Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies. Recognized by most, it is the tale of “two star-crossed lovers” whose forbidden love determines their tragic fate. The two ill-fated lovers are forbidden to love and in a misunderstanding they sacrifice their lives for each other.
" O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo ? " . - (Act II, Scene II). Quit
A confusing, yet amusing play, the story goes like this:
“ Lysander loves Hermia, and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. Egeus, Hermia's father, prefers Demetrius as a suitor, and enlists the aid of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to enforce his wishes upon his daughter. According to Athenian law, Hermia is given four days to choose between Demetrius, life in a nunnery, or a death sentence. Hermia, ever defiant, chooses to escape with Lysander into the surrounding forest.”
Troubles arise in the forest when the fairies get involved and start playing tricks on intertwined lovers.
" Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind " . - (Act I, Scene I). Quit
Although Shakespeare’s time is long passed, his plays are still incorporated into modern day films.
An updated version of Romeo and Juliet was created by MTV in 1996, the popular film “10 things I hate about you” is based around Shakespeare’s - “Taming of the Shrew.” Also, the play Twelfth Night is the basis of the recent movie “She’s the Man.”.
So, although Shakespearean times are long gone, his plays are still kept alive through updated versions that are more pleasing and enjoyable for today’s generations.
The Stratford Festival is a Shakespearean theatrical festival held in Stratford, Canada every year. It usually takes place in November. for approximately a week, one can see multiple works by Shakespeare performed live.