Romeo and Juliet Study Guide

Romeo and Juliet Study Guide

Original title:
An Excellent conceited Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet
Published January 1st 2004 by Washington Square Press (first published 1597)
ISBN 0743477111 (ISBN13: 9780743477116)

In late 1590s William Shakespeare wrote this eternal love story that every one of us grew up admiring. It was one of his most popular works, having been played numerous times and then translated into thousands of languages and interpretations.

If there still exist unproved speculations that Shakespeare didn’t write his books, it is actually no secret this particular the story of two lovers was just a rewrite, a masterful one, of the Arthur Brooks “Romeus and Juliet”. Brooks in his turn adapted and translated into English a plot that has been circulating in different languages and cultures for centuries.

The play is set to take place in Italy in the town of Verona where two upper class families live. The families are at terrible feud with each other, their servants hate each other, their pets can’t stand each other, yet their children managed to fall in love with one another…

Montague’s son, Romeo, sneaks into the Capulet’s ball reception and meets his daughter Juliet. Since that moment it took only four days for Montague and Capulet families, and especially their offsprings, to experience a great turmoil of events. Married the next day, the couple gets stuck in between unreasonable hatred that will cause the death of the dearest people around them. But it’s only the tragic and unintended death of the youngsters themselves that will reconcile the families.

Apart from the ill-fated love story, the play strikes with its subtlety of the characters, each of who have their own language styles. The details to which Shakespeare elaborated each of the characters and mixed comedy with tragedy, are fascinating.

The Romeo and Juliet is more than just a genius tragedy or a touching love story. It is a part of human culture and history, it’s rooted in our tradition. That’s why reading the story and then rereading it in a more conscious age is a must. So start now!

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