Curious about what a filter would pick up for Romeo & Juliet? You’d be surprised! Just because it’s old, doesn’t mean it’s clean. They talked dirty back then too. So visit the store to purchase our Clean Guide to clean up your copy before you read something you didn’t want to.
“This is one of the oldest and best loved stories in the world: two young lovers, little more than children, cannot understand the hatred of an older generation that keeps them apart, and choose to die together rather than live without each other.”
As I mentioned last week with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I am new to Shakespeare. So Romeo & Juliet was my second read of his and, consequently, my second attempt to not just entirely write him off. Sadly, the latter did not help to counter the side to which I’m leaning.
I find it hard to get into a book where it is probably more lust than love, where vulgarity is to be laughed at, and where suicide is the supposed glorious conclusion of “true love.”
Just because something is old and holds the title of “classic,” doesn’t mean it’s good.
I was very surprised by how much sexual innuendo this play contained! Mercutio, Romeo’s close friend, is incredibly vulgar, along with Juliet’s Nurse. Almost everything that comes out of their mouths is a sexual innuendo. Even though this story was written four hundred years ago, it is not unlike the movies of today, with their crude scenes and vulgar banter. Here is a link to download Book Radar’s Romeo & Juliet.