Romeo and Juliet, continuing the tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity, tells the story of two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.
The most famous love story of all time. The story of Romeo and Juliet is set in mediaeval Verona and follows Romeo, son of the house of Montague as he falls in love with Juliet, daughter of the rival house of Capulet. The story moves quickly towards its conclusion as bitter hate and ancient rivalry lead to tragedy.
Plays such as Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth are world-famous, and most people know some lines from Shakespeare like Hamlet’s ‘To be or not to be’.Now you can find out more about the life and times of the most popular playwright ever, and why people still feel the power of his writing today.
Romeo and Juliet is the world's most famous drama of tragic young love. Defying the feud which divides their families, Romeo and Juliet enjoy the fleeting rapture of courtship, marriage and sexual fulfillment; but a combination of old animosities and new coincidences brings them to suicidal deaths. This play offers a rich mixture of romantic lyricism, bawdy comedy, intimate harmony and sudden violence. Long successful in the theater, it has also generated numerous operas, ballets and films; and these have helped to make Romeo and Juliet perennially topical.
Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous love stories in the world. But it is more than a great love story. It is also about life and death, happiness and sadness, and the terrible hate between two great families. Shakespeare's beautiful tale is still as popular today as it was more than 400 years ago.
A level 2 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. Retold for Learners of English by Jennifer Bassett. William Shakespeare. Born April 1564, at Stratford-upon-Avon. Died April 1616. Married Anne Hathaway: two daughters, one son. Actor, poet, famous playwright. Wrote nearly forty plays. But what was he like as a man? What did he think about when he rode into London for the first time . . . or when he was writing his plays Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet . . . or when his only son died? We know the facts of his life, but we can only guess at his hopes, his fears, his dreams.
The most beautiful and famous quotations from Shakespeare are gorgeously illustrated in this exquisite gift book. Unfolding to reveal evocative lines from plays such as Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet,Twelfth Night and The Tempest, this charming collection celebrates the enduring appeal of the Bard and is the perfect gift for any book-lover.