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What is the point/benefit of studying Romeo and Juliet when the language is so difficult and it's a dumb love story where everyone dies at the end?

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slauritzen | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted October 30, 2008 at 2:32 PM (Answer #2)

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I spend a few days with my seniors discussing what it means to be educated.  If we take this to a very theoretical end, what is the point of studying any piece of literature.  We certainly are teaching various themes, such as love and fate in R/J and literary devices such as imagery, foreshadowing, simile, etc.  But the bigger issue is because literature is everywhere.  I use a clip from the beginning of Grey's Anatomy which talks about R/J.  If they have never read it, they can't understand this.  If they have never read it, they won't get references to "star-crossed lovers," or understand the reason the word mercurial.  Additionally, the analysis we ask in any of piece of literature is to force their brains to learn how to analyze anything: political candidates, inventory numbers, best brands of diapers, etc.  This skill of persevering through difficult things, especially things you don't want to do is a life lesson as well.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 31, 2008 at 7:03 AM (Answer #3)

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The point of teaching any literature is to know people.  The characters are people (just ask anyone who was angry for weeks after Snape killed Dumbledore) with motives and reasons for their actions.  From studying these situations--love, hate, envy, joy, gratitude, decision-making, and suffering through the decision-making process become part of who we are as individuals.

Shakespeare, more than any other author, is the universal God of unique characters, situations, and people from all walks of life.  He tells of paupers, kings and queens, and all those in between.  He speaks of love, incest, jealousy, mistaken identity, bad and good luck, ghosts, family relationships, ambition and its cost, pain, success, laughter, life and death.  There is something in every single play for every person if you can turn the students on to it. The way to do that is NOT to read it from the book, but to PLAY it. 

Who says you have to read the entire play in the original language?  Translate certain scenes, use modern translations, have the kids apply it to their own lives.  Then watch the film in the original after you've discussed the whole play.  They will get it.  It's beautiful. It's life.  Not to mention that Shakespeare and the Bible are the two sources most often quoted and referenced in other works...not to be versed in these two print sources is to miss out on so much meaning where they are referenced to make a point elsewhere.

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kendallinmn | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 31, 2008 at 11:00 AM (Answer #4)

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I believe that the study of Romeo and Juliet is important because it shows us many aspects of life that we face everyday. We get to look at things such as everyday life. Fighting with others, love, and the point of leaving your quarrels and hatred for others behind. Even though the language is difficult to understand (I would know) it is still a good story to learn because of the things it can teach us. It teaches us in a way we can understand by showing the answer to us in a story of everyday life.

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joellek | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 31, 2008 at 12:30 PM (Answer #5)

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I think we should study Romeo and Juliet because we can learn valuable information that might help in our own lives. From Romeo and Juliet you can learn things like you should stop fighting before someone gets hurt, or killed. The two fighting families in the play stopped their fighting when their kids were killed, but it can teach us that we should resolve arguements before they get out of hand. It can teach us other life lessons too. The only bad things about studying the play are that you can't understand anything because it's written in a different style of English, and that it is fictional; none of it ever happened. If you understand the type of English that Shakespeare uses, Romeo and Juliet might actually be entertaining to read and learn about. Even if you don't understand some of the story, there are a lot of good things to learn about life and life's consequences if you read the play.

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ashyourstudent | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 31, 2008 at 1:22 PM (Answer #6)

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The point of Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare's wonderful insight of mankind. He reaches into those raw emotions most people don't ever bring up. Fights between families, forbidden love, and death for those you care about are all mentioned in this remarkable play.It is true that the language is difficult to understand but you have to go beyond the words on the paper to the meaning of the context.       -Ashley Autenreith (1st hour)

p.s. to all of those who are not in Ms. Van Rossum's class this is an assignment to make us 9th graders think, so before you get all defensive keep that in mind :)

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emilyc-x | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 31, 2008 at 3:45 PM (Answer #7)

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What's the point of studying Romeo and Juliet?

Playing the devil's advocate is something teachers do well, no? :) For sake of argument, here's a question for discussion.

 What is the point and benefit of studying Romeo and Juliet? The language is too difficult to understand, it's just another dumb love story, and everyone dies in the end! Why should I waste my time?

