Romeo And Juliet Influence

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Introduction: Shakespeare is above all writers, at least above all modern writers, the poet of nature; the poet that holds up to his readers a faithful mirror of manners and life. His tragedy seems to be skill, his comedy to be instinct. Samuel Johnson (1709-84), Preface to Shakespeare William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy about two teenage star-crossed lovers. It is considered as a tragic romance going back to Ancient Greece. An Italian tale is used in its plot and translated into verses as Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562 and retold in prose in Palace of pleasure in 1582 by William Painter. Brooke and Painter are thought chief sources for Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare borrowed mostly from both but in order to expand…show more content…
But the style of Romeo and Juliet is similar to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Along with evidence of performances at that time, reveals that it is written between 1595 and 1596. It is believed that Shakespeare may have begun in 1591 and completed in 1595-1596. This book was published in two distinct quartos and priority was given to the publication of the first folio of 1623. The first edition appeared in 1597 printed by John Danter. There were many differences between these editions. As T. J. B. Spencer described it as “a detestable text, probably a reconstruction of the play from the imperfect memories of one or two, of the actors” suggesting that this book has been stolen for…show more content…
O heavy lightness! serious vanity! Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms! Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health! Still-waking sleep that is not what it is! This love feels I that feel no love in this. Dost thou not laugh? Fortune doesn’t favor of Romeo and he falls in love with another girl Juliet. After sometime, Romeo hears that Juliet vowing her love to him (Romeo) in spite of her family hatred of the Montagues. After the feast, when Juliet says goodbye to Romeo she feels: “Methinks I see thee now, thou art so low As one dead in the bottom of a tomb”. And both of them agreed to marry. By the support of Friar Laurence (a Franciscan Friar and Romeo’s confident) who hopes to reunite the two families through the marriage of their children. The next day, they are married secretly. At the beginning of Act III, weather became hot and “the made blood stirring” (III, I, 4). And Shakespeare starts to plant the seeds of tragedy. Romeo fears about his dream of finding Juliet and a sense of foreboding comes out: Some consequence yet hanging in the stars Shall bitterly begin his fearful date With this night’s revels and expire the term Of a despised life, closed in my
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