Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is a great piece of literature that displays history through literature, uncommon genre, literary devices, and old English vocabulary.
Shakespeare’s literature displays so many literary techniques that students should learn. Romeo and Juliet specifically should be read in high school by high school students because students can learn about the history assets through old English literature, Romantic Tragedy, literary devices such as foreshadowing and metaphors and old English vocabulary. Romeo and Juliet took place in Verona and Mantua, Italy in the 1300s although written in the 1500s. The historical part of the story takes place in the dialog and the described settings before each act. In Act 1, Scene 2 Paris says to Capulet “Younger than she are happy mothers made.” This shows how it was okay for young girls to become wives and mothers at such an age in this time period. This displays how the generations have grown and changed over so much time. Throughout the story the housing and places of major scenes are described to take places in castles or in the town centers or tombs of one family. The scenery of the story shows how old the story really is and it teaches students about culture of this time period. As one of few Romantic Tragedies, Romeo and Juliet is a selected piece of literature that really displays the tragedy part of romantic tragedy. Although the story is very romantic in specific spots such as when Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time and when they get married it is still a tragedy in the end with their deaths. If students don’t read this story then they won’t experience the feelings and learning factor of tragic stories, not every story has a happy ending.
Romeo and Juliet also offers important literary devices such as foreshadowing and metaphors. Foreshadowing takes a huge part in this story, in the prologue of Act 1”From forth the fatal loins of these two foes-A pair of...
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