As well as the Latin text, readers could have encountered French adaptations such as this manuscript, or come across individual tales in English through writers like Chaucer and Gower, who adapted the stories into their own works. The first full English version of Metamorphoses was by William Caxton c.
The first widely available English translation and the first to be translated directly from the Latin was by William Golding. Ovidius Nasos Worke, Entitled Metamorphosis in , completing the 15 books in Shakespeare is believed to have read Metamorphoses in a number of versions, including the original Latin.
Metamorphoses is also a key point of reference for the classical allusions with which Shakespeare adds further layers of meaning to his text. There are also broader, more thematic shared concerns between the two writers, such as the treatment of sexuality, the meaning and mechanism of transformation, and the function of myth.
As ever though, rather than just rehashing an old story or mimicking a style, Shakespeare takes on board these influences and transforms them into something very much his own. This is closely based on the words of Medea the witch in Book 7 of Metamorphoses. Ted Hughes has published a modern poetic adaptation of 24 tales from Metamorphoses called Tales from Ovid Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.
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Having one actor play more than role was convenient for Shakespeare, whose acting company was limited in size, but doubling also enabled him to intensify the atmosphere of his plays, and to make connections and contrasts between scenes and storylines. Emma Smith explores the way that the doubling in A Midsummer Night's Dream heightens the play's dreamlike and fantastical elements.
Simon Callow walks us through their best moments, shining a light on their wit and appeal. Andrew Dickson discusses the influence of classical civilisation and literature on Shakespeare, and the playwright's critique of Roman values in Antony and Cleopatra , Coriolanus and Julius Caesar. It hit me right in the heart. Gwyneth Paltrow! So all of that is to say that yes, Shakespeare is a genius, but sometimes it just takes the right set of actors in one of his shows to make you love it emotionally as well as intellectually.
Jul 21, Angela rated it really liked it. Okay so I just watched the "new" Romeo and Juliet movie the one with Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld and thought " you know what I could really use a re-read of this ". Ha such a good idea; one of my best. First off all I could think about the whole time I was reading it was Douglas Booth staring at me like this while he told me I smelled like roses and was the sun View all 4 comments. Apr 30, Alok Mishra rated it really liked it. This great book drama of course I read in a single night. Naturally, an English graduate seldom can remain away from Shakespeare and his realm.
However, even as an individual, before I began my studies seriously, Shakespeare and some of his creations were on the list 'to be read'. Romeo and Juliet is a play, to be clear at the beginning. Yes, as critics modern ones claim, this is perhaps the most 'unlikely' play which does not synchronise with the reality as others by the same dramatist. Nev This great book drama of course I read in a single night. Nevertheless, let's give the 'play' its due - it surely does create that sensation which Shakespeare wanted to. The ephemeral romance between the 'first sight lovers' and the enemies sworn to suck the blood out of their lives The book has its merits as well as the demerits.
Shakespeare is the vacuum. You can keep your experiments going on I would like to rather appreciate him for his creation this time. I enjoyed reading the play and truly did! Being one of the most famous plays through all time, Romeo and Juliet still captivates readers and audiences around the world.
This is a fine example of the fact that time doesn't really have to change us. We can still understand and identify with great stories from a long time ago. Romeo and Juliet is a play that centers around forbiddem love between two young, rebellious people. But the play is much more than that.
Sep 07, Ian "Marvin" Graye rated it it was amazing Shelves: read , reviews , reviewsstars. BRUCE: The midnight gang's assembled And picked a rendezvous for the night Man there's an opera on the turnpike There's a ballet being fought in the alley PRINCE: Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word, By thee, old Capulet, and Montague, Have thrice disturb'd the quiet of our streets, And made Verona's ancient citizens Cast by their grave beseeming ornaments, To wield old partisans, in hands as old, Canker'd with peace, to part your canker'd hate. Once more, on pain of death, all men depart.
Enter Romeo, still love-sick for Rosaline. BRUCE: In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a runaway Italian dream At night we ride through the mansions of glory in suicide machines Romeo, still pining for Rosaline, discovers Juliet and becomes newly infatuated. BRUCE: Together we could break this trap We'll run till we drop, baby we'll never go back Romeo pleads even harder, now he has learned about his rival, Bruce. Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Juliet falls for Romeo regardless. That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. Juliet decides she must confront Bruce and tell him they are not meant to be.