There is a point to studying Romeo and Juliet, I think we study it because though the language is difficult, we do learn alot of English sayings, extra-proper English, and such. Almost like a History lesson, we learn how the people of that time talked (did they talk like that?), the sayings they used and furthermore, how they dealt with the events that occur in Romeo and Juliet. In this play, Shakespeare is playing with and exploring human emotion- love, anger, hatred, and sadness. There are things to learn from and things we can relate to. What English class wouldn't teach Romeo and Juliet? After all, it's a pretty spectacular play.

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azrenn | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 1, 2008 at 7:25 AM (Answer #8)

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I believe that studying Romeo and Juliet is very beneficial in many ways. One of these ways is that it gives us a better understand of the late 1500s. Also this book gives us a glimpse at their language and culture. William Shakespeare even made up words in his plays that are commonly used today.

Besides just the educational purposes, Romeo and Juliet is also an extravagant play that intertwines humor, romance, and tragedy. This combination makes for a very intriguing play to read and study.

-Brad (fourth hour)

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kaitlyn777 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 1, 2008 at 9:26 AM (Answer #9)

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I think we should study Romeo and Juliet because Shakespeare uses many difficult words and vocabulary. By reading this, it helps us learn these new words, and it develops our brain to stretch on what we know. I also think we should study Romeo and Juliet because it gives us a glimpse at what life was like back then.

This play also teaches us life lessons. The story is about two families who hate each other and continually fight, and the only thing that got them to stop and realize their mistake was when their children died. It teaches us that we need to solve our conflicts between people before it gets out of hand.

Lastly, this story involves many things such as hate, love, violence, humor, and tragedy, which makes it for a very interesting and wonderful story.
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razzbery3 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 1, 2008 at 11:58 AM (Answer #10)

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We study Romeo and Juliet to find out about European literature and its authors. We can also learn about Shakespeare's unique style of writing.

Romeo and Juliet is a story about two famlies that don't get along very well, and their two children fall madly in love. The families need to learn to forgive each other because what they're fighting about happened in the past. This teaches us that we should not look at other peoples difference as a bad thing. We should accept them as who they are.

Romeo and Juliet can teach us a lot of different words. Even though we can barely read them and many times don't understand what they mean, it is helping us broaden our understanding of the language in 1500's in England. 

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jaymethisisdumb25 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 1, 2008 at 1:39 PM (Answer #11)

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I believe that the study of Romeo and Juliet is important because it shows us what can happen in life. It helps us realize that when things happen to us in life we shouldnt be stupid and kill ourselves, like Romeo and Juliet, we should lean in to it and keep going. One thing that i dont like about the play is that it is written in practically a different language, it is in Elizibethian english, which sounds very confusing. It makes it hard to understand. We are just starting so i guess we will learn more about why we should read it as we go on.
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bianka94 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 1, 2008 at 5:48 PM (Answer #12)

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I believe studying Romeo and Juliet is essential because first of all everyone knows about it. It's one of the most famous stories in history that can relate to almost every culture in the world. It's complicated elizabethan language does get confusing sometimes, but as Mrs. VanRosson said, it is a beautiful language. And by studying it it may broaden our vocabulary. In my oppinion the beginning of Romeo and Juliet isn't that interesting, but if it has survived all this time, that we now study it to this day it must be worth it.
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lindsaynorenberg | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 8:14 AM (Answer #13)

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i feel that we should study Romeo and Juliet because it helps us understand the literature and the culture from a long time ago. I also think that we can some how relate to the story because it involves things that we deal with in our own lives. Such as fighting with their parents i know i fight with my parents I'm sure everyone does. Also having a crush on someone can relate to us, maybe we don't kill ourselves over it but i think we can some what relate.

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gretchenpumpernickel | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 9:48 AM (Answer #14)

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I think that it is important to study Romeo and Juliet because it is a really good example of olden day writing for one. I think another reason is that it's a really good story and we could learn alot from it. I think we study Romeo and Juliet to learn about the people's lives back then. Also to learn that if something bad happens, it can solve your problems, even if its really sad.

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emilylancette | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 10:43 AM (Answer #15)

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Studying Romeo and Juliet is important for many reasons. It not only can broaden our vocabulary, but it also teaches us many life lessons. It is a very popular story that we should know about. Even though the story happened a long time ago, we still deal with a lot of the same things today.

