William Shakespeare - Romeo e Juliet -
The setting of the story is Verona, an Italian city, where for years two important families, the Montagues and the Capulet, hate each other very much without even knowing why. Romeo, son and heir of the Montagues family, loves the beautiful Rosalina and he doesn't care about Benevolio's and Mercuzio's jokes.
chief of the rival family is ready to give a big party in order to let his
daughter, Juliet, meet the earl of
Juliet's cousin, challenges Romeo to a duel. But he refuses to fight, because
he now considers him a kind of brother. The brave and clever Mercuzio, Romeo's
friend, immediately replaces Romeo and fights against Tebaldo, who wounds to
death the rival. While dying, Mercuzio courses the hate between the two
families. Romeo avenges the friend's death and kills Tebaldo. Romeo who's now
wanted has to run away. Juliet is desperate. Her father, who's uneasy because
of his daughter's mood, decides to speed up the marriage with the earl of
2) HISTORICAL CONTEXT:
At the first sight the text could look
like a romanticist one but reading carefully the renaissance love is principal
element. It's possible to see in the background of the story an age of wars:
the Elizabethan age shows the signs of the religious fights and of the
ferocious conflicts between different countries and families. The character of
the Prince reminds the iron sovereign/queen like the homonymous character of
Macchiavelli and of the Machiavellian current, which is known in
3) PERSONAL OPINION
Romeo and Juliet is a rich work that melts all kind of genre and style but it's mostly a work that has a poetry that goes over the line of space and time. This tragedy, which is certainly Shakespeare's most popular one, is inspired by many sources. Therefore only Shakespeare has been able to bring this tragic story of love and death to a mythology rank.
The characters of Romeo and Juliet came out for the first time in a novel written by Luigi da Porta (1485-1529), who used the same subject well developed by Matteo Bandello in one of his novels.
The work has inspired many artists and is now shown in many plays and movies. This tragedy has as subject the love and the tragedy of love. The work is one of the few that celebrate the mite in a way that has the role of a paradigm. From now on the love and Romeo and Juliet will be as one in everyone's imagination. The true love without condition seams to be without a sexual implication........
The everlasting hate of the families, the noise of the swords, and the reader will remember the lovely words between the young lovers: the love that takes the souls up in the sky and the death that buries the corpses underground.
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