JULIET: Bruce, the angels have lost their desire for us I spoke to them just last night and they said they won't set themselves on fire for us anymore Bruce persists, trying to hold onto the memory of their love. Bruce gives her a small glass bottle of non-prescription drugs. Blue tablets. Juliet takes three tablets immediately. Romeo looks dashing in his open-necked shirt and film director scarf. Juliet has never seen anything like him. The love between Romeo and Juliet grows in leaps and bounds. Juliet feels no relief for her headache. She opens the bottle and takes another two tablets.
Tybalt chases them on a motor bike. He crosses suddenly into Romeo's path and clips the front edge of the car. He loses control of his bike and falls to the thundering road. Romeo can't avoid running over the top of Tybalt and killing him. Still, Romeo rolls his car three times while taking evasive action, and both Romeo and Juliet are knocked unconscious when their heads hit the side door panels.
She realises that her headache has now become extreme. If she can treat her pain, she can try to help Romeo. She touches her forehead where it hit the inside of the car door and pulls her hand away, covered in blood that still seems to be flowing profusely. Tears form in her eyes and her eyesight becomes blurry.
She reaches into her purse and takes another four tablets, in the hope that it will kill her pain. She lapses into unconsciousness. Shortly afterwards, Romeo awakes and finds Juliet still beside him. There is blood everywhere and a white froth has descended from her lips and dried on her chin. Death, that hath suck'd the honey of thy breath, Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty: Thou art not conquer'd; beauty's ensign yet Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks, And death's pale flag is not advanced there.
Romeo wipes the froth from her lips and gives her one last kiss. He lifts the left leg of his trousers and pulls out his knife. Eyes, look your last! Arms, take your last embrace! Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavoury guide! Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on The dashing rocks thy sea-sick weary bark!
Here's to my love! Romeo drags the knife across his throat. He drops the knife and holds his hand to the artery in his neck. He continues to feel the slow, regular pumping of his heart, until it pumps no more. Now, Juliet wakes again. Still groggy, she looks over to Romeo. Convinced by the abundance of blood that he has died, she shakes the rest of the tablets in the bottle into her hand and swallows them eagerly.
Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die. She kisses Romeo and dies. Bruce lives alone and works his day job, almost like an automaton. His only salvation is the time he spends in his beat up old Buick. Every night, he drives the streets of Verona, haunted by the love he felt for Juliet and the guilt that it was the pills he gave her that took her life. Sometimes, through the tears in his eyes, he imagines that he sees her walking down the street, only to lose sight of her as she slips quietly down an alleyway.
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BRUCE: You're still in love with all the wonder she brings And every muscle in your body sings as the highway ignites You work nine to five and somehow you survive till the night Hell all day they're busting you up on the outside But tonight you're gonna break on through to the inside And it'll be right, it'll be right, and it'll be tonight And you know she will be waiting there And you'll find her somehow you swear Somewhere tonight you run sad and free Until all you can see is the night.
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This is a full-on homage, a big hurrah, a laud almighty. I say, more kudos to the Boss! As the literary theorist Linda Hutcheon puts it as quoted by my WikiLawyer , "parody I don't need any more, until you release 50th anniversary editions with bonus disks I don't already have. Please get your lawyers to spare my humble upload. And if they do come looking for me, they'd better be pretty damned fit, coz tramps like us, baby we were born to run.
Jun 14, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: classics , plays. The first time I read Romeo and Juliet my freshman year of high school , I hated it. I had always heard it built up as a great love story, a great romance- and I didn't see it at all. To me, it seemed a pretty pointless story about a couple of idiotic teenagers in lust. The ridiculous essays I was forced to compose about it certainly didn't help.
My senior year of high school, however, my drama teacher selected it as our spring play. I was stage manager, and I was horrified when he told me. But as I worked through the lines with my actors, and saw the scenes slowly put together, I came to realize the power and the beauty of the play. Yes, they are somewhat idiotic teenagers in lust: but the sweeping passion of adolescence, with all its power and impatience, is something worth looking at in itself.
Because now, I love it. What I thought about this book in middle school: I don't get it. What I thought about this book in high school: This is stupid. What I thought about this book in college: Okay, so two kids meet once, "fall in love", and then commit suicide over each other in just four days? What I thought about this book after finishing it today, aged Wow. Shakespeare is a GD genius. What I didn't realize until today, after reading it a few times and watching several movie adaptations, is tha What I thought about this book in middle school: I don't get it.
