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Romeo and Juliet review

by Ilinca Daria

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Author: William Shakespeare
Review by: Ilinca Daria- 10D
Key facts about ”Romeo and Juliet”


*The title: the title of the book ”Romeo and Juliet” consists of the names of the main characters.
*Was published: July 1597.
*Literary period: Romantic period
*Genre: Romantic, tragedy
* Setting: ”Romeo and Juliet” is set in Verona, Italy, and its main themes are love, family conflict, and tragic death.
Book details

The book “Romeo and Juliet” is a play written by William Shakespeare. The story focuses on the impossible love between Romeo and Juliet, two young people from rival families. Set in Verona, Italy, it explores themes of love, hate, destiny and tragic death. It is considered one of the greatest works of literature of all time.
About the author

William Shakespeare was a famous English playwright and poet, I consider him one of the most important writers in world literature. He lived during the Elizabethan period in the 16th century and wrote about 39 plays, including the famous operas “Hamlet”, “Romeo and Juliet” and “Macbeth”. His works explore themes such as love, human tragedy, power and politics. His poetic style and ability to create a complex of characters established him as one of the most influential writers in history.

Summary

”Romeo and Juliet” is a tragic love story about two young lovers from rival families, the Montagues and the Capules. The two meet and fall in love at a party, but have to keep their relationship a secret because of the hatred between their families.
With the help of the monk Lorenzo, they marry in secret, but things get complicated when Romeo is challenged to a fight and kills a member of the Capulet family. To escape punishment, Romeo is exiled and Juliet is forced to marry another man against her will. Juliet turns to Friar Lorenzo for a solution, and he gives her a potion that will make her appear dead for 42 hours. The plan is to wake her up in the family crypt and have Romeo take her with him.
Unfortunately, Romeo is misinformed about Juliet’s death and commits suicide in her crypt. When Juliet wakes up she finds Romeo dead, she and I and she alive. The story emphasizes the power of love, hatred and conflict between families
Quotes
“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
Juliet conveys here the idea that a name does not truly define a person’s essence. She believes that the love between her and Romeo is stronger than any obstacle created by their last name.
”Aren’t you more than a Montague? A name doesn’t define who you are.”
Juliet points out here that the family name should not be an impediment to their love. She believes that Romeo is more than just his name and that his true worth lies in who he is as a person.
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