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Romeo and Juliet
     

Romeo and Juliet

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by William Shakespeare
 

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Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. Its plot is based on an Italian tale which Shakespeare borrowed heavily from but, to expand the plot, developed supporting characters, particularly Mercutio and Paris. Shakespeare's use of dramatic structure, especially effects such as switching between comedy and tragedy to

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Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. Its plot is based on an Italian tale which Shakespeare borrowed heavily from but, to expand the plot, developed supporting characters, particularly Mercutio and Paris. Shakespeare's use of dramatic structure, especially effects such as switching between comedy and tragedy to heighten tension, his expansion of minor characters, and his use of sub-plots to embellish the story, has been praised as an early sign of his dramatic skill.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011836527
Publisher:
Baxter St.
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
596 KB

Meet the Author

Widely esteemed as the greatest writer in the English language, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an actor and theatrical producer in addition to writing plays and sonnets. Dubbed "The Bard of Avon," Shakespeare oversaw the building of the Globe Theatre in London, where a number of his plays were staged, the best-known of which include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth. The First Folio, a printed book of 36 of his comedies, tragedies, and history plays, was published in 1623.

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