Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

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"For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo."

Romeo and Juliet is the tragic story of "star-crossed lovers" from feuding families. Complete with a masquerade ball, a duel, a secret marriage, a sleeping potion, and pushy parents, the play packs a lot of action and emotion into five days of passion, romance, duplicity, and tragedy. Now you can end your Shakespearian woes with this modern translation and aids that make understanding the play quick and painless:

A brief synopsis of the plot and action A comprehensive character list that describes the characteristics, motivations, and actions of each major player A visual character map that shows the relationships of major characters A cycle-of-death graphic that pinpoints the sequence of deaths and includes who dies, how they die, and why Reflective questions that help you understand the themes of the play

With Shakespeare on the Double! Romeo and Juliet , you may just fall in love with the Bard.

Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2006
ISBN: 9780470041543
0470041544
Branch Call Number: 822.33 SHA
Characteristics: vi, 222 p
Additional Contributors: Snodgrass, Mary Ellen

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smhgeo422
Sep 14, 2020

In the beginning of the play, Shakespeare illustrates Romeo’s episode of depression and hurt from Rosaline’s unrequited love when Romeo speaks a series of oxymorons to describe his riddling state. In an attempt to calm him, Benvolio introduces Romeo to a party in which he'll have many more opportunities to see different girls. Romeo refuses, claiming loving Rosaline was his religion that he must be devoted to. However, this instantly changes when Romeo joins the party and locks his eyes on Juliet. Many are perplexed by his hastiness as he approaches Juliet, especially after causing drama for Rosaline. Romeo begins to elevate her into a saintly status because he believes she possesses angelic qualities. Eventually, Romeo and Juliet confess their love for each other in a romantic setting. As the story continues, a series of tragedies and obstacles befall them when they want to marry each other. Knowing that they come from two rivaling families, they put in their best effort to have their marriage.
This play is written in Shakespearean English, so it is very difficult to read, and harder to engage in. However, the plotline is very suspenseful so I rate it a four out of five stars. It’s a difficult read so I recommend it 14+.

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alecbussott
Aug 25, 2020

What Shakespeare is known for, and that is a shame. Not a bad story, by any means, but read Othello instead. It has the same core as Romeo and Juliet, but Othello is much more mature in writing and theme.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 29, 2020

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. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is about two young people from feuding families who fall in love, only to suffer from several unfortunate events and die together. Juliet, a Capulet, is expected to marry the ‘perfect’ nobleman, Paris, while Romeo, a Montague, is suffering from a heartbreak after the ‘love of his life’ rejects him. I did not enjoy reading this book because the overall plot had potential; however, the characters acted very rashly and blindly. I would not recommend this play if you are looking for an uplifting story, or a happy ending. Rating: 2/5 @PrettyKitty of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This was the first Shakespearean tragedy that I read, and I did not enjoy it. I thought that the overall plot had potential; however, the characters acted very rashly and blindly. I don’t think that there was enough character or plot development, and the relationship of Romeo and Juliet was far too sudden. To me it felt both forced and phony. It was difficult to believe the “love” described between the two characters, and the conclusion was far from satisfying. I definitely wouldn’t recommend this play if you are looking for an uplifting story, or a happy ending. As the genre implies, the plot is quite tragic. @PenelopeScriptor of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Anirudh_Kannan
Jul 24, 2020

Romeo and Juliet is a famous Shakespearean tragedy taking place in the town of Verona in Italy. The story follows Romeo and young Juliet who fall in love with each other even though they both come from feuding families. As Juliet is forced to marry Paris, a nobleman who is a relative to the Prince of Verona, she comes up with a plan with the help of a Friar in the local church. The plan being that she fakes her death using a sleeping potion. Later, we find out that because of a slight miscommunication, Romeo was not aware of the plan. As Romeo finds Juliet dead, he kills himself using the poison he bought from an apothecary. Juliet wakes up from her slumber, and stabs herself after finding Romeo dead. Their deaths allowed the families of Montague and Capulet to end their feud.

The play is best read quickly, as with other plays, and the entire play only lasts about 3 days in the story. The comic relief that the characters Mercutio and Nurse provide make this play very fun to read and even act in! My major dislike with this novel is that both Romeo and Juliet meet, fall in love, and then die for each other in the span of only 3 days. For me that just seems too unrealistic to happen.

