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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare

"Romeo and Juliet is an early tragedy by William Shakespeare about two teenage "star-cross'd lovers" whose "untimely deaths" ultimately unite their feuding households. The play has been highly praised by literary critics for its language and dramatic effect. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his

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Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare

"Romeo and Juliet is an early tragedy by William Shakespeare about two teenage "star-cross'd lovers" whose "untimely deaths" ultimately unite their feuding households. The play has been highly praised by literary critics for its language and dramatic effect. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Its influence is still seen today, with the two main characters being widely represented as archetypal young lovers.

Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to Ancient Greece. Its plot is based on an Italian tale, translated into verse as Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562, and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1582. Brooke and Painter were Shakespeare's chief sources of inspiration for Romeo and Juliet. He borrowed heavily from both, but developed minor characters, particularly Mercutio and Paris, in order to expand the plot. The play was probably written around 1595-1596, and first published as a quarto in 1597. The text was of poor quality, and later editions corrected it, bringing it more in line with Shakespeare's original text.

Shakespeare's use of dramatic structure, especially his expansion of minor characters, and the use of subplots to embellish the story, has been praised as an early sign of his dramatic skill. The play ascribes different poetic forms to different characters, sometimes changing the form as the character develops. Romeo, for example, grows more adept at the sonnet form over time. Characters frequently compare love and death and allude to the role of fate.

Since its publication, Romeo and Juliet has been adapted numerous times in stage, film, musical and operatic forms. During the Restoration, it was revived and heavily revised by William Davenant. Garrick's 18th century version, which continued to be performed into

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1. Alls Well That Ends Well
2. Antony and Cleopatra
3. As You Like It
4. Comedy of Errors
5. Coriolanus
6. Cymbeline
7. Hamlet
8. Julius Caeser
9. King Henry the Fourth Part I
10. King Henry the Eighth
11. King Henry the Fifth
12. King Henry the Fourth Part II
13. King Henry The Sixth Part I
14. King Henry The Sixth Part II
15. King Henry the Sixth Part III
16. King John
17. King Lear
18. King Richard the Second
19. King Richard the Third
20. Loves Labour Lost
21. Macbeth
22. A Lovers Complaint
23. Measure for Measure
24. Merchant of Venice
25. Merry Wives of Windsor
26. Midsummers' Night Dream
27. Much Ado About Nothing
28. Othello
29. Pericles Prince of Tyre
30. Rape of Lucrece
31. Sonnets
32. Taming of the Shrew
33. Tempest
34. The Winter's Tale
35. Timon of Athens
36. Titus Andronicus
37. Troilus and Cressida
38. Twelfth Night
39. Two Gentlemen of Verona
40. Two Noble Kinsmen
41. Venus and Adonis

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012696618
Publisher:
Apps Publisher
Publication date:
01/06/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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