Literary Classics are indispensable masterpieces, which help us understand our world irrespective of changing times. Timelessness of such works make them even more relevant for younger minds that are in their formative years. But the children, when they are just brushing their linguistic teeth might find Elizabethan English a little harder to chew and might choose to stay away.
Wisemen Publication’s – Wisemen World Classics is an attempt to befriend your growing child with Great Masters of world literature, retelling their content in contemporary prose with vivid illustrations, while retaining the music of the original work.
About Romeo & Juliet Story.
Romeo & Juliet is the lobe story of two star-crossed lovers, set against the backdrop of two warring families of Verona, has captured the imagination of people, for centuries.
The love of Romeo & Juliet has been brought out beautifully by the master and poetry of the play is strong as well as sweet. Throughout the play, the overs battle against the hate of their kinsmen, which threatens to destroy their love again and again.
The friar is other all in his battle and helps them as much as he can. They also have other allies like Benvolio or the talkative nurse of Juliet, but they prove rather ineffective.
In the end the forces of evil manage to kill Romeo & Juliet but there is triumph in the death of the lovers. The effect is not waste and pity, but of victory. Romeo and Juliet’s love reaches a kind of fulfillment in death and finally manages to destroy the forces of hate. The sworn enemies Capulet and Montague swear to bury their mutual strife forever, over the dead bodies of their children.
The evil was so deep rooted at the beginning that even the servants and remotest relatives of both houses could not pass each other without a fight. The evil, which was destroying the peace of whole Verona, is finally uprooted by the sacrifice of these lovers.
About William Shakespeare – William Shakespeare has ruled the English literature for 400 years. Born on 23 April in 1564 in the village of Stratford-on-Avon as the third child of John Shakespeare, he had to support his family as his father’s business fell apart. While 18, he married Anne Hathaway, a peasant girl, eight years older to him. About 1589, Shakespeare joined a theatre company in London as a general helper but soon started acting and writing plays.
Initially, he worked with other writers, before writing his own plays. Love’s labour lost, Comedy of Errors, Two gentleman of Verona, Romeo & Juliet and many other masterpieces were written during this period.
He got popular very soon. Within 10 years of coming to London, he had become the most famous actor and writer of plays in English. His monetary troubles were gone.
But some personal sorrow seems to have struck him around this time as now he started writing tragedies. He wrote his greatest plays during this time – The Merchant of Venice, as you like it, Twelfth Night, Julius Ceaser, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello and King Lear.
He was at the prime of his literary carrier, but it seems that name, fame and money did not interest him any more. In 1597 he bought the finest house in Stratford and in 1611 he left London to settle there, permanently. He died on the anniversary of his birth 23 April 1616.