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IshaanGupta30
Jul 24, 2020

One of the greatest Shakespeare romantic tragedies is set in a city named Verona Beach. Romeo and Juliet are two young, star-crossed lovers from two families who are sworn enemies. The two fall in love at first sight, however need to find a way to live together. Things get complicated and people die while trying to get the two to run away from their families.
Romeo and Juliet is considered to be one of Shakespear’s best plays, and one of the greatest love stories of all time. It is filled with romance, sword-fighting, comedy, tragedy, and poetry, which makes it suitable for people who like to read different genres. It conveys the messages that love is blind and vengeance never ends well for anyone. Personally, I found Romeo and Juliet to be a great read because of the emotions involved in the hatred of the families and the love of Romeo and Juliet.

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taeyunericakang
Jun 16, 2020

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Review
5 stars
ages 14-18
As the children of opposing houses fall in love, the two secretly get married and brings upon chains of unfortunate events. As soon as Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet make eye contact, the two fall for each other and end up getting married. As the children of the Capulets and Montagues, the two feuding houses of Verona, Romeo and Juliet are not able to tell their parents of their marriage. Instead, the two hide the truth. And things are actually very good between the two, until Romeo commits a crime out of rage and becomes exiled from the city of Verona. Now, Romeo and Juliet are not be able to see each other. While this happens, Juliet’s parents make arrangements for her marriage to Paris. Juliet becoming very upset, talks to Friar Lawrence and comes up with a plan. In order to execute the plan, Romeo must also know of the scheme. So, the Friar sends a message to him, but the message is not delivered. So, Romeo is kept in the dark about the plan, and becomes so upset to the point where he is willing to take his own life. With turn after turn, the love story of Romeo and Juliet goes from incredible heights to drops to a very downhearted ending. I really liked how the book really got me thinking about whether Romeo and Juliet had to end up the way they did. Maybe if something had turned out differently, or the letter had been delivered to Romeo, there could’ve been a different ending. It also made me think about fate. The book mentions the stars determining fate and that Romeo and Juliet were star-crossed lovers. But, maybe if it hadn’t been for the family feud, or the couple’s impulsive decisions, there could’ve been a different, more happy ending to the story.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 02, 2020

Whether you’re young or old you’ve probably heard of William Shakespeare’s very famous Romeo and Juliet which despite if you haven’t heard of it you will have to read it in your tenth year into high school. Anyways I’ve always been a huge fan of this play as I’m a sucker for romance and if you are too then you positively must read Romeo and Juliet! It is a classic work of literature with its story plot. The two come from families who hate each other but their love finds a way to blossom however fate has other plans. The only downside to this script is that it was written in the renaissance era so you’ll be weaving through some old English to try and understand what’s going on but this play has been studied for years so I’m certain that if you get stuck you can look up the translation. 5 stars
@Celine of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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blue_dolphin_8333
May 12, 2020

At first, I thought this would be boring, because I was reading a play. But as I started to read it, it became more and more interesting and exciting on the way. It made me realize that love hasn’t changed throughout the years. Both Romeo and Juliet strive for what they think is right, despite the hatred the families had on each other. No matter what, they follow their heart, to create a colossal ending for the play. Before reading this, I thought Shakesphere was an old writer, and I wouldn’t get understand what he was trying to convey. Though he might be an old writer, I now understand why he was so famous and loved. His writing expresses so much feeling, and even though we can’t see it as a play, we can still understand the plot and what the characters are feeling. Romeo and Juliet is an extraordinary piece of art, and I would recommend for anyone about the age of a teenager to read it.

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helenebooks
Mar 14, 2020

Much preferred the Belmont Press "Shakespeare Made Clear" edition, as it explains and gives context to the archaic wording, adding richness and a depth of understanding to Shakespeare’s clever wordplay; unfortunately, did not find this to the same extent in versions such as "No Fear Shakespeare" or "Barron’s Simply Shakespeare".

