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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
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Apr 28, 2016

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011-reads, classic, digital, romance, shakespeare, drama, tragedy, favorites, 2016-reads, re-read
Read in April, 2016

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.

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Quotes Kyle Liked

William Shakespeare
“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.”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare
“Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare
“I defy you, stars.”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare
“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare
“See how she leans her cheek upon her hand.
O, that I were a glove upon that hand
That I might touch that cheek!”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare
“O, here
Will I set up my everlasting rest,
And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars
From this world-wearied flesh. Eyes, look your last!
Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you
The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss
A dateless bargain to engrossing death!”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare
“How art thou out of breath when thou hast breath
To say to me that thou art out of breath?”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

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Tina I love Shakespeare, too.

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