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Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet: Tragedies by William Shakespeare | Shakespeare
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The play Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about 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. Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. Its plot is based on an Italian tale, translated into verse as The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562 and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1567. Shakespeare borrowed heavily from both but, to expand the plot, developed supporting characters, particularly Mercutio and Paris. Believed to have been written between 1591 and 1595, the play was first published in a quarto version in 1597. This text was of poor quality, and later editions corrected it, bringing it more in line with Shakespeare's original. Shakespeare's use of his poetic dramatic structure, especially effects such as switching between comedy and tragedy to heighten tension, his expansion of minor characters, and his use of sub-plots to embellish the story, has been praised as an early sign of his dramatic skill. The play ascribes different poetic forms to different characters, sometimes changing the form as the character develops. Romeo, for example, grows more adept at the sonnet over the course of the play. Romeo and Juliet has been adapted numerous times for stage, film, musical and opera. During the English Restoration, it was revived and heavily revised by William Davenant. David Garrick's 18th-century version also modified several scenes, removing material then considered indecent, and Georg Benda's operatic adaptation omitted much of the action and added a happy ending. Performances in the 19th century, including Charlotte Cushman's, restored the original text, and focused on greater realism. John Gielgud's 1935 version kept very close to Shakespeare's text, and used Elizabethan costumes and staging to enhance the drama. In the 20th and into the 21st century, the play has been adapted in versions as diverse as George Cukor's comparatively faithful 1936 production, Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 version, Baz Luhrmann's 1996 MTV-inspired Romeo + Juliet and the 2013non-Shakespearian adaptation by Carlo Carlei. From Wikipedia
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dabbe
Romeo and Juliet (Updated) | William Shakespeare
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And now some FUN with ROMEO AND JULIET!

BTW, if you've never seen or heard of The Reduced Shakespeare Company, you are missing out! It's on the link below, 2nd from the 2nd column:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vRDd1wABsJ3jr-3TH_aFyoWEQvo8Hq6n...

rwmg This reminds me of watching the Leo DiCaprio film with my Indonesian partner, who had sort of heard of Romeo and Juliet as a great romantic couple but didn't know the story. He was absolutely DEVASTATED by the ending. 2w
dabbe @rwmg Yeah, how many stories do we have where it ends like that? The students who had never read or seen it felt the same way. BTW, I LOVE the Leo version. Even though it's set in so-called modern times, the dialogue is EXACTLY what's in the play with nothing left out. Very dramatic, too! Well, it's a drama, right? 😀 2w
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dabbe
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My 2nd-to-last least favorite Shakespearean play (JULIUS CAESAR is last, sorry Will). Teenagers with angst and haste. No wonder our freshmen loved it! I also called it the “IF ONLY“ play, as in: “If only they had talked to their parents or tried to“/“If only they had waited for Friar Laurence“ ... Of course it's Shakespeare w/ beautiful words (especially the balcony scene, but I much prefer his darker tragedies). Still, a good start for the frosh.

RamsFan1963 I never found Romeo and Juliet to be a great love story. If you told it today, it's two angst ridden teens who take things too far with tragic results. Like National Enquirer headlines. 2w
dabbe Boy, do I agree! I sometimes wish I had filmed my classes before retiring just to relieve ALL. THE. DRAMA. Some teenagers can make a lost pen be the most angst in their lives that day. I guess (at least) with R&J, the angst was over so-called love at first sight. 2w
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Romeo and Juliet (Updated) | William Shakespeare
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#twofortuesday Thanks for the tag @Eggs

1) In 7th grade I decided to read Romeo and Juliet. Then I memorized the balcony scene. I‘ve quoted it ever since. When you‘ve memorized something so young and repeated it for so long, it‘s quite hard to forget in its entirety…”what‘s in a name…a rose by any other name would smell as sweet…” I was a weird child

2) Midnight would complain that I don‘t spend nearly enough time cuddling her or feeding her

TheSpineView Never enough cuddles and I'm typing this as my cuddler just tried to get closer. Thanks for playing 2w
Texreader @TheSpineView I‘m on a business trip tonight so she‘s probably really pouting that I‘m not there for making biscuits. I‘m the fortunate family member on whom and only on whom she will make biscuits. I always have to get a double batch when I return. 2w
SamAnne I remember memorizing the Queen Mab speech. Sadly I can‘t quote it now, but I could for years. 2w
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Texreader @SamAnne wow! Impressive! 2w
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AshleyHoss820
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There‘s nothing I can add about the plot that we all don‘t know. I‘ll tell you this, if you want me to teach irony and inference to students, I can find other ways. The only good time we had reading this was when they acted out the final scene and we had “dead bodies” laying all over the classroom. 🤣 This is a good way to teach caution in relationships, though…I‘ll say that…

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Kimberlone
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#Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter #DailyPhotoPrompt #Day17 #Poison

Oops, another week and more photos to catch up on! I‘m going to post last week‘s photos before I tally my final Week 3 numbers later today.

In Romeo & Juliet, the star-crossed lovers meet their end partly due to poison.

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I just finished the Oscar nominated Westside Story & am pretty floored by it. A loose adaptation of Romeo & Juliet (to the benefit of the film) with some of the most impressive choreography that I have seen since La La Land, it might be Spielberg's best since Lincoln. Since the Oscars are tomorrow I thought I would post a collage of my 6 favorite movies (Les Vampires counts as a series) watched this year. I have previously watched The Godfather👇

