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Romeo And Juliet: Shakespeare Appreciated

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In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a world of violence and generational conflict in which two young people fall in love and die because of that love. The story is rather extraordinary in that the normal problems faced by young lovers are here so very large. It is not simply that the families of Romeo and Juliet disapprove of the lover's affection for each other; rath ...more
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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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Nate
Aug 27, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anne
Nov 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THIS!
This is what happens when you jump into a Rebound Relationship.

So, when the story opens, Romeo is desperately in love with Rosaline. But since she won't give up the booty has sworn to remain chaste, he's all depressed and heartbroken.
Annoying emo style!

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His friends, tired of his constant whining, give him a Beyoncé mixtape.
He takes her words to heart, and her lyrics begin to mend his broken soul.

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His boys drag his sad ass to a party, and across a crowded room, Romeo spies his next victi
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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 th
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Catriona
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Bookdragon Sean
Why didn’t they just run away together? It would have saved a lot of heart ache.

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Romeo and Juliet = The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.
Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic
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Brina
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Happy 2018, everyone! I thought I would get the year off on the right track by reading my first book for classics bingo in the group catching up on classics...and lots more. One of the squares on this year's board is to read a book published before the 18th century, and, because Romeo and Juliet is one of this month's group reads, I decided to mark off this square early. Way back in ninth grade, I read Romeo and Juliet. I happened to have a teacher who assigned us outside of the box assignments ...more
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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Maddie
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr, favorite
Re-reading!

Currently free at Amazon link below:


https://www.amazon.com/Romeo-Juliet-A...


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I had to read this novel in school – now let me tell you I hated this book with passion in school – BECAUSE I HAD TO! I was quite a rebellion in my time, well nothing changed I am still a rebellion ;-)

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Many school kids back in my day didn't appreciate this tragedy because Shakespeare used a lot of bizarre arguments to our ears. I'm delighted to understand it know, but I think main reason is I wanted to underst
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Ariel
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is always so satisfying to read a book you've heard so much about throughout your life. You should have seen how excited I got when Juliet started saying "Romeo, o Romeo"!
Carol
Excellent! I can't believe I've waited so long to read this classic play! Having only surmised the story of ROMEO AND JULIET and not even seen the movie (yet) I now know Romeo was a Montague and Juliet a Capulet, two houses at odds. I know about the disastrous duels, the secret marriage, the surprise suitor and the botched plan; and then there's the fatal ending..... I even had that wrong, and OMGOSH they were so young!

I enjoyed actually reading Juliet's melodramatic expressions of love....."O R

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Henry Avila
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo "...........The ultimate love story, 400 years old, you may ask why? William Shakespeare's narrative , the poetry, a tragic saga drenched in beauty, the words are magical , a reader will be entranced by its imagery , no one could be better...really a long exquisite poem disguised as a play set in the 14th century of the Renaissance, in Verona, Italy during the turbulent age of petty kingdoms , fierce wars and passionate times. The ...more
Nayra.Hassan
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
يعني انت عامل فيها : روميو؟
سؤال استنكاري مرح..لا يعني عبر العالم كله سوى انك عاشق بجنون
نادرة هي الشخصيات الادبية التي تقفز خارج السطور..لتتحول إلى أساطير واقعية..نلفظ باسمها بدلا من جمل تملأ مجلدات

و سر خلود شخصية روميو.انه احد الرجال القلائل في الأدب ..و في الواقع".ممن ضحوا بحياتهم من أجل الحب."

الحب هو مفتاح شخصية ذلك الشاب الذكي...حاد اللسان..المفتقر إلى الوسطية
زاده حبه لجولييت نزقا..و ليس نضجا

و على النقيض نجد جولييت..فرغم سنواتها ال 14تتبلور شخصيتها بعد وقوعها في الحب..و تتحول لفتاة ذات إر
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James
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As I looked over my previously read books and searched for one that was missing a review, Romeo and Juliet stood out to me. But then I thought about it... who doesn't know about this play? Who hasn't read it in school sometime in the past? Who hasn't watched a movie version or seen some sort of take on the classic tortured romance story? And why on earth would anyone care to read another review, let alone my review, on it? Exactly. So... don't look for much here as I'm sure most everyo
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Kelly
Jun 01, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  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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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
True confessions time: I've read Romeo and Juliet at least once, maybe more (probably it was in one of my college English courses) and mostly thought, great poetry, but GAH! silly kids! idiotic people! I've seen it on stage once or twice -- one production cast Romeo's family entirely with black actors and Juliet's family with white ones, to bring the feuding a little closer to home, I guess. It was interesting, but still, didn't really move me. Though I'm sure I teared up during the final scene, ...more
Emily May
Dec 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, plays
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.
Angela
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...



(accidentally saved this picture as Romeow and I'm laughing so much harder than I should be about it)

So the whole time I'm
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Ian "Marvin" Graye
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
Jun 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. I pl
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Foad
توى هملت، وقتى بازيگراى تئاتر مى رسن به كاخ السينور، هملت به يكى از بازيگرها به شوخى مى گه: بانوى من، از آخرين بار كه شما را ديدم ريش در آورده ايد!

توى پاورقى مترجم تذكر ميده كه دوره شكسپير، زن ها بازيگرى نمى كردن و امر قبيحى بوده بازيگرى زن ها. در نتيجه نقش زن ها رو پسرهاى نوجوان بازى مى كردن. و حرف هملت هم كنايه طنزآميزى به اين نكته است.
توى فيلم "روزنكرنتز و گیلدنسترن مرده اند" (اقتباسى طنز از هملت) اين نكته به درستى رعايت شده و بازيگرهاى نمايش همه مرد هستن، ولى بعضى هاشون موهاشون رو بلند مى كن
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Alok Mishra
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Paula W
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I thought about this book in middle school:
I don't get it. What?

What I thought about this book in high school:
This is stupid. What?

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? IDIOTS.

What I thought about this book after finishing it today, aged 44:
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
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Darwin8u
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, shakespeare, drama
“Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

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It is hard to critique Romeo & Juliet since it is like family. It was the first Shakespeare many of us were introduced to. It seems like family. But reading Shakespeare this year in rough order, I see as Romeo & Juliet follow Richard II, Shakespeare grown large, lyrical, bold, steady, and sharp. He has mastered not just drama, but tamed English. He has broken poetry to his will. He re-oriented
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Evelyn (devours and digests words)
There is nothing romantic about Romeo & Juliet. 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.

There have been debates about whether or not Romeo & Juliet is a satire. I'm 101% sure that this is a satirical play in which Shakespeare, the genius bastard, mocked and made fun of hot-headed, foolish teenagers. The man laughed in the face of insta-love (lust), and I laughed along
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Lyn
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

Deny thy father refuse thy name, thou art thyself thou not a Montegue, what is Montegue? tis nor hand nor foot nor any other part belonging to a man

What is in a name?

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.”

Shakespeare’s template for star-cr
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فهد الفهد
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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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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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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“These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triump die, like fire and powder
Which, as they kiss, consume”
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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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