Romeo And Juliet

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In a Society Dominated by Religion and Bound by ties of strict family loyalty, two teenagers are trapped by their secret love. As a dangerous vendetta spills onto the streets, the young lovers are forced to risk all to be together in Shakespeare's fast-paced tragedy of thwarted love.

Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today's most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern Library series incorporates definitive texts and ...

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Overview

In a Society Dominated by Religion and Bound by ties of strict family loyalty, two teenagers are trapped by their secret love. As a dangerous vendetta spills onto the streets, the young lovers are forced to risk all to be together in Shakespeare's fast-paced tragedy of thwarted love.

Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today's most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern Library series incorporates definitive texts and authoritative notes from William Shakespeare: Complete Works. Each play includes an Introduction as well as an overview of Shakespeare's theatrical career; commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers; scene-by-scene analysis; key facts about the work; a chronology of Shakespeare's life and times; and black-and-white illustrations.

Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions from the Royal Shakespeare Company set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century.

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Editorial Reviews

Carol Burbridge
Keep[s] intact the essence of Shakespeare while telling an exciting story that will keep kids' attention.... Highly recommended.
John Warren Stewig
Gets inside the nature and motivations of these adult play characters some might think too remote from children's lives. —Winter 2000
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
The tragic story of Shakespeare's young lovers is eloquently told in story format with language that is accessible to young readers. The age-old quarrel between the Montagues and the Capulets sets the scene and provides the introduction to their children, Romeo and Juliet. The efforts of the Prince of Verona to end the feud is summarized, as is Paris's proposal to marry Juliet when she reaches the age of fourteen. The familiar tale continues with Romeo's uninvited attendance at the Capulet ball and his encounter with Juliet. It includes the interference of Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, and the tragic consequences. Other significant details include the balcony scene, the lovers' secret marriage, and Romeo's banishment. Friar Laurence's well-intended assistance and the disastrous results precede the closing scene of reconciliation of the two warring families. Quotations from Shakespeare's play are interwoven into the story, contributing to the authentic tone of the retelling. Numerous pen and ink drawings accented with pastel colors add to the ethereal mood that pervades overall. A good introduction to this classic piece of literature for young readers not yet ready for the original.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-12-- These three plays have been skillfully abridged by Garfield. His method is to retain Shakespeare's own language but to trim and cut either by giving only the early lines of longer passages, by editing scenes that involve secondary characters, or by cutting some scenes altogether. Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream stand up well. All of the well-known lines and most of the poetry have been saved. Romeo and Juliet is more truncated, but even here not only the basic plot but also the sense of urgency of the two young people's love has been preserved. Unlike the prose retellings of the stories by Charles and Mary Lamb, Marchette Chute, and Bernard Miles, these are shortened versions of the plays themselves, complete with stage directions and waiting to be performed. Fortunate the students whose teachers are willing to become producers. Based on ``The Animated Tales as seen on HBO,'' there are lots of watercolor cartoon sketches throughout, which adds to the appeal for children. Each book begins with a short piece about the theatre in Shakespeare's time, about William Shakespeare, and about the play itself. Companion videos are available (Random House). --Ann Stell, Central Islip Public Library, NY
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-This timeless tale is retold in clear prose interspersed with quoted dialogue, italicized for easy identification. The well-known elements are here: the feuding families; the love-at-first-sight encounter of the protagonists; their passionate-if-short-lived romance; and the reconciliation brought about by the teens' tragic deaths. Although the text generally flows smoothly, there are problems. Romeo's bemoaning his unrequited love of Rosaline is never mentioned, eliminating the whole premise of him easily transferring his passion from one girl to another. While the language generally suggests the poetry of the original verse, (e.g., "she knew the breath of love"), some of the phrases are oversimplified or too modern in tone. For example, a hotheaded Tybalt mutters, "Just you wait-.You'll pay for this." Later, when Romeo confesses his feelings for Juliet to Friar Laurence, the priest never attempts to urge him to go slowly, as he does in Shakespeare's play. Set in a wash of sepia tones that suggest the rich colors of old Verona, Unzner's watercolor-and-pen illustrations are well executed; however, her technique of overlaying subsidiary characters in penned sketches gives the artwork a somewhat cluttered and unfinished appearance. Furthermore, the quotes that are incorporated into the pictures are often difficult to read and distracting. While Kindermann's accessible version will appeal to a younger and less sophisticated audience than Bruce Coville's version (Dial, 1999), it will not replace his exquisite retelling.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Booknews
This volume describes the stage history of Shakespeare's . Loehlin's (English, U. of Texas, Austin) extensive introduction examines shifts in interpretation, textual adaptations, and staging innovations over the course of several centuries. The complete text of the play is then presented, along with detailed commentary on how different directors and performers have modified and interpreted it. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781149531006
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 5/17/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author



