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Romeo and Juliet - From Stage to Film Romeo and Juliet is arguably one of the most popular plays of all time Since the first performance in the 16th century audiences have been captivated by the story of two amorous adolescents fighting against the odds to consummate their dream of lifelong love as dissension between their families and inhospitable circumstances threaten to rend their hopes to pieces and divest them of their lives It is interesting that the play was first produced in The Globe Theatre for the themes such as violence love sex death adolescent angst just to name a few are natural curiosities and for some even obsessions for the world writ large which is ostensibly the reason the play has enjoyed success among such a heterogeneous group of people for over four-hundred years However the reason that the play has been eulogized lionized and canonized is not merely the result of the foregoing themes its ability to appeal to myriad generations but for its aestheticism and complexity It has been used as a didactic tool to co-opt students into the world of academic language while improving reading skills and critical thinking abilities Unfortunately for many modern readers or people watching a traditional theatrical performance the language is archaic and recondite precluding them from enjoying the play in all of its manifestations relying instead on bits and pieces that they can understand to piece together meaning their ignorance of linguistic and syntactical constructions vitiating their enjoyment of the play Despite its pervasive presence in the high-schools many teenagers feel isolated when reading it or seeing a traditional theatrical performance and when acting themselves young Romeos and Juliets need to have many lines explained to them in detail the director acting as an exegete just so that the performance can be half-believable In many regards Romeo and Juliet has become something that only the literati can truly appreciate everyone else nodding and smiling
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