William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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A popular idiom that many children are told are a young age is “You can’t judge a book by its cover”. Accordingly, this idiom holds true about people, how their appearance, background, or name do not define who they are. This meaningful message is expressed in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Beastly by Alex Flinn, and Scribbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson. These texts reveal the message that if one is willing to look past a prejudice, one can see who another really is, leading to the most unlikely of relationships. Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, is a text that is read by a majority of students at some point in their experience of education. Romeo and Juliet is a story of two children, from feuding families, falling in love. Moreover,the families abhor each other, meaning that the two lovers must keep their romance secret. Consequently,the lovers end up committing suicide, after they think the other is dead, finally ending the feud between the families. In one scene, the lovers are close by and are talking about the other, and their love. One of the lovers, Juliet, says “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other word would smell as sweet.” (II, ii, 46-47) This quote by Juliet is exemplifying the message that a name, does not change who someone is. Her family had a prejudice against Romeo, her lover, solely because of who he was related to. In the case that Romeo was not judged in behalf of his family, he and Juliet would

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