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micahloveskowallabears | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 11:09 AM (Answer #16)

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In reply to #1: im not sure what the piont of reading romeo and juliet is but hopefully i will get why when we are done reading it in class

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what7229 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 11:27 AM (Answer #17)

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I htink Romeo and Juliet can be important to read in many different ways. The most important reason i think though is the vocabulary. In life, highschool, collage, career, etc., we will have to learn how to speak clearly in talking to people with good vocabulary. -Allie Maynard

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q-livia | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 11:46 AM (Answer #18)

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I quess its important to read Romeo and Juliet because its like a classic and its good to know, plus you can learn new words

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livs123 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 12:13 PM (Answer #19)

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I think that studying Romeo and Juliet can help us learn and understand alot of things. I am learning more about the culture during that time period and also the language the script is writting in. Elizabeathen english is very confusing but i really like figuring out what it means. Also, during the story Romeo and Juliet's death is the only thing that buries their parent's feud. Death should not be the only resort to ending a feud.

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ottodoesntlikejunkmail9 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 12:26 PM (Answer #20)

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The point for studying Romeo and Juliet is that we can learn lots of things from it. Reading it can help us with learning ways of life and that not every story has a great ending and that our lives can become as messed up as this story. Since our time language and slang words weren't use back then it can be very hard to understand, as jaymethisiddumb25 stated, but thats why we take a second to stop and reread it in our time language. if you understand it then maybe people might like it more but honestly, i dont care much for the whole story.

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another-useless-username | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 12:35 PM (Answer #21)

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i think that studying romeo and juliet is important because it teaches us to end "feuds" before they end our lives. since the families hated eachother romeo and juliet had to keep their relationship a secret. but the families had other plans for them so in the end romeo and juliet both died. if the two families could have put aside their differences earlier then the two innocent tennagers wouldnt have had to kill themselves. it also teaches us to stand up for our beliefs. if the two would have told everyone they were "going out" then maybe the two families could have worked out their problems. another reason is that we can learn some amazingly huge new words!! reading romeo and juliet is like reading a thesaurus!!! -??? (first hour)
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aecremers | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 12:42 PM (Answer #22)

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Ok so i think the point of this is to learn about the culture that Shakespeare was living in and how people actually talked and spoke in the way he wrote it. So I guess I think that learning Romeo and Juliet is good for readers to expand there perspective of things that maybe they don't normally think about. Like if we tell someone we love them, like in Romeo and Juliet, would you actually go all the way to kill yourself if they were dead, or look like they are dead? Sometimes we say stuff but don't really mean it and books can help us understand how that if we really don't mean something don't say it because, like in some books, it can totally backfire on us. Plus if someone rewrote Romeo and Juliet today it would be way easier to read because instead of "Romeo, Romeo, were for art thou Romeo?" it could be something like "Romeo? Romeo? Were are you Romeo?". Then it would be easier to read and still have some culture to it. I also think that the reason that Shakespeare had everybody die at the end is so that the two family's could see all the pain that they were causing everyone inside and out side there family. That or maybe he just wanted to get rid of everybody. Ok so probably not that last one but, maybe he didn't want it to be just another love story with a "... and they lived happily ever after. The end" which happens in almost every love stores. So he could switch it up a little he had a lot of the people die. That's why I think that learning Shakespeare is good. -AEC
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stoner94 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 12:46 PM (Answer #23)

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I honestly think that reading Romeo and Juliet is great, for someone who has the time. But since I'm reading it in class it's awesome. I think that we should read it because it gives insight to that era and it's a classic. While reading the play you can learn about all sorts of real life-like situations, be introduced to Elizabethan English, and have fun. Shakespeare wrote this play to be funny at times and sad in others. It kinda covers everything a play could be written about. And being written in Elizabethan English it stretches your mind to comprehend what's going on. After you get past that barrier it's a great drama. And it's a sweet romance. :)
~Macayla
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narg | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 1:15 PM (Answer #24)

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There are many reasons why we should and souldn't study and read the story of Romeo & Juliet. One of the reasons is that I think we should study it is because it helps us better understand the English language and helps increase our vocabulary. Which is imporatant. Another reason why we should is because the story is a classic and can teach a lot of things. One reason that I disagree with reading it is that even though we may learn things in the story, it will probably not be relevant to anything today. There's my opinion..hope u liked it -nargage-   