vivastory but I saw the remastered version in the theater in Feb & it was incredible. Of the 10 films nominated for best picture I have seen 4 & would be perfectly happy with 3 of them winning. I enjoyed Don't Look Up, but don't feel that it was Oscar worthy. There are several other nominees that I plan on watching, especially after I read the works they are based on! I DO NOT think that NIghtmare Alley will win, simply because Del Toro won for Shape of 8mo
vivastory Water only 4 years ago. My money is on Power of the Dog, but I also see Belfast being a dark horse. Both are movies I plan on watching. What do you think? What film are you cheering to win? 8mo
Branwen I have always loved the original West Side Story and really want to see the new one! 💕 8mo
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vivastory @Branwen It doesn't disappoint! I watched it on HBO Max, but I loved it so much I just might watch it in theaters before it leaves (edited) 8mo
readordierachel I've only seen 2 of the nominees so far (Belfast and Licorice Pizza). I'm so behind. West Side Story is next on my lost though. I loved the original as a kid. I really want to watch Power of the Dog too. 8mo
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vivastory @readordierachel What did you think of Belfast & Licorice Pizza? I'm thinking of watching Belfast later tonight. 8mo
readordierachel I loved them both. Licorice Pizza was such a unique story, I thought. And Belfast is very moving. Beautifully acted and shot. And I appreciated that it was only an hour and a half instead of the 2 1/2 hours that all movies seem to be these days 🙃 8mo
vivastory @readordierachel Interesting that it is only 90 minutes. Looking at the trailer I was expecting it to be a 3 hr plus epic 😂 I enjoy long movies, but I agree. We need more short movies! 8mo
readordierachel It's only that I rarely have 2 1/2 hours to spare these days. And I hate not being able to finish a movie in one sitting. So it's purely selfish 😂 8mo
Jess I saw all of the nominees and wasn‘t floored by any of them. If I was picking by my favorite watch, it would probably be Dune but I think you are right and the Academy will probably go with Power of the Dog or Belfast. 8mo
vivastory @Jess Out of the 4 I have seen Dune is my favorite with Westside Story a very close second. 8mo
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A glooming peace this morning with it brings.
The sun for sorrow will not show his head.
Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things;
Some shall be pardon‘d and some punished;
For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. No, but I manage to read another 50 pages of The Pillars of the Earth. At this rate I hope to be done by the end of the month 😩
2. Oof, this is a hard one for me. Forbidden love, maybe? Romeo and Juliet style?

Tagging whoever wants to play...

RaeLovesToRead Forbidden love always makes a good story! 💀💋 I think I did get a book on Valentine's... does it count if I ordered it myself?! Haha 🤣 9mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Sure, I'll allow it 🤔lol 9mo
TheSpineView Loved... but very long! 9mo
The_Penniless_Author @TheSpineView I was knocking out Wheel of Time books in a week or two last year, but work/life has been very different in 2022 so far. Oh well, probably good to give my eyes a rest 🙂 9mo
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Hasn‘t Juliet ever heard of an all-nighter?

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Melismatic
Romeo & Juliet | William Shakespeare
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First time re-reading since the 9th grade some 20-ish years ago. While I appreciate the language and phrasing more, I still find R & J‘s relationship under developed to the point that it feels less tragic and more pathetic in its pointlessness.

TheKidUpstairs I know it's often talked about as this grand, tragic romance, but I've always seen that pointlessness as the point (if that makes sense). The tragedy of the story comes from the pointless nature of two teenagers falling in puppy love, killing themselves because they can't be together. Tragic because they're teenagers not allowed to be teenagers, rather than tragic because great love was thwarted. 10mo
Melismatic @TheKidUpstairs 100% agree! When looked at through that lense, it‘s a much broader cautionary tale rather that the “love story” many categorize it as. It never felt like a love story to me, either. 10mo
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Romeo and Juliet (Updated) | William Shakespeare
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TheatreSpaz
Romeo and Juliet (Updated) | William Shakespeare
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I've got an audition coming up and our instructors are always telling us how important it is to read the script before you audition. I've read R&J before, and seen several productions, but it's been a while, so here we go!
#weekendreading

Soubhiville Oh yay! Hope it goes well. What part are you hoping for? 10mo
TheatreSpaz @Soubhiville Honestly, I just want to be IN the show. There's a LOT of talented people here! But it's going to be a big cast so I have a decent chance, I think. 10mo
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GingerAntics
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This play gets better and better every time I read it. I wasn‘t always a fan of this play. At one point it was actually my least favourite. As I‘ve gotten older, learned more about Shakespeare and read more of his plays, I‘ve really come to appreciate this play. There is something new to discover every time I read it.
#Shakespeare #RomeoAndJuliet #shakespearereadalong

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Tragic love story

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I listened to a theatrical version of this and it really helped. I knew the basics of this story but never read the entire thing. I am glad I finally did. This is the next book my son is reading in Freshman English.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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On revisiting, I found the play to be more than just a young lovers‘ tragic love story. I appreciated it more than I did when read in school,…beautiful language, timeless story, ..I enjoyed the banters, the famous lines, and good insights from the #shakespearereadalong group .

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Plague, romance, puns about sex, family feuds, honour, fate, death: all the good stuff of comedy *and* tragedy. This is another one of those plays where I remembered it being about one thing when I read it decades ago (and not being so impressed by it) and finding myself utterly surprised by it this time. Juliet remains an outstanding character, though Mercutio, Tybalt, Nurse, and Friar Lawrence all emerge as fascinating supporting characters.

batsy And the language! The language is sublime; the ideas and images vivid and masterful. "True, I talk of dreams, which are the children of an idle brain, begot of nothing but vain fantasy"--oof, Mercutio; don't hurt me or the playwright #ShakespeareReadAlong @GingerAntics 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm I, too, find it very different on reread..and gain so much insight from the #shakespearereadalong group. Great review. 👍 13mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! Truly, love the discussions and the way the conversation branches off into different areas 🤩 13mo
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GingerAntics It seems a lot of us found this play to be much different as adults than as teens. Should we try presenting the language and characters to teens as opposed to the “moral of always listening to your parents” that‘s not actually there? Then again, most teens probably wouldn‘t pay much attention to that anyway. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 13mo
nathandrake1997 Exquisite review ❤️ You are the writer I someday aspire to be ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
batsy @GingerAntics Yep! It just seems like one of those texts that are best appreciated when we age (like fine wine 😆) 13mo
batsy @nathandrake1997 Thank you, friend!! You are always too kind ❤️❤️ 13mo
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Was a little worried this would feel overdone, but it really is a beautiful and rich play. Enjoyed the revisit.
#shakespearereadalong

(And it was kind of cool to read this after spending so much time reading Petrarch. There are lots of references. R & J first meet speaking a sonnet together.)

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GingerAntics
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@Graywacke this is the full image that I ended up using. The whole thing is just wonderfully emotive. This was such a great production. It was very simply designed set wise, but that really allowed the actors to make the play.

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@Graywacke this one is almost sadder in a way. I loved this production. This whole tomb scene was great, then the director had R&J walk out of the tomb hand in hand as ghosts while their parents were ending the feud. It was actually quite shocking. I remember watching the video and this group of us watching were suddenly going “what is this?! Have they changed the ending?!”

