Sunday, October 16, 2011

Romeo and Juliet

"Romeo and Juliet" is the classic play by William Shakespeare about two star-crossed lovers. It has been made into motion pictures, musical,s and adaptations a.all over thew world. Most of us had to read it in high school and perhaps otherwise would not have read it. Not many high school kids are interested in romance literature. Girls will like it more than the boys. The language can be hard to translate but the plot is simple. The play centers on the forbidden romance of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. Romeo is 17 and Juliet is a ripe old 14.

The play is set in Verona, Italy and the opening begins with the Montagues and Capulets have a falling out in the first scene. The play starts with the men of each family meeting on the streets and a fight breaks out. The Prince arrives and states the guilty will be punished if there is anymore fighting. Romeo is upset during the brawl and Benolvio, his cousin, has to find the cause of his sadness. Romeo is in love with a girl names Rosaline who wants to live a life of purity.both young men get invited to the enemy's party by mistake.

After being talked into going by Benolvio, he first lays eyes on Juliet.The fall in love right away unaware of the bitter blood between the families.After identifying themselves, they are disappointed but already in love. The play continues with the famous balcony seen with Juliet saying "Wherefore art thou Romeo?" the two secretly marry without the parent's knowledge. Juliet was to marry a man named Paris when she got older but she will not comply. Friar Lawrence tells her to drink this potion t maker look dead. The plan does not get to Romeo and obviously backfires. The tragedy reunites the two families. Really, you think someone could come up with a better suggestion than playing dead. It should not take a tragedy to correct bitter blood.

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