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Romeo and Juliet

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  1,342,297 ratings  ·  11,218 reviews
One of Shakespeare's most popular and accessible plays, Romeo and Juliet tells the story of two star-crossed lovers and the unhappy fate that befell them as a result of a long and bitter feud between their families. The play contains some of Shakespeare's most beautiful and lyrical love poetry and is perhaps the finest celebration of the joys of young love ever written. Th ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 4th 1993 by Dover Publications (first published 1597)
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Isabella This book is definitely a must-read. I feel it is under- recognized because it is so popular.
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Madeline
Romeo and Juliet, abridged.

ROMEO: I’m Romeo, and I used to be emo and annoying but now I’m so totally in luuuuurve and it’s AWESOME.

MERCUTIO: Okay, three things: One, there’s only room in this play for one awesome character and it’s me, bitch. Two, you’re still emo and annoying. Three, didn’t you say that exact same stuff yesterday about Rosaline?

ROMEO: Who?

*meanwhile, Juliet prances around her room and draws hearts on things and scribbles “Mrs. Juliet Montague” in her diary over and over. Beca
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Haleema
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Nate
I'm not sure what annoys me more - the play that elevated a story about two teenagers meeting at a ball and instantly "falling in love" then deciding to get married after knowing each other for one night into the most well-known love story of all time, or the middle schools that feed this to kids of the same age group as the main characters to support their angst-filled heads with the idea that yes, they really are in love with that guy/girl they met five minutes ago, and no one can stop them, e ...more
Catriona
The people who dislike this play are the ones who view common sense over being rational, and prefer to view the world in a structured way. One of the main arguments that come across is the 'meeting, falling in love, and dying all in a weekend when Juliet is but 13'. We all must die in the end, so wouldn't you want to in the name of love than of an awful disease?
Perhaps the two lovers weren't truly in love, but their last living moments were spent believing so, so what does it matter? How can on
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Steve Sckenda
Apr 30, 2015 Steve Sckenda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers Defying Their Tribes
Recommended to Steve by: Mrs. Combs (My 9th Grade English Teacher)
Shakespeare is subversive. This is not a play about star-crossed lovers, despite Shakespeare’s proclamation in the introduction: “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.” Sadly, the only “fate” working against Romeo and Juliet is the fate of sons to be seduced by the logic of their fathers to kill. The twin monstrosities of Authority and Tradition demand our conformity, but it is our choice to obey or disobey. A recurring theme in Shakespeare (e.g., Henry IV; The Tempest; Hamlet; King Le ...more
Kiki
Dec 03, 2013 Kiki rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who get Shakespeare
Recommended to Kiki by: My good friend Stephenie Meyer
The original whiny love story gets screwed over the Twilight treatment. Who knew?

Aside from the cover butchery, this is a good solid book, but not one of Shakespeare's best. I grew up with Macbeth (I've been in the damn thing three times and read it five) and it remains my everlasting favorite. Romeo and Juliet? Not so much.

Why?

Because it's one of the most gravely misunderstood stories in the history of ever. Over the years it's been warped more than Hercules was by the Disney guys. The point Sh
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Kelly
Feb 26, 2010 Kelly rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: poets, and young, angsty people
"Hey! I'm eatin' here!"

So you're at a nice outdoor cafe one day, eating your lunch, and all of a sudden some fool kids come running through the square with their swords out (apparently they've got some strong Second Amendment advocates in Verona) and insist on skewering each other right there in front of you in the square! And seriously all you want to do is just eat your (damn fine, not that anyone asked you) pasta and get back to work before your lord finds some excuse to fire you. But nooooo,
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Manny
Every emo fourteen year old's dream. In bullet-point form:

• fall in love with hot boy/girl (delete as appropriate) that parents can't stand;

• tender words and some sex - gotta find out what that's like;

• major tragic incident that really wasn't your fault, you were provoked;

• everyone's mad at you;

• die beautiful death in loved one's arms;

• parents finally understand how much they cared about you and are sorry they didn't treat you better when you were alive.

So how did Shakespeare manage to
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Ian Klappenskoff
ROMEO AND JULIET: THE MUSICAL (A BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN PRODUCTIONS EXTRAVAGANZA)

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:

"Bruce Springsteen mixes Shakespeare’s best known romance with electric guitars, pianos, keyboards and saxophones." (Rolling Stoned)

"Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, cars, bikes, gangs, bangs, brawls, literature, blood, sugar, death, magik, kitchen sinks, meatloaf, clowns. It’s got everythnig." (Grauniad)

"E-Street Bard." (Village Voyce)

"Star-crossed Lovers Killed by Loose Windscreen." (Notional Enqu
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Sarah
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. I pl
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Bill  Kerwin

Two things struck me during this re-reading: 1) From the first scene of the play, the sexual puns are drenched in metaphorical violence (drawing your weapon, laying knife aboard, forcing women to the wall, etc,), creating a stark contrast with the purity of Romeo and Juliet's love and language, and 2)Mercutio, the Nurse and Old Capulet are something totally new both in Shakespeare and also in English drama, that is, characters who are not only realistic but whose language completely reflects the
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Fahad
روميو وجولييت

أصبت بحالة جفاف كتابي الأسبوع الماضي، صرت اتجنب الجلوس للكتابة، أؤجلها كل يوم إلى اليوم الذي يليه، أفسر هذه الحالة عندما تأتي بأنها قلق داخلي سببته مواقف صغيرة متفرقة، تجمعت معاً فصارت سداً أمام المزاج المؤاتي الذي يجعلك تكتب.

