Although this play was written centuries ago, we can still recognise its relevance today due to its focus on the issues of identity and relationships. In exploring these issues Shakespeare's play takes on a timeless universality. In today's society such a strong emphasis is place on equality between the sexes and on identity that we can all relate to and perhaps even learn from the play.
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After viewing the play discuss with your students whether they felt it had relevance to them and their lives and why. To conduct further research you may want to view the movie Ten Things I Hate About You with your students, as this is a modern interpretation/adaptation of the play. Once they have watched the movie ask the students if their views on the relevance of the play have changed. You may also want to discuss the differences between the film and the play and ask the students why they think the producers of the film made the changes to the original text (with relation to it being a modern interpretation).