Attitudes towards graphic novels have changed in education. In the past they were somehow seen as undermining literacy. Today they are viewed as an excellent medium to engage students in reading that can promote the goals of traditional literacy.
Increasingly, scholars and teachers realise that in a media-dominated society, traditional literacy is no longer enough. Engagement with graphic novels can address not only traditional literacy but also information, visual, and media literacies. Likewise, the use of graphic novels is an appealing way for students to develop critical thinking skills through analysis of literary conventions, character development, dialogue and language structures.
Likewise, many Shakespearean texts are available in the graphic novel form and prove an invaluable study aid. By using contemporary English, they assist students who struggle with understanding Shakespearean English. Additionally, the graphics panels show the reader exactly what is happening scene by scene and aids the understanding of the plot and characters.
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