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marissa123456789 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 1:30 PM (Answer #25)

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I think the point of studying Romeo and Juliet is to help us understand new words that we can use throughout the day, also to help us learn how to understand a different type of English. The English and vocabulary is hard to understand in this play, but by the end of our unit, i think we will all be familiar with it and it wont be so hard. The 2 families in this play our constantly fighting throughout the story, but it takes the love of Rmeo and Juliet to end their fighting :) This teaches us to solve our problems and learn from our mistakes. The love, humor, tragedy, and hatred will keep us interested, and I'm excited to see how this story turns out...

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memar18 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 1:40 PM (Answer #26)

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I believe that Romeo and Juliet should be studied even though the language may be difficult to understand it is able to give us a new outlook on multiple things. It gives us a chance to see exactly how the 1500s may have been lived. And shows us the common aspects of their everyday life. Even though they may speak differently then we do today that doesn't really chance how they felt.

They show the same emotions in just a more complex way. It can show us what a hatred for other people could lead to, what true love really is, and a way on how to see the world. I also think it may be used for just pure entertainment. Maybe its just the whole concept of the era, or fued between to families, or true love that intruiges people to it and makes them want to understand it more. And I think that the difficult wording can help give a more expansive vocabulary and I definately think it is very benificial to read and study Romeo and Juliet.

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lauren-oh-lauren | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 2:07 PM (Answer #27)

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I think we should study Romeo and Juliet because it gives us a look on how people lived way back then. It also helps us learn Elizabethan vocabulary and the ways of old english. Another reason why we should study Romeo and Juliet is because it is something new and different to learn. Instead of reading our boring textbooks, we can read a tragic love story. It would be a lot more interesting to read a love story than to read a textbook.
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alyssaishungry | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 2:13 PM (Answer #28)

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I think that there are many reasons for reading and studying Romeo and Juliet. Due to the fact that it is written in Elizabethan English, it makes it both interesting and challenging to read.  Even though it takes alot more effort to understand what they are saying, it is fascinating to learn a different form of English.  When reading Romeo and Juliet, the point is not to find out what happens in the end because most people already know what happens.  So therefore, the plot is not the reason why we study it.  The point is to understand the events, moments, circumstances, and characters that unfold the tragedy. Romeo and Juliet is not just another love story, it is all about honor, loyalty, family, and passion. We can learn from Romeo and Juliet about responsibility and honoring commitments. 

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pgbckr | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 2:34 PM (Answer #29)

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i think there really isn't an actual reason to study romeo and Juliet but i do think if you do study it there are many things you can learn from it. like the language is old English and hardly resembles any form of language we use today unless you find out what the words mean and in what context William Shakespeare is using them in. I also feel like you can learn alot from the story line,  For example since the two heads of the households fought everyone who followed them foght against eachother showing how are actions effect people around

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taylorpaulson | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 2:39 PM (Answer #30)

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I believe that there is definitely a benefit to reading Romeo and Juliet. Sure the language is hard to understand, but I think that it is interesting to find out what the strange words mean. Plus, reading Romeo and Juliet will widen your vocabulary. And yes this is a love story where almost everyone dies in the end, but it is so much more than that. It is about hate, violence, loyalty, tragedy, and love. Shakespeare creates characters all with a different personality, which makes this story easy to relate to.
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alibinlamb | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 2:49 PM (Answer #31)

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I think there are many reasons why we get to read and sudy Romeo and Juliet. For one we get to see first hand how something like agruing between two familys cant urn into an actual war. Maybe its not like world war II but then again people die for reasons as lame as two families fighting. Also i think it is very intersting to get to read something in a slightly different language. Maybe it isnt spanish but we still have to dig into it a little to find what is being said. Also, I thnk its just a cute but extremely sad love story.Who doesn't love those (the pour guys in our class). I am actually really excited to read this play.

