Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

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...

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Title:Romeo and Juliet
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Romeo and Juliet Reviews

  • 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

    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 their thought processes to the point where they take on a life of their own. Shakespeare would create many other such characters, but these three are the first.

  • 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

    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 romances stretching back to antiquity. The plot is based on an Italian tale translated into verse as The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562 and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1567. Shakespeare borrowed heavily from both but expanded the plot by developing a number of supporting characters, particularly Mercutio and Paris. Believed to have been written between 1591 and 1595, the play was first published in a quarto version in 1597. The text of the first quarto version was of poor quality, however, and later editions corrected the text to conform more closely with Shakespeare's original.

    تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 1996 میلادی

    عنوان: رومئو و ژولیت؛ ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم: علی اصغر حکمت؛ مقایسه با لیلی و مجنون نظامی در 248 ص؛

    عنوان: رومئو و ژولیت؛ ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم: هدایت کاظمی؛ تهران، هنر، 1356؛ در 225 ص: موضوع: نمایشنامه های نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 16 م

    مترجم: علاء الدین پازارگادی؛ تهران، علمی و فرهنگی، 1375؛ در 223 ص؛ چاپ دهم 1385؛ شابک: 9789644451676؛ چاپ چهاردهم 1392؛

    مترجم: فواد نظیری؛ تهران، نشر روایت، 1375؛ در 191 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، ثالث، 1377، شابک: 9646404332؛ چاپ بعدی 1380، چاپ هفتم 1394؛ در 191 ص؛ شابک: 9789646404335؛ چاپ هشتم 1395؛

    مترجم: هوشنگ آزادی ور؛ نشر مرداد، 1379؛ در نه و 147 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، رشدیه؛ 1395؛ در 184 ص؛ شابک: 9786009168576؛

    مترجم: مریم رسولی؛ تهران، اردیبهشت، 1390؛ در 223 ص؛ شابک: 9789641710882؛

    مترجم: مریم نظری؛ مصطفی اکبری؛ قم، نوید ظهور، 1393؛ در 144 ص؛

    مترجم: شیما طیبی جزایری؛ تهران، گیسا، 1393؛ در 82 ص؛ برای نوجوانان

    ترجمه های دیگری نیز با همین عنوان چاپ شده که بازنگاری نویسندگان از اثر ویلیام شکسپیر است که به فارسی ترجمه شده اند

    رومئو و ژولیت روایت داستان دو دلداده ی عاشق و از نخستین آثار استاد سخن ویلیام شکسپیر است؛ ایشان کششی به آثار عاشقانه دوران باستان داشتند. درونمایه براساس داستانی ایتالیائی ست، که به صورت شعر و با عنوان: «تاریخ باستانی رومئو و ژولیت» اثر «آرتور برووک» در سال 1562 میلادی و به صورت نثر در سال 1591 میلادی توسط ویلیام پینتر نوشته شده اند. شکسپیر در نگارش اثر خویش از هر دو اثر سود برده، و شخصیتهای مرکوشیو و پاریس را نیز دیگر کرده، اثر ایشان نخستین بار در سال 1597 میلادی به چاپ رسیده است. چکیده: قهرمانان نمایشنامه دختر و پسری از دو خانواده ی بزرگ و رقیب در شهر ورونا هستند، که با یکدیگر دشمنی و اختلاف دیرینه دارند. رومئو که از خاندان مونتگیو است، به امید ملاقات با رزالین، دختری که رومئو دلباخته اش شده، به ضیافت لرد کپیولت می‌رود؛ آنجاست که رومئو، دختر لرد کپیولت ژولیت را ملاقات و رزالین را فراموش می‌کند و ... ...؛ ا. شربیانی

  • 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

    ;

    • 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

    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

    ;

    • 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 turn this heap of crap, which even Zac Efron would think twice about, into one of the most moving stories of all time? If you still need proof that he was a genius, look no further.

  • 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

    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 one truly know if one is in love? Is it a feeling? In that case, what is a feeling? If you believe you are in love, then you may as well be, contrary to what others might say.

    The argument with the 'weak' plot; Shakespeare didn't invent Romeo and Juliet. It was infact a poem which is constantly being adapted over time. Shakespeare did add in some aspects but the meeting in the ballroom, Tybalts death, the sleeping draught and such were already in the poem.

    I personally love this play, purely because it's an escape from this modern world. I'm not saying I like the treatment of women, nor the fighting, but it's like a different world that i'm never going to experience, and reading it through Shakespeare's gorgeous writing makes Verona seem all the more romantic.

  • Bookdragon Sean

    Why didn’t they just run away together? It would have saved a lot of heart ache.

  • Anne

    So, when the story opens, Romeo is desperately in love with Rosaline. But since she

    has sworn to remain chaste, he's all depressed and heartbroken.

    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.

