Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Made Easy) Mass Market Paperback – 1985
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" aBut, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.a
" When teenagers Romeo and Juliet meet at a masked ball, itas love at first sight. But Romeo is a Montague and Juliet a Capulet a and the two families are sworn enemies. Watch tragedy unfold as the astar-crosseda lovers try to overcome the obstacles ahead of them.
Perhaps the most famous love story of all time, Shakespeareas classic is brought to life in this exciting graphic novel.
The enmity that simmers between the Veronese houses of Montague and Capulet comes to a head in a street fight that is halted by the Prince of Verona. Although open fighting has ended, hatred persists between the families. But when Lord Montagueas son Romeo falls in love with Juliet, the daughter of Lord Capulet, the kindly Friar Laurence hopes to bring the families together through their childrenas marriage. All goes wrong when Romeo is impelled to kill Julietas cousin Tybaltathe first of several killings that concludes with the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
" aFor never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.a
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Not to mention in other versions I would read a little bit, glance down at the footnotes, read, glance down, re-read to find the word in the footnote, et cetera and it was very tedious. Now I just read a page of Shakespeare and then a page of modern, or vice versa. I do vice versa because then I understand how the character feels before reading the lines out loud, making this version very useful for putting on the play.
There is one problem. In most editions, you have various essays and notes. They don't have this in here. I don't take of stars for this because I personally never read the essays, but some people might.
Anyway, the story itself. Shakespeare is very poetic, and you can appreciate it more if you know what he's talking about. How ever, I hate 'love at first sight' with a burning passion. If you get over that, the characters and plot are engaging.
I read this because I was in the play. But this edition is so good I'm going to read other Shakespeare plays for my own enjoyment.
In the city of Verona, the Montagues and Capulets are locked in a deadly feud. Then a Montague teen named Romeo, infatuated with a Capulet girl named Rosaline, sneaks into a party to see her.... but instead encounters another Capulet girl named Juliet, and the two immediately fall in love. Since their families hate each other, their love must be expressed in secret.
Hoping to unite the two families, the kindly priest Friar Lawrence assists the two in marrying in secret. But then Juliet's cousin Tybalt challenges Romeo to a duel, leading to the death of two men -- and Romeo's exile from Verona. Even worse, the Capulets have decided to marry Juliet to Count Paris -- leading to a desperate plan that goes horribly awry.
"Romeo and Juliet" is a play that is hard to pin down -- some see it as the poetry-laden embodiment of romantic love, while others view it as Shakespeare's witty jabs at fickle teenage infatuation and how melodramatic the kids are (Juliet is only thirteen!). But whatever you think it is, it's undeniable that it's a beautifully written, often-wrenching story.
Despite the simplicity of the story, Shakespeare spins it in a silken web of lush poetry ("O swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon/That monthly changes in her circled orb") and the famous speeches where Romeo and Juliet speak at night on a balcony.Read more ›
Romeo and Juliet is a cute story but it lacks the substance of many of Shakespeare's other works. Romeo and Juliet does have a story that transcends time. There is nothing more universal than young love and family conflict. Everyone can relate to the passion of their first romantic connection. It also has several wonderful monologues from Juliet, Mercutio and the nurse and of coarse Romeo. This is great tool for the budding actor and I would never discourage anyone from ready any Shakespeare play but there are many others to consider.
If you are looking for a facinating love story try Othello. If you would like a comedy try a Midsummer Night's Dream. For a great drama tray The Merchant of Venice or MacBeth. Shakespeare has a lot to offer so try some of the lesser know plays if you are looking for something to delve into on a quiet weekend.
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Great quality, Folger Edition is perfect for students. I recommend this play to anyone looking to read some Shakespeare.Published 13 months ago by Gabby V
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 on Jan. 24 2014 by Kameshia Hope
I believe that the fantastic reviews here at Amazon are really about 'the story' and not really about 'the book'. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2011 by David Sabine