Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

From plot debriefs to key motifs, Thug Notes’ Romeo and Juliet Summary & Analysis has you covered with themes, symbols, important quotes, and more.

Romeo and Juliet (1597) | Written by: William Shakespeare | Published by: Dover Thrift

Romeo and Juliet
Thug Notes Summary and Analysis

Yo what it do? This week on Thug Notes we gettin lovestruck with Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

Up in the swanky part of Verona, two families called the Montagues and the Capulets been beefin since forever. After dodging an all out war in the streets, Big Daddy Montague and his boo Lady Montague start talkin bout
their emo son Romeo who got it BAD for some fox Rosaline. But Rosaline ain’t feelin it, and now Romeo mopin around like dun lost his nuts. So Romeo’s homios Benvolio and Mercutio try to get his mind off that trick by crashing a party over at the Capulet crib.

But as soon as Romeo peeps the most-tappable ass of Juliet Capulet, he forgets all about bout dat Rosaline mess and steps up to holler. Romeo loves himself some fast women, so he drops his A game, gets a lil lip action, and snags those digits.

Then Romeo creeps up to Juliet’s balcony. Turns out, she batsh** crazy in love with him too! But since their families got such beef, they gotta keep it on the DL. Next day, Romeo and Juliet run off to the local preacher man Friar Lawrence’s spot and get hitched. Later, Benvolio and Mercutio takin it easy when Tybalt, the baddest mofo of all da Capulets, steps to and starts talkin sh**. Mercutio boot up and start scrappin with Tybalt til Romeo busts in and tries to break it up. But Romeo just gets in the way and Tybalt shanks Mercutio. Romeo goes from whiny bitch to hard-ass thug and straight MERCS Tybalt.

The Prince of Verona HAD IT with all this gang violence. So he boots Romeo right outta town. When Juliet’s mama say she gotta marry some candy-ass scrub named Paris, Juliet gets all torn up and hits up Friar Lawrence for some help.

Fry-daddy comes with a plan to fake Juliet’s death by giving her some joose that make her take a long ass nap. Then he gonna write Romeo a letter sayin all he has to do is play it cool, and once Juliet wakes, Romeo will have a lifetime supply of poon-tang.

Problem is, the letter never makes it to Romeo. So when he hears Juliet bit the dust, he thinks its fo real. Romeo straight flips. So he rolls
up to Juliet’s crypt, peeps her layin stiff, and throws back some poision. When Juliet wakes up and sees his dead body, she gets all crunk, grabs a knife, and kills herself. Teenagers man..

Peep this motif, blood. Willy Shakes flippin opposites all up in this play. Love/hate, youth/age, life/death- I ain’t even trippin. Even characters got opposites. For example, while Benvolio be all chill and peace-loving, Tybalt always coming out hard tryin to throw down. Shiiit you can even peep these paradoxes in tha text, B.

But Willy ain’t just playin. All these clashing opposites makin dat dramatic action mo intense.

Listen up, padna. The full title of this play is “The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.” Cept is it really a tragedy? Some homies don’t think so.

See in most tragedies, the characters got somethin in their dome that’s so fu**ed up that no matter what they gonna end up feeling the hurt. Peeps call this “the tragic flaw.”

Thing is, some thugz say Romeo and Juliet ain’t rollin with no tragic flaws. It ain’t their fault that sh** gets so cray. But what is tragic is that something else is tripping up their game- chance.

All throughout this play, fate doin our lovers straight dirty.

Just look at all these ridiculous coincidences: Dat letter don’t find Romeo, The Friar too late in stopping him, Juliet wakes up RIGHT AFTER Romeo bites the big one. I could go on playa.

So when the prologue sayin that these kids be “star-crossed,” maybe it’s cuz the heavens got it in for these fools.

But maybe it ain’t fate so much as it is kids actin like stupid lil sh**s. Some say Romeo and Juliet’s tragic flaw be a love all insane in the membrane. And they willin to do ANYTHING to keep it real. Even Friar Lawrence say that sh** a sin-

Friar Laurence: These violent delights have violent ends, / And in their triumph die like fire and powder, / Which as they kiss consume. The sweetest honey / Is loathsome in his own deliciousness, / And in the taste confounds the appetite. / Therefore love moderately. Love love doth so. / Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow. (2.5.3-15)

Could be that it ain’t that they sinnin at all, but that the world they live in just too twisted to deal wit a love as pure as theirs. Maybe it ain’t our lovers that got flaws, son. Maybe it’s the world.

But all scholars agree it would be a damn tragedy if you didn’t pick up some of my swag. Peace, yall!

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