Romeo & Juliet, Plainspoken

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9780866532839: Romeo & Juliet, Plainspoken

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YA In the introduction, the authors set forth their objective: ``to make Romeo and Juliet more understandable and less forbidding to today's studentsa speech by speech modern translation (odd numbered pages) parallels the Shakespearean text (even numbered pages).'' Shakespeare purists may cringe when the ``most popularly quoted (and the most misinterpreted)'' line from the play reads, ``Romeo, Romeo why do you have to be Romeo Montague? Turn your back on your father and your family name.'' Yet students and teachers will find this book a valuable study guide and reference source. Also included is a clear summary of the story of the four days covered in the play, the cast of characters, synopsis by scene and a sketch of the life and times of Shakespeare. Teachers may find the section ``Writing, discussion and improvisation'' especially useful. Topicsfriendship, power of imagery, etc.are listed by acts. Activities are suggested relating to these topics. Carol P. Clark, Robert E. Lee High School, Springfield, Va.

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