William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
`Romeo and Juliet` is one of the best love stories of all time but
although Shakespeare wrote the play, the story wasn't original. It all
started hundreds of years before Shakespeare was born, in Italy when
myths and folktales travelled about two young lovers from enemy
families. After that, a poem was written called `The tragical history
of Romeus and Juliet` by Arthur Brooke in 1562. So although
Shakespeare's ideas weren't original, he has developed the basic ideas
so well that now the whole world are familiar with the deeply touching
love story of `Romeo and Juliet`.
I think people still find `Romeo and Juliet` fascinating today is
because the play is built up of a mixture of scenes. For example it
has romance in the form of Romeo and Juliet's relationship, fate which
occurs regularly throughout the play and violence mostly caused by
Tybalt. It contains an interest for all ages and different types of
people, despite people think it's outrageous to find true love and get
married at the age of thirteen! `Romeo and Juliet` is popular
worldwide with the famous saying "Romeo, Romeo, where art thou Romeo?"
The beautiful language throughout the play is unique which also
attracts an audience.
Beautiful language is exchanged between the two lovers and the
violence that could boil up and erupt at any moment adds tension to
Shakespeare's plot and maintains the audience's interest.
Firstly Romeo and Juliet's love is so unique due to the hasty speed of
their relationship. Within a few hours of meeting Romeo and Juliet are
declaring their undying love for each other and planning their
marriage. As soon as Romeo sets his eyes upon Juliet he believes its
love at first sight. He comments on her beauty by saying "For I ne'er
saw true beauty till this night." Romeo was besotted with Rosaline for
a while and now he's glad that he has spotted someone else much better
looking than Rosaline and anybody else that he has ever seen. He seems
fascinated with Juliet.
Secondly, the play is so well known and remembered because of the
language the couple use. In the balcony scene Juliet is likened to the
sun. "It is the east and Juliet is the sun." Romeo is saying that
Juliet brightens up his world and that she is better looking and
fairer than anyone else. She is so pretty the moon is jealous of her.
"Arise fair sun and kill the envious moon." Romeo then declares whilst
admiring her that he would love to be the glove on her hand so he can
too touch her soft, gentle skin. "O that I were a glove upon that hand
that I might touch that cheek." In the balcony scene Romeo and Juliet
declare their love to each other. Juliet tells Romeo to ignore their
different names. "Deny thy father and refuse thy name." Before the two
separate from their first meeting they...