The Telegraph is reporting that a leading headmistress has stated that girls should see Shakespeare’s female characters more as an idol than modern day celebrities such as Kim Kardashian.
Teenage girls need to be more like Shakespeare’s Cleopatra rather than reality star Kim Kardashian, a leading headmistress has said. Jane Lunnon, head of Wimbledon High School, argued girls today grapple with the same issues as female characters in Shakespeare’s novels – including issues around body image.
Mrs Lunnon said girls should be aspire to be like other role models beyond the likes of Kim Kardashian, “who is a lot to do with inches – either column or physical”.
Speaking at the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) annual gathering, held in the Bard’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, Mrs Lunnon said: “I think Shakespeare was saying with Cleopatra that you are allowed to be flawed and powerful and brilliant and still have enormous influence.”
Mrs Lunnon has launched a pilot scheme – known as Women of Will – at her school where pupils will study Shakespearean characters and re-imagine them in contemporary surroundings in an effort to channel some of their more desirable characteristics.
Pupils will now study protagonists from comedies As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night in an effort to learn from the way they deal with adversity.
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