BOOK REVIEW #40- ROMEO & JULIET


BLURB:

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.)
MY THOUGHTS:
I don't know why I'm reading Shakespeare's works. I think book tubers are spoiling me(in a good way). When they praised his works and encouraged everyone to read. The Book Dragon inside me, who always screams to read everything, pushed to try his legendary works. I was told that he was well known for his tragedies. As a lover of tragedies, I will read it of course.
Critically acclaimed Romeo and Juliet will be the first choice in the checkout box. Everyone knows their history and how it ends. You, people, are supposed to read it in your high school. But here, it's not like that. We were never asked to read and write a report. But I wish it could've been. Anyways, I don't know anything about them, well except they are supposed to be star-crossed lovers.
Star-crossed. Pfft. I definitely did not like their instant-love. I don't believe in love at first sight thing. Whoa, within a few seconds of seeing Juliet, Romeo fell in love. God, this is an utter crap. The truth is, I was laughing the whole time when I read along those lines. 
And damn Shakespeare for his damn writing. I was amused, awestruck and completely terrified of how his words were. O Almighty, I could drown in his words. It was delicious. Of course, I would be clueless if it's not for the help I had. 
I was irritated by Romeo's pining and whining at the beginning. And he reminds me of someone, who constantly pines *cough*for a vampire*cough* But I must admit this, he will make your heart melt by his sweet talks! No one can simply not love Romeo when he was feeling like that.

Everything felt rushed. But that's what happen in a play. On the whole, it's an okay read and I'm not rooting for them. And this will be not my Shakespeare's last read.

MY RATING: Poor

~Until next time!

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