What I didn't realize until today, after reading it a few times and watching several movie adaptations, is that this story isn't about young, stupid love at all. First of all, these characters are people I know. Romeo is my friend Mike, Juliet is my friend Jess, the nurse is my mom telling her embarrassing stories all the time, and Mercutio is my friend Chris. Chris "that's what she said" Chris. Yes, love is in there. But what I saw when reading it again this time is that everyone has their own ideas of what love is.
Romeo and Juliet are in passionate, crazy, how-you-feel-about-someone-the-first-few-weeks-of-a-relationship love. The nurse has a more practical idea of love. Juliet's mom thinks love is based on what you can get from someone. Juliet's father thinks love is being obedient. Mercutio thinks love is only a means to a sexual end. Paris thinks love is something you can earn or demand from someone. But much more than love, this story is about life. It is about the people in our lives, how we deal with them, how they each have their own agenda without knowing or even caring about anyone else's agenda, how life fucks around with us and knocks us down, and how your destiny will hunt you and get what it wants from you no matter how you try to avoid it.
Romeo describes Juliet as the sun, and Juliet describes Romeo as stars. They see each other as sources of light. But they must sneak around to see each other, and can therefore only meet up at night when it is dark. In order for them to see each other's light, there must be some darkness. Damn it, Shakespeare. The bottom line is that Romeo and Juliet is now my second favorite Shakespeare play, just behind Hamlet.
The balcony scene alone is worth the time it takes to read the entire book. Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon who is already sick and pale with grief that thou, her maid, at far more fair than she.
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View all 9 comments. Jan 12, Evelyn devours and digests words rated it really liked it Shelves: a-touch-of-satire , bagful-of-laughs , characters-i-would-like-to-kick , classy-as-hell , favourites , romance-fail. If anything, this felt like an intentional mockery to me. So if anyone thinks this is categorized as Romance, I will stare at them like they've lost their heads. The man laughed in the face of insta-love lust , and I laughed along with him. If he was here, I'd offer him a high five because hey, some of his mockery is true.
Many teens I'm not saying all tend to confuse lust and admiration for love. We also shoot our mouths like bullets at the adults who are supposed to 'know better'. I may or may not be one of those teens. I've read Hamlet, Macbeth, and Julius Caesar where characters there are smart in their actions. I've read The Tempest where the relationship between Miranda and Ferdinand took a slow, budding pace so why the sudden proclaimations of love and wedding vows here?
It does not adds up. Unless of course, you see this in a satirical point of view. Besides, Shakespeare always struck me as someone who explores in the deep meaning of love.
Love is not a subject he took lightly. This I assumed also by judging from what many people say about his sonnets. I didn't feel the air of tragic when Shakespeare killed off the characters here; poison down Romeo's throat, sword in Juliet's gut. It felt like Shakespeare himself was laughing his ass off.
Lookit these stupid teenagers. Lookit how blindly they throw themselves into relationships! So bugger with the insta-lust. It's laughable, unrealistic even, but I've had the time of my life reading this play. If Shakespeare indeed meant this to be a satire, he did a great job. View all 8 comments. Jul 31, Lyn rated it liked it. Deny thy father refuse thy name, thou art thyself thou not a Montegue, what is Montegue?
That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, So Romeo would were he not Romeo called retain such dear perfection to which he owes without that title, Romeo, Doth thy name! And for that name which is no part of thee, take all thyself. Believed to have been written in the early s, this has remained a fan favorite for romantic drama. The idea of a lasting feud between families, though, is likely timeless. I'd like to see this in a film directed by Quentin Tarantino. Those who rush stumble and fall. It was the first Shakespeare many of us were introduced to.
It seems like family. He has mastered not just drama, but tamed English. He has broken poetry to his will. He re-oriented the stars of what language can do. Like the Bible, certain texts seem to change as one ages. Today, I've been consumed by the language, the symmetry, the fatalism of this play. When I was young, I found it romantic. Now that I'm a father myself to a teenage girl, I find it holds truth about fathers too. I was lucky that my 3x12 reading of Shakespeare 3 plays per month of his first folio landed me in April reading Romeo and Juliet.