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kaylasol | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 3:11 PM (Answer #32)

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     I think that there is a lot to learn about and benefit from by reading Romeo and Juliet.  First of all, Romeo and Juliet is not just a boring love story in which everyone dies in the end.  Romeo and Juliet includes violence, humor, and much more.  I can also learn more words and expand my vocabulary by understanding and using the big words used in this play.  I can also benefit from reading this play because it is written in Elizabethan English.  I have never understood Elizabethan English the past, but now that as a class we are walking through Romeo and Juliet slowly, I may be able to understand this style of writing. 

     I can also learn about Shakespeare and his style of writing.  I can see how he used great descriptions, and I can apply those to my future writing.  I can also see things about life when William Shakespeare lived.  I can learn about the way of writing from his time by reading this play.  I can come to appreciate actors and actresses who act these plays.  They must be very talented.  I feel that it will be good to understand Shakespeare's writing and other people of his time who wrote.  I know that in future class courses I will have to read other plays or books of this type of writing.  Reading Romeo and Juliet will help me with that.  Reading Romeo and Juliet should be fun and exciting, not a waste of time.

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nickbrezniak | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 3:45 PM (Answer #33)

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I think that there are many reasons why we should read romeo and juliet.The first is that it was written by one of the most famous person william shakespeare.Another reason is that it is a play that includes romance violence and many other things and it eventually ends with the main character dying. It will also help us because of the languge that it is written in because then it helps us understand different cultures and how they speak.

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rnbbear | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 5:14 PM (Answer #34)

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I think there is a benefit to reading Romeo and Juliet.  Even though a lot of the words are hard to understand, you get to learn them and know what they mean.  Romeo and Juliet is full of all sorts of words describing tragedy, romance, voilence, hate, and loyalty.  Shakespeares plays describe how life was like back then and what their vocabulary was.  I thinks its interesting to see learn how things went on back in those days and so, we can benefit from that in all sorts of ways in life.

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r-e-a-g-a-n--qzxy | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 6:18 PM (Answer #35)

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I think that there are a lot of benefits to reading Romeo and Juliet. There is a lot different language in the book and it exposes people to ways people used to talk. Our vocabulary will probably expand by reading this novel. Romeo and Juliet will also show us the way that people used to live and act in that era. It has insight to a way of life that we never see anymore. The final reason is that I think that it is beneficial is to read it is that it teaches us a life lesson about fighting. It shows what a huge impact holding a grudge against someone can be. It doesn't only affect the people that started the argument it affects everybody around them. It shows that it is always better to forgive and forget, otherwise things can go further than you expect.

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claire-h | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 7:18 PM (Answer #36)

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I think that there is a point, and also no point to reading it. There is a point because it gets you to think. It makes you put words together that you have never used before. There are many different phrases that might frusterate you at first but make perfect sense once you figure them out. This is alot like reading a science book. You cannot just skim it and get away with it. You have to ask questions to your English teacher, which i might add i have an amazing English teacher. I also think it doesn't have a point of reading because it is just another story. You could argue why not just read a higher level book that would make us think just as much, with words that are in the dictionary. If we read a harder book with bigger words it could strengthen our vocabulary while making us think. Overall i think it has a point, but it would be better to read a harder book to read because it makes you think AND strengthens your vocabulary. Unlike how i personally think Romeo and Juliet just strengthens your thinking skills, but i will add it does make you think a very good amount. Overall i'd say i'm about 60% for reading it, and 40% against.                 

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maddie2391 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 7:28 PM (Answer #37)

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I think that there is a lot to learn from studying Romeo and Juliet. It makes you think when you are reading it. When you come across a word that you do not know it makes you have to stop and look it up. If you do not learn what that word means most likely most of the book will not make sense. So in this way reading the book makes you learn new words that most likely you will at least use them one more time it your life. So then everyone will think that you are smart. So just because you read the book everyone around you will think that you are really smart. Thats why I think that is important to study Romeo and Juliet.
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claire-h | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 7:39 PM (Answer #38)

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Also can i be the ring bearer at your wedding? i think i'd be great at it! i'm good at walking down isles with rings on a pillow, i practice for hours

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applegirl | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 9:34 PM (Answer #39)

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I think Romeo and Juliet is good to study but not necessarily important to study. The story is a classic and reading it will prepare us for having conversations with others as we mature and grow up. Knowing the story, plots, lessons, and dialect will also allow students to better understand more lessons and even simple things like clever quips in daily conversations and possibly even television shows. It is also good to expose our modern generation to a language and life that we would have otherwise not known. Being exposed to the language and such also develops our minds and ways of thinking. Especially the poetry and the beautiful description of certain things such as love shows an older and more intelligent and lovely way of things. And the story shows students a truly beautiful way to think and helps push out the slang that is so often used now a days. I think its good to read and study Romeo and Juliet as well as more of Shakespeare's works.

