Interesting facts about romeo and juliet by william shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet by William ShakespeareIn Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a violent world, in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud.
In this death-filled setting, the movement from love at first sight to the lovers’ final union in death seems almost inevitable. And yet, this play set in an extraordinary world has become the quintessential story of young love. In part because of its exquisite language, it is easy to respond as if it were about all young lovers.
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8 Interesting Romeo and Juliet Facts
Key moments in Romeo and Juliet and some significant facts about the play and its characters. Here we've listed some important moments in the order in which they appear in the play. Montague and Capulet servants clash in the street, the Prince threatens dire punishment if another such brawl should take place, and Romeo tells his friend, Benvolio, of his obsession with Rosaline. Romeo is persuaded to attend a masked party at the Capulet household. Not knowing who she is, he falls in love with Juliet the moment he sees her, and she, equally ignorant that he is a Montague, falls just as instantly for him.
Shakespeare makes Juliet a thirteen-year-old girl when she goes to be with Romeo. But when Shakespeare dramatised the story, he made Juliet several years younger though Romeo appears to have been kept at around sixteen years of age. This makes sense in so far as Juliet represents young love, but what makes it unsettling — particularly for modern audiences — is the fact that this makes Juliet a girl of thirteen when she enjoys her night of wedded bliss with Romeo. The families appear to have actually existed albeit with different spellings of their surnames in medieval Italy. Solutions have been proposed to this conundrum , but none is completely satisfying, in fact. Although it was first performed in the s, the first documented performance of the play is in fact from
Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, , in Stratford-upon-Avon, just three days before the Stratford parish register recorded an outbreak of the plague. This was common practice at that time. In the s, John Shakespeare was prosecuted or threatened with prosecution four times for the illegal activities of trading in wool and money-lending. Playwrights described the setting within the text of the performance. He put a curse on anyone daring to move his body from that final resting place. His epitaph was:. He is listed in documents of , and as an actor.
Facts about Romeo and Juliet
Share quotes from famous books or tips for budding writers. Star crossed lovers whose families were dead set against their marriage; Romeo and Juliet have long been symbols of the tragedy that can sometimes befall young lovers. While this Italian tale had been a story passed down through oral retelling, it was only after William Shakespeare adapted it and then expanded it, that it became the legend that it is today. It is probably one of the most archetypical stories that has been told about teenage lovers. It was Shakespeare's genius though, that made Romeo and Juliet a classic literary piece with its well etched out supporting characters, its dramatic narrative structure and his adeptness at using both comedy and tragedy.