Romeo and Juliet

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  • Romeo and Juliet

    Most of us are familiar with the story of the star-crossed lovers whose untimely deaths finally help reconcile their squabbling families. While the plot can be traced back to an old Italian tale, it achieved worldwide popularity only after it was adapted by the playwright William Shakespeare, who expanded it and added a number of memorable supporting characters to it. Romeo and Juliet has been modified and adapted numerous times over the years and audiences have seen several film, stage, musical and opera versions since the 16th century.

    Some of the key themes that frequently appear in the story are:

    • Impulsiveness – Romeo and Juliet are quick to fall in love and get married without considering the consequences
    • Feuds – The Montague and Capulet families and their supporters, like a lot of noble families of the era have been enemies for years. This is the primary cause of the young lovers’ deaths
    • Infatuation – Romeo and Juliet fall in “love” after meeting once, without knowing anything about each other
    • Sacrifice – The lovers wanted to be together even if it meant giving up their lives and destroying their families in the bargain
    • The supernatural element – Dreams, premonitions and forebodings abound in the story, all of them foreshadowing the tragic fate of the lovers
    • Predestination – At the end of the story, one cannot but feel that Romeo and Juliet were destined to meet, fall in love and die for the sake of their love. The series of coincidences all point to the fact that fate had a significant role to play in the making of this tragedy
    • Dilemmas and decisions – Juliet faces the dilemma of being in love with one man and forced to marry another. She has no idea how to break the unwelcome news to her family. The Friar must choose between informing the families of their children’s forbidden love or secretly binding Romeo and Juliet in holy matrimony. He chooses the latter knowing it will cause upheaval and possibly lead to bloodshed. In the end, the Montagues and the Capulets decide to end their feud on order to prevent further misery.

    Here is a collection of essays and papers with detailed information about various aspects of Romeo and Juliet

  • Romeo And Juliet

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    A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life”(Prologue). This quote from the beginning of Romeo and Juliet shows great foreshadowing on what is to take place in the play. Director Franco Zeffirelli directed a version of Romeo and Juliet in 1968. His adaptation took place in a classical/medieval setting with the relatively original script. Director Baz Luhrmann also created a version of Romeo and Juliet. His 1996 version took place in modern-day Las Vegas. Between both directors, Zeffirelli has more

  • Romeo and Juliet

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    The classic love story of Romeo and Juliet is a play by William Shakespeare that will never be forgotten. This is a story about two “star-crossed lovers” who come from two families that are rivals, which challenges their relationship and they die as a sacrifice for each other and their families. Many people have produced traditional and nontraditional versions of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet play. These versions have enhanced the play in a way that the feud between the families is more intense

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    The tragedy Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare validates the struggle behind Romeo and Juliet's love. Through dialogue and plot Shakespeare addresses the birth of love with the families’ violence that threatens to taint love’s existence. The contradicting terms violence and love contrasts the blooming emotions from Romeo and Juliet and the families’ feud. Their death becomes an oxymoron as their feelings turn to happiness instead of sorrow. Shakespeare’s use of oxymoron contrasts the Montague-Capulet

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    Romeo and Juliet is a play about two lovers who fought to be together, but became separated due to others fights; leading to their deaths. When Romeo and Juliet met it was love at first sight. When they find out that a last name will separate them, they are both sad. Juliets cousin Tybalt then gets in an altercation with Romeos friend Mercutio. Mercutio then dies. When Romeo kills Tybalt, who is Juliets cousin, Juliet knows they may never be together. Romeo is then exiled from Verona. By this time

  • Romeo and Juliet

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    play of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in which the audience knows the destiny of these two tragic heroes from the very beginning. Although this play is tragic knowing that the lives of two lovers are lost, it is not a tragedy as Romeo and Juliet are not solely responsible for their own deaths. Destiny is determined through the hands of greater forces than that of Romeo and Juliet, making this play merely tragic and not a true tragedy. Therefore, the play of Romeo and Juliet is not a tragedy as coincidental

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    ENGR-1F 27 May, 2014 Romeo & Juliet - The essay Essay- Romeo & Juliet Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet shows us the different beliefs about love. These beliefs are shown through various characters in the play. He mainly shows it through Romeo, Juliet, and Mercutio. Therefore, Mercutio is a physical lover, and Romeo is a Romantic lover. In the beginning of the play, Romeo is a physical lover too, but after his relationship with Juliet, he turns into a romantic

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    Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is a play about love and hate and the eventual demise of "star-crossed lovers," Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare eloquently states throughout the play that Fate is to blame for the lover's deaths in the end. While some may argue that the characters are to blame due to their choices, which, the readers may claim, were acts or free will, the reality of the situation is that Fate is to blame for causing Romeo and Juliet to fall

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    In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is one of the main characters. I have learned that she is quite rash and bold and that she falls in love quickly. Juliet doesn’t really change throughout the play.I would not consider doing what Juliet does in the friar’s plan .The friar’s plan for Juliet had a chance to work in the beginning, but due to the unfortunate circumstances it doesn’t work out. Throughout the play of Romeo and Juliet, I have learned several things about Juliet. During the play she is quite rash

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    The theme of love is highlighted effectively in Romeo and Juliet. At the play's beginning, Romeo describes his infatuation for Rosaline. His feelings are not returned and this means that he feels desolate: he shuts himself away from his friends and family. Shakespeare allows his audience to see that unrequited love can be painful. However when Romeo meets Juliet, all thoughts of Rosaline disappear. Romeo and Juliet's attraction for each other is immediate. The love they feel is passionate and based