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The Tragic History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke

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The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet
by Arthur Brooke

By: Jack Simison and Derek Schoenberger
Background on Arthur Brooke
The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet
By Arthur Brooke
How Brooke's poem Influenced Shakespeare's
Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare's Incorporation of Brooke's Poem into
Romeo and Juliet
Who was the True Creator of Romeo and Juliet?
Arthur Brooke
Born in the year 1544 (Abdullah et. al.)
Born and Raised in England
Became an aspiring poet at a young age
Brooke was admitted to the Inner Temple as a result of the request from Thomas Norton and Thomas Sackville
The Inner Temple
Located in London
Purpose is to create well educated people pursuing a legal career
Although, in Brooke's time, 16th century, a fair amount of those who attended Inner Temple didn't pursue a career in the field of law
Brooke Wrote a Thrilling Poem
The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet
is Brooke's only well known poem (Abdullah et. all.)
Although, it would go down in history as being the inspiration for one of the greatest plays in history
Published in 1562
Published when Brooke was only the age of 18
The Tragical Death of Arthur Brooke
Soon after his poem was published, Brooke decided to join British troops in France (Abdullah et. al)
Although, Brooke's ship never made it
In a tragic shipwreck, Brooke drowned and died in the year 1563
Died at the age of 19
Brooke's Poem
3,020 line narrative poem (McKittrick)
Inspired by Matteo Bandello
Added the character of the nurse to his poem from Matteo's novel
Changed last scene and the lover's controlling agent to fortune
Brooke's version wasn't as detailed of other characters
Mainly focused on Romeus and Juliet
Matteo Bandello
Born in 1485
Born in Negrar, in the Province of Verona
Novels had wide influence on England, France, and Spain
He was a monk, diplomat, soldier, as well as a writer
Educated at Milan and the University of Pavia
In the 1560s and '70s, Bandello's novels were translated into French and English
Favorable Aspects of Brooke's Poem that Inspired Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Emotional and dramatic love story drew Shakespeare's attention (Brown)
Creative characters
Conflict that gave emotion to the story
The increasing passion and drama as the story progressed
These collected aspects of Brooke's poem were the inspiring features which led Shakespeare to accepting the challenge of transforming Brooke's poem into his play.
What Shakespeare included from Brooke's Poem
Shakespeare kept the general idea and events of Romeus' and Juliet's love story similar to Brooke's poem (McKittrick)
Kept most of the characters
The order of the main events in Brooke's poem are essentially the same as in Shakespeare's play
Major Changes Shakespeare Made
Shakespeare changed the pace of the love story between Romeo and Juliet (McKittrick)
In Shakespeare's play, the love story is much more rapid and extreme making the play more interesting to viewers
In Brooke's poem, the love story is much slower so the love story can progress and develope more
Shakespeare also changed the beginning of Brooke's poem entirely when forming his play
Although the beginning of Brooke's poem is where most of the characters are introduced, Shakespeare still manages to include most of the characters that appear in Brooke's poem

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