Romeo And Juliet
Banned Book Report
1. Brief Summary of the Play
The story is happening in the city of Verona, where two respectful houses, Montague and Capulet, are in rage for many years.
The sun of Montague, Romeo, is deeply in love with Rosaline. As a "cure" for his love, his friend, Benvolio, suggests that he will go under disguise to a party in Capulet house.
Romeo arrives at the party, where he meets Juliet, the daughter of Capulet, and both fall in love immediately. Only after the party they discover that they are from rival houses. Romeo express his love to Juliet and the marry the next day, secretly.
Tybalt is enraged by Romeo unwanted "visit" and he swears revenge. He is insulting Romeo and killing Mercutio, another Montague. Romeo kill's Tybalt, and as a punishment, he is to leave Verona and never return. The Friar has a plan to unite again Romeo and Juliet, who is supposed to marry Paris by her father demand. The friar makes a potion who will cause Juliet a temporary death-alike situation, and she will not have to marry Paris. Juliet agrees, drinks the portion and apparently die, and the Friar sends a messenger to inform Romeo, but the messenger fail to reach Romeo, and instead a friend of Romeo reaches him and tells him that Juliet is dead because he didn't knew that Juliet is only apparently dead because of the potion. Romeo buys a poison, comes back to Verona and enters Juliet tomb. He kisses her, and suicide. A little after, Juliet wake up, find her Romeo dead, and use Romeo's dagger to suicide. Romeo and Capulet arrive at the tomb, and decide to stop the fighting between the families.
2. Why was the book Banned.
I think the book was banned because Romeo and Juliet suicide, (Romeo drinks poison and Juliet stabs herself). Juliet actually "angry" with Romeo after he suicide because he didn't left her even a drop of poison ("Drunk all, and left no friendly drop To help me after ?") and people thought that this will encourage teenagers to suicide because of false love.
3. Do you agree with the banning?
I do not agree with the banning, although I do think it doesn't fit to an Elementary school or Jr. High, because of the hard language (I had really hard time figuring what some vocabulary is), although I wouldn't disallow students to read it, if they think they can, or willing to put as much effort as it takes to fully understand the book, I would allow and even recommend it.
4. My opinion on the book
I think the book is one of the best I have ever read. Shakespeare uses an amazing vocabulary to describe in details every scene in the book, yet leaving space for using imagination.
The book was very hard to read. But I enjoyed it a LOT!
5. Other Comments \ Opinions
Last Friday, I went to see the new version of Romeo and Juliet (Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo and Claire Danes as Juliet). The movie is a modern version of the original story , happening these days. I really disliked the movie, it was (well, excuse me for language) really crap (Instead of sending a messenger to Romeo to inform him about Juliet "death", he sends him a FedEx ? I don't think so!) although the movie left very sad expressions on my friend, I thought it was really lousy and not even closed to the book. Romeo and Juliet is perfect "As is".
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