Graywacke Sounds like a terrific production 13mo
GingerAntics @Graywacke it really was… I wish I could get my hands on a copy of it. I just have the audio. 13mo
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GingerAntics
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It‘s a very surprising ending, I know. None of us saw this coming, surely. Thoughts? Comments? Snide remarks?
#Shakespeare #RomeoAndJuliet #shakespearereadalong

CoffeeNBooks I felt really bad for Romeo when Balthasar gave him the news about Juliet- he needn't have been quite so blunt with the news of Juliet being buried in the Capulet family tomb. And obviously there was a lot of miscommunication that led to the demise of Romeo, Juliet, and Paris. 13mo
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TheBookHippie The miscommunication OY. You know it‘s coming. I‘m surprised people use this for this is what happens if you have sex as a teenager. Should be don‘t listen and believe everything that is told to you. 😫🤦🏻‍♀️ Waring families- no one wins. 13mo
MoonWitch94 What are your favorite productions of this play? Mine are The National Theatre‘s quarantine production with Josh O‘Connor (from The Crown) was EXCELLENT! It‘s on PBS. And Romeo + Juliet with Leo DiCaprio & Claire Danes (of course). 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I will add here that I am so glad I re-read this now as a adult. I enjoyed it so much more then I did as a kid when we read it in school. And I appreciated the banter, language and poetry so much more this time. 13mo
Graywacke @MoonWitch94 cool. I haven‘t seen any except the movies we watched in high school circa 1990. 13mo
Graywacke @Riveted_Reader_Melissa so agree. There is so much here, and it‘s actually a beautiful play - well, to a point. 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @TheBookHippie I agree! The true message is A— Don‘t believe everything you hear, verify, verify, verify. And B— Waring clans hurts everyone. Gang violence in the streets, doesn‘t solve anything. 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MoonWitch94 I actually listen to a good audiobook production of it this time around as I read. With a full cast, they did a good job! 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Graywacke The black and white movie version? 13mo
batsy @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Agree! Felt the tragic aspect hit harder this time, as well. 13mo
Graywacke (Anyone else thinking the Friar got the peace he was trying for? Also, anyone else questioning how the Friar could run off because of danger and leave Juliet behind… alone in a tomb with her dead lover/spouse?) 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @batsy Yes…that too! As a teen/tween I remember thinking they were all just being remarkably dumb 😂 I definitely had more emotional connection to them this time. Which I‘m sure goes against every school teacher that assigns it thinking kids will relate to kids their own age. (edited) 13mo
batsy A part of me keeps wondering how Friar Lawrence deals with his tragic burden. He went through all of that effort to help young love thrive only to be thwarted by cruel fate. And not to drive the point home, but like, three young people are dead as a result! Friar Lawrence's Burden is a follow-up play is like to read. 13mo
Graywacke @Riveted_Reader_Melissa no. It was in color. And there was a nudity (not normal in schools obviously. My 16-yr-old hormonally confused self distinctly noted this. ☺️) No clue actually what the version was. 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @batsy That is a spin off I could get behind. .. maybe he goes off to feel sorry for himself in a cave like Timon 😂 13mo
batsy @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Same! I wonder if it's because when we're kids we think, "Well, if we just avoid doing that dumb thing, then the result wouldn't be sad and bad" but the wisdom of being adults is knowing that shitty things still happen despite our best intentions or attempt at smart decisions ? The confident arrogance of youth ? 13mo
Graywacke @batsy ooh. Friars Lawrence‘s Burden… 13mo
batsy @Riveted_Reader_Melissa lol yes, some solitary cave time might be necessary! 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Graywacke we saw the 1968 version when I was in school in the 80‘s. Director: Franco Zeffirelli apparently there is a B/W and colorized version, so it was probably the same one 13mo
Graywacke @Riveted_Reader_Melissa ha! Timon! (Shakespeare created a lot of potential Timons… ) 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Graywacke Yes he did, he liked to torture characters. That‘s probably how Caliban ended up on an island, tortured and discarded character from another play 😂 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @batsy I think that‘s it exactly! 😂 we know so much, and think better decisions must mean a great outcome, we just have no clue how much we don‘t know yet….or how fickle life can be. 13mo
Graywacke @Riveted_Reader_Melissa i looked it up. I think you‘re right - the 1968 version. (ETA: Oops. And now i see your link) (edited) 13mo
TheBookHippie @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I did as well. I very much enjoyed it. 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Graywacke I posted the IMDB above! 😂 it must be the school approved version. 13mo
TheBookHippie @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Graywacke I saw the 1968 one in school 😂👏🏼 13mo
TheBookHippie @batsy I wondered too. What happens next! ???? 13mo
Graywacke @TheBookHippie Noting (but a little worried about that Rotten Tomatoes rating) 13mo
TheBookHippie @Riveted_Reader_Melissa well I watched it in a parochial school, however we needed a parent NOTE, not all students were allowed 😂😂 @Graywacke (edited) 13mo
TheBookHippie @batsy ah the arrogance of youth 😫 13mo
Graywacke @TheBookHippie I did not need a parent note… that‘s really funny though. 13mo
Graywacke Is anyone else singing Westside Story songs in your head? 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Graywacke YES! Totally am! 13mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke Back and forth between West Side Stiry and the theme from the Zeffirelli version! 😂 13mo
Lcsmcat I have always loved this play, and each time I read it I find more in the language to love. 13mo
Lcsmcat @batsy re Friar Lawrence. As he ran away, with Paris and Romeo dead, but Juliet still living, I wonder if he thought his actions would be the beginning of an all-out war between the 2 families that nothing could stop, and he just freaked out. 13mo
TheBookHippie @Graywacke yes. I was singing them!! 13mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat Good conclusion. Could be. 13mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat @batsy @TheBookHippie Signet has a wonderful essay by Susan Snyder that looks at the Friar‘s and Nurse‘s roles and how they fail to adapt to the rapid evolution from comedy to tragedy. The Friar has come out of tune. @GingerAntics - I might go back and post more on the Nurse in this light in the appropriate section. 13mo
Graywacke @GingerAntics that picture is so sad… 13mo
LitStephanie @MoonWitch94 I really like both Baz Luhrman's version and Franco Zeffirelli's version, both movies, for different reasons. I have seen so many theatre productions that they kind of all run together. Honestly I avoid this play because it is just done too much, but I really enjoyed this re-read without the distraction of watching yet another director try to make something new out of it. 13mo
LitStephanie On Friar Laurence leaving Juliet, yes, it seems harsh, but I guess he can't make her leave. Also, I think the cowardice he exhibits here is a nice contrast to R and J, who are not afraid of death. It also shows that the friar might be a good guy who did a risky thing to try and heal a feud, but he is still just a fallible human who is as much trapped by the system as R and J. He thinks he will be imprisoned or killed if caught. 13mo
TheBookHippie @Graywacke That‘s what I get for not using Signet 😂 13mo
GingerAntics @Graywacke it was between this one and another from shortly before this point. They are both quite emotive. I felt like this one had more action and movement to it. I‘ll have to post the other one for you. That one‘s pretty sad, too. You almost feel pouting. 13mo
GingerAntics @Riveted_Reader_Melissa oh how the lesson of A has been lost on so many these days. 13mo
GingerAntics @Riveted_Reader_Melissa was your audio version the BBC radio version? I‘ve been listening to that one as well. 13mo
GingerAntics @batsy oh I‘d read that follow-up!!! 13mo
GingerAntics @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Graywacke @TheBookHippie I think we watched the colorised version of that one when I was in high school, about 2001. I can say my class wasn‘t exactly impressed with it. Most of us weren‘t even paying attention to it. Unfortunately, some girls started laughing about something during the butt scene and the teacher chewed us out for laughing when the regulars class seemed to handle it okay. 13mo
GingerAntics @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Graywacke @TheBookHippie most of us didn‘t even know there was a butt on the screen. We really weren‘t watching. 🤷🏼‍♀️ She fast forwarded through that part then. I know my friends and I did get a glimpse of the butt before she did. Not bad. 😂🤣😂 13mo
GingerAntics @Graywacke the friar certainly seems to lose any semblance of control or even awareness of his own plan. 13mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics 😂😂😂 13mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie that is the only thing I remember about that version of the play. I can perfectly picture that scene (the colors and everything) in my mind. The rest of it could have been anything. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤣😂 13mo
batsy @Lcsmcat That's an intriguing thought, and considering how steeped they were in these family feuds, entirely likely! @Graywacke I haven't made my way through the Signet essays yet—looking forward to that one. 13mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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I hadn't read this since high school, and I really enjoyed rereading it. Shakespeare's writing in this play is beautiful. #ShakespeareReadalong

