Skip Nav

Romeo and Juliet Summary

Issues, ideas, and discussion in English Education and Technology

❶He spends considerable time characterizing the group members according to their social positions. Over how many days does the plot of Romeo and Juliet take place?

What Happens in Romeo and Juliet?

From the SparkNotes Blog
Latest News, Announcements and Events
General Prologue: Introduction

Try Kendra Shaw, a spy who knows no limits. Product details File Size: October 15, Sold by: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Adapted for students who benefit from reduced language demands - by Speech Language Pathologist. Travel through time and dive deep into an epic war waged for absolute control. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention english plays macbeth edition text school class language modern othello students notes page words tragedy classic helpful young shakespearean scene.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I am a college adjunct faculty English teacher and I wanted a simple edition with notes for my class to read in the fall. I was going to order 20 of these for the class, but I am so glad I first bought one for myself.

The paper edition doesn't have any spaces between the speakers, either, so it is difficult to read, even if it were written in language my students, mostly college freshmen, could easily understand. They would give up on this edition. The text underneath this edition on Amazon did NOT say that there were no notes.

I am going to order something else for my class. Linda Hendrex Top Contributor: I am going to join the chorus of 5 star reviews. This book is a work of art, inside and out. If you don't already know what that is, no review can help you. It is simply everything he ever wrote, from the plays to the poems. It runs the gamut. And I confess, I didn't buy this to read, I purchased it to be a companion and reference to my collection of movies that are based on Shakespeare's plays.

I am one of those people who think that the plays were meant to be viewed as a performance and not read. So it is handy to have them in written form so that you can read specific sections as you watch - but I'll never curl up in my easy chair and get lost in this book. Since I purchased this as a reference book, I was glad that there are footnotes.

And unlike other "complete works" anthologies that cram everything into one volume by making the print impossibly small, the print here is clear and large enough to really read if you want to. This book is heavy and huge and as such, it is going to be difficult to actually read for long periods of time, unless you have a book stand that will go on your desk and hold it up for reading - otherwise your arms will get very, very tired.

The poems, I can read in a separate, more easily handled book. However if you do want to read it, the construction quality is first rate and will hold up to the weight of the book without falling apart. The genuine leather cover, high quality paper, marbled end pages, true stitched in binding, satin bookmark ribbon, and gold paper edging all come together to make a true work of art. One of the things I judge good quality books by is how easily they open and this book passes the test with flying colors.

It opens like a well oiled machine, with no stiffness, cracking, or fighting - you won't have to "break it in" but it cooperates from the first read! It screams quality from end to end and is built to be an heirloom.

I love, love, love it! The classy, old world appearance gives a beautiful appearance to my book case, and the price is stunning reasonable for something this grand. So, if you want to read ALL of Shakespeare, from cover-to-cover, it is all here.

But this book is a regular tome, and you might want to keep this as a reference and piece of art and get your content from watching the plays and reading the poetry from a different, smaller volume. Purchased this as required reading for my sons' high school literature classes.

They juxtapose the traditional play on one side with modern translation on the other They can finally understand what the teacher is actually trying to talk to them about -- imagery, figurative language, symbolism and style -- in a way they can actually relate to. Very useful book to expand on why Shakespeare was one of the greatest storytellers of his time. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. As with all of his other romcoms, Shakespeare sets out to tell a tale of misplaced love, unwanted affection, crossdressing, and simple twists of fate that lead our characters astray, and then together once more by the end.

There is a silly villain, letters that never reach their intended, and disguises, all coming together to build comedy using situational and dramatic irony. I read this as an undergraduate in college, and found it to be fun, but now as an adult and having read all of Shakespeare's works and even other author's interpretations of Shakespeare's work such as The Tragedy of Arthur and Macbeth II: The Seed Of Banquo I find the work to be mediocre and predictable.

It is effective in one major place - the fact that it made Mr. Shakespeare money, and he was well aware of what his audiences liked. That is not to say it is a bad play - it isn't at all.

There are some genuinely funny places in it my favorite, " I suppose it is the grand application of the man's works that include the comedies that so uncannily resemble one another that makes readers of Shakespeare like me scratch his head.

Change the location and the character names and a couple events? New title, new play. But it is a fun story, and I would have loved to see this and all the others performed in London in , regardless. Would I still have the complete works as my only book on a desert island?

