A Reader posted a review at 2008-08-16 12:44:49.
I’m Back!’’Oh Romeo, Oh Romeo, Wherefore Art Thou Romeo?Deny thy father, and refuse thy name, if thou will not,be but sworn my love, and i shall no longerbe Capulet.’’I remember having to utter these words when i was cast for the part of Juliet in my last ever school production. At that time, i had no idea what power was in the script of this plot by William Shakespeare.Now, as i sit at home, all on my own, i have nothing else to do but turn to the books that gave me comfort in the past when i needed it. I haven’t been granted leave from my course to go to India and to drown off my sorrows, so my life remains etched in Newcastle among memories that are best forgotten, thoughts which are best left behind and words which are best unspoken. Before, i continue with this review on Romeo and Juliet, i would just like to thank some of my close friends on MS who have supported me through this tough stage of my life through my last review....Tanmay, Chandra, Ektaa, Suketu, Ali, Sneha, Anusha, Neha, Nidhi, Sweety and Milind just to mention a few. Thank you so much for your support and your kind words. I am not over things, but i find writing gives me something to do, something to fill up the lonesome days.So sorry, my reviews are definitely not up to scratch, but i’m trying my best...Romeo and Juliet is probably one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies. The plot focuses around two families, both alike in dignity, one named Montague and one named Capulet. Basically. they’ve been fighting over something so ’’ancient’’ that they can’t remember themselves. Tybalt, the kinsman of Capulet is always at loggerheads with Mercutio, friend of Montague.Then something happens between these two feuding families. Love happens. That treacherous thing called love occurs. Love takes place between Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. They do not know that they are from rival houses, and when they do, they are already too much in love to stop it. Its impossible to stop love. It just completely takes over. The line that really gets to me is when Romeo finds out, he describes himself as ’’fortune’s fool.’’ It just shows you how nothing’s in human hands. Its all up above.Romeo and Juliet then meet in the mesmerising balcony scene. Many people think that ’’Oh Romeo, Oh Romeo, Wherefore art tho Romeo?’’ means ’’Oh Romeo, Oh Romeo, Where Are You Romeo?’’, whereas it actually means ’’Why are you Romeo?’’ Juliet is asking why he is Romeo, what’s in a name? Just because he’s from the enemy side, she still loves him. Love has no control. Romeo and Juliet meet and then decide to get married the next day...Romeo and Juliet get married through Friar Lawrence.. However, in other parts of the city of Verona, things are not looking good. Tybalt sends a note to Romeo challenging him to duel. Mercutio responds instead. Romeo tries to stop this duel, but Tybalt fatally injures Mercutio who dies with the mesmerising line ’’a plague on both your house!’’ Romeo then kills Tybalt, forgetting that he is Juliet’s cousin. Romeo is banished from Verona, and goes to spend his last night with Juliet.Romeo awakes from his last night with Juliet, and almost immediately has to leave. Juliet’s mother comes bustling into the room to give her the ’’good news’’ that her father has arranged her marriage with Paris, a young gentleman. When she refuses to marry him, an angry scene follows between her and her father. Her father then leaves telling her she will marry Paris, and soon after her mother leaves. The Nurse tries to convince her to marry Paris.This is the part where i really feel for Juliet. She is now all of her own. She can’t be older than 14. First Romeo left her. Then her dear father left her. Then her mother left her. Now, even the Nurse with whom she shared all her secrects has turned her back to her. She is truly and utterly alone in this world.So, what will happen? Will Romeo and Juliet meet? Will they live happily ever after? Will the Montagues and Capulets forget their feud and wed the two lovers? Will Romeo’s banishment end? Will the story have a lovely ending which brings a smile to your face, not tears to your eyes?I can’t tell you what happens after, because sadly the answer to all the questions about is NO. As we all know, Romeo and Juliet die, and then their family feud finishes. It seems quite a big price to pay. Two young lives to end a family feud.Was it fate? Was it luck? Was it their rush into things? Was it their parents? Was it the stars? The gods? The families? Unfortunately, none of these questions can be answered......When life gets me down, i read this book. I dunno why, i just do. When tears refuse to come into my eyes, this book brings them out. When my heart turns to stone, this book turns it back into gold. When i feel all hope is lot, this book brings me hope. I don’t know why, seeing as its a tragedy, but somehow the lives of Romeo and Juliet teach me to live life to the fullest. We never know when its gonna end. We never know when all good things will turn their back to us. We never know when or if they’ll ever come back. So just live it....Thank you, sorry its been such a boring review....