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Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare

Alex Hiett | Book Review

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At some point in freshman year, most students read the famous Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare.  This is a story plagued by criticism, praise, and everything in between, but actually has a pretty straightforward plot. Two rival families, the Capulets and the Montagues, both have young teenagers around the same age. They meet and fall madly in love, from the
moment they lay eyes on each other. Unfortunately, a tragic death separates the two soon after a secret marriage. The tale ends, as everyone knows, with the two lovers dead, and the two families distraught. Romeo and Juliet certainly lives up to its infamy.

This play was one of the easiest and most enjoyable reading assignments I’ve had in high school. Though the romantic language of the period can be difficult at first, by the middle of the play the diction flows much faster. As far as love stories go, this is much more violent than many of the current day, and was certainly more interesting. It also isn’t that long, and as it’s a play after all, most of the text is dialogue. Don’t go into the story with expectations, and it will go by quickly and painlessly. You might even fall in love with it!

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