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 01, 2020

Reading Romeo and Juliet—the original play—was quite a surreal but moving experience and it directly provided an explanation as to why Shakespeare is still regarded as one of the best writers of classic literature. While language may be a barrier at first, it doesn’t take that long to finally understand the content at all. In fact, once you do get past the archaic language, you immediately begin to recognize and appreciate the truly immense beauty of Shakespeare’s words. Overall, through this action-packed storyline of an ill-fated relationship blooming in the midst of a family feud and amusingly-dramatic sword fights, Shakespeare beautifully and originally illustrates the romantic archetype we’ve all countlessly seen today. 5/5 Stars
@BiggerPictureReviews of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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myriamnkemnkeng
Apr 22, 2019

how did Romeo and juliet meet

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Gwen904
May 15, 2018

O, teach me how I should forget to think!
- Romeo, Act 1 Scene 1 Page 11

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Gwen904
May 15, 2018

Madam, an hour before the worshipped sun
Peered forth the golden window of the east,
A troubled mind drove me to walk abroad,
Where, underneath the grove of sycamore
That westward rooteth from this city side,
So early walking did I see your son.
Towards him I made, but he was 'ware of me
And stole into the covert of the wood.
I, measuring his affections by my own,
Which then most sought where most might not be found,
Being one too many by my weary self,
Pursued my humor not pursuing his,
And gladly shunned who gladly fled from me.
- Benvolio, Act 1 Scene 1 Page 7

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abigail_noack
Jul 14, 2014

" JULIET
Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo. Deny thy father and refuse thy name. Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and i'll no longer be a capulet".

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DaisyCosh
Jul 24, 2012

"Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes a pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows doth with their death bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love, and the continuance of their parents' rage, which, but their children's end, nought could remove, is now the two hours' traffic of our stage; the which if you with patient ears attend, what here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend."

cindy112judy9915 Jun 12, 2012

O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?

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Renzy00
Aug 18, 2020

The book Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is about two lovers, Romeo and Juliet. This book is based on the play. Romeo and Juliet are from two opposite families who do not approve of their love. The two lovers go through a story full of misunderstandings and wantings that are forbidden. They both go through many things that blocks them from being together, whether it is by miscommunications or wrongfully assessing the situation.

What I liked about this book was that it is about a couple who loves each other deeply that they’d do whatever it takes to be with each other. They both are trying so hard to marry even though it’s forbidden. What I disliked about this book is that sometimes it's hard to follow and understand what they are trying to say, as it is in old english. Some of the ways they say things have very little relation to what it actually means. This can confuse readers because what they say is not what many people would think it means.

olive_bird_01 Jun 13, 2015

Falling in love

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DaisyCosh
Jul 24, 2012

Romeo and Juliet love each other. Their parents are rival families. They can't be together, but fight to stay together anyways.

cindy112judy9915 Jun 12, 2012

i also read the translations of the book. in the beginning it already tells us tat romeo and Juliet commit suicide in the end of the story and i have not yet finished the book. romeo meet Juliet at a mask party but they weren't wearing mask's and they made out on the first day they meet. romeo would sneak out at night to Juliet's balcony and they would talk till the sun rises. the continuing u would have to read yourself, tragedy comes when romeo gets abandon and had to leave and Juliet had to fake his death by drinking a vial but she thinks tat there's poison inside and it would kill him.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 10, 2012

Mara Valentine is in control. She's a straight-A senior, a vegan, and her parents' pride and joy. She's neck-and-neck with her womanizing ex-boyfriend for number-one class ranking and plans to kick his salutatorian butt on her way out the door to Yale. Mara has her remaining months in Brockport all planned out, but the plan does not include having V, her slutty, pot-smoking, sixteen-year-old niece -- yes, niece -- come to live with her family. Nor does it involve lusting after her boss or dreaming about grilled cheese sandwiches every night. What does a control freak like Mara do when things start spinning wildly out of control? With insight, authenticity, and a healthy dose of humor, Carolyn Mackler creates an evolving Type A heroine that every reader will recognize -- and root for. From the author of the award-winning The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things comes the racy story of an overachiever who learns to get over it -- and get a life.

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Gwen904
Feb 10, 2018

Sexual Content: Talk about sex, genitals, kissing, etc. Some seriously bad sexual jokes. Kissing. Feelings of infatuation.

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DaisyCosh
Jul 24, 2012

Violence: Stabbings that result in death; poison is used; suicide.

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