William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Essay

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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
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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 exchange vows. Juliet worries that their love is travelling too fast and they're rushing things. "It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden." But then just before going to bed Juliet asks Romeo to marry her in a few days! Friar Laurence tells Romeo that he is concerned about the marriage of the two hatred households and says that if you

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