وها أنا الآن يوم بعد الفالانتاين – حيث يفترض أن العشاق حول العالم تبادلوا الهدايا والوعود -، أجلس لأكتب عن الحب، لأكتب عن روميو وجولييت، قصة الحب الأشهر، صحيح أنه لكل ثقافة قصة عشق تغنيها، ولكن روميو وجولييت اكتسبت القوة الدافعة للحضارة الغربية، فصارت قصة الع
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Judith (Judith'sChoiceReads)
I was thinking the other day and decided, "Hey! Why don't I write up a review for the world's possibly most effed up play ever. Why not?" So I'm going to. As you can probably tell this will not be eloquently written and in fact, I do not give a flying purple monkey about the romanticism behind the idiocy that went down that one week in Verona, (It all happened in on week!), because this play has bothered me since forever and it isn't about to change now! On with the review!


SPOILER ALERT!!

Over th
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Matt
Mar 02, 2007 Matt rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Honestly, who doesn't like a love story?
How someone can go and get two degrees in English and not read Romeo and Juliet, I have absolutely no idea. Why I would take it upon myself to read Shakespeare when I’m under no obligation, I’m afraid only fellow writers and lit geeks will understand.

It’s among the best-known stories in history, even for people who’ve never come within a mile of the Bard’s plays. Two lovers are kept apart by their feuding families. They must thus pursue their love in secret. But it’s not called The Tragedy of Ro
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Subject: MR. MERCUTIO

FROM THE OFFICE MR REGINALDO OXFORDINGTON
VERONA DEVELOPMENT BANK (VDB).
FAIR VERONA

TRANSFER OF ($25,200.000.00) TWENTY FIVE MILLION, TWO HUNDREN THOUSAND SCUDI ROMANI.

I AM REGINALDO OXFORDINGTON, THE AUDITOR GENERAL OF VERONA DEVELOPMENT BANK HERE IN FAIR VERONA WHERE WE LAY OUR SCENE. DURING THE COURSE OF OUR AUDITING, I DISCOVERED A FLOATING FUND IN AN ACCOUNT OPENED IN THE BANK BY MR MERCUTIO AND AFTER GOING THROUGH SOME OLD FILES IN THE RECORDS I DISCOVERED THAT THE OWNER
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Jason Koivu
The three things I took away from this reading...

1. Romeo and Juliet is and reads like an early work of Shakespeare's (whether or not you believe he wrote it), and so the scene executions are occasionally clunky and it lacks the subtly of his later work.

2. Regardless, the story moves you. When two people love one another and are kept from loving one another something must stir within your heart, otherwise you may want to get your heart checked out.

3. The third thing I took away was a questionin
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Demo
Enter at your own risk. This is a bitchfit waiting to happen.

You know, I'm quite certain that if Shakespeare was the "genius" everyone claimed him to be, that Romeo & Juliet has been poorly interpreted. They were two young teenagers that fell "in love" in three days, and resulted in a shitload of deaths for a stupid reason. If Shakespeare was so brilliant, I don't think he'd call that true love or romantic. I think his point was that the families' feud was stupid, and in turn it caused their
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Trevor
I was in the staff room a couple of weeks ago. Obviously, I stand out from the other student teachers. In fact, given I’m nearly 50 and male and they are nearly 25 and female, I imagine I look like one of those incredibly sad men that react to mid-life in ways other than looking for a new career.

Anyway, one of the teachers (a retired man who works covering absent teachers and seems to be there every day) asked me what I did before becoming a student teacher and then why in God’s name I would eve
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Jean
Who does not know the story of Romeo and Juliet? And these immortal lines,

"O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?"

"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."


The very word "Romeo" has become synonymous with "male lover" in English, and the idea of the doomed romantic lovers, whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families, is famous world
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Sally Linford
May 25, 2008 Sally Linford rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
Recommended to Sally by: Stepheine Meyer!
Let's talk for a minute about why I would give 5 stars to this awful story. I just need to step back 25 years. I first read this when I was in junior high (just the age of our star-crossed lovers), and I absolutely loathed it. Unfortunately, I didn't just simmer quietly about it--I loathed this LOUDLY, openly in my English class. Everyone got to hear about just how stupid these people were.

