Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

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The Signet Classics edition of William Shakespeare's timeless story of star-crossed lovers.

One of the Bard's most popular plays, Romeo and Juliet is both the quintessential account of young love and the cautionary tale of the tragedy that can occur when the foces of passion and pride are at odds,

This revised Signet Classics edition includes unique features such as:

* An overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater
* A special introduction to the play by the editor, J. A. Bryant, Jr.
* The source from which Shakespeare derived Romeo and Juliet , Arthur Brooke's The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet
* Dramatic criticism from Samuel Johnson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Michael Goldman, and others
* A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions
* Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable text
* And more...
Publisher: Toronto : Signet/Penguin Books Canada
Edition: Newly revised edition
ISBN: 9780451526861
Characteristics: 224 pages
Additional Contributors: Bryant, J. A.


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Feb 01, 2020

Reading Romeo and Juliet—the original play—was quite a surreal but moving experience and it directly provided an explanation as to why Shakespeare is still regarded as one of the best writers of classic literature. While language may be a barrier at first, it doesn’t take that long to finally understand the content at all. In fact, once you do get past the archaic language, you immediately begin to recognize and appreciate the truly immense beauty of Shakespeare’s words. Overall, through this action-packed storyline of an ill-fated relationship blooming in the midst of a family feud and amusingly-dramatic sword fights, Shakespeare beautifully and originally illustrates the romantic archetype we’ve all countlessly seen today. 5/5 Stars
@BiggerPictureReviews of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Oct 25, 2019

i read this book because of the the 300 books everyone should read once challenge featured on listopia. like all plays it is best read quickly, and without much though. i found it so sad. So much wasted life, but yet a classic in its own way.

Oct 06, 2018

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is about two young people from feuding families who fall in love, only to suffer from several unfortunate events and die together. Juliet, a Capulet, is expected to marry the ‘perfect’ nobleman, Paris, while Romeo, a Montague, is suffering from a heartbreak after the ‘love of his life’ rejected him. Many people dislike this play but I love it. Shakespeare’s writing was beautiful, tear-jerking and humorous, and it made Verona seem like a romantic dreamland. The rather inappropriate jokes made reading a lot more entertaining and I loved the personalities of all the characters, especially the Nurse and Mercutio. I loved reading Romeo and Juliet (although the ending was slightly frustrating, especially when I watched the movie after) and I would definitely recommend others to read it- whether it’s for school or for your own pleasure. 5/5 stars! @phlanets of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Probably the most famous work of Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet is a tale of two star-crossed lovers. Romeo is part of the Montague family while Juliet is a Capulet, and in spite of the sworn hatred between both families, the two begin to have romantic feelings towards one another. Unfortunately, as their love grows, their families come to know of their meetings, and this leads to a lot of drama. The story is so famous because it is very well-written with great character development. But, the major problem I have with the book is its basic plot. At the same time, the easy-to-follow story has led to its adaptation in several modern books and movies. While most people would know of the story, it is whole different experience to actually read the book and decipher the language used in those days. I would recommend the book to anyone, and I would give it a rating of 3.5 stars. @Riveting_Reviews of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

One of the most famous books of all time, and certainly the most famous tragedy, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a passionate romance novel, with humour, love, and death. Although it is written in old English, you can find some books have translated it into modern English. This book regards two families, the Capulet (Juliet’s family) and the Montague’s (Romeo’s family) whomst hate each other. Romeo and Juliet struggle throughout the story to convince their families to put their past aside and let them love each other. I would recommend this story to anybody above the age of 13, and especially people who appreciate romance. I would give this book a 4/5. @shafyy of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

I’d never thought I’d enjoy this book/play, let alone read it. After being forced to read it in English class, I found myself surprised on how much I loved Shakespeare’s writing. I never found myself enjoying Shakespearean writing as I found it quite hard to understand. That changed after reading Romeo and Juliet. The writing is passionate, lyrical and humorous. It is amazing that you can find all these in a tragedy; only a great master can accomplish that feat. The story is both romantic and tragic, as we well know. But what is incredible is that the play is a “beautiful” tragedy. This is one of the most outstanding plays that I have read. I don’t recommend this book to anyone who is still in Elementary school as the writing is difficult to understand and there are some suggestive lines. For students in High School, give the play a chance. It is amazing when you truly understand what is happening. Rating – 5/5.
@Average_Bookworm of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Feb 11, 2018

Excellent play by Shakespeare.

