Looking for a love story, but want some tragedy? Romeo and Juliet is a mix of perfection with a hint of demise.
By Olivia Daniels
Romeo and Juliet has it all: clever dialogue, passionate romance, violent conflict, and plenty of poetry. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet introduces the Montagues (Romeo) and the Capulets (Juliet) as two important families in Verona, who are engaged in a bitter feud.
The story spans four days – beginning with Romeo and Juliet’s first meeting and ending with their death. It tells of an intense all-consuming love and how that love is powerful enough to hope to exist beyond mortal life.
Another strong aspect of this play is the general writing style. It is very poetic and filled with sonnet after sonnet about their undying love. Shakespeare also does a phenomenal job of using the literary device of satire, mostly through the character of Mercutio.
Although the ability for a 13 year old to fall in love with another is one day and decide to be married the next is unrealistic, this could very well be the most famous love story of all time. The naive personalities of Romeo and Juliet, as well as their families, have the same effect a villain might. In a way, you like to hate them, because what they do and the way they do it plays an important role on the outcome of the play.
Even though I considered much of this play unrealistic, the family feud aspect was very believable. The ability for a family to forgive and forget is hard enough as it is, not to mention the conflict starting generations before theirs.
Fathers both in present day and the time of Romeo and Juliet have a sense of parenthood or power, in the need to approve the child their daughter dates, let alone marries. Throughout Romeo and Juliet, Juliet’s father wasn’t much of a father much like all the other adults.
This book does a very good job of depicting the best of Shakespeare’s work. This novel is a good choice for an English class, which is where I had to read it. As much as I don’t like reading, I do recommend this book – and paying attention if you really want to understand what is happening.