Romeo and Juliet Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B004GXB3LC
- Publication date : December 20, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 116 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 339 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B08KQKTYFP
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #329,422 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But, youthful obtuseness aside, Romeo and Juliet is the ideal text to introduce Shakespeare. While it may not have the pathos of Hamlet it does contain the wordplay and witticisms for which Shakespeare is well known.
It’s topics—teenage love and honor—are probably more resonant now than they were in Shakespeare’s day. Romeo and Juliet then has a narrative to hook teenagers in as well as being an example of Shakespeare’s finest craftsmanship.
Maybe my high school English teacher knew more than I thought about an appropriate curriculum.
I love it when Friar Laurence listens to Romeo wax lyrical about Juliet, when only yesterday it had been Rosaline...
'Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here!
Is Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear,
So soon forsaken? Young men's love then lies
Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.'
I can just hear the Friar huffing ironically at young love. Fantastic.
What about Juliet, who shows a real bit of wit, when she is talking to her nurse, as well as the Nurse - one of my favourite characters.
Juliet is impatient for the Nurse to tell her what Romeo has said, while Nurse is recovering from her journey:
I would thou hadst my bones, and I thy news:
Nay, come, I pray thee, speak; good nurse, speak.
Jesu, what haste? can you not stay awhile?
Do you not see that I am out of breath?
(and Juliet impatiently answers)
How art thou out of breath, when thou hast breath
to say that thou art out of breath.
The excuse that thou dost make in this delay
Is longer than the tale dost excuse.
And of course, there are some of the most famous Shakespearean scenes and lines....
Romeo upon seeing Juliet at the window:
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
and there is so much more. Romeo and Juliet was written to entertain, hold its audience in knowing suspense, to frustrate and amuse. And, young love being well known to be intense and dramatic, means that the audience can be both knowing and sympathetic, and enhances the tragedy of the deaths.
The format of this kindle edition I thought was very good, with only a few minor mistakes that didn't bother be in the slightest.
Sexual: Romeo and Juliet kiss several times, but it was nothing over the top. It is implied that they spend a night together, but after they are married. And, well, you know Shakespeare. He uses bawdy language often. He uses demeaning words about women (implying that they are 'promiscuous in a more colored manner). The characters often joke about female anatomy.
Language: other than what I said before, there was nothing.
Violence: the characters sword fight, but it's not even close to graphic. It simply states that 'they draw swords and so-and-so runs so-and-so through.
So, over all, I'm not a fan of this book. He has other better plays out there and I think that, though this is popular, it is not even close to his best.
This 99 cent version is very basic. It has the complete text of the play, but that's about it. It does not have any chapter select links to either act or scene, and no line numbers are provided. There are no notations or explanations. The layout does maintain the iambic pentameter poetry, but the text appears crowded on the page as there is no line break or spacing between speakers.
At 99 cents, this version is not bad; however, there are better, equally inexpensive versions.