Anthony James West is senior research fellow at the Institute of English Studies, University College, London.
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Act One

SCENE ONE


Verona. A Public Place. Enter Sampson and Gregory, armed with swords and bucklers

sampson. Gregory, o’ my word, we ’ll not carry coals.

gregory. No, for then we should be colliers.

sampson. I mean, an we be in choler, we ’ll draw.

gregory. Ay, while you live, draw your neck out o’ the collar.

sampson. I strike quickly, being moved.

gregory. But thou art not quickly moved to strike.

sampson. A dog of the house of Montague moves me.

gregory. To move is to stir, and to be valiant is to stand; therefore, if thou art moved, thou runnest away.

sampson. A dog of that house shall move me to stand: I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague’s.

gregory. That shows thee a weak slave; for the weakest goes to the wall.

sampson. ’Tis true; and therefore women, being the weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the wall: therefore I will push Montague’s men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall.

gregory. The quarrel is between our masters and us their men.

sampson. ’Tis all one, I will show myself a tyrant: when I have fought with the men, I will be cruel with the maids; I will cut off their heads.

gregory. The heads of the maids?

sampson. Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maiden-heads; take it in what sense thou wilt.

gregory. They must take it in sense that feel it.

sampson. Me they shall feel while I am able to stand; and ’tis known I am a pretty piece of flesh.

gregory. ’Tis well thou art not fish; if thou hadst, thou hadst been poor John. Drawthy tool; here comes two of the house of the Montagues.

Enter Abraham and Balthasar

sampson. My naked weapon is out; quarrel, I will back thee.

gregory. How! turn thy back and run?

sampson. Fear me not.

gregory. No, marry; I fear thee!

sampson. Let us take the law of our sides; let them begin.

gregory. I will frown as I pass by, and let them take it as they list.

sampson. Nay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at them; which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it.

abraham. Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?

sampson. I do bite my thumb, sir.

abraham. Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?

sampson. (Aside to Gregory) Is the law of our side if I say ay?

gregory. (Aside to Sampson) No.

sampson. No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir; but I bite my thumb, sir.

gregory. Do you quarrel, sir?

abraham. Quarrel, sir! no, sir.

sampson. If you do, sir, I am for you: I serve as good a man as you.

abraham. No better.

sampson. Well, sir.

gregory. (Aside to Sampson) Say “better”; here comes one of my master’s kinsmen.

sampson. Yes, better, sir.

abraham. You lie.

sampson. Draw, if you be men. Gregory, remember thy swashing blow. They fight

Enter Benvolio

benvolio. Part, fools! Put up your swords; you know not what you do.Beats down their swords

Enter Tybalt

tybalt. What! art thou drawn among these heartless hinds? Turn thee, Benvolio, look upon thy death.

benvolio. I do but keep the peace: put up thy sword, Or manage it to part these men with me.

tybalt. What! drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. Have at thee, coward!They fight

Enter several persons of both houses, who join the fray; then enter Citizens, with clubs and partisans

citizens. Clubs, bills, and partisans! strike! beat them down! Down with the Capulets! down with Montagues!

Enter Capulet in his gown, and Lady Capulet

capulet. What noise is this? Give me my long sword, ho!

lady capulet. A crutch, a crutch! Why call you for a sword?

capulet. My sword, I say! Old Montague is come, And flourishes his blade in spite of me.

Enter Montague and Lady Montague

montague. Thou villain Capulet! Hold me not; let me go.

lady montague. Thou shalt not stir one foot to seek a foe.