Being their age, I would never have behaved so badly--meet, marry, suicide in a weekend? Puh-leez.

I have ca
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Danger
This was a decent love story and all, but I'm pretty sure this Shakespeare dude tooooootally ripped off Twilight. I mean, like, how obvious could you be, Shakespeare? A'duh. If I wrote this book I would've totally made them vampires, but totally not like the Twilight vampries because I'm super original. My vampires would be made of cereal and their only vulnerability would be milk. And, like, Benvolio would be Capt'n Crunch and Mercutio would be the Trix rabbit and Romeo would be Edward and that ...more
Emily May
In terms of language and style, Romeo and Juliet might possibly be the best of all Shakespeare's work. It's crammed full of some of the most beautiful poetry I've ever had the pleasure of reading. But the story of lust-filled teens sacrificing themselves because of an extreme burst of instalove? Never really been my cup of tea.
Jasmin
Shakespeare IS Shakespeare. His works are considered literary masterpieces.
William Shakespeare is regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet..

The fact is almost irrefutable. I repeat. ALMOST

It is because I, choose to disagree.

Don’t get me wrong. Yes, William Shakespeare is a brilliant playwright. The dialogues are wonderful! The plot is breathtaking! Well, if that’s the case, then what the hell is my
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Colva
Oct 25, 2007 Colva rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantics of every description
I was told I could learn everything I needed to know about life from "Romeo and Juliet". The play doesn't stand out in my mind in terms of plot or motivation, however the whole thing is worth paying a great deal of attention to because of a handful of speeches. Most notably, Mercutio's "queen mab" speech,

O, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you.
She is the fairies' midwife, and she comes
In shape no bigger than an agate-stone
On the fore-finger of an alderman,
Drawn with a team of little atomies
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Afshar
شكسپير از زبان كشيش داستان مي گويد :چگونه گياهان كه فقط از شير يك مادر(زمين) تغذيه مي شوند اين همه گونه هاي متفاوتي دارند

رومئو و ژولیت از دو خانواده اصیل ورونایی(که دشمنی باهم دارند) هستند که باید وارث کینه پدرانشان می شدند
اما آنها خیانت پیشه کردند و ره بسوی ویرانه عشق نهادند
در زمینی که بجای آب،پر از خون است بذر دوست داشتن کاشتند
و برای باهم بودن هزار نیرنگ زدند
اما چه سود که سرنوشتشان چیز دیگری است.دشمنی باید با خون دو عاشق از بین برود
و مردان را از غرورشان فرود بیاورد
....

راستش لذتی که از خواندن
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Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Lookie here everyone, the world's first insta-love!

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You really have to go into this story with an open mind, otherwise you can't make odds or ends of it.

This is not, by any means, a romance. It is a tragedy, period.

The tragedy of two teenagers (Juliet is 13 and Romeo is 18, if you were wondering) who get horny when they see each other fall in love, get married the day after they meet, and then commit suicide.

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But hey, it's Shakespeare. It's kind of supposed to be ridiculous.
Helen
My first Shakespearean experience. Wow! I'm glad I read this and the language, being Shakespeare, was amazing. However, being Shakespeare, it was also a little difficult to get completely lost in the story as I was constantly confronted by the significant language barier, namely his mastery of it and my not so much. It just made the work a little hard for me to digest. Still it was a worthwhile endeavor and I plan and one I recommend. I intend to continue to sporadically read Shakespeare until I ...more
David
May 17, 2014 David rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Emo teenagers, Italian pricks
Shakespeare's most famous play. Even people who failed out of high school know the story. But here's the summary:

A pair of emo thirteen-year-old virgins fall in love at first sight, have the Truest and Most Special Love EVER in the History of Love!!!!, and kill themselves when their ill-thought elopement turns into a suicide pact. Boy do their families, the feuding Montagues and Capulets, feel bad then.

I have seen the play of course, but it surprised me how fresh and entertaining it was to liste
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Jonathan
Nov 01, 2012 Jonathan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jonathan by: Year 7 Teacher/carriculum

So, I'm going to be short and brief - or maybe I'll be brief and short - with my review of this. I haven't read this in a while but a thought came to me about what I must add for anyone who hasn't looked at this absolute classic. I read it for school and I performed in part of it for school. Many of the lines still stick with me and I guess it fostered a love of Shakespeare and an understanding all of...five years ago?

Many people claim that this is one of the classic love stories. (view spoiler)
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Nora
The first thing you need to know about this play is that, yes, it is a tragedy, but it most certainly is NOT a romance. How this is considered one of the greatest love stories of all time is beyond me. Think about it this way. At the play's opening, Romeo is about to die of a broken heart from being rejected by Rosaline, who would rather stay celibate forever than be with him. (If I say that I found this funny, am I a mean person?) Romeo goes about, moping and moaning and being a complete drama ...more
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr ...more
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“My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.”
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“These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triump die, like fire and powder
Which, as they kiss, consume”
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