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William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

A historical background o fthe infamous play "Romeo and Juliet" written by William Shakespeare.

Shannon Carroll

on 14 March 2011

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Transcript of William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

William's Works "My only love sprung from my only hate;
too early unknown and known too late" "Romeo and Juliet" The timeless romantic tradgedy of star-crossed lovers... The Original Work Modern Day Version Adaptations William Shakespeare's original play depicts the drama of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet are teenagers who fall deeply in love but as fate would have it, their families are bitter enemies. They seize the moment and marry in secret. The two try to conceal this but ends in tradgedy when Romeo and Juliet both die in the end. The themes running behind the play is the issue of consequences of immature blind passion, hatred, and prejudice. None of William Shakespeare's plays were ever published, so none of his original manuscripts survived. Some of his close friends and fellow actors lator published them in a folio years after his death. It's believed that the first "Romeo and Juliet" play was performed between 1594 and 1595 during the Elizabethan Era. There are various forms in which William's "Romeo and Juliet" have been created. Movies and books are pretty much the big two variations but now there is another variation, anime. Anime, in definition, is a very artistic and colorful form of Japanese cartoons and/or animations. Juliet resumes her role as the Robin Hood-like masquerade to start a revolution against Lord Montague. Meanwhile, Romeo has been banished and sent to work the mines. He frees the workers and starts a settlement with them, Romeo then returns to face off his father, Lord Montague. Many modern day versions of the William's plays are now in the form of films. One popular modern version of "Romeo and Juilet" is Baz Luhrmann's film "Romeo+Juliet". The film takes place in the fictional city called Verona Beach. This city is the epicenter of a corpoorate war between two industry leaders, Montague and Capulet. Instead of a family fued, a rivalry was created to modernizze the story. Along with all of the characters being updated, so were all of the weapons. Swords were replaced with guns and many modern-day references were incorporated in to the film. The original script of the play iwas still kept so it adds a creative charm to the film. Fumitoshi Oizaki's anime version tells the story of a young girl, Juliet, who was the only survivor to escape the massacre of her family at the hands of Leontes Montague. Fourteen years later, Lord Montague rules the land of Neo-Verona as Juliet helps the common folk in a Robin Hood-like manner and Romeo Montague protests his father's cruelty. Juliet and Romeo meet by chance at the Rose Ball and fall in love at first sight. However, when Juliet turns sixteen and she is told all of the truth behind her past and her family's history, her love is conflicted between revolution and devotion. The fan base for anime has drastically exploded over the years and "Romeo and Juliet" is a fantastic addition to the anime world. The anime version is called "RomeoxJuliet" and is 24 episodes long. Romeo and Juliet face many challenges and go on many adventures together which strengthens their love for each other. They escaped to the countryside and secretly get married and start a life together. That is, until Romeo's father's men raid nearby villiages forcing Romeo and Juliet to come out of hiding in order to save the villagers. Romeo and Juliet is such a popular and epic story that it's still being reproduced in various versions. Warner Bros. Pictures and Lionsgate, in 2009, expressed interest in producing another "Romeo and Juliet" They wanted Robert Pattinson to play Romeo and Amanda Seyfried to play Juliet. Chris Weitz was hired as the director. There is yet to be heard of the start of production but there is n doubt going to be many more Romeo and Juliets to come. Juliet, accompanied by her followers and Romeo, storm Lord Montague's castle in an attempt to arrest him. But to everyone's surprise, a deranged and crazed Mercutio stabs Lord Montague in the back with a poisonous blade. With Juliet back in power as the rightful heir to the throne, everything was set be be happily-ever-after... But as fate would have it, there is to be no happily-ever-after for this destined couple. Due to a family curse upon the females of the Capulet family, Juliet is to die in order to save the people of Neo-Verona. In order to try and stop this cycle, Romeo steps in only to be killed in Juliet's arms. It is then that Juliet can fully sacrifice herself for her love and thus save the people of Neo-Verona. The story ends with Romeo and Juliet dying in each others' arms and the happy ending that they deserved is given to the newly free people of Neo-Verona. In Conclusion... All in all, "Romeo and Juliet" is a tragic, epic, love story known by all across the world. The story comes in all genres and variations and modern and timeless classics. Girls compare the man of their dreams to finding their Romeo in life. The love between the star-crossed lovers transends time and still lives on today. William Shakespeare's writings are still read today and one of his most famous has to be "Romeo and Juliet"
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