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By William Shakespeare - The Oxford Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (Oxford… (original 1597; edition 2008)

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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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Title:By William Shakespeare - The Oxford Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (Oxford World's Classics) (Reprint)
Authors:William Shakespeare (Author)
Info:Oxford Paperbacks (2008), Edition: Reprint
Collections:Oxford World's Classics, Your library
Rating:****
Tags:16th century, british literature, play

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (1597)

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I teach this play every year to my 9th grade students. It's a good play, a classic, but it's only downfall is that it isn't Shakespeare's best, even though it's his best-known.

A play about a 13 year-old girl meeting and marrying a slightly older man, Romeo, in less than a few days is disturbing, yet we do not tend to teach or read it in this way. I would recommend, as a modern reader, to critique this book. Even though set in 1400s Verona, Italy, where young marriages were quite common, we as modern readers ought to be able to view this play not as a romance, like many people do, but as the tragedy that Shakespeare wrote it to be!

I'd recommend this to anyone who has not yet read it, since it is such an alluded to classic, but after one read I'd encourage Shakespearean fans to move onto his better plays! ( )
  lwpeterson | Oct 6, 2021 |
Shakespeare has some glorious lines and when they are separated from his rather (forgive me!) mundane and overly dramatic plots I absolutely delight in his gift with the English language. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
Well, now I can finally say I’ve read Romeo and Juliet! I’ve been slowly working my way through some of Shakespeare’s plays over the past few years, mostly the more influential ones, but I’d put this one off because I knew I wouldn’t enjoy it that much. I don’t normally read romance stories in the first place, nor am I usually very happy when a romance dominates the plot of a non-romance book I’m reading. So obviously this story wasn’t going to be a good fit for me. :)

As a short play, there is of course very little meat to it. As is typical with the romance in Shakespeare’s plays, there isn’t even any pretense of a relationship developing. They meet, and instantly they’ve fallen in love with very few words spoken. Aside from that, everybody was just so dramatic, flying off the handle over the least little thing. Not just the young Romeo and Juliet, but the adults too.

What follows is a spoilerish example of my above complaint, and some speculation about what happens after the end of the play: Juliet’s father ranted and raved, said horrible things to Juliet, and threatened to throw her out because she wasn’t ecstatically happy after she’d just learned she’d been commanded to marry Paris in a couple days. I get that he was worried about failing to keep his ill-advised promise to Paris, and that arranging marriages for one’s children was a normal thing in that era, and that marriage was what all young women were expected to aspire to. However, he didn’t even take some time to try to find out from Juliet why she was upset. He acted like her behavior was all about him and his reaction was extreme. For me, that made his behavior after Juliet’s death ring false, such as his grief over her death and his grief and regret influencing him to help end the feud. Of course, given the way the characters behaved throughout the story, I have no doubt that after the story ended they had a party to celebrate their newfound friendship, then somebody from one of the families accidentally spilled some “aquae vitae” on somebody from the other family, they had an enormous fight, and everybody ended up dead. :).

On the bright side, it was a very quick read. Also, although I thought I already knew the story pretty well despite never having read or watched it, there were quite a few details I didn’t know. That was the main thing that helped me keep going with the story, because finding out exactly how the end would come about did hold some very small amount of interest for me. ( )
  YouKneeK | Aug 27, 2021 |
I think this play is still quite relevant today. Very satirical. Romeo and Juliet obviously didn't have an absolute comprehension of love, which turns modern audiences away. ( )
  connorshirs | Aug 11, 2021 |
Check out my review at www.cofeeandtrainspotting.wordpress.com! ( )
  SarahRita | Aug 11, 2021 |
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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.

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"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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