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Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare) – 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 foreva. 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 he dun lost his nuts. So Romeo’s homieos Benvolio and Mercutio try to get his mind off that trick
by crashing a party over at the Capulet’s crib. But as soon as Romeo peeps the most-
tappable ass of Juliet Capulet, he forgets all about dat Rosaline mess and steps
up to holla, like a champ. Romeo loves himself some fast women, so he drops his A-game, gets a lil lip action, and snags those digits. Get it, Romeo.
Then Romeo creeps up to Juliet’s balcony. Turns out, she batsh*t crazy in love
with him too! But since their families got so much beef, they gotta keep it all on the DL. Next day, Romeo and Juliet run off to 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 up and starts talkin sh*t. 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. Damn. Romeo goes from whiny b*tch to the hardest thug in the streets and straight murks 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 juice
that makes 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 up, Romeo will have a lifetime supply of poontang.
Problem is, the letter never makes it to Romeo. So when he hears Juliet bit the
dust, he thinks this sh*t’s fo real. Romeo straight flips. So he rolls up to Juliet’s crypt, peeps her layin stiff, and throws back some poison. When Juliet wakes up and sees his dead body, she gets all crunk, grabs a knife, and kills herself. Teenagers, man. Damn. 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-lovin, Tybalt always comin out hard, tryin to throw down. Sh*t 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, patna. 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 f**ked up, that no matter what, they gonna end up feelin the hurt. Peeps call this, “The
Tragic Flaw.” Thang is, some thugs say Romeo and
Juliet ain’t rollin with no tragic flaws. It ain’t their fault that sh*t gets so cray. But what is tragic is that something else is trippin 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 stoppin him, Juliet wakes up right after Romeo bit 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 fo these fools. But maybe it ain’t fate so much as it is kids actin like stupid lil sh*ts. 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*t a sin. Could be they ain’t sinnin at all, but that the world that they live in just too twisted to deal with a love as pure as theirs. Maybe it ain’t our lovers that got the flaws, son. Maybe it’s the world. But all scholars agree it would be
a damn tragedy if you didn’t subscribe. Peace, yall!

100 thoughts on “Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare) – Thug Notes Summary and Analysis

  1. You are really good at breaking down stories for people who can't really understand them. Thank you for helping me get through High school! You truly are great.

  2. The Romeo and Juliet ending really ticks me off. This really could have been a legit happily ever after for these two.

  3. Romeo does have a tragic flaw, youthful ignorance. He was convinced Rosaline was his entire existence, and literally the very same day he decides he is completely in love with someone just because he sees her across the room. He overreacts quickly because he has no perspective of wisdom.

    This isn't a story of love, but rather immature infatuation.

  4. This is just my own modern interpretation, but I think the whole point of Romeo and Juliet isn't the romance itself, but the innocence of that love and its condemnation by an evironment blinded by cynicism and intolerance. The tragedy isn't the dumb young people, it's the older generations of their families being so pointlessly prejudiced as to reject the innocence of first love, however naive and sincere, in favor of perpetuating the ignorance and hate that would eventually get their children killed. There IS a tragic flaw, but it's not R+Js naivety. It's their family's blind hatred. They failed their children and to me that's the most heartbreaking tragedy there is.

  5. With my warped sense of humor, I find that this story is a dark comedy of the highest order. The most sensible characters unfortunately end up the worst off, just because the ones with the most power can't see reason.

  6. Please, Wisecrack, include spanish subtitles in the video!! I want to use it in my literature class! the kids would love you!! <3

  7. The thing about "star-crossed" lovers…The play does talk a bit about destiny a few times. The term star-crossed lovers to me meant that they were both straying from their pre-written destiny, and that was what killed them.
    Romeo shouldn't have tried to get with Juliet, and Juliet should have married Paris. Everything would have been in order, but since they challenged the stars, they were crushed.

  8. I’m watching this on the way to my English final. I have more I hope that I’m going to I’m going to pass now.

  9. My teacher accidently put this on in class…a class full of year 7s…you can probably guess how that went down…

  10. So let me get this straight: Romeo loses his gf, sulks, meets Juliet, they both fall in love, marry after barely meeting, then when they encounter a hurdle, one concocts a poor plan, it fail, then they both die because of it? Am I the only one that feels that they, maybe, move a little too fast? And if you ask me, this is anything BUT a pure love. Not only does Romeo quickly gets over his last chemical romance, but he kills himself when Juli "dies", and THEN she does the same. What does that accomplish? Romeo and Juliet are both overemotional and overreacting: one pops someone's head off in the spur of the moment (despite being partially responsible for the shanking of his best bud), and the other plans to fool everybody. That is anything but pure, they're both very flawed and act on their emotions. Teenagers man

  11. Awesome review and analysis of Romeo & Juliet. Thank you. Peace. Love out. From UK.

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