Well, I couldn’t do a monthly series about author’s and their birthdays without talking about Shakespeare, could I?

About the Author

William Shakespeare was born on the 26th April 1564 and died on the 23rd April 1616. He was an English poet and playwright and is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

Little is known about the personal life of Shakespeare other than at age 18 he married Anne Hathaway and they had three children Susanna, Hamnet and Judith.

Romeo and Juliet

The story of Romeo and Juliet is arguably one of Shakespeare’s most famous tales. It tells the story of two young lovers in Verona, their warring families and the disaster that entails.

I’ve always thought that Romeo and Juliet is not a love story or even that of a tragedy, I’ve always thought of Romeo and Juliet as an example of the passionate obsession that is so commonly felt by teenagers. This obsession is often mistaken for love. It’s not really, it’s more of a taste of what love could be without all the raging teenage hormones and the lack of relationship experience that completely mess everything up.

Romeo and Juliet is often the kind of relationship that is aspired to, the intense and passionate ‘star-crossed lovers’ type thing. But what most people are unaware about Romeo and Juliet is that Juliet is 13 and Romeo is 17, which is a little bit inappropriate. Their relationship also spans over the course of a few days, which isn’t particularly long at all, especially not long enough to get married and then die for them. (Uh spoiler?)

The moral of the story is that you shouldn’t let emotions about one thing or another (or a person/family) rule your life. The feud between the Capulets and the Montagues overtook them and it cost them the lives of Romeo and Juliet. Though I don’t agree with the relationship of Romeo and Juliet, I do like the moral of the story as I think it carries a strong message


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