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I‘ll admit, I had my doubts about revisiting this one, I didn‘t remember it fondly from school, but I‘m glad the #ShakespeareReadAlong encouraged me to reread it. It was so much more poetic now then I remembered, plus I could appreciate the language so much more, as well as the teasing Nurse, arbitrating Friar, and the two deeply in love Star-crossed lovers and the world that conspired against them.

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Watched this last night . I enjoyed it!

JaclynW What?!? Yes please! I was thinking of re-watching the Claire Danes and Leonardo DeCaprio version. I will have to check this out. 13mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW I bought the DVD at the used library book store -50 cents ! 13mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW it‘s cinematography is stunning. 13mo
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JaclynW @TheBookHippie Ooooo! I love good cinematography! And awesome deal! 50 cents! 13mo
TheLudicReader Nothing will ever replace the Zeffirelli for me, but I do also enjoy the Luhrmann. Haven‘t seen this one. 13mo
GingerAntics I‘m not sure I‘ve seen this one? 13mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics Probably meant for the teenage crowd however we all enjoyed it. I do like how it was filmed and I did like the how they used the Shakespeare. It was very pretty cinematically. (edited) 13mo
DebinHawaii Hmm… I may have to look for this one. 13mo
GingerAntics Now I‘m going to have to look for productions to watch. 13mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I am looking around as well. 13mo
TheBookHippie @TheLudicReader I have a long list of productions to watch! Adding those! 13mo
TheLudicReader Oh, if you haven‘t seen either of those, you are in for a treat. I always show the Zeffirelli before we look at the text and the Luhrmann when we are done because it is so clever. @TheBookHippie (edited) 13mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie no, I‘ve never heard of it. I‘m going to have to find that one now, too. 13mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics It‘s one of my favorite movies of all time. 13mo
DivineDiana @TheBookHippie Loved “The Illusionist” and Edward Norton! 13mo
TheBookHippie @DivineDiana it‘s so good!!! 13mo
TheBookHippie @TheLudicReader well I‘m in love with them!!! Thoroughly enjoyed both!!! 13mo
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I got up early this morning to fit in a bit more time for the #readathon and finish Romeo & Juliet along with making breakfast. I don‘t think I‘ve reread the play itself since high school, and I did appreciate it more than I did then and more than several other plays that I‘ve read since.

