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Romeo and Juliet (Annotated) [Kindle Edition]

William Shakespeare , O.A. Ogsworth
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This is undoubtedly the greatest love story ever written, spawning a host of imitators on 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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Grade 5-8-Skillfully read by Claire Higgins, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet will hold listeners spellbound as they become involved in the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues and in Romeo and Juliet's plight of love. Higgins' reading is very natural, and her voice is exceedingly pleasant to listen to. The cassette includes a plot summary, an introduction to Shakespeare by Leon Garfield, as well as supplementary information about Shakespeare and his writings by Dr. Rex Gibson, all read by Simon Russell Beale. This additional information is very worthwhile and will increase the listener's understanding of Shakespeare and why he continues to be important in literature. Peter Hutchins arranged the period background music. The technical qualities are excellent, and the teaching objectives are met. This program is appropriate for individual or group listening, and the additional information will provide an excellent springboard for discussion. A superior acquisition for both public and school libraries with audio collections.
Kathy Dummer, Newcastle Middle School, WY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 252 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003CT31M0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good! You should read it! June 8 2004
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Format:Paperback
"From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life; whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows, doth with their death bury their parents' strife." This is part of the opening prologue from William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." From this passage you can get a clear picture of the events that take place in this play. "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes," from these selected words you are safe to say that this play is about two different families. "A pair of star-crossed lover;" you can see that there are two people in love. " Doth with their death, bury their parents' strife;" this means that their parent's have been feuding for a long time, and only in their children's death do their parents realize the seriousness of their actions. "Romeo and Juliet," is a romantic tragedy, as are most of William Shakespeare's plays. This reading is fiction, although, it seems so real, because it relates with some modern issues.
"Romeo and Juliet," is my favorite book. William Shakespeare's characters in most of his plays go against their parent's or have to choose between them. I agree with what Shakespeare shows in this play; it helps young adults relate to his books. In "Romeo and Juliet," the two young adults have to choose if they want to be together because they're in love or turn the other way because their parent's don't get along.
This book really makes me think; if I was in this situation my decisions would be very hard, I wouldn't be able to make up my mind as fast as Romeo and Juliet did. I think anyone that has a chance to read this and has an opportunity to dissect it, it's a good idea because it really makes you think; what would you do in this situation.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Romeo+Juliet Aug. 9 2002
Format:Paperback
We are from Argentina and learning English. Our teacher recommended the book Romeo + Juliet, we thought this book was going to increase our vocabulary and help us understand better the English language, but it didn't, instead it made it more difficult. Shakespeare used old English and played with words.
For those who aren't aware, "Romeo and Juliet" tells the tale of two "star-cross'" teenage lovers who secretly fall for each other and marry. Their families, the Montagues and Capulets, have been fierce enemies for decades, and, even as Romeo and Juliet say their wedding vows, new violence breaks out between the clans. In the end, their love is doomed. When Romeo mistakenly believes Juliet is dead, he poisons himself. And, when Juliet discovers that he is dead, she too commits suicide.
Shakespeare's writings are always beautiful but in this case he decorates with details a simple story, and that makes it boring and difficult to follow the plot.
The characters all have different personalities, for example the peaceful characters, hot-tempered, romantic, aggressive, impulsive, strict, etc. And that is what perhaps could make it interesting. In our opinion the best character is the nurse because she says always what she feels and not what is better for her.
In conclusion, we could only understand the story because as we continued reading, we also saw the film, which we recommend you to see.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Romeo an Juliet- Ramiro y Tomás Aug. 9 2002
Format:Paperback
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare’s book, is an old story, good for adults, but complex for students. It’s about a romance between two young teenagers, and the hate between both their families. Romeo is a Montague, and Juliet is a Capulet. These two young lovers suffer a terrible fate.
We particularly didn’t like the story because it is written in “Old English�. It has very difficult words and a lot of confusing metaphors that maybe are incomprehensible. We never understood what Shakespeare mean in some phrases. In addition to this, we don’t like love stories at al. We think other Shakespeare’s stories a better than this one, for example Hamlet, King Lear or The Taming of the Shrew.
On the other hand, this book helped us to improve our English. Now, after reading it, we know new words, or phrases. Although it is a love story it is interesting. There are a lot of feuds between the two families and a lot of people die, including the main characters. That’s why we can also say that it is a tragic story, full of death, hate and violence.
In conclusion, we think that if you read the story you will enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a great!... Aug. 9 2002
Format:Paperback
This is a great book, because Shakespeare explains perfectly what is love in an exaggerated way. It also shows every kind of feelings that both lovers have for each other. Wonderful sonnets are written and he uses a lot of poetic and lyrical language, for example: Romeo says "If I profane with my unworthiest hand this holy shrine, the gentle sin is this: my lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand to smooth the rough touch with a gentle kiss". We can discover new vocabulary and learn about "Old English". It shows perfectly the tragic part of the story as well as the loving part. This book gives you an idea up to the point that a person can sacrifice for he/her lover.
The negative thing or unreliable is that it is rare to fall in love with a person whom you do not know in only five minutes and the next day get married. As well some parts are difficult to understand.
To sum up, although the book is difficult to comprehend, you can enjoy it and maybe feel you are involved in the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
it was perfect for what we needed it for as the university was putting on a play and the students used the book as a guide.
Published 7 months ago by Kameshia Hope
2.0 out of 5 stars Great on stage. Not great in a book.
I believe that the fantastic reviews here at Amazon are really about 'the story' and not really about 'the book'. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2011 by David Sabine
3.0 out of 5 stars Enduring but not his best.
Romeo and Juliet is likely the best known of Shakespeare's plays. As few have not heard of either Romeo or Juliet. The story has been modernized many times. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2011 by J Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars A pair of star-cross'd lovers
Two teenagers from rival families fall in love, marry secretly, and take their own lives rather than live without each other. Read more
Published on June 5 2010 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money.
Romeo and Juliet does not read as well as some other plays such as Hamlet. It must be seen to be fully enjoyed. Nevertheless, I would reccomend this edition of the play. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2005 by Buu Phieu Nguyen
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it.
If you have not read 'Romeo and Juliet', go read it now. After you've finished reading it, read it again. It is quite possibly the best love story ever told.
Published on June 19 2004 by Dhaval Vyas
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book! You should read it!
"From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life; whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows, doth with their death bury their parents'... Read more
Published on June 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Solon Middle School Reviewer
This is the best and most classic book ever. It's so good."Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" "What's in a name? Read more
Published on June 8 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars it would be even better if it weren't so cliched
Romeo and Juliet is the most famous Shakespeare play, and it is a very good play; very romantic, and eventful and interesting. Read more
Published on July 21 2003 by K. Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is excellent, must read.
Romeo and Julitet is a beautiful creation of William Shakespeare. In this creation of his, there are two star-crossed lovers;having fallen in love at first sight, their love was... Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2003 by Ritika Shrestha
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