    His boys drag his sad ass to a party, and across a crowded room, Romeo spies his next victi

    So, when the story opens, Romeo is desperately in love with Rosaline. But since she

    has sworn to remain chaste, he's all depressed and heartbroken.

    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.

    His boys drag his sad ass to a party, and across a crowded room, Romeo spies his next victim...er, his really-really for

    True Love.

    Meet 13 year old Juliet. Who is

    .

    And how old is Romeo? Well, he's old enough to kill Juliet's cousin in a sword fight, so...yeah. Probably

    13.

    But since he's such a punk little pussy - what with the whining, sobbing, and spouting off crap poetry - I'm going to assume he's not

    older than she is and say 15 or 16.

    Tragically, Juliet is a Hatfield, and Romeo is a McCoy. Their families have been feuding over a McCoy pig that was killed during a Hatfield moonshine run decades ago.

    Needless to say, tensions are still running high.

    So.

    They gotta keep their love on the down low.

    And it

    love, dammit! I mean, they've stared at each other a whole bunch, and had,

    ,

    conversations.

    This time around, Romeo isn't going to make the same mistake as before, and let the

    girl of his dreams slip through his fingers...

    Well...

    You know, I can't help but wonder what that first encounter would've been like if they'd met when they were older, you know?

    Anyhoo, this

    a romance, it's a cautionary tale.

    And a pretty funny one at that! I originally gave it 3 stars, but I had to bump it up for making me giggle so much. Between Romeo & Juliet

    crying, moping, and twirling around like a tweenage girls and the rest of the cast flailing around to accommodate these idiots, this was waaaaaay better than I remembered it.

    I listened to this on Playaway, so I got to have the audio version with a full cast of characters, sound effects, and music. Loved it! Totally recommend going this way if you're planning on trying out Shakespeare.

  • Brina

    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

    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 such as writing letters between the primary characters or keeping Juliet's diary. Thus, this Shakespearean tragedy remains more memorable to me than some of the other dramas I have read over the years. Yet, the play still warranted a reread through adult eyes so here I am, beginning 2018 by reading Shakespeare.

    I will be the first to admit that I although I enjoy reading through modern drama, usually Pulitzer winners, Shakespeare is tough for me. The language I am able to slog through; however, most plots are dull and leave me with much to be the desired. The only dramas I enjoy enough to want to reread is The Merchant of Venice and MacBeth for their strong, female protagonists. Which, brings me back to Romeo and Juliet. Most people know the basis of the story, one that has been retold so many times that it is part of western vernacular. My favorite version of Romeo and Juliet is the musical Westside Story. The song that begins "when you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way" sets the tone for the entire musical: the Jets and Sharks just flat out don't like each other but they are loyal to members of their own gang until their last dying day. This plot comes right out of Romeo and Juliet which features the Montagues and Capulets of Verona who have been feuding for time eternal. Like its more modern counterpart, the Montagues and Capulets just flat out don't like one another no matter the circumstances. It has always been thus and no member of the leadership of either family has done anything to lessen the feud.

    All these feelings of ill will change on one special night when young Romeo Montague is smitten with Juliet Capulet at a masked ball. The two instantly fall in love and do everything in their power to hide their romance from their feuding family members, parents included. I can understand why this is the play often assigned to fourteen year olds because what young teenager has not been smitten and thinks that he/she is in love. Combine this with the aspect of star crossed lovers who are going against the prevailing trends of society, and there are many directions that a teacher can go in while discussing this with students. Boys will like enjoy the dueling between members of the Montagues and Capulets and perhaps also the innuendo imagery that Romeo uses to describe Juliet whereas, perhaps, girls will swoon over the descriptions of Romeo and how he does everything in his power to marry and be with Juliet for all eternity. Reading through adult eyes and admittedly 21st century eyes, I enjoyed the plot myself as well as descriptions of Juliet. The star-crossed lover unique aspect of this play allowed me to read it quicker than I would with other Shakespearean drama that I find tedious to get through at best.

    Despite the imagery and the storyline, Shakespeare's language was still a bore for me to read. The planning and plotting and long soliloquies made for heavy reading. The story of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet and the consequences of their relationship could be completed in one to two acts. Yet, then the story would not be a Shakespearean five act timeless classic. Perhaps because I am reading this drama during the 21st century where people need information before it happens makes plays with more speaking than action too slow at times for modern readers. Even with modern literature, unless it is quality literary fiction, I find it sluggish to get through slow moving novels with little plot movement, and prefer those novels with shorter chapters. After rereading a number of Shakespearean plays over the past few years I have come to realize that unless there is a lot of plot development-- feuding, fighting, falling in love, illicit marriage, more fighting-- that it is a challenge for me to get through the text. Lucky for me that Romeo and Juliet contains the elements of a quality story so it is only the text that challenges me, not the story itself.