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The Friar‘s plan is in motion. There is no turning back. I can‘t wait to see how this turns out!!! 😏
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batsy The Friar's detailed explanation to Juliet about how the potion would make her body imitate the actual mechanics of death was so strangely compelling and obviously just a tad on the nose. I also found Juliet's anxiety about what she was going to do the best part about this act. The musicians' interlude at the end as they bicker while the family grieves Juliet also really put things in perspective 🥴 13mo
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Graywacke Juliet is a fierce one 13mo
Graywacke Seems i missed a chunk of “fun” in mourning. I took the grief seriously and was thinking that the Friar forgot about the parent‘s pain when he made this plan. But I‘m reading litcharts where they suggest (is it obvious?) that the mourning over Juliet is false and comically overdone (except for Paris). And…that this is all laid out in the Friar‘s speech, subtly. Ok…makes the Friar‘s speech much more interesting. 13mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke Thanks for sharing that link. Yes, I saw the Capulet‘s grief as over the top, but I hadn‘t put it together with R & J‘s melodrama. 13mo
Lcsmcat I lonved Juliet‘s monologues in this act too @batsy and, knowing the outcome, felt it was spot on. 13mo
TheBookHippie @Graywacke oooo. Interesting. 13mo
TheBookHippie @batsy I agree. Juliet‘s lines in this … gah… my heart. 13mo
TheBookHippie I kept saying “What could possibly go wrong?!” 😫😫😫 all controlling a bloodline, a woman, for what?! Inheritance ?! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 13mo
GingerAntics @batsy yeah, I found that description quite interesting. I never noticed that before. It‘s like she was getting a brief medical lesson or talking to a modern doctor about potential side effects. 13mo
GingerAntics @Graywacke she knows what she wants, and she going for it. I love it!!! I‘m really liking Juliet this time. 13mo
GingerAntics @Graywacke I‘m going to have to go reread his speech now. I didn‘t pick on that at all. 13mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie exactly!!! I almost feel like “what could possibly go wrong” and “there is no way this can end badly for us” are being said behind the scenes by her parents. 13mo
mollyrotondo @Graywacke I did pick up on the Friar‘s criticism of the Capulets during the mourning scene. The Friar is probably my favorite character in this play. He is very observant and doesn‘t hold back like other characters might in front of higher class. He of course steers Juliet wrong with this whole fake death thing but we all make mistakes 😬 13mo
Graywacke @mollyrotondo “but we all make mistakes” 🙂 13mo
LitStephanie @mollyrotondo @Graywacke I didn't really think the parents' grief was over the top, but I think it would be a little funny to an audience who thinks she will live, coupled with some anxiety that maybe the potion did kill her. This story is so overdone, everyone who sees it today already knows the ending. I do think it is surprising that the parents don't in any way feel guilty or look for signs of suicide. 13mo
LitStephanie @mollyrotondo I also like how the Friar uses his church authority to speak his mind to anyone if he thinks they need guidance. 13mo
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Romeo goes from his wedding to murder (self defence?), meanwhile back at the homestead Capulet is unknowingly pushing Juliet into bigamy. A lot happened in this act. For some reason, I don‘t remember this play moving at such a clip.
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CoffeeNBooks This act does move very quickly! And there's a lot going on. I was surprised at how quickly the nurse encouraged Juliet to forget about Romeo and go ahead and marry Paris. 13mo
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Lcsmcat I‘ve always loved Mercutio‘s speeches! Both his bantering with Benvolio, and his “death speech.” In my family the “it‘s not so wide as a church door but ‘twil do, ‘twil serve” is the common response to an injury. 13mo
Lcsmcat @CoffeeNBooks Yes, Nurse is not very steadfast, is she? 13mo
batsy I too was surprised at how much I didn't remember! I love the way language is used in Mercutio and Julie's speeches, just like with how it was with Friar Lawrence in Act 2. Also the clever way Juliet talks to her parents & the coded meanings... I have a whole new appreciation for Juliet on this re-read. And Capulet's speech at the end "Graze where you will, you shall not house with me" etc.—patriarchy in a nutshell. 13mo
batsy Certain lines are just so beautiful, like: "Give me my Romeo. And when I shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun."
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Lcsmcat @batsy The language is so sophisticated in this play, isn‘t it? 13mo
LitStephanie Why do you think old Capulet was suddenly in such a rush to marry Juliet off? Does he think it will comfort Juliet, and then once he has given his offer to Paris he can't go back on it? Or is it existential fear brought on by Tybalt's death? Is he thinking that since Juliet or he himself could die any time, he needs to get his affairs in order? 13mo
LitStephanie I love how fast the action moves. Juliet and Romeo's conversation in bed seems to me the slowest part of the play, and the language is so delightful that no parts seem too long. 13mo
CoffeeNBooks @LitStephanie I was wondering the same thing about the sudden rush for Juliet to marry Paris. Especially since she and her family were supposed to be in mourning. 13mo
LitStephanie @CoffeeNBooks yes! He even says they will make it small so it doesn't seem like disrespect to the dead. 13mo
Graywacke I think Shakespeare‘s Mercutio in scene one here is a masterpiece. Mercutio shines through, not even overshadowed by his bitter curse. His mastery of the situation, even of his own death is complete. He won me over here in this scene way back in high school, and I found it brilliant again in this revisit. (edited) 13mo
Graywacke @batsy Juliet surprised me too. She is really clever (despite the dramatic emotions. Goodness, give the Nurse a little break). Side note: I‘m not sure whether it deepens or ruins that quote when we discover the double meaning of “die”. (The uncharacteristically prudish Signet edition doesn‘t mention it. Actually it overlooks at lot of sexual double entendres in this play.) 13mo
LitStephanie @Graywacke this play is all about sexual double meanings. I also love Mercutio. He has such a sharp, quick mind, and he's obviously the party star of the group--that cool friend who has connections in lots of places, knows how to fight, and is always fun. His death is tragic. Juliet us so much more likeable than Romeo. Smart, moral, loyal, and capable. She drives a lot of the action. 13mo
Graywacke @LitStephanie @CoffeeNBooks - agree about Capulet‘s odd rush for marriage with (richly named) Paris. I wonder if the timing really matters, if Capulet had given her a few months whether it would make a difference. Maybe it‘s plot-necessary just to maintain and tightens the intensity. 13mo
LitStephanie So weird, I still can't see any of our Rom. posts by searching with the hashtag. Anyone else having that problem? Is it possible an administrator accidentally blocked visibility for me if that is even possible? 13mo
Graywacke @LitStephanie careless Romeo is ultimately responsible for everything… I didn‘t know that before this reread. 13mo
Graywacke @LitStephanie hashtag works for me: #Shakespearereadalong 13mo
LitStephanie The Nurse character loves Juliet, and that's nice, but she is a weak, waffling person. Bigamy was a crime and a serious sin at this time, and disloyalty to one's husband was just as bad. Yet she cousels Juliet to sell her soul, so to speak, for security. It is practical and understandable, but I don't blame Juliet for thinking badly of her for it. 13mo