My daughter, a freshman, is obsessed with the play. She borrowed mine, but needing mine, I bought her another copy. There might be three sad Romeos, three grieving Juliets hiding in our house. It is a delight as a father who reads, to find my year-old daughter on her bed reading Juliet's part for an English class. Perhaps, all is not lost in these Twitter-filled times. Jan 27, Piyangie rated it it was amazing Shelves: own-library , plays , favorite-classic , brit-lit. My first reaction when the read was over is why on earth it took me this long to read this beautiful work of Shakespeare having it physically with me all this long.
Perhaps, I thought I didn't really need to read since I know the story from the movie adaptations I have watched. How foolish I have been! I had no idea what I had missed for this long. I have never enjoyed Shakespearean writing as much as I did in this play. It is passionate, lyrical and humorous.
It is amazing that you find all the My first reaction when the read was over is why on earth it took me this long to read this beautiful work of Shakespeare having it physically with me all this long. It is amazing that you find all these in a tragedy; only a great master can accomplish that feat. The story is both romantic and tragic, as we well know.
But what is incredible is that the play is a "beautiful" tragedy. This is one of the most outstanding plays that I have read. I loved it very very much. I haven't read many Shakespearean tragedies, only other being King Lear. And in my mind no tragedy could outmatch the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet which will undoubtedly be my favourite Shakespearean tragedy. View all 12 comments.
Feb 19, Sana rated it really liked it Shelves: adult , romance , cut-my-left-nut-off-instead , i-have-a-heart , historical-romance , young-adult , boring-af. First read: 2 stars Second read: 4 stars. I think I enjoyed it way more this time because I wasn't chosen to read the balcony scene as Juliet with a guy everyone shipped me with who was Romeo, thank you God. Who does not know the story of Romeo and Juliet? And these immortal lines, "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. Parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow. It has been adapted numerous times for stage, film, musical, opera and radio; the latest film went on general release just a few months ago in However, Shakespeare did not invent the story of Romeo and Juliet. The tradition of tragic romances had been well established in literature - in particular Italian literature - for almost a hundred years, but what may be surprising is that many of the plot elements of Romeo and Juliet were all in Brooks' poem.
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The first meeting of the lovers at the ball, their secret marriage, Romeo's fight with Tybalt, the sleeping potion, and even the timing of their eventual suicides, are all episodes which we usually attribute to Shakespeare. This is characteristic of the author, who often wrote plays based on earlier works.
Shakespeare's text is believed to have been written between and , and as such was one of his earliest performed plays, although not published until later. It was an immediate success; so popular that Shakespeare continued to rework and hone the notes from the play's performances.
It was then first published in , with later editions improving on it still further. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime, and has remained so, now being the most performed of all his plays alongside "Hamlet. It starts with a short prologue, in sonnet form, which tells the audience what is to follow. Nobody can be in any doubt that the story is a tragedy about young love, and that it will take their deaths to bring an end to family feuds.
We are then straight into the action, which is a masterly piece of writing, full of bawdy references to ensure his audiences' attention, while providing all the background information needed to understand the world of the play. We are immediately told about the long-standing hatred between the two feuding families, the Capulets and the Montagues, and then immediately find ourselves engaged by an exciting brawl. Shakespeare cleverly establishes some of the major themes of the play, right at its start.
He also portrays all of the layers of Veronese society starting with the servants, right through to Prince Escalus. Many of the secondary characters important to the play are also introduced here; for instance, Romeo's friend, Benvolio, thoughtful, pragmatic and fearful of the law, and Juliet's cousin Tybalt, a hothead, professing a hatred for peace as strong as his hatred for Montagues.
A modern audience becomes aware that in the Verona of this play, masculine honour is not restricted to indifference to pain or insult. Tybalt makes it plain that a man must defend his honour at all times, whether the insult is verbal or physical. Mercutio is established as another friend; one who who can poke friendly fun at Romeo quite mercilessly. Benvolio is not nearly so quick-witted. Mercutio is confident, constantly joking, making puns and laughing. He is a passionate man, but his passions are different from Romeo's love and Tybalt's hate. Their passions are founded respectively upon two ideals of society - love and honour - but Mercutio believes in neither.
He comes across as the character with the clearest vision. Just as Mercutio can see through words to other meanings, he can also see through the ideals held by those around him. He understands that often they are not sincerely held, but merely adopted for convenience. The characters in this play are multi-layered and complex, and Shakespeare is adept in revealing their subtleties by means of the action. Even as Mercutio dies, he utters his wild witticisms, cursing both the Montagues and the Capulets, "A plague o' both your houses!
