Everyone knows the classic love story between two of the most popular characters of all time, Romeo and Juliet. Their story has been recreated, reproduced, and reused for centuries and the text has traveled through time and form to become incredibly famous. Romeo and Juliet has been transformed into plays, books, movies, and even songs. Some of the most popular people in the world, like Taylor Swift, have taken inspiration from the romantic story that was originally printed as a play in the late sixteenth century by William Shakespeare to write music and create a very popular song. Although the story has evolved over time and is different in each style, the overall theme has been carried on throughout the years.
The original story of Romeo and Juliet was written and printed as a play in 1597 by William Shakespeare, although it has ben suggested that it was performed a year or two before actually being printed. The story is about a young man, Romeo, and woman, Juliet, who live very different lifestyles. Although the both of their families live in the same town of Verona, they absolutely despise each other. Juliet’s father, Capulet, and Romeo’s father, Montague, were the patriarchs of each families house and were very uptight about any of their family members associating with the other rival family. Romeo and Juliet were a man and woman meant to live happily ever after, but had to go to desperate measures to express and convey their love for one another (“Romeo and Juliet”. Shmoop).
It all began at Capulet’s house during a massive feast that people from all over attended, although of course, excluding any Montagues. Before the feast, Romeo believed that he loved a woman named Rosaline, but the love was unrequited. At the feast, Juliet was supposed to look at a man, Paris, to see if she could potentially fall in love and marry him. Rosaline was on the list of people attending the feast which motivated Romeo to sneak in even though he was not allowed. Romeo and Juliet lived in entirely different worlds until the unthinkable happened. Romeo entered the feast and saw Juliet; it was true love at first sight. After the feast Romeo and Juliet snuck in the garden to see one another when they decided to get married. The next day Romeo got in a fight with a Montague, Tybalt, and killed him. He is then ordered to leave Verona forever. Juliet is distraught over knowing that her husband murdered a kinsman, but understands that her loyalty belongs with her love: Romeo (“Romeo and Juliet” Sparknotes).
Romeo has left Verona and Juliet decides that she is going to drink a potion and fake her death. While she is in her family’s crypt, Romeo and the Friar will rescue Juliet and they can live happily ever after. Although that is not quite what happened. Romeo never received the message that would tell him the plan. When he returns to Verona, he discovers that his love is dead, or so he thinks. Romeo proceeds to killing himself by consuming a vial and laying next to Juliet. Moments later, she awakes from the potion to realize her love, Romeo, is truly dead. Juliet took his dagger and buried it in her chest, falling onto Romeo. It was a tragic ending, but also romantic because they took their own lives for the person they love (Watts).
Romeo and Juliet was originally written by Shakespeare to be a play but over many years with incredible advances in technology, it was made into a movie. According to IMDb, the first Romeo and Juliet was directed by J. Stuart Blackton in 1908. Since then, there have been over 160 different versions of the movie, including films in other languages and from different countries. Two of the most popular variations of Romeo and Juliet were filmed in 1968 and 1996. They both maintained the overall theme, plot, and message that Shakespeare intended to create just like majority of the reproductions. The overall theme that Shakespeare tried to create for his viewers and...