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What do you think of Shakespeare's play?Reflect freely your opinions of this play.

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danieahh | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted May 17, 2012 at 10:41 PM via web

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What do you think of Shakespeare's play?

Reflect freely your opinions of this play.

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danieahh | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted May 17, 2012 at 11:37 PM (Answer #2)

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Romeo and Juliet

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 18, 2012 at 12:45 AM (Answer #3)

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I did not appreciate Romeo and Juliet when I had to read it in high school (and I actually liked a lot of Shakespeare's other works then). But I have come to appreciate some of the subtleties in it, even though I don't think it is quite up to par with King Lear, Macbeth, Hamlet, or Othello. I find the roles of the Friar and the Nurse to be particularly interesting, almost to the point where I wonder if they shouldn't be held accountable for the deaths of the two lovers. I guess you could say that my appreciation for the play has grown over the years.

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 18, 2012 at 1:17 AM (Answer #4)

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Although I teach Romeo and Juliet, it is not one of my Shakespeare favorites. I like the language and the poetry, but I just find the plot a bit too far-fetched for my taste. I can't see it really happening. The lengths to which the principal characters go to be together is what some people enjoy about this play, but it doesn't work for me.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 18, 2012 at 2:39 AM (Answer #5)

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Romeo and Juliet is a great play to get young people reading and talking about Shakespeare. While I agree that the plot is far-fetched, that is exactly what my students like to talk about and debate. It gets them thinking about what they would do for friendship and love. It gets them thinking about love and life. The language is challenging, but they understand the motivations and intentions of the characters which makes the themes of various speeches more assessable for a novice reader. The play clearly illustrates all of the conventions of a Shakespearean tragedy.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 18, 2012 at 4:12 AM (Answer #6)

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Romeo and Juliet has a simple but addictive story line.  Every time I have taught it, the kids have enjoyed it.  Is it the best Shakespeare?  Probably not.  However, because the story is so well known it is often a good place to start teaching Shakespeare.  Once they get used to the language and structure, they are more able to tackle meaty Shakespeare.
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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 20, 2012 at 9:47 PM (Answer #7)

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There are several levels at which Romeo and Juliet can be appreciated, a condition that allows this poetic tragedy to be taught to all levels of learners. The storyline of young love appeals to teens, the theme of Youth vs. Age is one to which youth can relate and the beautiful imagery and poetic language of the play, especially in the Balcony scene delight even the reluctant literature student.  The light/dark imagery and the two sonnets are of interest to the more thoughtful students.  That the adults are irresponsible, too, appeals to the students who have been chastised too often, "I know what I'm talking about; I am an adult."

There are also more than one choice for cinematic viewing of this play.  While some may enjoy better the traditional film, the version in which Leonardo diCaprio stars as a gang leader appeals to some as does the musical West Side Story.

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angel-girl | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted July 15, 2012 at 1:48 PM (Answer #8)

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Romeo and Juliet is a sad and tragic play. It is a play that is easily debatable on whether their deaths were inevitable, whose fault was it... etc.

This play is rather simple and gives us a situation that would be least likely to happen in mordern times. However, some scenes, especially the balcony scene and the night of the ball, are rather enjoyable. Also, jokes that do not appeal to people nowadays still do make me laugh (only during Literature lessons though)

Another reason why I like Romeo and Juliet is also because it would be easier to answer the questions during exams. It is not a very confusing play and requires the perfect amount of analysing and appreciation to get a good mark for the exams.

Literature for the win! :)

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acompanioninthetardis | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted May 28, 2014 at 10:15 PM (Answer #9)

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I like romeo and juliet and the way it was written, but i feel it is taken the wrong way in modern society, lovers often sy you are the romeo to my juliet without understanding all the havoc that was caused by their love, and the fact that they didnt even end up happy in the end..since you know..they were dead. 

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atyourservice | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted May 30, 2014 at 2:50 AM (Answer #10)

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I did not like Romeo and Juliet. I usually enjoy books with strong heroine, and books that are a bit more on the realistic side. But while reading Romeo and Juliet I couldn't help but roll my eyes at the stupidity of the lovers. The story does teach a lesson, but the lesson wasn't enough for me to not despise the lovers. All the havoc for only a 4 day old love.

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