Romeo and Juliet  The story of Romeo and Juliet, real and unreal, how?   Why did not forget the story of a Romeo and Juliet?   What is the daemon secret in the "legend of Romeo and Juliet"?

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rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I will confess that I don't know what the last part of this question is asking.

I do know that Romeo and Juliet was based on an Italian story that had become popular in England during Shakespeare's time. There were many feuding families in Italian politics, but to my knowledge the story is not taken from an actual historical conflict. It is a timeless story, I think, because it gets at some pretty fundamental themes- intolerance, fate, love, and many others.

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with #6. The themes of the story are universal - forbidden love, impetuous youth and the futility of feuds and war on any scale. However, I think it is the portrayal of these themes through Shakespeare's expert eye which gives us a play of great beauty and tragedy. The story of two doomed lovers was not a new one, just as many adaptations and variations exist today. The story was made synonymous with the characters of Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Today, we remember the story because it's a story of youthful idealism fighting against the elders of the society who have forgotten what it is like to care about life.   Young people often feel that their elders care only about things like jobs and money and getting by in life instead of truly living.  I don't think that's probably what people saw in it in Shakespeare's time, but I think that's what resonates today.

Jessica Pope eNotes educator| Certified Educator
The story isn't very realistic - but it doesnt have to be. It's dramatic, and we empathize with the characters. We want to see the two of them together, so we are emotionally attached to the outcome. We remember Romeo and Juliet because their love transcended the social barriers put upon them, and because they made the ultimate sacrifice for each other.
vangoghfan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with pohnpei in particular: the story appeals to the Romantic in many people, particularly today; whether it had the same impact during Shakespeare's era is another question. The most important reason that the play still appeals today is that it is wonderfully written.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Based on the popularity of this story and human nature, I'd say it's a very realistic tale in some ways. Young people are impetuous. Kids in love do not think of consequences. Often the children of enemies do fall in love, and it changes the enemies' opinions of one another.
loraaa | Student

I'm sorry... ^_^
I mean, What is the secret of the continuation of the story of Romeo and Juliet?