Enter Prince with his Train

prince. Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace, Profaners of this neighbour-stained steel,— Will they not hear? What ho! you men, you beasts, That quench the fire of your pernicious rage With purple fountains issuing from your veins, On pain of torture, from those bloody hands Throw your mis-temper’d weapons to the ground, And hear the sentence of your moved prince. Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word, By thee, old Capulet, and Montague, Have thrice disturb’d the quiet of our streets, And made Verona’s ancient citizens Cast by their grave beseeming ornaments, To wield old partisans, in hands as old, Canker’d with peace, to part your canker’d hate. If ever you disturb our streets again Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace. For this time, all the rest depart away: You, Capulet, shall go along with me; And, Montague, come you this afternoon To know our further pleasure in this case, To old Free-town, our common judgment-place. Once more, on pain of death, all men depart. Exeunt all but Montague, Lady Montague, and Benvolio

montague. Who set this ancient quarrel new abroach? Speak, nephew, were you by when it began?

benvolio. Here were the servants of your adversary And yours close fighting ere I did approach: I drew to part them; in the instant came The fiery Tybalt, with his sword prepar’d, Which, as he breath’d defiance to my ears, He swung about his head, and cut the winds, Who, nothing hurt withal, hiss’d him in scorn. While we were interchanging thrusts and blows, Came more and more, and fought on part and part, Till the prince came, who parted either part.

lady montague. O! where is Romeo? saw you him to-day? Right glad I am he was not at this fray.

benvolio. Madam, an hour before the worshipp’d sun Peer’d forth the golden window of the east, A troubled mind drave me to walk abroad; Where, underneath the grove of sycamore That westward rooteth from the city’s side, So early walking did I see your son: Towards him I made; but he was ware of me, And stole into the covert of the wood: I, measuring his affections by my own, That most are busied when they ’re most alone, Pursu’d my humour not pursuing his, And gladly shunn’d who gladly fled from me.

montague. Many a morning hath he there been seen, With tears augmenting the fresh morning’s dew, Adding to clouds more clouds with his deep sighs: But all so soon as the all-cheering sun Should in the furthest east begin to draw The shady curtains from Aurora’s bed, Away from light steals home my heavy son, And private in his chamber pens himself, Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out, And makes himself an artificial night. Black and portentous must this humour prove Unless good counsel may the cause remove.

benvolio. My noble uncle, do you know the cause?

montague. I neither know it nor can learn of him.

benvolio. Have you importun’d him by any means?

montague. Both by myself and many other friends: But he, his own affections’ counsellor, Is to himself, I will not say how true, But to himself so secret and so close, So far from sounding and discovery, As is the bud bit with an envious worm, Ere he can spread his sweet leaves to the air, Or dedicate his beauty to the sun. Could we but learn from whence his sorrows grow, We would as willingly give cure as know.

benvolio. See where he comes: so please you, step aside; I’ll know his grievance, or be much denied.

montague. I would thou wert so happy by thy stay, To hear true shrift. Come, madam, let’s away.Exeunt Montague and Lady

Enter Romeo

benvolio. Good-morrow, cousin.

romeo.Is the day so young?

benvolio. But new struck nine.

romeo.Ay me! sad hours seem long. Was that my father that went hence so fast?

benvolio. It was. What sadness lengthens Romeo’s hours?

romeo. Not having that, which having, makes them short. benvolio. In love? romeo. Out—

benvolio. Of love?

romeo. Out of her favour, where I am in love.

benvolio. Alas! that love, so gentle in his view, Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof.

romeo. Alas! that love, whose view is muffled still, Should, without eyes, see pathways to his will. Where shall we dine? O me! What fray was here? Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all. Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love. Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate! O any thing! of nothing first create. O heavy lightness! serious vanity! Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms! Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health! Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is! This love feel I, that feel no love in this. Dost thou not laugh?

benvolio.No, coz, I rather weep.

romeo. Good heart, at what?

benvolio. At thy good heart’s oppression.

romeo. Why, such is love’s transgression. Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast, Which thou wilt propagate to have it press’d With more of thine: this love that thou hast shown Doth add more grief to too much of mine own. Love is a smoke rais’d with the fume of sighs; Being purg’d, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; Being vex’d, a sea nourish’d with lovers’ tears: What is it else? a madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet. Farewell, my coz.Going

benvolio.Soft, I will go along; An if you leave me so, you do me wrong.

