A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
Initial Thoughts: Romeo and Juliet is probably one of Shakespeare’s most known plays. It is the tragedy of two star-crossed lovers who fall in love in spite of their families being enemies. Romeo and Juliet was the very first Shakespeare play that I had ever read.
A classic Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Juliet is the tale of two star-crossed young lovers who dare to defy their feuding families, put aside all obstacles, and find happiness together – but at a tremendous cost. This grimly beautiful tale, set in the Renaissance Italy, follows Romeo and Juliet from their hateful first meeting to their last.
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When I was in high school in the tenth grade, my class had to read Romeo and Juliet. I was super excited as I had read the play a few years before and couldn’t wait until my friends would share my love of Shakespeare. Well… that didn’t happen. My class painfully trudged through the play as the teacher would assign my classmates with the most unenthusiastic voices to read for Romeo and Juliet out loud. It was enough to put people to sleep. It also didn’t get anyone excited about Shakespeare.
Years later when I became an English major, I would tell my mom about my Shakespeare classes. “Oh don’t get me started on Shakespeare! That was so boring! We had to read Macbeth and I didn’t understand a word of it!” Unfortunately, Shakespeare’s reputation is as divided as the Capulets and the Montagues.
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