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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: The Manga Edition (Wileys Manga Shakespeare) Paperback – February 11, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0470097588 ISBN-10: 0470097582 Edition: The Manga Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Wileys Manga Shakespeare
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cliffs Notes; The Manga Edition edition (February 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470097582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470097588
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Reading a comic adaptation of Shakespeare offers students an opportunity to make sense of the rich language using the illustrations. Shakespeare, after all, was meant to be seen not read. Experiencing Shakespeare as a comic is the best substitute to watching the play itself." (The Graphic Classroom, April 12, 2008)

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Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet

Feuding families—the Montagues and Capulets. Star-crossed lovers—Romeo and Juliet. A street brawl and a masquerade ball. Comedy and tragedy. Murder and revenge. True romance. A secret marriage. A double suicide.

Packed with action and emotion, this manga edition is the ideal way to explore Shakespeare's timeless themes and appreciate his immortal love scenes.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael T. Gagnon on June 12, 2008
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An alternative to the same old Romeo and Juliet for young people! Certain classes seem to dive into Shakespeare, while others drift over him, never really sure what his most famous tragedy is truly about. This comic/manga version, is a useful tool for students struggling with the reading of Shakespeare's language, making the play accessible while still requiring the student to read key passages. The pictures capture the student's attention and often times get the hesitant student to read what they normally wouldn't. I used this version to teach last year and was amazed at the response! Very helpful and well done!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elvin Ortiz on June 4, 2009
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If you ever teach Romeo and Juliet, this is an excellent graphic novel or manga version to accompany Shakespeare's play. I also had the impression that some of its graphics were inspired by the 1968 movie version because they looked alike. The only graphic moment I recall that seemed weak in comparison to that movie was Mercutio's death. Everything else was quite faithful to the Shakespeare play. I highly recommend it.
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By TexasTeacher on August 10, 2010
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This wonderful manga is an essential part of my curriculum in teach Romeo and Juliet to my freshman English I class. The two huge benefits: the pictures are very realistic and actually match up with what the stage directions have to say, and the dialogue is not some paraphrased nonsense, it is authentic: the real Shakespearean English from the original text. The text is abridged, but it is done in a way that only enhances the reading for the students. The kids have all said the pictures help them picture what is going on, and it can help you speed up the scenes where the long monologues can be confusing or cause the action to lag for kids who struggle with reading. I give this FIVE stars because the play is preserved through careful editing (no famous lines are omitted) and the play is enhanced by the illustrations.
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