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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Matt Simpson




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In his close study of Romeo and Juliet Matt Simpson takes up the gauntlet thrown down by critic John Wain who once dismissively asserted that the play posed no questions.

Starting with a seemingly simple one - what's in a name? - Matt Simpson finds, in the ambivalences out of which the play is constructed, a great number of highly relevant questions that we can and should ask or, rather that the play itself is urgently asking. Romeo and Juliet raises questions about secrecy, young love, comradeship, lust, the incompetence of the older generation, honour, death, suicide and good and evil - themes made more resonant by Shakespeare's superb poetry.



104  pages

ISBN: 978-1-906075-17-0

Greenwich Exchange Category: Student Guides

Series: Student Guide



Other books by Matt Simpson published by Greenwich Exchange:

Shakespeare's The Tempest

William Blake: Songs of Innocence and Experience

Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

Shakespeare's Othello

Shakespeare's Macbeth

The Waste Land: T.S. Eliot

Wuthering Heights: Emily Bronte

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: James Joyce

Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare's As You Like It

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