romeo. Tut! I have lost myself; I am not here; This is not Romeo, he’s some other where.

benvolio. Tell me in sadness, who is that you love.

romeo. What! shall I groan and tell thee?

benvolio.Groan! why, no; But sadly tell me who.

romeo. Bid a sick man in sadness make his will; Ah! word ill urg’d to one that is so ill. In sadness, cousin, I do love a woman.

benvolio. I aim’d so near when I suppos’d you lov’d.

romeo. A right good mark-man! And she’s fair I love.

benvolio. A right fair mark, fair coz, is soonest hit.


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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

"A Pair of Star-crossed Lovers" vii

"The Fearful Passage of their Death-marked Love" ix

"These Violent Delights have Violent Ends" xi

About the Text xvi

Key Facts xxiii

Romeo and Juliet 1

Textual Notes 115

Scene-by-Scene Analysis 118

Romeo and Juliet in Performance: The RSC and Beyond 130

Four Centuries of Romeo and Juliet: An Overview 130

At the RSC 141

The Director's Cut: Interview with Michael Attenborough 157

David Tennant on Playing Romeo 166

Alexandra Gilbreath on Playing Juliet 173

Shakespeare's Career in the Theater 180

Beginnings 180

Playhouses 182

The Ensemble at Work 186

The King's Man 191

Shakespeare's Works: A Chronology 194

Further Reading and Viewing 197

References 200

Acknowledgments and Picture Credits 204

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    I am in High School, and we used this edition in class, and it was extremely helpful. Not only is it very clear to read, explains well the words you don't know, but it also gives an indepths explanations, on the puns, and etc. which enchances your understanding of the play and your reading experience.

    48 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2006

    A must-read for everyone!

    I firmly believe that Romeo and Juliet is something everyone should read in their lifetime. It's a beautiful love story and though, yes, it all happened really quickly, it added to the passion of the whole thing. I will always, always, love this play, and I would reccomend it to anyone looking for a great and tragic love story!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2009

    Romeo and Juliet Book Review

    I thought this was a good book, but I needed some explanation on the difficult Shakespearean dialect. I liked the plot and the characters, the only thing was that this story was a legend of sorts that Shakespeare simply wrote down; it wasn't his original idea. Other than that, I thought that it was well done.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2013

    A great classic Shakespeare tale of love and tragedy, but this b

    A great classic Shakespeare tale of love and tragedy, but this book takes each part, and translates it into modern, easy-to-read English. What struck me while reading is how little people have changed in 500 years, obsessed with sex appeal, status, and envy of their neighbors.




     

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    can not download completely

    It continues to shut off while I open a new page! Nothing seems to work.

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2004

    Okay

    I read Romeo and Juliet twice; once on my own and once for my freshman English class. It's a little bit hard to understand (make sure you get a copy with footnotes on old language), but an okay story in the end. I love the ending!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    Good format

    Numerated footnotes and explanations on the opposite page made the text easy to follow. My only little complaint is that the tiny font of this series got annoying sometimes. To enlarge it on the nook color, you have to enlarge the page, which becomes bothersome when you have to swipe back-and-forth from one line to the next. All in all, a good version of Romeo and Juliet, whether for the scholar or casual reader.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2011

    This book is Corrupted, don't buy

    This book is corrupted, DON'T BUY it.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2007

    Tragic Tale of Young Love

    Romeo and Juliet is a great way to get hooked on reaing Shakespeare. This play is about the tragic tale of two lovers who's parents are enemys and the parents raise their children to despise eachother. But little do they know that their children have fallen in love till death do them part. The ending is both happy and sad.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2007

    A reviewer

    It was very good!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Not a huge fan of the size, but the binding is simply beautiful.

