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Romeo and Juliet (1594)

by William Shakespeare

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The noble Veronese houses of Montague and Capulet are locked in a bitter feud. When Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall in love they are swept up in a series of violent events and cruel twists of fortune.
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    Waldstein: Shakespeare's treatments of passionate, irrational and self-destructive love between teenagers (R&J) and mature people (A&C) make for a truly fascinating comparison. The vastly greater political and metaphysical implications, as well as the extreme concentration of the language, in the later play show how far Shakespeare developed for just over a decade.… (more)
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I always want to smack everyone for being so stupid. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
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  5083mitzi | Mar 23, 2021 |
Even better than I remembered from high school. ( )
  poirotketchup | Mar 18, 2021 |
2016 Re-Read: Just wanted to note that a lot of people here on Goodreads seem to be horribly misinterpreting this work. It's categorized as a "tragedy" not a "romance". True, the two leads fall in love pretty easily, but they are, after all, teenagers. The story is about that heady, impetuous period in all our lives and just how dangerous it can be. It is not meant to be the love story to end all love stories and was never intended to be. Neither is it a satire, making fun of teenage longing. Shakespeare wouldn't have given some of the most beautiful and stirring speeches ever written expounding on love to his two leads if that were the case. Instead, the central focus here is on the hatred between the two families that keeps these lovers apart. Shakespeare's play warns us about the horrible alchemy caused when the passion of the teenage years converges with adult hatred and bigotry. Sadly, it's a lesson the world still has not fully learned.

2011 Re-Read: I've read this so many times throughout high school and college and it never gets old. How could you not give R&J five stars? It's pretty much a pinnacle of world literature. ( )
  bugaboo_4 | Jan 3, 2021 |
This was my sister's book, but it stayed in the top drawer of my dresser for many years. I read it, I liked it. I was a kid, I probably liked the picture on the cover more than anything. But keeping it in my drawer made me feel very smart. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
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Shakespeare, Williamprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andrews, John F.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baldini, GabrieleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barnet, SylvanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Evans, Gwynne BlakemoreEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
Quotations
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?

It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,

That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath,

May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.
What's in a name? That which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet.
A plague o' both your houses!
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Romeo and Juliet (the play) ISBN 9780942208665
Romeo and Juliet Director's Playbook (play plus theatrical production sections) ISBN 9780942208658.
Please distinguish between this work, which is Shakespeare's original play, from any of its many adaptations (audio, video, reworking, etc.).
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The noble Veronese houses of Montague and Capulet are locked in a bitter feud. When Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall in love they are swept up in a series of violent events and cruel twists of fortune.

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The most iconic love story of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is an epic-scale tragedy of desire and revenge. Despite the bitter rivalry that exists between their families, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet have fallen madly in love. But when the long-running rivalry boils over into murder, the young couple must embark on a dangerous and deadly mission to preserve their love at any cost.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:
Calista Flockhart as Juliet
Matthew Wolf as Romeo
Julie White as Nurse
Alan Mandell as Friar Laurence
Richard Chamberlain as Prince Escalus
Nicholas Hormann as Lord Capulet
Josh Stamberg as Mercutio
Mark J. Sullivan as Benvolio and others
Logan Fahey as Tybalt and Balthasar
Alfred Molina as Chorus
Henry Clarke as Paris and others
Lily Knight as Lady Capulet
Janine Barris as Young Lady, Boy Page to Paris and others
Darren Richardson as Sampson and Peter
Alan Shearman as Lord Montague and others
André Sogliuzzo as Gregory and others
Sarah Zimmerman as Lady Montague and others

Directed by Martin Jarvis.
Recorded at the Invisible Studios, West Hollywood in January, 2012.

Haiku summary
"Love moderately,"
said the Friar to the kids.
Wish they had listened.

(Carnophile)
Is it star-crossed love?
Should the Friar have hosed them?
A little of both.
(hillaryrose7)

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Penguin Australia

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