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(November 02, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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I donít know about you, but the first time I actually read the Shakespearean version of Romeo and Juliet, I was rather taken aback. Songs Iíd heard and movies Iíd watched told one version of the story, but the real deal is a bit heavier than Iíd imagined. If youíre not familiar with the tragic tale of old (young) Romeo and Juliet, hereís the fast version:

Romeo and Juliet

Two families hate each other, and the son of one family, Romeo, crashed the party of the other. Juliet, is the daughter of the party-throwing family. Romeo spies her and falls instantly in love. Despite advice from his friend, Romeo pursues his interest during the party under the eye of his enemy. That evening he and Juliet pledge their undying love to each other in a famous balcony scene.

A man named Paris is also quite taken with Juliet and has been asking her father for her hand in marriage. Julietís father refuses and asks him to wait two more years. After all, Juliet is only fourteen years old. Now that Romeo and Juliet have agreed to be married, they must move quickly. They marry the next day with the help of a friendly friar, Friar Lawrence.

Immediately after the secret wedding, Romeo and his friend Mercutio are walking down the street when Romeo is challenged to a duel by Julietís cousin Tybalt. (Remember, the families are still enemies.) Romeo refuses to fight Julietís family, and Mercutio thinks his friend has become a coward. He takes up the duel instead and is killed. Romeo is enraged at his friendís death and fights Tybalt anyway. He kills Tybalt and then is banished for the killing.

Meanwhile Juliet, who is now happily married but totally depressed about her husbandís banishment, is told to marry Paris after all. She refuses and her parents threaten her when she does. She runs to the Friar for help and is given a potion to make her appear dead. When she awakes, Romeo will be waiting for her in her tomb as the Friar is sending a messenger to let him know about the plan.

As things always do, the elaborate plan fails. Juliet takes the potion, appears dead and is buried. The messenger to Romeo canít get through to the deliver his crucial information, and Romeo hears of Julietís death another way. He buys poison and goes to Julietís tomb. There he fights Paris, and after killing him, takes the poison. Naturally Juliet wakes up immediately afterwards to find both men dead. There isnít any poison left, so Juliet Ė unable to live without her man Ė kills herself with his dagger. We learn a few minutes later that Romeoís mother died of grief from his banishment, and whatís left of the two families decide to end their feud.

All in all, a very depressing play.

Love It or Hate It

Most people either love Romeo and Juliet or hate is. Boys tend to hate it, in my experience, but as a girl, I can go either way. I love the romance of it Ė the masked balls, the romantic balcony scenes, the eloping and secret marriage. But I was shocked when everyone started killing themselves. What kind of wimpy people ďcanít live without their loveĒ at only fourteen? (Romeo was a bit older.) Sure, it would be terrible to find your lover gone, but why go through a rather elaborate plan to DIE when you could probably just climb down the balcony and run away in the middle of the night to be together?

As far as Iím concerned, Romeo and Juliet failed to think things through and then made the weak choice Ė both of them dying rather than mourn and deal with the loss to go on and make their lives worth living. Wimps.

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Oakland, OR
Posted On: November 26, 2008
ORii's got her stories straight, so I have to agree with her... Although it doesn't go without saying that the characters lacked wisdom and fortitude. Despite the fact I think "dying for love" is melodramatic, I appreciate Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" as a romantic classic. Well, really the romantic classic... I also concur ORii's point that, without its dramatic ending, the story would lose its potency and the effect intended on human emotion, that being the point of drama...
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New York, NY
Posted On: November 23, 2008
I love Shakespeare. Your point at the end was very true, but at the same time I think it's very hard for us to understand the culture of that time period, like SILLYx pointed out. I think it's very easy to judge old literature as if it were a modern tale rather then a classic work of art.


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Oshkosh, WI
Posted On: November 23, 2008
I agree with padawancub.
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Morristown, TN
Posted On: November 22, 2008
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Arvada, CO
Posted On: November 20, 2008
Romeo thought he loved before, but instead he saw Juliet and forgot about the girl who became a nun because she didn't want to be with him. I don't remember her name.
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Hopkinsville, KY
Posted On: November 18, 2008
well, Romeo and Juliet is a good play. When you read it, you have to remember that it is very old. The story takes place between the 1200s and the 1400s. Remember, the way people dressed, talked, acted, and thought was very different back then compared to people today.

Add to that the fact that Juliet is 14 years old, and Romeo is about 16. This was their first love. Both were very sheltered, meaning that they were ignorant of love, sex, and the like.

Also, like many have mentioned, when you are on the wrong end of a break-up for the first time, you feel like killing yourself.

Anyway, back to the play. Romeo and Juliet, at the end of the play, felt that dying was their best option. That does not make them wimps. It makes them ignorant.

Otherwise, good article.
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Posted On: November 17, 2008
I would die for love. I'm only 13 and I would die for love. I don't plan to anytime soon, but I believe in it.
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Posted On: November 16, 2008
Shakespeare goes deeper than what's on the surface. Juliet isn't just a 14 year old girl- he made her so to represent innocence. Original Scree is right, you're taking the characters totally out of context. This is a classic piece that, for it's time, was bang on accurate in representation. Don't hate it because "ooh, they're wimps because they can't live without love at 14." When you fall in love for the first time, isn't that how it is? Don't slam something that clearly you didn't read too thoroughly.
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Kenai, AK
Posted On: November 14, 2008
The basic point of Romeo and Juliet is that love will prevail over anything. I to am not a big fan of romantic things myself, but it's a classic love story. But, tis my opinion.
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United Kingdom
Posted On: November 14, 2008
Woah, Anabell11, calm the hell down!

and why call it

'Why we love Romeo and Juliet' then slag them off in the last paragraph?
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Granada Hills, CA
Posted On: November 12, 2008
hee hee you just summed up the english essay we had to write in ninth grade...
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Panama City, FL
Posted On: November 11, 2008
this one my favorite storys of Shakespeare! even though i think its stupid that Juilet kill her self 4 a boy! hey in the story arent they 13 not 14?
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United Kingdom
Posted On: November 11, 2008
I personally love Shakespeare, especially Romeo and Juliet.

And here, I can't agree more with Orii and never_more. You really have to look at it for what it is and not try to compare it with our modern times and thinking. It's a perfect piece of theatre and literature the way it is, and you have to take in the potency of romance and passion as well as hate that lies within the characters.

A good movie to watch, with a creative twist to it is William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. That is the whole title. It has Leonardo DiCaprio in it. ANd though it's set in modern times, it uses the traditional script, language and story.
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United Kingdom
Posted On: November 11, 2008
Thank you so much for this. I've always needed a thorough yet basic explanation.
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Nashville, TN
Posted On: November 11, 2008
ugh it cut me off. I wanted it to say thisclose with two arrows between it. Darn.
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