Romeo and Juliet by William ShakespeareIn Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a violent world, in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud.
In this death-filled setting, the movement from love at first sight to the lovers’ final union in death seems almost inevitable. And yet, this play set in an extraordinary world has become the quintessential story of young love. In part because of its exquisite language, it is easy to respond as if it were about all young lovers.
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Romeo and Juliet: Not a Shakespearean Tale After All
Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and along with Hamlet , is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers. Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. Shakespeare borrowed heavily from both but expanded the plot by developing a number of supporting characters, particularly Mercutio and Paris. Believed to have been written between and , the play was first published in a quarto version in The text of the first quarto version was of poor quality, however, and later editions corrected the text to conform more closely with Shakespeare's original.
As it hath been often with great applause plaid publiquely, by the Right Honourable the L. The sonnet shared by Romeo and Juliet at their first meeting, in which their playful banter with the religious language of pilgrims and saints leads to a kiss, was adapted both by John Weever in a sonnet dedicated to Shakespeare , and by the compiler of The Passionate Pilgrim. John Danter published the first quarto, and although his name appears in the imprint, he printed only the first four sheets. In a practice typical of the book trade, Danter shared the printing with Edward Allde, who printed the final six sheets of the play, as evidenced by the varying sizes of type and additional lines on each of the pages printed by Allde. The copy shown above was once owned by the Shakespearean actor David Garrick, who bequeathed it to the British Museum upon his death in This copy became part of the British Library's collections under the British Library Act, and is one of five known to exist according to the English Short Title Catalogue.
First versions of the Romeo and Juliet theme
Stage directions are instructions and direction to the actors, and not spoken lines. It is good but there is no love just lust. Because for one: they kissed within hours meeting, at the same time being teenagers. What the heck. They still have the minds of the teen in this play.
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