    Shakespeare's story of star-crossed lovers remains timeless classic that has been redone many times over. Romeo and Juliet have made appearances in some form on Broadway plays to Hollywood movies including a modern version starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo. Without stretching one's imagination all that much, Romeo and Juliet even resurface in the Star Wars story during the prequel trilogy. Their imagery is everywhere in modern society and by telling of two feuding groups as a backdrop, Shakespeare created a tale that could relate to people across many places and times, from school groups to rival governments. Now that I got through my first book of the year I am excited to get a jump start on bingo and my other challenges, both in groups and personal ones. Whether I read another Shakespeare remains to be seen because at the end of the day, if there are no feuds, fights, star-crossed lovers, and other elements of a modern story, Shakespeare's long soliloquies are not really my taste.

    3.75 stars

  • 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

    , 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

    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

    , 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. Because she is THIRTEEN. How old is Romeo supposed to be? Let’s not talk about that, k?*

    CAPULET: Good news, Juliet! I found you a husband!

    PARIS: Hello, I’m a complete tool.

    JULIET: Daddy, I don’t want to marry that apparently decent and unflawed guy! I’m in love with Romeo Montague – we met yesterday and it was HOT.

    CAPULET: I WILL BE DAMNED IF I SEE MY ONLY DAUGHTER MARRIED TO THE ONLY SON OF THE MAN WHO IS MY MORTAL ENEMY FOR REASONS TOO UNIMPORTANT TO SPECIFY IN THIS PLAY!

    JULIET: *stamps foot, runs off to her room to watch High School Musical again and sulk*

    TYBALT: Hey Romeo, your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!

    MONTAGUE POSSE: Oh,

    .

    MERCUTIO: YOU TAKE THAT BACK!

    TYBALT: MAKE ME!

    ROMEO: No! You can’t fight him, Mercutio

    !

    TYBALT: I KEEL YOU!

    *Romeo attempts to stop the fight and fails miserably*

    MERCUTIO: FUCK YOU ALL! *dies*

    ROMEO: Okay, forget what I said about not fighting. I KEEL YOU!

    TYBALT: *dies*

    PRINCE: I’ve had enough of your shit, Emo McStabbypants. You’re banished.

    ROMEO: Waaaaaahhhhhh! I’m banished and Juliet is going to marry another guy and it’s not fair WHY DOES GOD HATE ME?

    FRIAR LAURENCE: Jesus Christ, not this again. Okay, if you promise to grow a pair, I’ll help you and your wife out. Here’s the plan: she takes a potion that’ll make her go into a coma, and then she’ll get put in the family tomb and then you’ll sneak back into town, break into the tomb, wait until she wakes up, and then the two of you escape and live happily ever after! It’s perfect!

    AUDIENCE: …the hell?

    *Shockingly, the plan fails. Romeo goes back to the tomb (pausing to kill Paris just for good measure), but he thinks Juliet’s dead and drinks poison and dies, and then like two seconds later she wakes up and sees that Romeo isn’t

    dead like she was, he’s

    , so she stabs herself.*

    MONTAGUE: Wow, we are awful parents.

    CAPULET: I have an idea – let’s make solid gold statues of our dead children to commemorate their love and serve as a constant reminder of the fact that our only children killed themselves because we were such uncaring parents.

    *they actually do this.*

    SHAKESPEARE: Beat that, Stephenie Meyer.

    THE END.

    Read for: 9th grade English

    BONUS: courtesy of The Second City Network.

  • 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

    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, especially not their meddling parents!

    Keep in mind that Juliet was THIRTEEN YEARS OLD. (Her father states she "hath not yet seen the change of fourteen years" in 1.2.9). Even in Shakespeare's England, most women were at least 21 before they married and had children. It's not clear how old Romeo is, but either he's also a stupid little kid who needs to be slapped, or he's a child molester, and neither one is a good thing.

    When I was in middle school or high school, around the time we read this book, I remember a classmate saying in class that when her and her boyfriends' eyes met across the quad, they just knew they were meant to be together forever. How convenient that her soulmate happened to be an immensely popular and good-looking football player, and his soulmate happened to be a gorgeous cheerleader! That's not love at first sight, that's lust at first sight. If they were really lucky, maybe as time went on they would also happen to "click" very well, that lust would develop into love (it didn't), and they would end up together forever (they didn't). But if they saw each other at a school dance, decided they were "like, totally in love," and then the next day decided to run off and get married, we shouldn't encourage that as a romantic love story, we should slap the hell out of them both to wake them up to reality.

    For what it's worth, my cynicism doesn't come from any bitterness towards life or love. I met my wife when we were 17, and we've now been together almost 10 years, married for a little over 2. Fortunately for me, she turned out to be awesome. If we had decided the day after meeting each other that we were hopelessly in love and needed to get married immediately, we would have been idiots, and I hope someone who I trusted and respected would have slapped me, hard. If we were 13 at the time, that would be even worse. Enlightened adults injecting this into our youth as a classic love story for the generations, providing further support for their angst-filled false ideas of love and marriage, is probably worst of all.

  • Haleema

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