When Romeo Met Juliet

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Trafford Publishing, 2005 - 208 Seiten

What exactly happened when Romeo and Juliet, the world's most famous lovers, met for the first time? We know that the young couple met one evening in July and declared their love for each other immediately. We know that they married the next day and shortly afterwards proved that they were willing to die for one another. But why Romeo, wherefore Juliet? Juliet found Romeo irresistible, yet he was recently rejected out of hand by her cousin Rosaline. Juliet herself was a beautiful young woman, but 'all the admired beauties of Verona' were also present at the banquet where they met. What made Juliet, rather than any other woman present, so special in Romeo's eyes?

Shakespeare hints at many answers to such questions in the text of the play. In this book those hints are expanded and augmented by comments from some two hundred other writers, poets and the occasional scientist. Justifiable speculation allows more than 160 factors that contributed to their mutual passion to be identified and discussed.

When Romeo Met Juliet is meant to lead to a deeper understanding of Shakespeare's play, but it aims to do more than that. Using the Romeo-Juliet experience as a case study, it attempts to throw light on the mystery of human attraction that we know as 'falling in love.' For a privileged few, it is 'love at first sight.' That, Juliet suggests, is like being struck by lightning, but we suspect that it is how love should be.


 

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Inhalt

Introduction
7
A brief reminder of the play
9
Accent
13
Actions
14
Adulthood
15
Adventurousness
16
Affection
17
Air
18
Hands
102
Handsome
103
Health
104
Heartthrob
105
Height
107
Hips
108
Honesty
109
Hunger
110

Alcohol
19
Allurement
20
Ambition
21
Animation
22
Appearance
23
Approachability
24
Arms
25
Attention
26
Back
27
Beard
28
Beauty
29
Beguilement
31
Belly
32
Bewitched
33
Birth
34
Bloom
35
Blush
36
Body
37
Body hair
38
Breasts
39
Breath
40
Breathing
41
Brooding
43
Calmness
44
Candlelight
46
Caveman
47
Charisma
48
Charm
49
Cheeks
50
Chemistry
51
Chest
52
Chin
53
Cleavage
55
Compliments
57
Conversation
58
Coyness
59
Curiosity
60
Curls
61
Curves
63
Dancing
64
Danger
65
Decisiveness
66
Dignity
67
Dimples
68
Ears
69
Eloquence
70
Equality
72
Eyebrows
73
Eyelashes
74
Eyes
75
Face
77
Faults
78
Feet
79
Femininity
80
Fingers
81
Fire
82
First impression
84
First names
85
Flattery
86
Flirting
87
Flowers
89
Foil
90
Forbidden fruit
91
Forehead
92
Frowns
93
Generosity
94
Gentleman
95
Gentleness
96
Glasses
98
Gracefulness
99
Hair
100
Imagination
112
Indifference
113
Innocence
114
Intelligence
115
It
117
Kindness
118
Kisses
119
Knight
120
Language of the eyes
121
Laughter
122
Legs
124
Lips
125
Listening
126
Lust
127
Manliness
128
Manners
129
Modesty
130
Mole
132
Money
133
Moonlight
134
Moustache
135
Mouth
137
Music
138
Mystery
139
Neck
140
Nose
141
Opposites
142
Parents
143
Pedestal
144
Perfume
145
Personality
147
Place
148
Pouting
149
Pride
150
Proportion
151
Rebound
153
Religion
155
Response
156
Rivalry
157
Romance
158
Scars
159
Selfconfidence
160
Sense of humour
161
Shape
162
Sighs
163
Silk
164
Skin
165
Smell
167
Smile
168
Smoking
169
Softness
170
Suppleness
171
Surnames
172
Symmetry
174
Tan
175
Tears
176
Teeth
177
Thighs
178
Throat
179
Time
180
Touch
181
Voice
182
Vulnerability
184
Waist
185
Walking
186
Whispering
187
Yawning
188
Youth
189
Epilogue
191
Index
201
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