re: Baz Luhrmann Review)
>a bit troubling.
>
>I'm not sure... about which part of the posting is the writer joking? As
>a teacher of high school students I find his suggestion that teens
>should not be exposed to uncensored publications or productions of R & J
>hard to swallow.

I would prefer not to elaborate, except to add that Shakespeare's works
are not the only classics unsuitable for innocent minds. To take just
one other work: The Bible depicts God as an unforgiving Father demon,
sanctioning sins and crimes from child abuse (Proverbs, 13:24) to
slavery (Exodus 21:7, Leviticus 25:44) to mass murder (Numbers,
Deuteronomy, and Joshua, passim), and its excesses of eroticism are well
known. Young minds should certainly not be permitted to browse freely
through this book, but should read it only under careful supervision or,
better, in a suitable, illustrated children's or youth edition.

It's common knowledge how dangerous the Internet is for children, but we
seem to have forgotten the dangers to which young minds are exposed at
the public library. Let parents beware!

P.S.  <:=)

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From:           John W. Kennedy <
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Date:           Friday, 20 Dec 2002 21:53:45 -0500
Subject: 13.2454 Re: Baz Luhrmann Review
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2454 Re: Baz Luhrmann Review

Martin Steward <
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>"I wonder who really understands teens", muses Hiba Taylor - "I'm not
>saying I do, but I'll admit that, on some level, Shakespeare did."

>A grievous non sequitur, surely?

Not surely.  The conclusion is one that can be legitimately reached
either from the testimony of teens or from the observations of their
responses to appropriate Shakespearean material.

The Shakespearean syllabus of my particular school was "Merchant",
"Julius Caesar", and the Scottish play, so I cannot give particular
testimony.  Although I respected and appreciated Shakespeare from an
early age, Dorothy opened the farmhouse door for me (so to speak) only
in my late 20's, assisted by Charles Williams.

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