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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (Signet Classic Shakespeare) School & Library Binding – 1 Oct 1999

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  • School & Library Binding: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books; Bound for Schools & Libraries ed. edition (Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0833510894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0833510891
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.4 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,402,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is undoubtedly the greatest love story ever written, spawning a host of imitators on stage and screen, including Leonard Bernstein's smash musical West Side Story, Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet filmed in 1968, and Baz Luhrmann's postmodern film version Romeo + Juliet. The tragic feud between "Two households, both alike in dignity/In fair Verona", the Montagues and Capulets, which ultimately kills the two young "star-crossed lovers" and their "death-marked love" creates issues which have fascinated subsequent generations. The play deals with issues of intergenerational and familial conflict, as well as the power of language and the compelling relationship between sex and death, all of which makes it an incredibly modern play. It is also an early example of Shakespeare fusing poetry with dramatic action, as he moves from Romeo's lyrical account of Juliet--"she doth teach the torches to burn bright!" to the bustle and action of a 16th-century household (the play contains more scenes of ordinary working people than any of Shakespeare's other works). It also represents an experimental attempt to fuse comedy with tragedy. Up to the third act, the play proceeds along the lines of a classic romantic comedy. The turning point comes with the death of one of Shakespeare's finest early dramatic creations--Romeo's sexually ambivalent friend Mercutio, whose "plague o' both your houses" begins the play's descent into tragedy, "For never was a story of more woe/Than this of Juliet and her Romeo". --Jerry Brotton --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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" We can more easily decide between Shakespear and any other author, than between him and himself. Shall we quote any more passages to shew his genius or the beauty of Romeo and Juliet? At that rate, we might quote the whole."

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"We can more easily decide between Shakespear and any other author, than between him and himself. Shall we quote any more passages to shew his genius or the beauty of Romeo and Juliet? At that rate, we might quote the whole." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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As a GCSE english student, i didnt get the language used in R&J at first and found the play very hard to read and hard to write an essay on.

This book is a life-saver! It has summaries of each Act as well as character files, clever language and theme ideas (that you are unlikely to find yourself) as well as essay-writing tips. I found the play a lot easier to write about with this book.

Also, it is a good price on here, i paid a fiver for it. What more do you want?!
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This book is an excellent introduction to what can be a dense and complex play. It starts with a simple plot outline. It then progresses to more in depth analysis of the play scene by scene. After which it lays out some key themes, symbols and ideas in the play in the forms of mini essays. It has a fairly good glossary, a potted history of Shakespeare himself and how his plays would have appeared. It also has a good time line and chronology, a glossary of common theatrical and critical terms and a good recommended reading list. It is very useful indeed.
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This guide to Romeo and Juliet explains the play in a clear and easily acessible way that makes understanding the play a whole lot easier. With exam tips and in depth as well as summarised explanations it is something you should not be without!
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The Arden Shakespeare is a scholarly edition intended for students andthose doing research on Shakespeare. The extensive notes are very usefulfor those who study Shakespeare at degree level and above. Since moststudents already know the meanings of archaic words there is little needto explain them in the notes - which are not there to entertain but toinform. Don't buy it if you aren't studying Shakespeare, there are cheaperversions available for the casual reader.
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York Notes are invaluable to understanding the behind-the-scene meaning of the characters and events when viewing film adaptations of Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet". For example, the Baz Lurhmann film adaptation of the play, apparently widely used in schools, is comparable to the film "West Side Story" but with his ultra-modernistic approach the real meaning of the play is lost, that is where York Notes come to the rescue and keep you on track. Much of the original text is lacking and the scenes shortened and changed around, hence the need to refer to back-up notes.
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The York Notes series of GCSE study guides are consistently superb, and this is no exception. Accessible to all abilities, comprehensive, and attractively presented, it is a must buy for all GCSE exam students.
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This is a great edition of Romeo and Juliet. The book is very clearly laid out and the plain text appears directly next to the original text. Very easy to understand and made the play so much easier to understand. Would heartily recommend for any students or people new to reading Shakespeare.
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This guide is wonderful - I wish I had had it when studying R&J 30 years ago. However, it is most definitely aimed at A Level or undergrad students and is way too advanced for my daughter who is studying for GCSE, so make sure you don't get it for your child if he or she is not studying at an advanced level. (I know it has the word "Advanced" in the title, but that didn't fully register with me!)
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