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Romeo and Juliet

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This text is part of a series in which the standard Shakespearean texts have been slightly abridged to enhance student understanding of the essential ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.375
MamaPixi

Just a lot of scholarship

by MamaPixi on Jul 12, 2013

This book is filled with scholarship on Shakespeare and his play Romeo and Juliet. It is not even laid out nicely with the notes on one page and text on another. I had to buy this copy for a class, but would not purchase it again if given the choice.

Barbara H

High School Requirement

by Barbara H on May 31, 2012

If you are reading this for school, check out SparkNotes or Cliff's Notes for a translation you can understand. Especially the No Fear Shakespeare on Spark Notes.

CharlesJ

Not one of Shakespeare's more original plays

by CharlesJ on Apr 1, 2010

Romeo and Juliet, despite being one of the most popular of Shakespeare's plays, is neither his most well-written or his most original. It is well known that the story was based on an older one by an Italian writer (who probably got his from another Italian writer), so the fact that it is not terribly original is unsurprising. The writing style, however, is also somewhat lacking; many sections are halting because of the changes in rhyming patterns that Shakespeare decided to use, which makes them harder to read. The characters, especially Romeo, were not very easy to connect with; this will change according to opinion, though, and fans of romance will probably like them better than I. All in all, this play does not have the smooth and interesting feel of Shakespeare's later works, but may still appeal to those who like the "star-crossed lovers" theme.

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Maggy

Overrated

by Maggy on Feb 15, 2010

Having both read this play, and seen it several times, I can't say that I was impressed. Everything goes exactly wrong; it lacks realism, and, though the language is, well, Shakespearean, the story is not supportive. If you like Shakespeare, you will probably like this work; however, there are much better Shakespearean works that just lack the press that this one has.

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Selina

Classic

by Selina on Oct 12, 2007

I realize "Romeo and Juliet" are most people's favorite. The story is not as intense as "Macbeth" or "Hamlet". In fact the story is rather dull. It is difficult to care about two characters who are self centered. This soap operish plot is not fun to read.

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Betsy G

It's not about the kids.

Hi, kids, It's not about the kids!!!! It's about how hatred and prejudice are passed down generationally from parents to children. The kids are just the pawns in the game. That's why they don't have an interesting, developed relationship. They are innocent bystanders. What the play does is provide ... Read more

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