    Not a huge fan of the size, but the binding is simply beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    I enjoyed reading Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Made Clear). Gar

    I enjoyed reading Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Made Clear). Garamond Press has done a good job of creating an informative and readable guide to Shakespeare’s play. I learned some interesting background information on Shakespearean England as well. This would be especially helpful for students who want a modern-day explanation of Romeo and Juliet. The one thing I would have done differently is create footnotes instead of using in-text notes. This would have made the text even easier to follow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Don't understand Shakespeare's play ? This review will spell it

    Don't understand Shakespeare's play ? This review will spell it all out for you in easy terms. It not only tells you in the chapter summary what each act is about but it also explains the characters, the words and why they were used and the history of the town and culture of the people. It also explains the dialect of the time and what the slang or pun terms of the words mean. Throw away your cliff notes, this review is way better than notes, its as if there is someone right next to you talking to you about what the play means in easy detail. Definitely worth buying!!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    This is a time-saver for sure and will spare students a great de

    This is a time-saver for sure and will spare students a great deal of confusion. The layout is great, will help introduce younger readers to Shakespeare in a way they can relate to. Even Shakespeare veterans will learn a lot through helpful comments in the text (e.g., definitions, performance notes, historical commentary), although the tone is slightly patronizing. 

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    This little booklet provides a hearty synopsis of a dense and so

    This little booklet provides a hearty synopsis of a dense and sometimes confusing masterpiece. It’s pretty much a godsend for anyone reading a Shakespeare drama for the first time while also being a fun and informative (but maybe light) read for folks who are familiar with the work. Worth keeping side-by-side while you’re reading the play itself.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    This semester I was assigned Romeo and Juliet in my introduction

    This semester I was assigned Romeo and Juliet in my introduction to Shakespeare class. I wanted to do well so I asked a friend of mine who has previously taken this course to give me some advice. Very simply she said, “Read Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Made Clear); it’s a great supplemental text and will help you understand Shakespeare so well it will be like night and day!” She was right because after getting this book I’ve understood all the underlying messages, poetry and themes so well that I have aced my essay recently! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Romeo and Juliet (Shakespear Made Clear) was written for folks t

    Romeo and Juliet (Shakespear Made Clear) was written for folks that do not pick up Shakespeare to read for pleasure on a quiet 
    afternoon.  This book was written for the vast majority of us that find Shakespeare a chore, not a joy.  The author not only provides clear,
    succinct  translations of the text as it was originally written, but provides brief, entertaining descriptions of the culture, setting, and history of eatre
    theatre in the 1500's.  I strongly recommend this book for anyone struggling with the Elizabethan language and the sonnet form.
    I think you will be pleasantly surprised and may find yourself actually reading Shakespeare on a quiet afternoon.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    Shakespeare Made Clear¿s ¿Romeo and Juliet¿ contains Shakespeare

    Shakespeare Made Clear’s “Romeo and Juliet” contains Shakespeare’s full original text. Alongside the original, there is a modern day translation that clarifies what’s going on for the 21st century reader.

    It also comes with an in-depth analysis of the play’s themes, characters, and scenes, along with a specific overview of the story and important facts.

    If you haven’t read the play, or you’ve read it a million times, this guide will surely provide new insight and pleasant reading.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    Shakespeare¿s Romeo and Juliet in American Lingo It can¿t be dis

    Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in American Lingo
    It can’t be disputed that there is no substitute for the classic Shakespeare work, Romeo and Juliet. According to the book, Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare made clear by Garamond Press, other versions of this story existed before Shakespeare wrote his, and certainly this story moved through time with other versions . These included the 1957 West Side Story musical stage production and the 1961 film which garnered the Academy Award for best picture.
    This book offers a wealth of information about the history of the era, the traditions and customs of the times, the previous and post versions of Shakespeare work, a synopsis of the play, summaries of each act, explanations of the way the language was used, and a full translation of every set of lines into the American vernacular.
    This book is an excellent tool for any student assigned to read this work, and for anyone else who really wants to know what the characters in this story are saying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    I found this guide to Romeo and Juliet to be extremely useful. I

    I found this guide to Romeo and Juliet to be extremely useful. It eliminates the language barrier of a few hundred years or so and allows for a clear and complete understanding of the play.  For me, the layout was most helpful. The old text is broken up into small fragments with the modern translation directly below it, allowing me easy transitions between the two translations. Another benefit is the definitions and explanations offered of words and phrases. 

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