Macbeth,  Romeo and Juliet and Tempest. We all know them - but why? Why are we being forced to learn these seemingly ancient
plays with confusing language that do not bring any true value in our lives. Surely it is not applicable in modern society - or is it?

There are 3 main reasons why Shakespeare's works may have some relevance to this day.

The first being the themes of his plays. Shakespeare's plays explore universal themes like love, power, betrayal, and ambition, providing insights into the human condition that transcend time and culture. Understanding these themes helps us relate to and understand ourselves and others better. 

The second reason is that Shakespeare's works can give us some insight to Elizabethan society. For example, in many of Shakespeare's plays, social hierarchies and class distinctions are depicted vividly. For instance, in "Romeo and Juliet," the feud between the Montagues and Capulets reflects the significance of family lineage and social hierarchy. Another example can be seen in "Twelfth Night" where it shows female characters dressing up as male characters as a result of the limitations women had during the time and how often dressing up as men would allow them to work jobs such as acting.

The final one is that they are majorly influential today. A famous musical "West Side Story" is said to have drawn inspiration from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." It transposes the tragic love story to 1950s New York City, exploring the rivalry between two street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. This is one of many examples which shows the major benefits and upsides Shakespeare plays have brought into theatre and possibly daily life.

Yet although all points stated above are valid , it is hard for many people to see how learning specific quotes would help in finding a job - yet what people can find at a level where they need to analyse his plays then we slowly pick up on more nuances and hidden details and also improve our creativity by presenting our own ideas and depictions over certain ambiguities. 

At the end of the day it is not possible for everyone to be able to appreciate his works and that may be fine but for now I am able to be somewhat content when I have to revise Macbeth for my upcoming exams.