Feb 10, 2018

This was interesting but kind of… um… sexual at some parts. I though the romance was sweet, though, and the story was entertaining.

Jul 05, 2017

This is a story about two lovers named Romeo and Juliet who wanted to get married and leave their families because the two families had a feud which continuously kept interrupting their love life. When they tried to do this, there were a lot of challenges which they both had to go through to try and fulfill their dream. Unfortunately, many people died in the process and things got out of hand. The matter was not fully resolved and there was no real happy ending. Overall, peace was restored among the two families but there were many sacrifices which had to go along with the peace which is up to you guys to decide whether or not it was a happy ending.

Nov 13, 2016

I find reading the No Fear Shakespeare really helps you understand the play better because its written in modern text on one side and the original on the other. Therefore you get the full Shakespeare experience but you can also fully understand the play.
Having both the original and the translated helps because you can read the original and then if you're having trouble with the words, or the way it's written you can read the other translated side and get a deeper understanding for the play since it's written in a way that you can comprehend. Rating 4 out of 5 stars.
- Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Romeo and Juliet is a Shakespearean play about the tragic and romantic lives of two star crossed lovers whose love proves to be eternal. Although the original writing by Shakespeare is exceptionally beautiful, it can be extremely difficult to understand sometimes. The No Fear Shakespeare books eliminate this problem by including a more modern version right next to the original, which is super helpful. I think that it’s really important for all teenagers to read Shakespeare’s plays at least once! My teacher didn’t teach or assign us this play like you’re supposed to in high school but I decided to read it anyway, and I don’t regret it one bit! I would rate this 4/5 stars.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Oct 25, 2016

This play is by the one and only, William Shakespeare! Be aware though, this is a tragic play unlike Twelfth Night. Two young people love each other even though their families completely despise each other. This generational grudge and all this feuding is what fuels the tragic aspect is this play. Juliet, a Capulet, is portrayed as an angel which symbolizes her innocence. Romeo, a Montague, begins the book as a heartbroken depressed boy because the love of his life rejected him. Shakespeare effectively uses multiple literary devices such as paradoxes and oxymorons to manipulate the English language in ways that isn’t comparable to other writers. I actually really enjoyed reading the play and being able to pin point these small fine details! This is definitely a tragic play and it gets a 5 out of 5 stars from me!
- @SpookyCat of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is the romantic and disastrous story of two young people, Romeo and Juliet, who love each other dearly. However, there is a war between the Capulet and Montague families and unfortunately for the lovers, Romeo belongs to the Montague family while Juliet belongs to the Capulet family. This obstacle is something that both characters had to overcome in order to pursue their relationship. In my opinion, Shakespeare did a really good job in developing all the characters and the romance between Romeo and Juliet. The development of these elements made this book very entertaining to read and is another one of Shakespeare's popular books. I would highly recommend this to teenagers! Rating: 4/5
- @booksandgames9 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Romeo and Juliet is a memorable play about two young lovers from Verona who face obstacles in their course of love due to a feud between their families. It contains a variety of characters whose personalities range from bawdy to innocent; peaceful to hot-headed; and caring to cold. Furthermore, the play is a collection of themes and conflicts revolving around fate, violence, and true love, all of which hold their significance in today’s society. The most admirable element of the play are the poetic dialogues which are filled imagery, oxymora, and puns. Although the play features a great amount of violence and hostility, it makes sure to provide comedic relief through the speech or actions of some characters. Romeo and Juliet is rightfully known for its soliloquies and fast-paced action; it does an excellent job of purging the reader’s emotions. In spite of being written centuries ago, this tale will forever remain relevant because of the messages it conveys. An eternally beautiful and entertaining piece of work. 5/5 Stars
- @VirtueofReading of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 01, 2016

Romeo and Juliet lost their lives because they had blind love between them. Both of them commuted a suicide.

