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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet (original 1597; edition 2002)

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.
Title:Romeo and Juliet
Authors:William Shakespeare
Info:Washington Square Press, Mass Market Paperback, 281 pages
Collections:Your library

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (1597)

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I was surprised at how 'f-ck the patriarchy' this play really is. Also surprisingly Romeo comes across as the more emotionally unstable one while Juliet is more firm in what she wants. ( )
  kaylacurrently | Mar 5, 2023 |
William Shakespeare was of course a master story teller and I believe this is one of his greatest. I have read Romeo and Juliet at least twice, including for academic purposes. ( )
  Susan-Pearson | Feb 23, 2023 |
An accessible version of Romeo and Juliet with gorgeous artwork by Jane Ray. This version includes lines of the play, definitions of various words and explanatory intros for each scene. A good supplementary version to introduce the play or to add to your understanding of the original. ( )
  funstm | Dec 1, 2022 |
Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s memorable plays has been translated in many languages, re-enacted in movies, revised for present day. The themes of the story continue to transcend the passing of time and place. It is usually summarized as a story about unrequited love but that really just touches the surface of this dramatic tragedy.

I am re-reading decades after my first encounter and must admit that I felt the impact of the story more than in my youth. Unlike Romeo and Juliet, I had time to grow and mature to appreciate the complexities of life and love. The plays addresses the many themes regarding relationships between family and society, friends and foes, and life and death. The play portrays the passionate and unpredictable nature of young love with careless disregard to family and society ultimately leading to a dramatic conclusion.

What truly makes this a classic work of literature is Shakespeare's use of language and use of literary devices. The play delivers the story with thoughtful use of metaphors, allusions, foreshadowing and comic relief. Soliloquys and asides are used to reveal insights to the reader about the individual characters thoughts and feelings.

“But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the East, and Juliet is the sun. Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, Who is already sick and pale with grief That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.” (Act 2, Scene 2)

Romeo professes his love for Juliet during the balcony scene where he hopes Juliet will hear his lofty praise and come speak to him. He compares her beauty to the sun who shines bright and makes the moon jealous.

The sonnet in the prologue which opens Act 2, it serves to build suspense by explaining the problem interfering with Romeo and Juliet being together and alludes to their determination to overcome all obstacles.

"And she as much in love, her means much less
To meet her new beloved anywhere.
But passion lends them power, time means, to meet,
Tempering extremities with extreme sweet."

The love between Romeo and Juliet will ignore the animosity between their families which prevent them from being together. However, the prospect of their love gives both of them the strength and determination to resolve the obstacles put in their way.

“Now old desire doth in his death-bed lie, And young affection gapes to be his heir; That fair for which love groan’d for and would die, With tender Juliet match’d, is now not fair.”

The characters of Mercutio and Nurse often interject some needed comic relief amidst the gravity of the Romeo and Juliet. In Act 2, Scene 5, Nurse returns to the Capulet mansion where Juliet is desperate for information regarding Romeo. Instead of obliging Juliet, Nurse complains about her health ignoring Juliet for her own pleasure to delay relaying the message regarding instructions for their secret marriage.

“I am aweary, give me leave awhile;-- Fie, how my bones ache! what a jaunt have I had!”

This literary masterpiece was definitely worth a second read with an advanced understanding of language and literature. ( )
  marquis784 | Nov 16, 2022 |
I have been teaching Romeo and Juliet to my 15 . This is by far the best publication. There are several sections of VERY useful information at the beginning of the book. The text of the play includes numerous footnotes - some with helpful illustrations, plus a brief easy-to-understand synopsis at the beginning of each scene. One of the best features is that the original text is on the right page and the footnotes are on the left page - very easy to glance back and forth as you read. I highly recommend this to students of all ages. ( )
  Azmir_Fakir | Oct 31, 2022 |
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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.
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.
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"Love moderately,"
said the Friar to the kids.
Wish they had listened.

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

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