I have dug out my old English binder and searched for my Freshan English computer disk. The following is what I found that I wrote when I first studied R + J.
I wonder why R + J has been popular for so many years. There are so many different characters who appeal to readers. Shakespeare is also one of the greatest writers and R + J is one of his best works. It is also a story that in these we would expect to have a happy ending. This makes it different and different is good. It has a variety of ideas and different stories/photos within one. It is also popular because English teachers make us read the tragedy. R + J has been portrayed in movies and movies and just an another art form to escalate its popularity. (Take Baize Luhrmann’s 1996 version) The story is also like a small soap opera. This feud between families is portrayed in soap opera’s like ABC’s One Life to Live.
All in all, I expect R + J to be popular for at least another 400 years.
My favorite part is when Mercutio and Benvolio teased Romeo because Juliet’s nurse wanted to talk to him. It shows Mercutio and Benvolio’s wild imagination. It make the scene amusing and give comic relief. It also give suspense because we want to know what Romeo will say to the Nurse and want to know her reaction. Also, it is cute when Romeo offers the Nurse some money, she refused, but when he was going to put it in the poor box-she takes the money. That is funny because they felt the same way as some people today feel about giving money to the poor.
R + J Coincidences
There were many times when coincidence occurred in R + J. Romeo was killed with the poison while Juliet woke up from her sleep. R + Paris both were at the tomb mourning Juliet’s “death”. Romeo goes to Juliet’s families party. Balthasar tells Romeo of Juliet’s death while Friar John misses giving Romeo the Friar’s message. R + J are enemies in love. The wedding day is the day of the big feud. Party is the day Benvolio wants to cheer up Romeo. R + J take some sort of vial with poison. Capulet’s prepare for wedding day but unknowingly its Juliet’s funeral.
My reading journal that has two entries from
the first time i read R+J. (Now my opinions on it are way different).
This was the first time i read it, and I was so clueless I didn't even
know how to spell Shakespeare. Here is my journal entry, in this case,
the assignment was not to read R+J, it was my choice.
I really like this book even though some of the words and phrases I
don’tunderstand. I like the sound of some of the
phrases, even if I don’t know what they mean. I really like the chorus
at the begining. My favorite line of the chorus
is “Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”
The conversations seem akward. It’s like, how can people just go up to
a friend and say “Good morrow!”.
It is hard to imagiane this, even in Shakespeare’s time.
Romeo and Juliet
page 44 - 111
I finished this book. It was really, really good, even if it was hard
to understand at times. I like the way they talk,
even if I don’t understand most of it. It is just hard to think about
people ever talking like that. When they talk it
sounds like they are reciting poetry.
Everyone says this story is a tradgety. It is a tradgety in the end,
but the rest of the story is fairly happy.
They get married, they meet at a party and they have fun at those parts
of the story. The book was the script of the
play and not just a summary of the story cause that would make it boring
if it didn’t have the poetry. “For never was
a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her romeo".