LitStephanie @Graywacke not for me. 13mo
Graywacke @LitStephanie on the nurse - despite all that - the nurse is always loyal and never intends harm. (And she has put up with a lot). I think Juliet‘s quick disregard of all that is sad and (appropriately) childish. 13mo
GingerAntics @CoffeeNBooks that did surprise me. “Sure I helped you marry that other guy, but now marry this guy. No one will know. I‘ll pay off the friar.” 🤷🏼‍♀️ 13mo
GingerAntics @batsy Juliet is definitely not a pushover. I don‘t remember that part at all. I can just imagine when they don‘t focus on Juliet‘s steadfastness and her standing up for herself in high schools. 13mo
GingerAntics @LitStephanie Hm. I hadn‘t thought of Capulet‘s actions in that way. Maybe he was getting his affairs in order. Or maybe he needs the bride price? Maybe he‘s not as powerful as he‘d like everyone to believe. 13mo
GingerAntics @LitStephanie is it practical, though? As you said, it‘s a crime. The friar won‘t marry her again, so who will marry Juliet and Paris? The nurse confuses me so much in this act. She was so loyal to Juliet up until now. She just turned for no apparently reason. Bigamy could mean certain death to a woman in this time period. This isn‘t what‘s good for Juliet at all. The nurse is leading her astray now. 13mo
GingerAntics @Graywacke how is it appropriately childish? Juliet is a young adult in this society. She‘s not a child at all. As for the nurse, pushing Juliet into bigamy would likely lead to Juliet‘s death. How is that intending no harm? The nurse would be fully aware of the consequences for a woman married to two men. Juliet‘s only legal options are to flee to Romeo or become a nun. Those are the only two options that will keep her from execution. 13mo
Graywacke @GingerAntics oh, but I think the nurse is intended humor and is never intended to be taken seriously. And I think Juliet would know this with a little reflection. But she is self-obsessed and in-love and unable to step back and reflect on her situation. She only uses the nurse, and damns her forever because the nurse said on thing counter. That can be considered childish, and that is all I meant. 13mo
GingerAntics @Graywacke I guess I don‘t see her being in love and wanting to be with her husband as self obsessed. I guess I don‘t she the nurse as humorous in this scene either. This would have to be quite dark humour, and can you blame Juliet for being over it after her father‘s behaviour? It seems to me that Juliet has had enough and was expecting loyalty, not dark humour or disloyalty. 13mo
Graywacke On the nurse and bigamy. I don't think the nurse saw her suggestion as exactly sinful bigamy, or at least not in her mind. I think she was thinking, “let's pretend Romeo never happened, and marry Paris“. Seems to me a little different. And, as only four people know about the marriage, and one is banished, and the other two are talking, she has reason to believe it's possible they could just forget that little fling. 13mo
LitStephanie @GingerAntics and @Graywacke Nurse is definitely a comic character, but I see it Gingerantics way, too. I think WS is really contrasting the characters of these two women in that scene. On Friar Laurence, Nurse is betting he will be too scared of the families to implicate himself and so will marry the two, but that is definitely a gamble. I think Juliet is dramatic like all young people in love but pretty level headed here. 13mo
LitStephanie @Graywacke totally agree with your description of Nurse's view of the situation. She is loyal to Juliet but does not have the intellectual or moral (not the best word but can't think of a better one) capacity to even grasp why Juliet is so upset. 13mo
GingerAntics @Graywacke but it‘s a legal marriage now that they‘ve consummated. A consummation that the nurse helped facilitate, by the way. The number of people who know doesn‘t change the legality. What is the friar supposed to do/say when Capulet arranges the ceremony for Juliet and Paris? He literally can‘t. 13mo
GingerAntics @LitStephanie he might be afraid of the families, but he‘d be afraid of excommunication (and thus hell) and prison more one would think. Is he going to burn the church records, too? 13mo
GingerAntics @LitStephanie thats kind of sad (although it feels really accurate) that the nurse can‘t grasp Juliet‘s feelings at all in this scene. 13mo
Graywacke @GingerAntics i think Juliet sees it that way, and Romeo would. The nurse must not. Not sure about the friar. He‘s not a self righteous type…but probably he also would see it that way too. 13mo
GingerAntics @Graywacke church law is quite clear. I agree the friar would agree with R&J on this one. 13mo
LitStephanie @GingerAntics yes, the friar might be worried about burning in hell and also being caught and defrocked, depending on his faith. Juliet would also be concerned about the consequences of sin. I was just thinking about Isabel in Measure for Measure in comparison with Juliet. She wouldn't commit fornication even to save her brother's life. And greater even than the fear of Xtian hell is Juliet's love for and loyalty to Romeo. 13mo
GingerAntics @LitStephanie the friar is Catholic. So he would definitely be defrocked and burn in hell. I hadn‘t thought of Isabel, but Juliet does remind me of her a little. The choice between self preservation and loyalty… and what constitutes loyalty in a given situation. Isabel‘s brother wanted to die for her virginity, so technically it was loyal to him to preserve her virginity. That is a great comparison. Totally different relationships, same dilemma. 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm That‘s beautiful, I like those lines too @batsy 13mo
batsy @Lcsmcat It really is! The layers of meaning woven through even the simplest exchange is quite the feat 🤩 @erzascarletbookgasm 13mo
batsy @Graywacke Signet being prudish for this play, of all plays! It has let down the #SignetGang 13mo
GingerAntics @batsy it‘s really hurting Signet‘s academic credibility. I was eyeing a few of their editions, but I think I‘m going to skip them now. 13mo
TheBookHippie I do not remember this moving this quickly either ! @batsy I have Folgers Shakespeare this time !!! 13mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics a lot of who is loyal to whom and why I never paid attention too before. Legal once you consulate was taught to us at parochial school those who married who they had premarital sex with didn‘t sin 😳😳 I hadn‘t thought of it in decades until I read this!!! Oy … 13mo
TheBookHippie @batsy I love the language in this one! 13mo
TheBookHippie @Graywacke forget the little fling 😂😂 lots of nuns said this to friends of mine! I spit out my coffee laughing right now… the pretend it didn‘t happen shhhh shhh of the Catholic Church 😬 13mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie wait wait wait… you were told that if you had premarital sex (a sin), but then you married that person, it wasn‘t a sin anymore? Marriage is retroactive? That‘s interesting. I did know the whole marriage isn‘t legal until it‘s consummated, but we know R&J consummated the living daylights (moonlight?) out of that bad boy. 😏 13mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie that‘s their approach to everything, isn‘t it? Well, only if it benefits them. If it benefits someone else, forget it. They‘ve got the memory of a herd of elephants and they will extort money from you to give you the info you want. (I have a cousin who was adopted through the Catholic Church and they were extorting my uncle [his birth father] AND my cousin, and probably not even looking for the information. Don‘t get me started.) (edited) 13mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics Yup just marry who you had sex with and all is okay 😂 and yes marriage not legal unless consummated was used a ton in the history of time 😝 13mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie wow… I‘m just… I‘ve got nothing. I don‘t think I‘ve ever heard that before. So premarital sex isn‘t wrong as long as you intend to marry the person after. So not all premarital sex is wrong then. 🤯🤯🤯 That sounds like the beginning of the end for the anti-premarital sex folks to me. It‘s just a matter of time before we dismantle the rest of that nonsense. 😏 It honestly sounds like some folks are trying to cover their 🤬es. 13mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics BUT birth control is premeditated sin 🤦🏻‍♀️ goes back to CONTROL all of it. I always knew that. It‘s all just 🤯 13mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie birth control is premeditated sin? So it‘s better to have unprotected premarital sex then? 🤯🤯🤯 Did your nuts believe birth control was always sin or just when you‘re not married? 13mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics ALWAYS. But especially before marriage. 13mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie 🙄 of course 13mo