Jun 01, 2016

I've taught this novel 12 times and it never gets old -- there's always something new that's interesting about the motivations, characterizations, or language to point out. For example: Romeo is forever ruled by his passions and emotions but never displays Actual True Love. Juliet proposes to him (!!), arranges nearly 90% of the details! and Romeo still f***s everything up (though I don't use such language in the classroom...). Look at Juliet's long speech before she takes the potion: she lists off 14-18 separate things/situations she's afraid of (depending on how you split them up) and her last statement is Romeo! I drink to thee! As she quaffs it. Between the two title characters, who shows more masculinity, assertiveness, and integrity? I maintain the title should have always been Juliet and Romeo. :)

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Apr 22, 2019

how did Romeo and juliet meet

May 15, 2018

O, teach me how I should forget to think!
- Romeo, Act 1 Scene 1 Page 11

May 15, 2018

Madam, an hour before the worshipped sun
Peered forth the golden window of the east,
A troubled mind drove me to walk abroad,
Where, underneath the grove of sycamore
That westward rooteth from this city side,
So early walking did I see your son.
Towards him I made, but he was 'ware of me
And stole into the covert of the wood.
I, measuring his affections by my own,
Which then most sought where most might not be found,
Being one too many by my weary self,
Pursued my humor not pursuing his,
And gladly shunned who gladly fled from me.
- Benvolio, Act 1 Scene 1 Page 7

Jul 14, 2014

Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo. Deny thy father and refuse thy name. Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and i'll no longer be a capulet".

Jul 24, 2012

"Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes a pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows doth with their death bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love, and the continuance of their parents' rage, which, but their children's end, nought could remove, is now the two hours' traffic of our stage; the which if you with patient ears attend, what here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend."

cindy112judy9915 Jun 12, 2012

O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?


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olive_bird_01 Jun 13, 2015

Falling in love

Jul 24, 2012

Romeo and Juliet love each other. Their parents are rival families. They can't be together, but fight to stay together anyways.

cindy112judy9915 Jun 12, 2012

i also read the translations of the book. in the beginning it already tells us tat romeo and Juliet commit suicide in the end of the story and i have not yet finished the book. romeo meet Juliet at a mask party but they weren't wearing mask's and they made out on the first day they meet. romeo would sneak out at night to Juliet's balcony and they would talk till the sun rises. the continuing u would have to read yourself, tragedy comes when romeo gets abandon and had to leave and Juliet had to fake his death by drinking a vial but she thinks tat there's poison inside and it would kill him.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 10, 2012

Mara Valentine is in control. She's a straight-A senior, a vegan, and her parents' pride and joy. She's neck-and-neck with her womanizing ex-boyfriend for number-one class ranking and plans to kick his salutatorian butt on her way out the door to Yale. Mara has her remaining months in Brockport all planned out, but the plan does not include having V, her slutty, pot-smoking, sixteen-year-old niece -- yes, niece -- come to live with her family. Nor does it involve lusting after her boss or dreaming about grilled cheese sandwiches every night. What does a control freak like Mara do when things start spinning wildly out of control? With insight, authenticity, and a healthy dose of humor, Carolyn Mackler creates an evolving Type A heroine that every reader will recognize -- and root for. From the author of the award-winning The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things comes the racy story of an overachiever who learns to get over it -- and get a life.


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Feb 10, 2018

Sexual Content: Talk about sex, genitals, kissing, etc. Some seriously bad sexual jokes. Kissing. Feelings of infatuation.

Jul 24, 2012

Violence: Stabbings that result in death; poison is used; suicide.

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