Romeo and Juliet
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In the face of a brutal feud, love grows. Romeo and Juliet, those famous star-crossed lovers, experience passion, hope, and, ultimately, tragedy. Reading their story our own hearts soar and break too.
Star-crossed lovers, feuding families, a war-torn city, and an unending passion: these are the topics of the most famous love story ever told. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet are two Verona teenagers, but the noble Montague and Capulet families are locked in a bitter feud. Romeo and Juliet first glimpse each other at a Capulet feast and fall passionately in love without knowing each other’s true identities. To their horror, they soon discover each other’s parentage. Defying their families, they enter into a whirlwind romance which culminates in a secret marriage. But when Romeo gets caught up in a scuffle and kills Juliet’s cousin, the world threatens their romance. Romeo is banished from Verona for his role in the fight, but he manages to spend one more night with Juliet before fleeing. The Friar works on a plan to reveal the marriage and unite the two families, but he cannot hinder the coming tragedy. The feud between the Capulets and Montagues finally ends, but peace has come at a staggering cost. Timeless themes of love and sacrifice have made Romeo and Juliet one of Shakespeare’s most popular tragic romances and a powerful symbol of love’s ability to endure.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
Escalus, Prince of Verona.
Paris, a young Nobleman, kinsman to the Prince.
Montague,}Heads of two Houses at variance with each other.
An Old Man, Uncle to Capulet.
Romeo, Son to Montague.
Mercutio, Kinsman to the Prince, and Friend to Romeo.
Benvolio, Nephew to Montague, and Friend to ...
Reviewed by angelicmobster8 on Sep 9, 2009
Read it in ninth grade
I should probably read it again, I'm not sure whether or not we finished it. Although Romeo and Juliet annoy me sometimes, it's filled with wonderful (yes, I'm going to use this overused word) prose. Even when I was 13, I thought Mercutio was super cool. I should probably read "Hamlet" again also, because the teacher had us read the "easier modern" version, which is stupid.
Reviewed by books on Dec 31, 2008
A bit of a fun read, many underlying meanings with sexual references, of course. Some knowledge about the behavior of people in such times would be helpful when reading this play, although not entirely needed.
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Ratings for 'Romeo and Juliet' by Shakespeare, William