mollyrotondo @TheBookHippie @Graywacke @GingerAntics Oh yes I definitely can see nuns and other Catholics like the Nurse saying “just forget this little fling that led to a wedding ceremony and marry the man your father insists on you marrying because he will provide you with a more comfortable life.” Definitely can see this happening. Whether the friar would have performed another wedding is probably most unlikely unless the family paid him. Yup if it... 13mo
mollyrotondo ...if it benefits you then God will look past the sin of bigamy 😏 But i definitely see the Nurse as a bumbling character that just wants the best for Juliet but since she is unintelligent (we see from her malapropisms) she doesn‘t take into consideration the devastating consequences that could befall Juliet if she were to forget her fling. It is also interesting since we know our main characters die that not only R&J‘s actions leas to their end.. 13mo
mollyrotondo ...but also the actions of the Friar and the Nurse. The Nurse gets caught up in the romance of it and the Friar uses the excuse that the marriage will hopefully bring the feuding families together. And now Nurse wants Juliet to commit the sin of bigamy. It‘s not just the lovers foolishness but the somewhat “guardians” foolishness that contributes to the tragic outcome. R&J put their secret in the hands of the wrong people. Love a WS tragedy! 13mo
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo I agree the guardians didn‘t HELP!! 13mo
Graywacke @mollyrotondo seems like a good summary 13mo
GingerAntics @mollyrotondo yeah, their families (and really Juliet‘s family more than Romeo‘s, his family is just sort of MIA at this point and no one on that side knows) are not helping matters. 13mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie they helped them right into that grave!!! 13mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie I feel like if their parents weren‘t being total jerks to each other, R&J would have met at the party, fallen in love, done some stupid stuff, and they both would have ended up with a secret lover (and Juliet would have to make sure hers looks like Romeo so no one would guess the baby wasn‘t his). Of course, that‘s probably not as much fun to show on stage. (edited) 13mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼I like this version! 13mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie let‘s rewrite this one, too!!! 😂🤣😂 13mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics Absolutely add it to the list! 13mo
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Romeo and Juliet (Updated) | William Shakespeare
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The balcony scene. Pledges of undying love. A wedding planned. This is going to end SO well. I can just feel it. Thoughts? Any predictions?
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jewright The balcony scene is my favorite. I always use the “But soft! What light through yonder window breaks” part to teach iambic pentameter. I also love seeing how different versions stage it. 14mo
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batsy I am really enjoying how rich the language is. I think maybe when I first read it I was young(er) and kept rolling my eyes at the melodrama of it all (because it's a play that's taken on its own life in culture) but now I'm really appreciating the nuances. Also super into Friar Lawrence for how he has so much wisdom he wants to convey but is unwittingly drawn into the hands of fate. Also he's like an Italian Renaissance Brother Cadfael 😆 14mo
CoffeeNBooks So much dramatic irony, especially in the latter part of this act! You just want to yell at Romeo and Juliet to be careful. If only Friar Lawrence knew how true his words were. 14mo
Graywacke So fun. I know there‘s a mocking aspect and all those dire warnings and hints of failings, and lots of artistic subtleties to note, but it‘s so romantic and I‘m so taken in by that, that all the other stuff gets overshadowed. It‘s pretty cool to me that this tired overdone thing is so wonderful despite all that. And says something about our deep rooted romanic ideals that it has worked continually over so much time. Anyway, enjoying. 14mo
Graywacke @GingerAntics - I suspect it might not end well. 🙂 14mo
Graywacke @jewright it‘s a lovely line. 14mo
Graywacke @batsy Funny we might like it better now, than when we were at the age depicted. (Also the friar‘s philosophy and sincerity are a great added touch. There are lots a great touches here. Especially Julie‘s conversation with nurse: “Your love says, like an honest gentleman, ‘Where is your mother?‘”) 14mo
Graywacke @CoffeeNBooks If only (friar)… but i do appreciate the friar being a little blinded by the moment. 14mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke @CoffeeNBooks I love the dramatic foreshadowing that WS gives the friar. And the first few times I read/saw it, I thought he was foolish to think the marriage could do anything to heal the feud. But then, that‘s what royal marriages did at the time (stop wars) so you “lower” families probably did the same. 14mo
Lcsmcat Loving the language so much. The humor and the poetry and the romance. I know we‘re not supposed to approve of the romance anymore, but I‘m old so I claim the privilege to enjoy it as I did when it wasn‘t considered a suicide risk to teach to students. (Rant over) And my husband and I quote it to each other regularly. ❤️ 14mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat poor Friar. if they just didn‘t end up such as they do, could be a nice story of successful diplomacy (but would anyone read or go see that?) 14mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat love that about you and your husband. 🙂 14mo
GingerAntics @Graywacke as much as it annoys me at times, I can‘t help enjoying this play either. I just can‘t shake that “feeling” that this is going to end badly. 😂 14mo
GingerAntics @CoffeeNBooks I do enjoy the friar. I think even he gets swept up into the happiness that Romeo and Juliet feel in this moment when the infatuation is so new and fresh. 14mo
GingerAntics @Lcsmcat excuse me?! This play is not a suicide risk? Are you kidding me?! Has anyone actually committed suicide because they read this play? I think teens are far more likely to commit suicide over social media and the pressures of too much homework and high expectations, but we‘ve done diddly squat to stop any of that. 🙄 Good Lord people are stupid. 14mo
GingerAntics @Graywacke @Lcsmcat Hm. That‘s something intriguing to think about. Shakes did borrow the story, he could have changed the ending, but the original story with the deaths at the end was so popular. Why mess with it, right? There also could have been riots. I think without the suicides and this being a story of diplomacy and love - that was so common in that time, it wasn‘t interesting. That version of events might be more interesting to us today. 14mo
