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Romeo and Juliet Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting in Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet (1968)

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One of Shakespeare’s best-known tragedies The most famous love story of all times Several film versions 1. A very popular play Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting in Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet” (1968) Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet (1996) Romeo and Juliet

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The setting in place  Verona The setting in time  four days and nights The protagonists  two rival families, the Montagues and the Capulets; their children, Romeo and Juliet. 2. The plot Romeo and Juliet

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The first two acts are a love comedy: Romeo and Juliet meet at the Capulets’ ball and it is love at first sight They are secretly married by Friar Laurence 2. The plot Romeo and Juliet

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The real tragedy starts in the third act with Mercutio’s and Tybalt’s deaths; Romeo is banished from Verona In the fourth act Juliet drinks a potion to avoid the marriage with Count Paris In the fifth act tragic conclusion of the play with the deaths of the two lovers 2. The plot Romeo and Juliet

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It is a comedy It is a tragedy 3. A comedy or a tragedy? Romeo and Juliet  the instant attraction of the young lovers the masked balls the comic servants the surface life of street fights.  the tragic role of chance leading up to the deaths of the two lovers

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The lack of knowledge coming from bad communication The feud between the two families Old hate vs young love Speed as the medium of fate The reflection upon the language made by Juliet  appearance vs reality 4. Themes Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo Juliet 5. The two lovers Romeo and Juliet  the typical courteous lover intense adoration of a chaste woman  though she is set within the courtly love convention, she is unconventional because she: - returns Romeo’s love - stands for innocence - belongs to no characterisation - is a real woman

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Regular rhythm Use of rhymes Use of sonnets in dialogues Imagery of light  linked to life and the courteous love convention Imagery of darkness  linked to death 6. Style Romeo and Juliet

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