Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Series: N/A
Publisher: Washington Square Press
First published in 1597
Genres: Classics, Play, Literature, Drama
Pages: 283
Format: Paperback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a world of violence and generational conflict in which two young people fall in love and die because of that love. The story is rather extraordinary in that the normal problems faced by young lovers are here so very large. It is not simply that the families of Romeo and Juliet disapprove of the lover’s affection for each other; rather, the Montagues and the Capulets are on opposite sides in a blood feud and are trying to kill each other on the streets of Verona. Every time a member of one of the two families dies in the fight, his relatives demand the blood of his killer. Because of the feud, if Romeo is discovered with Juliet by her family, he will be killed. Once Romeo is banished, the only way that Juliet can avoid being married to someone else is to take a potion that apparently kills her, so that she is burried with the bodies of her slain relatives. In this violent, death-filled world, the movement of the story from love at first sight to the union of the lovers in death seems almost inevitable.

What is so striking about this play is that despite its extraordinary setting (one perhaps reflecting Elizabethan attitudes about hot-blooded Italians), it has become the quintessential story of young love. Because most young lovers feel that they have to overcome giant obstacles in order to be together, because they feel that they would rather die than be kept apart, and especially because the language Shakespeare gives his young lovers is so exquisite, allowing them to say to each other just what we would all say to a lover if we only knew how, it is easy to respond to this play as if it were about all young lovers rather than about a particular couple in a very unusual world. (When the play was rewritten in the eighteen century as The History and Fall of Caius Marius, the violent setting became that of a particularly discordant period in classical Rome; when Leonard Berstein rewrote the play as West Side Story, he chose the violent world of New York street gangs.)

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May Wrap-up and June TBR

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Hey guys!!

How has your month been? May, for me, was actually pretty good!

First of all, because we finally have sun and warmth! I missed this weather! It always makes me so much happier! Anyone else?

But I also had my last exams at the beginning of the month, so after that, I dedicated myself a bit more to reading, which I couldn’t be happier about! Plus I also kind of bought quite many books this month, so we have a haul coming up next month (I will join it with my birthday haul)!

I’ve read 12 books, 2 of them being manga and 1 graphic novel. I also started 3 other books, which I was aiming to have finished but oh well! I just hope next month is as good for me, as this one was.

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3 Manga Classics Mini Reviews

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Hi guys! I’ve been waiting to do one of these posts for a while, but to post only one review, it’s just not practical so I waited for a bit and have now three Manga Classics to talk about! Oops… If you’ve been here for awhile you probably know I love manga classics, they are a great way to either go back to a story you love or to get introduced to one (especially if you’re not sure about reading the original classic).

I’ve reviewed some of them already, which you can see here, and I can’t wait to talk about these ones, one of them being an ARC:

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Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Manga Classics: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (ARC)

I have only read The Count of Monte Cristo classic yet and read Romeo and Juliet while reading the manga, to compare it. Keep in mind that my review for The Jungle Book is solely about the manga version without any comparison to the original, although I do compare it to the Disney version.

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