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It doesn't matter who wrote Shakespeare's material

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Started: 11/22/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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bmpladson

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it doesn't matter who wrote Shakespeare's plays, poems, sonnets etc.. and I want to know what others think. his material would still be the same under any other name
JacobAnderson

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I agree that the material will be the same,the text will be the same, but the meaning will not be the same. William Shakespeare has contributed so much to literature and the English language and is one of the greatest- if not THE greatest- playwrights in history. His works are distinct to who he is, and I believe that if his name was replaced with a random name, it would still be recognizable that it was his work, but it would not have the same meaning. Does a rose smell the same with another name?
We have our predetermined opinions on certain things based on what we call them, on what we are told about them, and we have been "conditioned" (in a way) to believe that Shakespeare is the best playwright and poet. So if we called Shakespeare "John Smith," the material would undoubtedly be the same, but would the meaning?
Debate Round No. 1
bmpladson

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JacobAnderson

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Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by Oromagi 3 years ago
Oromagi
Juliet:

O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I'll no longer be a Capulet.

Romeo:

[Aside] Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?

Juliet:

'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.

Romeo:

I take thee at thy word:
Call me but love, and I'll be new baptized;
Henceforth I never will be Romeo.
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