-tongen 4th hour
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shelbster | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 3, 2008 at 5:14 AM (Answer #40)

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I think that there are many reasons to study Romeo and Juliet. One reason is because the vocab used in the story. Although we most likely won't need to use any of those old-fashioned words in our everyday lives, we may need to know those words as well as the style of writing for other literature written around Shakespeares time. Isn't it better to study this classic story with an English teacher than on your own, where you would get so confused and probably give up? I'm glad we are learning about it with Miss VanRossum so that she can explain things to us. Another reason to study this play is to learn about the time period it was written in. They did things a lot differently back then than we do now, and its kind of like a history lesson in English class. Overall I think that studying Romeo and Juliet has a lot of benefits and I think that its good to study it.

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Michael Foster | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 3, 2008 at 2:00 PM (Answer #41)

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The point of teaching "Romeo and Juliet" itself (as representative of Shakespeare's plays) is that it deals with topics that are central and current to the lives of teenagers:  love, parents, friends.  This is why this play is usually the first one introduced to high school students.

 As for why teaching Shakespeare at all--because no work with the exception of the King James version of the Bible, has so enriched the English language.  I always point out some of the many prhases and words first coined by Shakespeare (the book "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" is really good for this), so they can see that they don't go a single day without quoting the Bard.

Also, no author has shown a keener insight into the human psyche.  Focus on this, rather than the language.  Usually, students pick up the language along about the third act.  Yes, it can be tedious at first, but it comes with practice.

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captain-crunch | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 3, 2008 at 7:39 PM (Answer #42)

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I realy don't care if we study romeo and juliet cuz if we do theres not gonna be alot of hw but at the same time its FREAKING BORING

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engtchr5 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted November 11, 2008 at 10:28 AM (Answer #43)

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There is perhaps no better illustration of the concept of conflict than Romeo and Juliet. Between the feuding families, the constant paradox of tragic love, and all of the elements that feed into the central plot of this story, Romeo and Juliet is worth reading.

Furthermore, in order to be an informed citizen of this world, and in order to be someone who has "withitness," one needs to study certain classics to avoid being lost in everyday conversations. Romeo and Juliet definitely fall into the category of "must-know" classic love stories.

It also serves as the model for generations of romances to come. Without the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet, no author would be able to pull upon that story for comparison with their own creations. It sets a certain standard that even modern-day authors attempt to adhere to.

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jenevra | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 14, 2008 at 8:42 AM (Answer #44)

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What's the point of studying Romeo and Juliet?

Playing the devil's advocate is something teachers do well, no? :) For sake of argument, here's a question for discussion.

 What is the point and benefit of studying Romeo and Juliet? The language is too difficult to understand, it's just another dumb love story, and everyone dies in the end! Why should I waste my time?

I love your critical thinking. When I was in high school, I didn't understand half of what I was reading in Romeo and Juliet. As I started reading more Shakespearean literature, I started to understand better and better and even began to love it. William Shakespeare coined many words in literature still used today. There is no other author like William Shakespeare out there. Not only is his style of writing uniquely poetic, but his stories are timeless. Shakespeare uses themes that are still relevant in modern day society. Does Romeo and Juliet's relationship not ring any bells? Racism, prejudice, and discrimination still exists in our society and all over the world. Many kids are banned from dating each other due to their differences in cultural, religious or racial backgrounds. It's amazing that Shakespeare wrote such a relevant story in such another time. These are just some thoughts on your question. Feel free to hit me back for more...

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chefsteven | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 11, 2008 at 9:24 PM (Answer #45)

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I honestly don't know. Though it is slightly, partially fun in class to read it even though normally one wouldn't have a clue of what the characters are saying most of the time.But at times you can understand that there trying to be joyful or downright emotional. "Ay,Ay a scratch, a scratch" happens to be one of my favorite lines in the play. I love reading Merrcutios lines because you never know what he's going to say next.So if you study R/J you can fully understand each joke and every insult.