They have made worms' meat of me! At first he is melancholy, distracted and lovelorn, as we expect. But surprisingly he is not lovesick over Juliet, but is in love with Rosaline. This love seems to stem almost entirely from the reading of bad love poetry! We understand from this that Romeo's love for Rosaline is an immature love, more a statement that he is ready to be in love than actual love.
Perhaps Rosaline, who never appears in the play, exists only to demonstrate Romeo's passionate nature, his love of being in love. We meet Juliet in scene 3, and learn that in the Verona of this play, her status as a young woman leaves her with no power or choice in any social situation. Juliet at 13 years old is completely subject to parental influence, and is being encouraged to marry her parent's choice of Paris. Lady Capulet observes wryly that that she had already given birth to Juliet herself when she was Juliet's current age, before she was In this way the forces that determine the fate of Romeo and Juliet are laid in place well before they even meet.
Parental influence in the tragedy becomes a tool of fate. Juliet's arranged marriage with Paris, and the longstanding feud between Capulets and Montagues, will eventually contribute to the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The reader enjoys the tension, and knowledge that terrible events are about to happen. Events and observations continually reinforce the presence and power of fate. Juliet's speeches have many different facets, and are capable of many interpretations. She often professes one thing, whilst we know she has an ulterior motive, and another intention.
This is particularly evident when she is speaking to her parents, knowing that she intends to make her own decisions, she perversely wants to speak her mind, but deliberately couches her words in double meanings so that the truth will remain hidden. Juliet is a strong character in the play, particularly fascinating to a modern reader as she seems almost contemporary.
She repeatedly goes against what is expected of women of her time and place, and takes action. The best example of this is when she drinks the sleeping potion. She comes up with many reasons why it might cause her harm, and recognises that drinking the potion might lead her to madness or even death. Yet she chooses to drink it anyway.
This demonstrates a willingness to take her life into her own hands - and also hints at future events. There is never just one side to, or interpretation of, any event in this play. It is a portent. Juliet drinks the potion just as Romeo will later drink the apothecary's poison. Another instance of ominous foreshadowing is when the Nurse teases Juliet by saying that she is too tired to tell her what happened when she first met Romeo.
This delay in telling Juliet the news is mirrored in a future scene, when the Nurse's anguish prevents her from relating news to Juliet and thereby causing terrible confusion. Another example of delicious dramatic irony is when Romeo is proclaiming his love to be the most powerful force in the world. Friar Laurence advises caution, saying, "These violent delights have violent ends And in their triump die, like fire and powder Which, as they kiss, consume".
The reader knows that the play is a tragedy, and that Romeo and Juliet will die. Shakespeare ingeniously manipulates the plot, so that we feel the impending doom, and are swept up in the inevitability of it all. Even the characters themselves are sometimes aware that they are pawns. Romeo cries, "O, I am fortune's fool! He knows that by killing his new wife's cousin, he will be banished from Verona, and feels the inevitability of the situation. This emphasises the sense of fate - or fortune - that hangs over the play. Juliet also indicates in her speeches the power of fate and predestination.
In her final scene with Romeo, the last moment they spend alive together, she says that he appears pale, as if he were dead.
She looks out of her window and cries, "O God, I have an ill-divining soul! Methinks I see thee, now thou art so low, As one dead in the bottom of a tomb. The next time she sees Romeo, he will be dead. Friar Laurence is a pivotal character in the play. When we first see him he is collecting herbs and flowers for medicinal purposes, demonstrating a deep knowledge of the properties of the plants he collects, and alerting the reader to what may be to come. He meditates on the duality of good and evil that exists in all things; another clearly portentous speech.
Referring to the plants, Friar Laurence says that, although everything in nature has a useful purpose, it can also lead to misfortune if used improperly, "For naught so vile that on the earth doth live But to the earth some special good doth give, Nor aught so good but strain'd from that fair use Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse: Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied; And vice sometime's by action dignified".
Friar Laurence ruminates on how good may be perverted to evil and evil may be purified by good. By making plans to marry Romeo and Juliet, he hopes that the good of their love will reverse the evil of the hatred between the feuding families. Shakespeare portrays him as a benign, wise philosopher. But his schemes also serve as tools of fate; secretly marrying the two lovers, sending Romeo to Mantua, and staging Juliet's apparent death. The tragic failure of his plans are outside his responsibility, and due to chance.
