Why Did Shakespeare Write Romeo And Juliet

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lizbv | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Many people do not know this, but the story of Romeo and Juliet is not one that Shakespeare is completely responsible for, though he is given full credit for its creation.  An earlier version was written in Italy and then translated into poetic verse by a man named Arthur Brooke around 1562; he titled it The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet.  Shakespeare did not write his play until the 1590's.  Why we wrote it is unknown, though many critics have said it was originally meant to be a comedy by his intentions and then he decided instead to turn it into a tragedy.  Though, when you think about it, it does have many of the makings of a tragedy:  humor in the opening lines, a conflict, marriage, irony, etc.

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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"Romeo and Juliet" was written early in Shakespeare's career. Since Shakespeare was a relatively young playwright, he wanted to experiment with several ideas not seen in plays of his time. These ideas include the differences and similarities of love and hate, the use of light and dark imagery to portray good and evil, the role Fate plays in our lives. Shakespeare also handles time and it's effects on Fate and questions whether omens and dreams should be used to warn use of tragic consequences. Although the play is not considered as great as some of Shakespeare's later work, it is an exceptional work of a young playwright destined for much bigger things.

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miller94 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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what gave shakespeare the ideas to write  romeo and juliet

 

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treehugger14 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

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im sorry i do not know why it did that. does his marriag with Anne Hathaway have anything to do with why he wrote this play?

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