GingerAntics @jewright there are so many ways the balcony scene can be done. Just when you think there aren‘t any more ways to do it, someone comes up with something fresh and new. I agree, this is such a fun scene. Although, there is a little nagging part of me that things the version of this today (guy in car outside bedroom window with binoculars) is actually REALLY creepy. 14mo
LitStephanie I love the banter between Mercutio and Romeo. I also never get tired if 2.5 when Juliet is trying to pry information out of slow Nurse: "I would thou hadst my bones and I thy news. ? 14mo
GingerAntics @LitStephanie if does seem that the nurse purposely takes her time getting to the important information Juliet is waiting for. 14mo
LitStephanie Romeo tells Friar Laurence that his love for Juliet is real because Juliet loves him back. You get the feeling that he only pined for Rosaline because she wouldn't have him, whereas there is a sweet openness and mutual regard between R and J. 14mo
GingerAntics @LitStephanie I hadn‘t looked at it like that before. That does make it sound much sweeter. 14mo
jewright @LitStephanie I love that part too! The nurse is ridiculous, but she really loves Juliet. 14mo
jewright @Lcsmcat In my experience, it leads to a good discussion about how suicide can be a hasty decision, and if Romeo and Juliet had taken a little bit more time, they could have had a happy ending. It seems to have the opposite effect on kids. 14mo
Lcsmcat @jewright I‘m glad they‘ve come around. When my kids were in high school they wouldn‘t teach it. In my long ago school days, we did it in 9th grade. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 14mo
LitStephanie @jewright @jewright the nurse is so bawdy and funny, but yes, loves Juliet very much. Later, when she gives Juliet some advice, it is apparent how she just wants her little charge to be happy and well provided for, regardless of what is right. 14mo
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LitStephanie @jewright @Lcsmcat I can't believe there were some schools who didn't teach this play because they were afraid it would inspire suicide. 🤦 14mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m definitely enjoying it more now than I did as a tween. I can definitely appreciate the poetry of the language much more now than I did then. And yes, I‘m also loving the nurse. And yes, I thought too if all the marriages that ended feuds & united families & couldn‘t help but wish the friar would run off & tell the king, so it was a grand affair marriage and uniting of families act. Even knowing the end so well, I want it to work for them.🤫 (edited) 14mo
GingerAntics @LitStephanie @jewright I do love that about the nurse. 14mo
GingerAntics @LitStephanie I have honestly never heard that objection to this play. That really takes the cake. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 14mo
LitStephanie @Riveted_Reader_Melissa me too! The beauty of the language was kind of lost on me as a 9th grader. I studied it extensively at University, but now, reading it leisurely, just for pleasure, is the first time I have really just sat back and appreciated the poetry, and also the sheet density of the puns. 14mo
jewright @Lcsmcat I still teach it in 9th grade. 14mo
batsy @Graywacke Yes! Was just thinking the same. I'm indulgent and misty-eyed about aspects that annoyed me before 😆 I also enjoyed the conversation between Juliet and Nurse. 14mo
mollyrotondo @batsy @Graywacke @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @LitStephanie this my first Shakespeare play and I was 14. I loved it back then and still am so impressed with the wit and foreshadowing and beauty. SW really packs it all in so wonderfully! I feel transported to my younger self experiencing Shakespeare for the first time. It‘s amazing! 14mo
mollyrotondo I always like when Shakespeare writes a character who speaks in double entendres but for some reason I really hate Mercutio. I guess it‘s because he‘s this young man who only views women as objects and sort of chastises Romeo for falling hard for women. And then Romeo has no time for his buddies. Mercutio just irks me. And I feel bad for the Nurse for having to listen to Mercutio berate her with insults. Not a fan of his. 14mo
mollyrotondo I also really like Friar Lawerence for bringing up Rosaline to Romeo and understanding how dangerous it is to let love move so quickly. “These violent delights” is really a beautiful description of this type of love (lust). Though he gives in too easily to the idea that a wedding (done in secret mind you) would bring the feuding families together. Secrecy is not the way to handle such a thing my friend. 14mo
LitStephanie Neither of the posts for this play are showing up by searching #shakespearereadalong. 14mo
GingerAntics @LitStephanie I can see both of them when I search for that hashtag. 14mo
TheBookHippie I‘m catching way more this read. Probably because I‘m looking for clues for the retelling I‘m reading 😂. However, it is hitting me different this time. I‘ll have to unpack it yet. I‘m paying way more attention to nurse and also more attention to Juliet descriptions why is she so pale why does she need a pumice stone ?! 😂 13mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie pale = white = purity… not sure about the pumice stone. Perhaps she‘s getting sandals season ready. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Maybe that‘s our clue of the time of year? 🤷🏼‍♀️🤣😂🤣 13mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I see it says all different things for that I took it to mean she was anaemic or frail 😂😂😳 13mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie at that time, I don‘t think that was it at all. You could be pale and perfectly healthy. Paleness was tied to virginity, a rosey complexion tied to the after glow as it were. It‘s actually quite creepy. You can see it play out in paintings of the Virgin Mary from that time period. She was always pale as could be. 13mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics probably so!!! I just think everyone was unhealthy 😂😂😂😂🤦🏻‍♀️ ida painted my cheeks pink 💗💗just to rebel 😳 13mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie that does not surprise me. 😂🤣😂 oh, by today‘s standards I‘m sure they were all quite unhealthy, honestly. I can‘t imagine what privileged women did to make sure they were as pale as possible. I do know they had some quite poisonous makeup. 13mo
kspenmoll @jewright We do too! 13mo
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Daisey
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It‘s time for more Sunday morning Shakespeare. Usually I read from my complete works of Shakespeare while listening, but this time I plan to use this parallel version a friend shared with me and then pass it on to someone else. It‘s been many years since I last read Romeo & Juliet, and I‘m curious to see how it compares after reading several other plays.

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Graywacke
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Sunday morning.

Daisey Perfect! I enjoyed Shakespeare along with breakfast this morning as well. 14mo
Emilymdxn This looks like an excellent morning! 14mo
batsy Lovely! 14mo
Graywacke @Daisey @Emilymdxn @batsy - it was all three. 🙂 (@Daisey saw your post. Looked good!) 14mo
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GingerAntics
Romeo and Juliet (Updated) | William Shakespeare
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These are the lines immediately after the sonnet. It continues the banter between R&J and continues to show them as partners.
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