Banning of the Book/Play Romeo And Juliet

1. Brief Summary of the Play

The story is happening in the city of Verona, where two respectful
houses, Montague and Capulet, are in rage for many years.
The sun of Montague, Romeo, is deeply in love with Rosaline. As a "cure"
for his love, his friend, Benvolio, suggests that he will go under disguise to a
party in Capulet house.
Romeo arrives at the party, where he meets Juliet, the daughter of
Capulet, and both fall in love immediately. Only after the party they discover
that they are from rival houses. Romeo express his love to Juliet and the marry
the next day, secretly.
Tybalt is enraged by Romeo unwanted "visit" and he swears revenge. He is
insulting Romeo and killing Mercutio, another Montague. Romeo kill's Tybalt, and
as a punishment, he is to leave Verona and never return. The Friar has a plan to
unite again Romeo and Juliet, who is supposed to marry Paris by her father
demand. The friar makes a potion who will cause Juliet a temporary death-alike
situation, and she will not have to marry Paris. Juliet agrees, drinks the
portion and apparently die, and the Friar sends a messenger to inform Romeo, but
the messenger fail to reach Romeo, and instead a friend of Romeo reaches him and
tells him that Juliet is dead because he didn't knew that Juliet is only
apparently dead because of the potion. Romeo buys a poison, comes back to Verona
and enters Juliet tomb. He kisses her, and suicide. A little after, Juliet wake
up, find her Romeo dead, and use Romeo's dagger to suicide. Romeo and Capulet
arrive at the tomb, and decide to stop the fighting between the families.

2. Why was the book Banned.

I think the book was banned because Romeo and Juliet suicide, (Romeo
drinks poison and Juliet stabs herself). Juliet actually "angry" with Romeo
after he suicide because he didn't left her even a drop of poison ("Drunk all,
and left no friendly drop To help me after ?") and people thought that this will
encourage teenagers to suicide because of false love.

3. Do you agree with the banning?

I do not agree with the banning, although I do think it doesn't fit to
an Elementary school or Jr. High, because of the hard language (I had really
hard time figuring what some vocabulary is), although I wouldn't disallow
students to read it, if they think they can, or willing to put as much effort as
it takes to fully understand the book, I would allow and even recommend it.

4. My opinion on the book

I think the book is one of the best I have ever read. Shakespeare uses
an amazing vocabulary to describe in details every scene in the book, yet
leaving space for using imagination.
The book was very hard to read. But I enjoyed it a LOT!

5. Other Comments \ Opinions

Last Friday, I went to see the new version of Romeo and Juliet (Leonardo
DiCaprio as Romeo and Claire Danes as Juliet). The movie is a modern version of
the original story , happening these days. I really disliked the movie, it was
(well, excuse me for language) really crap (Instead of sending a messenger to
Romeo to inform him about Juliet "death", he sends him a FedEx ? I don't think
so!) although the movie left very sad expressions on my friend, I thought it
was really lousy and not even closed to the book. Romeo and Juliet is perfect
"As is".

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