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yaday | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 14, 2008 at 2:16 PM (Answer #46)

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Shakespeare's works exhibit universal themes.  For Romeo and Juliet, the concept of "love at first sight" is introduced; in other words, teenage love, a concept that is not meant to be understood other than by teenagers.  In the world of high school, alliances are formed and broken. And unfortunately, there are tragedies that are produced because of love.   This is something many young people can relate to or have experienced.  

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writer-94 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 15, 2008 at 9:21 AM (Answer #47)

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Shakespeare is difficult to understand, but it is fun to read. Romeo and Juliet is a difficult story, but it does focus on problems that face teens today so pretty much anyone can relate to it in one way or another. Also Romeo and Juliet shows you how bad things can go if they get out of hand and how love can actually kill joy and happiness, a thing that sounds ironic and impossible, but is very possible. All in all,  I think that Romeo and Juliet is an amazing piece of literature and, as with all of Shakespeare's work, should be given a chance to show you something before you say it is worthless.

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mspitz-12 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 16, 2008 at 6:10 PM (Answer #48)

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  I think that the point of studying Romeo and Juliet, even though we do not understand it, is so that by the end, we DO understand it.  By studying things that we do not understand, we expand in what we do.  Without doing hard things, we learn nothing, acomplish nothing, and there is no point.  What do we do in every class every day?  Math, Science, History, all of it is so that we will gain a better understanding of our past, our future, others, and ourselves.

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cjlovespink | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 28, 2009 at 7:57 AM (Answer #49)

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Ok so i think the point of this is to learn about the culture that Shakespeare was living in and how people actually talked and spoke in the way he wrote it. So I guess I think that learning Romeo and Juliet is good for readers to expand there perspective of things that maybe they don't normally think about. Like if we tell someone we love them, like in Romeo and Juliet, would you actually go all the way to kill yourself if they were dead, or look like they are dead? Sometimes we say stuff but don't really mean it and books can help us understand how that if we really don't mean something don't say it because, like in some books, it can totally backfire on us. Plus if someone rewrote Romeo and Juliet today it would be way easier to read because instead of "Romeo, Romeo, were for art thou Romeo?" it could be something like "Romeo? Romeo? Were are you Romeo?". Then it would be easier to read and still have some culture to it. I also think that the reason that Shakespeare had everybody die at the end is so that the two family's could see all the pain that they were causing everyone inside and out side there family. That or maybe he just wanted to get rid of everybody. Ok so probably not that last one but, maybe he didn't want it to be just another love story with a "... and they lived happily ever after. The end" which happens in almost every love stores. So he could switch it up a little he had a lot of the people die. That's why I think that learning Shakespeare is good. -AEC

just to let you know...you said "Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou Romeo?" it could be something like "Romeo? Romeo? Were are you Romeo?."

that line actually means "why must you be Romeo? (in other words, a Montague)

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oreo12 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 6, 2010 at 4:00 PM (Answer #50)

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i dont have comment on that dont even bother to read this because  i have not even read romeo and juliet and i dont plan on it until it is an assignment for me im not into and that love stuff i really dislike it and i am acually have some pretty hard problems wth my homework because it makes no since well im eventually gonna figure it out so ill just keep try u no dont even no y i signed up for this but hey its to late to just quite i have signed up for alot of stuff and me with my bad memory i think i can only remember stuff wen i dont try and wen i do try i forget it cause well that is the case omg troy just walk he is one of my dads workers we r the ones who own ace fence company and if u think that we r stinkin rich just cause we own a company we arent so ge that idea out of ur head now i really dont no what to say but i guess ill just say wats on my mind but IF U NEED A FENCE JUST CALL US!!!:) WE DO A GREAT JOB ASK ANYONE   well if they r in tennessee u no well mostly if u live in clarksville mostly and at school im stuck with gym like i like p.e and everything but we r doing the same thing we did last year even in spanish class we do stuff that we did last year but still its like 6th grade all over again in related arts i really wanted art this 9 weeks but hey i got wat i got and im stuck with it there isnt anything i can do about it well im running out if room to write so i guess im done for now i luv u all and hope u all had a merry xmas and a happy new year

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