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stage and screen, including Leonard Bernstein's
smash musical West Side Story, Franco Zeffirelli's
Romeo and Juliet filmed in 1968, and Baz
Luhrmann's postmodern film version Romeo + Juliet.
The tragic feud between "Two households, both
alike in dignity/In fair Verona", the Montagues
and Capulets, which ultimately kills the two young
"star-crossed lovers" and their "death-marked
love" creates issues which have fascinated
subsequent generations. The play deals with issues
of intergenerational and familial conflict, as
well as the power of language and the compelling
relationship between sex and death, all of which
makes it an incredibly modern play. It is also an
early example of Shakespeare fusing poetry with
dramatic action, as he moves from Romeo's lyrical
account of Juliet--"she doth teach the torches to
burn bright!" to the bustle and action of a
16th-century household (the play contains more
scenes of ordinary working people than any of
Shakespeare's other works). It also represents an
experimental attempt to fuse comedy with tragedy.
Up to the third act, the play proceeds along the
lines of a classic romantic comedy. The turning
point comes with the death of one of Shakespeare's
finest early dramatic creations--Romeo's sexually
ambivalent friend Mercutio, whose "plague o' both
your houses" begins the play's descent into
tragedy, "For never was a story of more woe/Than
this of Juliet and her Romeo". --Jerry Brotton

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stage and screen, including Leonard Bernstein's
smash musical West Side Story, Franco Zeffirelli's
Romeo and Juliet filmed in 1968, and Baz
Luhrmann's postmodern film version Romeo + Juliet.
The tragic feud between "Two households, both
alike in dignity/In fair Verona", the Montagues
and Capulets, which ultimately kills the two young
"star-crossed lovers" and their "death-marked
love" creates issues which have fascinated
subsequent generations. The play deals with issues
of intergenerational and familial conflict, as
well as the power of language and the compelling
relationship between sex and death, all of which
makes it an incredibly modern play. It is also an
early example of Shakespeare fusing poetry with
dramatic action, as he moves from Romeo's lyrical
account of Juliet--"she doth teach the torches to
burn bright!" to the bustle and action of a
16th-century household (the play contains more
scenes of ordinary working people than any of
Shakespeare's other works). It also represents an
experimental attempt to fuse comedy with tragedy.
Up to the third act, the play proceeds along the
lines of a classic romantic comedy. The turning
point comes with the death of one of Shakespeare's
finest early dramatic creations--Romeo's sexually
ambivalent friend Mercutio, whose "plague o' both
your houses" begins the play's descent into
tragedy, "For never was a story of more woe/Than
this of Juliet and her Romeo". --Jerry Brotton

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Community Level 1pixels91

pixels91

Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare

Advantagesgreat story

Disadvantagesnone

"Romeo and Juliet was written in 1595 by William Shakespeare as a play. It is classed as a tragic play, therefore involves a protagonist that has a peak in his or her life involving good fortune, but then on after good fortune turns quickly into bad, ending up in sadness and misfortune for the protagonist. All tragedies follow the same pattern, only changing the peak point and the speed of good fortune going bad. When mentioned, Shakespeare is often ..." Read review
23.04.2009

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Community Level 9Amy69

Amy69

"For never was a story of more woe" Review with images

Advantagesgreat story, strong characters, help and guidance

Disadvantages/

"...would be starting with the Romeo and Juliet unit, I didn't know what to think. I had never actually watched it, shockingly, or had the chance to read it. I knew briefly what the play was about, but I wasn't aware of any in depth detail. When we were handed out the books, I had a look at the cover for any clues. It was quite a dull, and basic colour, with a photo of a balcony on the front. Underneath the 'Romeo' and 'Juliet' were written in white, ..." Read review
22.02.2009

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Community Level 1Bowie_J

Bowie_J

Violence and Sex.. Not Romance

AdvantagesN/A

DisadvantagesN/A

"...the romance stand out more, Romeo and Juliet is a very famous piece of Shakespeare's work, but is often thought to be extremely romantic and 'lovey-dovey', however with a deeper look underneath the surface it involves a lot of sex, violence, back-stabbing and corruption and isn't so romantic. William Shakespeare is an extremely well known and established writer to this day, despite his death centuries ago. This statement just shows the skill of Shakespeare, ..." Read review
15.01.2008

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Community Level 2beckymilar_4

beckymilar_4

All our sympathies lie with Juliet

AdvantagesMy favourite play

DisadvantagesNone

"...make it so powerful since Romeo and Juliet’s love is the modern, Western love affair. It goes against the wishes of the feuding families but also against the routine of society. This means that Juliet is faced with many problems as she pursues her love affair with Romeo and from her first scene the amount of help she receives is unclear and cause for argument. Juliet first appears in Act One Scene three. She is an obedient and well brought up child, ..." Read review
02.11.2004

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Community Level 2weno_101

weno_101

The compelling play with so many different types of love

Advantagesexiting and tragic

Disadvantagesold dyalect can be hard to understand

"...different kinds of love in Romeo and Juliet. Write as much as you can about the different view of love which Shakespeare gives us. In the play there are examples of many different kinds of love. There is the romantic love between Romeo and Juliet. There is the rude love that Mercutio talks about and the bawdy, comical love that the nurse jokes about. There is the arranged love between Paris and Juliet. Romeo experienced love at first sight for ..." Read review
20.08.2000

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Type Play
Title Romeo and Juliet
Author William Shakespeare
ISBN 0553213059
EAN 9780553213058

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