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Romeo and Juliet

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Transcript of Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet
Written by: William Shakespeare
1. Two households, both alike in dignity,
2. In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
3. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
4. Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
5. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
6. A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
7. Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
8. Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
9. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
10. And the continuance of their parents' rage,
11. Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
12. Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
13. The which if you with patient ears attend,
14. What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

1. Two households, both alike in dignity,
two families
Worthiness and respect
Modern-day Translation
1. Two well-respected families
Barack Obama
George W. Bush
Democrat
Republican
Modern-day Example
2. In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
Modern-day Example
New York City
Paris
a reference
to a play
Modern-day Translation
2. live in Verona, Italy where the play is set.
3. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
ill-will or resentment
The fighting has gone on
for a very long time...
it has become historical.
a new rebellion
against authority
Modern-day Translation
3. The long-standing hatred between two
families erupts into new violence
4. Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
belongs to the citizens of Verona
the citizens of Verona are
going to join the war
between the two families.
Modern-day Translation
4. The citizens also begin to fight because of the
two families and they start killing each other
Modern
-day
Example
Gang Wars
5. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
to kill or be capable of causing death
the reproductive organs
of a man and a woman
Romeo
Juliet
the children from these two families are going to end up killing and causing death.
enemies
Modern-day Translation
5. Two unlucky children of these enemy families
6. A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
an Astrology reference in which a couple's
chances are ruined by fate and outside influence
SPOILER
ALERT
commit suicide
Modern-day Translation
Write the modern-day translation on your handout
7. Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
an instant of bad fortune
evoking or deserving
compassion and sympathy
put an end to
Modern-day Translation
Write the modern-day translation on your handout
8. Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
fighting
rivalry
conflict
9. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
events
their love would lead to their death
10. And the continuance of their parents' rage,
on-going
violent
anger
11. Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
their deaths
nothing
end
12. Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;

movement of people
13. The which if you with patient ears attend,
another reference to
this being a play
Modern-day Example
similar to you going to watch a two hour long movie
quietly pay attention to the play
14. What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
hard and
continuous work
to
try
hard
to improve
to make clearer
MODERN-DAY TRANSLATION

1. Two well-respected families
2. live in Verona, Italy where the play is set.
3. The long-standing hatred between two families erupts into new violence
4. The citizens also begin to fight because of the two families and they start killing each other
5. Two unlucky children of these enemy families
6. become lovers and commit suicide.
7. Their bad fortune and unfortunate deaths bring compassion
8. And put an end to their parents' feud.
9. The fearful events that led to their deaths
10. And the on-going feud between their families
11. Could only end through the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
12. This tragic play will last two hours.
13. If you quietly listen to the play and pay attention
14. Anything that is missed during the introduction will be revealed during the play.
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