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A CRITICISM ON THE MORALITY OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARES ROMEO AND JULIET Does Romeo and Juliet need an introduction Of all Shakespeares plays it has been the most continuously popular since its first performance in the mid-1590s It would seem then the most direct of Shakespeares plays in its emotional impact In this paper the researcher examines the play Romeo and Juliet its contents characters setting and theme being criticized During his second period Shakespeare brought historical drama and Elizabethan romantic comedy to near perfection Particular in his histories and comedies of this period Shakespeare demonstrated his genius for weaving various dramatic nations into a unified plot rather than writing a series of loosely connect episodes Throughout the second period Shakespeare moved steadily toward the matchless gift for characterization that marks the great tragedies he produced in the early 1600s Romeo and Juliet derives its story from several sources available during the sixteenth century Shakespeares primary source for the play is Arthur Brookes Tragicall History of Romeus and Juliet 1562 which is a long dense poem This poem in turn was on a French prose version written by Pierre Boiastuau 1559 who had used an Italian version by Bandello written in 1554 Bandellos poem was further derived from Luigi da Portos version in 1525 of a story by Masuccio Salerhitano 1476 In Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare creates a world of violence and generational conflict in which two young people fall in love and die because of that love The story is rather extraordinary in that the normal problems faced by young lovers are here so very large It is not simply that the families of Romeo and Juliet disapprove of the lovers affection for each other rather the Montagues and Capulets are on opposite sides in a blood feud and are trying to kill each other on the streets of Verona Every time a member of one of the families dies
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