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Teachers love Shakespeare, to the point that they spend half a semester on him. I’m sure you have had the honor to spend part of your semester reading Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet. Most people our age take Romeo and Juliet to be one of the greatest  tragedies in love, making it the ultimate love story. But I don’t think Romeo and Juliet were meant to be the ultimate love story. Instead, it’s a mockery. A mockery of what most of us perceive love as.

 

Our teenage society today has an amusing way of defining what “love” is. I am no expert but I know better than not to base it on a couple of teenagers and their experience. Much less Romeo and Juliet. 

 

It all started with Romeo. Romeo was a farce. To his father, his mother, and even his ex-love interest, Rosaline. Rosaline is never introduced into the play and is instead only spoken of. Her presence in Romeo’s life could not have had much effect on him if she was not made a character. Shakespeare makes this clear to us when we find out Romeo has never met Rosaline. He had fallen for her by watching her, and lovesick he begins acting indifferent. So Romeo’s friends, in an attempt to cheer him up, suggest that he join them at the Capulet party. Reluctantly, Romeo agrees when they state that Rosaline may be there. At the party Rosaline is nowhere to be found but at the sight of Juliet he forgets about everything and everyone else. Sounds romantic right? No, it just makes you question, “What about Rosaline?!Weren’t you in love?” Here we see how superficial Romeo’s emotions actually are.

 

Romeo’s parents are actually afraid to talk to their overly sensitive son because they are worried he might get upset. His emotions are all over the place and are not as deep as we think it is. Juliet, of course, only being 13 “fell” for Romeo tragically. In only three days Juliet and Romeo had met, fallen in love, and  gotten married. It wasn’t until Mercutio – Romeo’s best friend- death that things got ugly. After killing his best friend’s murder, Romeo was banished. His separation from Juliet and enlightenment to the real world eventually helped him mature and become a bit depressed.  It was evident from the beginning that Romeo was never in love with someone but in love with the idea of love. His lust had set fire to a war and eventually set a timer for his deathbed. 

 

In a way Shakespeare reveals the ugly truth to the consequences of lust. On the other hand he is creating a laughing stock of two teens who got impatient and how everything backfired on them. What I say is just a theory. Romeo and Juliet have been the ongoing inspiration to many love stories. But it is important to see Romeo and Juliet’s story for what it really is. A reminder that lust and passion can cause hate and misery.  

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A battle took place between pop and hip-hop for the music charts during the 2010s decade. These music charts are credited to Billboard, a globally-recognized platform determining the chart placement of each song based on popularity. A song’s ranking takes into consideration a variety of factors, including streaming and listener estimates, radio airplay, and unit sales. Since Tiktok’s launch in 2019, artists are able to promote music within the app through video sharing, which increases a song's streams and, consequently, chart placement. This means that in the 2020s decade, the audience would have greater influence than ever on the charts; however, factors that influence audience preference of one song over another are not easily measured. These include song composition, catchiness, and lyrical relatability. However, one literal component is universal to the music industry: storytelling. 

Teenagers and young adults make up the greatest portion of the listening population. Adolescents perceive music to be more important to their lives and identities than any other age group, and are regularly affected by the messages expressed in popular music. Therefore, the value of understanding messages in music comes from a reformed perception of songs as a form of storytelling. The main curiosity to how lyrics can be composed in a way that wins the audience is through the incorporation of a narrative that communicates a message. Music is valued as a form of communication and as a way to connect to the audience. In other words, to make a good communicator, an artist must incorporate sensitivity in a song, to which the audience can interpret on a personal level.

“Storytelling is a prominent factor in music, and intertwined with the lyrics and its harmony, it creates something beautiful. My dad and I connected through folk music, in particular, as it is a genre of music known for executing a beauty in narratives.” - Mr. Demarce, Choir and Music Teacher.

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Tragedy, love, destruction, heroism, and corruption are told in Ancient Greece. Minoan and Mycenaean Singers would tell the myths of gods and battles. These myths are recognized as Greek Mythology, and the stories remain an impact today as they did years ago. Something about these stories are unique and honestly timeless. It’s authentic on the reality of how people really are, it displays corruption, loss, and tragedy, but, shows love, loyalty, and faith. 

The Greeks were talented storytellers as their stories are descriptive and feature multiple interesting characters. The most famous characters in Greek mythology are Zeus, Posiden, and Hades, which are three gods that individually rule over the sky, sea, and underworld. These characters are prestigious for their relationships with humans and other gods.

Greek Mythology has an interesting dynamic as their stories are graphic, meaning that the display of violence and betrayal does leave one shocked. For example, the story of Medusa, where a young woman was taken advantage of and the consequences turned her into a monster. Or the amount of times Zeus betrayed Hera, the goddess of women, multiple times throughout their marriage. 