The structure of the play is carefully controlled; it would be interesting at this distance to read the earlier versions. Different poetic forms are used by different characters, and sometimes the form changes as the character develops. There are many instances of the sonnet, as the reader would expect, because it is a perfect, idealised poetic form often used to write about love. The play starts with a Prologue in sonnet form, a masterly precis of the story.
Romeo himself, develops his expertise in the sonnet over the course of the play. When Romeo and Juliet meet they speak just fourteen lines before their first kiss. These fourteen lines make up a shared sonnet, which creates a link between their love and their tragic destiny, as told in the introductory prologue. There are numerous instances of such tightly written formal structure, which is remarkable in such an early play. Even the dramatic action of the play has a tight schedule, spanning just 4 days. Perhaps this is why many of the most important scenes, such as the balcony scene, take place either very late at night or very early in the morning.
Shakespeare makes great use of effects such as switching between comedy and tragedy to heighten the tension, and bringing minor characters into the foreground to increase depth and interest. His additional use of sub-plots to enrich the story, is often cited as an early sign of his dramatic skill. This play has everything; love, beauty, and romance, but also sudden, fatal violence early on.
Viciousness and danger are continually present, yet just at the point when they threaten to overcome the reader, the action will be tempered by wit, comedy and humour. We are in a masculine world in which notions of honour, pride, and status are prone to erupt in a fury of conflict, but there is a strong female who defies her confined expectations. Rashness, vengeance, passion, grief; they are all here. The motif of fate continues to the very end of the play. Romeo proclaims, "Then I defy you, stars" and "I will lie with thee tonight" in a last desperate attempt to control his own destiny by spending eternity with Juliet.
Yet in this ultimate example of tragic irony, this defiant act seals both his fate, and their double suicide. Shakespeare tells his audience that nothing can withstand the power of fate. The neat twists of the ending are supremely ironic, devastating and heart-wrenching. Here is Romeo, in despair, "O true apothecary! O happy dagger! This is thy sheath There rust and let me die! Of course in one sense this is true of any play; the live action is how the play was intended to be experienced. But there is a lot to be said for reading Shakespeare on the page. The structure and poetry of the language is so much more evident.
The puns and in-jokes are so much clearer. The reader can give pause to properly interpret the manifold meanings of both the exciting events and the rousing speeches. And above all we can marvel at the mastery of a writer who can still speak to us with relevance, move us with poetry and story, and entertain his audience well over years later. View all 22 comments. If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Bryant Jr. Upon each re-reading I always wonder why Shakespeare does not reveal the reason that the families hate each other.
We are told that the households are alike in dignity social status. We are even provided with a "spoiler alert" when we learn that the "star crossed lovers" will commit suicide, resulting in a halt to the feuding between the If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. We are even provided with a "spoiler alert" when we learn that the "star crossed lovers" will commit suicide, resulting in a halt to the feuding between the two families.
In addition, we receive the clue that the feud has gone on for a long time ancient grudge However, the omission of the reason for the feud leaves us wondering and imagining a variety of scenarios--just as Shakespeare must have intended. I think it is important for an author to leave a mystery for the reader to explore. In Star Wars there was a sense of mystery about the Force, what was it.
Are there any reasons needed, ever? The humankind's history is filled with feuds which are completely pointless Isn't this very pointlessness that Shakespeare intended the viewers to see? The rest of this review can be read elsewhere. I don't know if fortunately or unfortunately, but I read the book in Shakespearean English. I did understand it, but it was so difficult.
I got the plot and stuff. I understood the story, the way it is written. I like the story a lot, the ending even more! In my opinion, it is a bit too long, but I still recommend it. I think it will be better to read it in "normal" English, since I read it like that short time ago and it's much easier to understand it and it can be read in a much more fluent wa I don't know if fortunately or unfortunately, but I read the book in Shakespearean English.
I think it will be better to read it in "normal" English, since I read it like that short time ago and it's much easier to understand it and it can be read in a much more fluent way. I recommend you to read it in normal English, it's easier to chew it.
Good play! Readers also enjoyed. About William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare baptised 26 April was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. His surviving works consist of 38 plays, sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr William Shakespeare baptised 26 April was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.
His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
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Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between and he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around , where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.
Shakespeare produced most of his known work between and His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century.
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