Some moron went and decided that it was "classical literature". It's stupid. In less than four days, they meet, speak all of five words to each other, get married, have sex, and commit suicide. As teenagers.
Do you not want to read it because it's Shakespeare? Don't worry. If you think you wont understand it, you'll find after reading it more carefully you'll understand it way better. I'm 13 and I love Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream" because you'll find that even Shakespeare can be funny.
"Romeo and Juliet" is famous because it's a great story. Shakespeare can be hard to read because the language is so different than what we're used to. But if you can make through the language barrier you'll find that a lot of his stuff is absolutely brilliant. Personally I like the darker stuff like "Hamlet", "MacBeth", "King Richard III" and so on. But "Romeo and Juliet" is pretty cool. There's swordplay and killing and families feuding too. It's not all mushy, romantic stuff. Keep an open mind and maybe you'll find you actually like it.
It's famous because it's a classic; in order to technically be a classic in any form of entertainment, it has to endure time, meaning that no one really got tired of hearing the story after so many years. Romeo and Juliet wasn't just a fad that passed a few years after it was well known, like a lot of books today. Instead, here we are hundreds of years later and some are still absolutely in love with it. In high school, you'll probably read a lot of classics; some will be boring and some will be totally awesome (if you like reading), but the point is that if you study some of the classics, you can develop your skills not only as a read but as a writer in analysis and technique. I personally don't like Romeo and Juliet, but it's a play, so it should only take a short time in comparison to a book to finish with your class. I think when we read Julius Caesar (another play by Shakespeare) my Sophomore year it took us like one or two weeks and then we were done.
Because it's a love story. People want love and feel they need it in this world. The ending is both sad and happy. People dont like sad or bad endings they want to know things are good in the end but in the end they both die.
Its a classical story written by one of the most famous writers in history, its a love story of 2 teenagers in love, what makes it so great is one can relate to it and being over 400 year old story makes it a great reading.
It is the story of love at first sight; with the drama of feuding families, secret meetings and messages; and what love might mean to a teen male and what it might mean to a young girl who is going to be forced to marry as her father demands. sword fights, insults. Lots of quotes from it are used by people: star-crossed lovers, for example and you will know them because you will have read it. Keep an open mind.
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Maybe it was just the first star-crossed lover story that actually caught on back in Shakespeare's day...then it turned into a classic because of its (confusing, winded) literature. That was the teenage novel of their days. A lot of literature people believe that it was a well written play that will live throughout history. It spread...like the plague
its about two families at war until the son and daughter of each family fall in love and they(parents) forbid them they choose to fake their death but actually do it because they love each other that much you can get it in a short version than the one you will have to read in school by going to any bookstore that have short stories for dummies