Would I resent the comedies a little after 20 years on this desert island, though? Maybe, but I would still have the great tragedies and histories to keep me company. See all 3, reviews. See all customer images.

Most recent customer reviews. Published 2 days ago. Published 3 days ago. Published 4 days ago. Published 6 days ago. Published 7 days ago. We would as willingly give cure as know. Come, madam, let's away. Was that my father that went hence so fast? What sadness lengthens Romeo's hours?

Where shall we dine? What fray was here? Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all. Here's much to do with hate, but more with love. Why, then, O brawling love! O any thing, of nothing first create! Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms! Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health! Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is! This love feel I, that feel no love in this.

Dost thou not laugh? Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast, Which thou wilt propagate, to have it prest With more of thine: Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes; Being vex'd a sea nourish'd with lovers' tears: What is it else?

I will go along; An if you leave me so, you do me wrong. But sadly tell me who. Ah, word ill urged to one that is so ill! In sadness, cousin, I do love a woman. And she's fair I love. She will not stay the siege of loving terms, Nor bide the encounter of assailing eyes, Nor ope her lap to saint-seducing gold: O, she is rich in beauty, only poor, That when she dies with beauty dies her store.

She is too fair, too wise, wisely too fair, To merit bliss by making me despair: She hath forsworn to love, and in that vow Do I live dead that live to tell it now. These happy masks that kiss fair ladies' brows Being black put us in mind they hide the fair; He that is strucken blind cannot forget The precious treasure of his eyesight lost: Show me a mistress that is passing fair, What doth her beauty serve, but as a note Where I may read who pass'd that passing fair?

But now, my lord, what say you to my suit? My child is yet a stranger in the world; She hath not seen the change of fourteen years, Let two more summers wither in their pride, Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride. The earth hath swallow'd all my hopes but she, She is the hopeful lady of my earth: But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart, My will to her consent is but a part; An she agree, within her scope of choice Lies my consent and fair according voice.

This night I hold an old accustom'd feast, Whereto I have invited many a guest, Such as I love; and you, among the store, One more, most welcome, makes my number more. At my poor house look to behold this night Earth-treading stars that make dark heaven light: Such comfort as do lusty young men feel When well-apparell'd April on the heel Of limping winter treads, even such delight Among fresh female buds shall you this night Inherit at my house; hear all, all see, And like her most whose merit most shall be: Which on more view, of many mine being one May stand in number, though in reckoning none, Come, go with me.

To Servant, giving a paper Go, sirrah, trudge about Through fair Verona; find those persons out Whose names are written there, and to them say, My house and welcome on their pleasure stay. It is written, that the shoemaker should meddle with his yard, and the tailor with his last, the fisher with his pencil, and the painter with his nets; but I am sent to find those persons whose names are here writ, and can never find what names the writing person hath here writ. I must to the learned. Take thou some new infection to thy eye, And the rank poison of the old will die.

I pray, sir, can you read? Reads 'Signior Martino and his wife and daughters; County Anselme and his beauteous sisters; the lady widow of Vitravio; Signior Placentio and his lovely nieces; Mercutio and his brother Valentine; mine uncle Capulet, his wife and daughters; my fair niece Rosaline; Livia; Signior Valentio and his cousin Tybalt, Lucio and the lively Helena. Go thither; and, with unattainted eye, Compare her face with some that I shall show, And I will make thee think thy swan a crow.

One fairer than my love! But in that crystal scales let there be weigh'd Your lady's love against some other maid That I will show you shining at this feast, And she shall scant show well that now shows best. A room in Capulet's house. What is your will? Thou know'st my daughter's of a pretty age. How long is it now To Lammas-tide?

Susan and she--God rest all Christian souls! For I had then laid wormwood to my dug, Sitting in the sun under the dove-house wall; My lord and you were then at Mantua: Shake quoth the dove-house: And since that time it is eleven years; For then she could stand alone; nay, by the rood, She could have run and waddled all about; For even the day before, she broke her brow: And then my husband--God be with his soul! A' was a merry man--took up the child: Thou wilt fall backward when thou hast more wit; Wilt thou not, Jule?

I warrant, an I should live a thousand years, I never should forget it: Thou wilt fall backward when thou comest to age; Wilt thou not, Jule? God mark thee to his grace! Thou wast the prettiest babe that e'er I nursed: An I might live to see thee married once, I have my wish. Tell me, daughter Juliet, How stands your disposition to be married?

