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Shakespeare Dictionary

The Definition Essay: What is Love?

Sample Essay 1 Sample Essay 2
Sample Essay 3 Sample Essay 4
Sample Essay 5 Sample Essay 6
Sample Essay 7 Sample Essay 8
Sample Essay 9 Sample Essay 10



Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whole misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend."

So begins William Shakespeare's classic love story of two "star crossed lovers.  As we move through the course essential question: What does a story look like in the hands of a master storyteller?, we will seek to understand why some stories transcend such boundaries as time, age, religion, language, and geographical regions.at the narrative in the hands of a master storyteller.  More specifically, this unit aims to address the enduring nature of themes relevant to all people.  Students will come to appreciate how a story can




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