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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 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

  • Romeo and Juliet

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    the novel, Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, the two main characters, Romeo and Juliet, fall in love with each other. During the novel, both Romeo and Juliet talk about their love for each other throughout the whole novel. Although Shakespeare seems to indicate that Romeo and Juliet had a love at first sight moment, did Romeo and Juliet really have a true love for each other? Juliet never truly fell in love with Romeo. Her love at first sight was young love. Juliet said to Romeo, “My ears

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    Throughout the play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, Juliet Capulet views on love and marriage dramatically changes. In the beginning of the play Juliet has mixed feelings about love and marriage, but once meeting her “Star-crossed lover”, she changes the way that she feels. In the end, Juliet tragically kills herself once she realizes that Romeo killed himself. Shakespeare provides evidence for this change through Juliet's use of language, imagery, and dramatic irony in

  • Romeo and Juliet

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    The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, is about two star crossed lovers dreadful fate. Each act of Romeo and Juliet is carefully crafted to provide the audience or reader with dramatic tension, mainly by foreshadowing and creating a suspenseful sensation. In the play, the theme -- some things aren’t meant to be -- has a major role in the development of the plot, and is represented in each act with foreshadowing. Shakespeare does this by making symbolic references, displaying

  • Romeo And Juliet

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    Romeo and Juliet A character goes through many changes that depend on the kind of events they experience. The play “Romeo and Juliet” written by William Shakespeare, uses different tones and language that shows the readers that Juliet, a Protagonist, changes over time, proving the idea that she is a dynamic character. At the beginning of the play, we are introduced to a young, innocent and inexperienced girl, Juliet the daughter of Lord Capulet . She has not yet seen the real world and is raised

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    Everyone has heard of the love story Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare many of them do not realize that it is not a love story but a tragedy. For years there has been a debate if Romeo and Juliet was a true love story? Romeo and Juliet is not consider a true love story according to many sources. It does not follow the guidelines for a true love story, not realistic; they were also to young to know what love is. The cultural traditions could have played a role in Romeo and Juliet’s false love. As published

  • Romeo and Juliet

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    Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet used the literary device of foreshadowing to advance the tragic story of two teenage lovers. Foreshadowing was a warning or indication of an event that came later in the story. Shakespeare used many examples of foreshadowing to show an indication of the death or grave future of somebody. Shakespeare uses a few motifs, or reoccurring events, to tell the future. In Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare references light and dark to show the love of the couple and the consequences

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    Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous plays written today and William Shakespeare is the second most quoted writers in the English language. Gnomeo and Juliet, Warm Bodies, Westside Story, and many other movies were made to portray the basic themes and story of the original Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. One of the most general ones is Gnomeo and Juliet. In this movie, there are many things that are the same and many things that are different at the same time. The three main elements