Thus then in brief: The valiant Paris seeks you for his love. This night you shall behold him at our feast; Read o'er the volume of young Paris' face, And find delight writ there with beauty's pen; Examine every married lineament, And see how one another lends content And what obscured in this fair volume lies Find written in the margent of his eyes.

This precious book of love, this unbound lover, To beautify him, only lacks a cover: The fish lives in the sea, and 'tis much pride For fair without the fair within to hide: That book in many's eyes doth share the glory, That in gold clasps locks in the golden story; So shall you share all that he doth possess, By having him, making yourself no less.

But no more deep will I endart mine eye Than your consent gives strength to make it fly. I must hence to wait; I beseech you, follow straight. Exit Servant Juliet, the county stays. Or shall we on without a apology? We'll have no Cupid hoodwink'd with a scarf, Bearing a Tartar's painted bow of lath, Scaring the ladies like a crow-keeper; Nor no without-book prologue, faintly spoke After the prompter, for our entrance: But let them measure us by what they will; We'll measure them a measure, and be gone.

I am not for this ambling; Being but heavy, I will bear the light. I have a soul of lead So stakes me to the ground I cannot move. Under love's heavy burden do I sink. Give me a case to put my visage in: A visor for a visor!

Here are the beetle brows shall blush for me. The game was ne'er so fair, and I am done. If thou art dun, we'll draw thee from the mire Of this sir-reverence love, wherein thou stick'st Up to the ears.

Come, we burn daylight, ho! Take our good meaning, for our judgment sits Five times in that ere once in our five wits. She is the fairies' midwife, and she comes In shape no bigger than an agate-stone On the fore-finger of an alderman, Drawn with a team of little atomies Athwart men's noses as they lie asleep; Her wagon-spokes made of long spiders' legs, The cover of the wings of grasshoppers, The traces of the smallest spider's web, The collars of the moonshine's watery beams, Her whip of cricket's bone, the lash of film, Her wagoner a small grey-coated gnat, Not so big as a round little worm Prick'd from the lazy finger of a maid; Her chariot is an empty hazel-nut Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub, Time out o' mind the fairies' coachmakers.

And in this state she gallops night by night Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love; O'er courtiers' knees, that dream on court'sies straight, O'er lawyers' fingers, who straight dream on fees, O'er ladies ' lips, who straight on kisses dream, Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues, Because their breaths with sweetmeats tainted are: Sometime she gallops o'er a courtier's nose, And then dreams he of smelling out a suit; And sometime comes she with a tithe-pig's tail Tickling a parson's nose as a' lies asleep, Then dreams, he of another benefice: Sometime she driveth o'er a soldier's neck, And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats, Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades, Of healths five-fathom deep; and then anon Drums in his ear, at which he starts and wakes, And being thus frighted swears a prayer or two And sleeps again.

This is that very Mab That plats the manes of horses in the night, And bakes the elflocks in foul sluttish hairs, Which once untangled, much misfortune bodes:

Navigate Guide

Main Topics

Privacy Policy

Romeo and Juliet: Essay Topics 1). Discuss the character of Romeo and his infatuation with Rosaline. Does this weaken the credibility of the love he feels for Juliet? 2) Friar Laurence serves many dramatic purposes in the play. Examine the Friar and his role in Romeo and Juliet.. 3) Mercutio is considered to be one of Shakespeare's great .

Privacy FAQs

An overview of Juliet from Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare's Characters: Juliet (Romeo and Juliet)We first see Juliet, the heroine of Romeo and Juliet, in , with her mother, Lady Capulet and the meets Romeo in and they are married in

About Our Ads

Romeo and Juliet help, plot summary, themes, criticism, analysis, forced marriages, figures of speech, study guide. Romeo and Juliet study guide contains a biography of William Shakespeare, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a .

Cookie Info

Download Romeo and Juliet Study Guide Subscribe now to download this study guide, along with more than 30, other titles. Get help with any book. Download PDF Introduction. Script of Act I Romeo and Juliet The play by William Shakespeare. Introduction This section contains the script of Act I of Romeo and Juliet the play by William enduring works of William Shakespeare feature many famous and well loved characters.