Romeo and Juliet is one of the most beloved plays of all time. Two prominent families, the Capulets and the Montagues feud; Friar Lawrence and the Prince of Verona try to stop the fighting. Benvolio convinces Romeo to sneak into a party hosted by their sworn enemies.
William Shakespeare wrote several sonnets during the same time period. Romeo and Juliet use metaphors of light and other worldliness. Watch an excerpt of the balcony scene in Act II, Scene 2.
Mercutio and the Nurse serve as a foil to Romeo and Juliet respectively. The nurse uses sexual innuendo and lives in the conventional world. Watch an excerpt from Juliet's soliloquy in Act III, Scene 2.
Coincidences include Romeo attending Capulet's ball, Mercutio is killed by mishap, and Romeo never learns Juliet fakes her death and kills himself seconds before she awakens. Compare Oedipus Rex to Romeo and Juliet. The Standard Deviants examine whether the characters are noble figures, experience a reversal of fortune, and endure uncommon suffering.
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It's time to meet those star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, performed again and again thanks to the plot, the poetry, and the people.
Length: 29 minutes
Copyright date: ©2005
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