There are many Greek Mythology stories and throughout the years, they’ve evolved into movies, plays, and books. As said before these stories are still talked about today, and should be talked about still. This is because their role in history played a part in the expansion of plays, movies, books, and art. An example of Greek Mythology shown is in Disney’s film Hercules; although, the movie does have a lot of inaccuracies to the actual story. To this day, many people believe these gods are real and do actually try to interact with them. From what I’ve seen a lot of people interact with gods and goddesses because of the gifts and advice that they can provide. Personally, I believe that these gods and goddesses can’t offer a lot to humans. Not only are they not… real, but they are also very far from perfect. These gods and goddesses are corrupt and selfish; therefore, I don’t see why anyone would try to gain knowledge and wisdom from them. 

Even with all of this DSA should consider talking more about Greek Mythology to students because it allows one to expand their knowledge of the evolution of writing. Furthermore, it plays an important role in history, the Trojan Horse is from Greek mythology, therefore it might not even be real. The stories of Greek Mythology are so interesting and there is a wide variety of them. When reading these stories you also get a little glimpse into what ancient Greece was like at the times. That is why I believe that everyone should read at least some stories about Greek Mythology. 

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Teachers love Shakespeare, to the point that they spend half a semester on him. I’m sure you have had the honor to spend part of your semester reading Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet. Most people our age take Romeo and Juliet to be one of the greatest  tragedies in love, making it the ultimate love story. But I don’t think Romeo and Juliet were meant to be the ultimate love story. Instead, it’s a mockery. A mockery of what most of us perceive love as.

 

Our teenage society today has an amusing way of defining what “love” is. I am no expert but I know better than not to base it on a couple of teenagers and their experience. Much less Romeo and Juliet. 

 

It all started with Romeo. Romeo was a farce. To his father, his mother, and even his ex-love interest, Rosaline. Rosaline is never introduced into the play and is instead only spoken of. Her presence in Romeo’s life could not have had much effect on him if she was not made a character. Shakespeare makes this clear to us when we find out Romeo has never met Rosaline. He had fallen for her by watching her, and lovesick he begins acting indifferent. So Romeo’s friends, in an attempt to cheer him up, suggest that he join them at the Capulet party. Reluctantly, Romeo agrees when they state that Rosaline may be there. At the party Rosaline is nowhere to be found but at the sight of Juliet he forgets about everything and everyone else. Sounds romantic right? No, it just makes you question, “What about Rosaline?!Weren’t you in love?” Here we see how superficial Romeo’s emotions actually are.

 

Romeo’s parents are actually afraid to talk to their overly sensitive son because they are worried he might get upset. His emotions are all over the place and are not as deep as we think it is. Juliet, of course, only being 13 “fell” for Romeo tragically. In only three days Juliet and Romeo had met, fallen in love, and  gotten married. It wasn’t until Mercutio – Romeo’s best friend- death that things got ugly. After killing his best friend’s murder, Romeo was banished. His separation from Juliet and enlightenment to the real world eventually helped him mature and become a bit depressed.  It was evident from the beginning that Romeo was never in love with someone but in love with the idea of love. His lust had set fire to a war and eventually set a timer for his deathbed. 

 

In a way Shakespeare reveals the ugly truth to the consequences of lust. On the other hand he is creating a laughing stock of two teens who got impatient and how everything backfired on them. What I say is just a theory. Romeo and Juliet have been the ongoing inspiration to many love stories. But it is important to see Romeo and Juliet’s story for what it really is. A reminder that lust and passion can cause hate and misery.  

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Our eyes are like cameras that capture every single moment that happens in our lives since the day we were born. The images get processed through our brain where they are classified in our memory. It is crazy to think that we can remember all the single details that happen in our lives every time. The memories are there but we are only able to remember the highlights of them. However, keeping a memory or recording a feeling is easier than you think. In the movie “Inside Out”, we can see how the brain is described as a machine where emotions control our actions. Furthermore, we see these little balls that keep the memories of the girl and there are ones that are bright gold balls representing the highlights of her life. 

The magic of the camera helps us take “pictures” that become memories over time. I am a person who likes taking pictures of everything. In all the outings with my friends, family, or school trips, I take pictures of every single detail that helps me to remember important things. The camera allows us to take memories and keep them forever. My mom is a photographer and she always told me that a photo always has a story behind it. 

We can also capture memories through drawings, music, and writing. With music we can relay moments, people or places that bring us memories of that day. Drawings are like pictures that capture a place, moment, or feeling in our life that we want to express or keep. I believe that writing is one the best ways to keep our memories alive. Journaling our daily life will help us to see our personal growth but at the same time we become narrators of our own story. 

As the time goes on, our brain will be less capable of keeping all the memories together. Our body starts to get old and functions in a different way than our teenage years. Then when we start to age, we can see all those pictures and drawings, listen to music or read the journal of our life and keep safe the story told by our memories.

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