“O Romeo, Romeo!—wherefore art thou Romeo?” – An excerpt from William Shakespeare’s play – Romeo and Juliet.
Juliet Capulet – During the Elizabethan era, girls weren’t allowed to become actors in theatres and majority of characters like “Desdemona”, “Lady Macbeth” and “Juliet” were actually played by men. Shakespeare’s tragic romantic play “Romeo and Juliet became an instant success overnight. The lead characters in the play are considered equally powerful as “Hamlet”, “Othello” and “Macbeth”. Juliet Capulet is the female protagonist of the tragic play who unknowingly falls in love with Romeo only to realize later that her lover belongs to the rival family. On one side Juliet can’t bear the separation of her lover and on other side she has to abide by the rules laid by her family.
Though Romeo and Juliet get married secretly, their hopes of living together are short-lived. A scuffle between Romeo and Tybalt, the Juliet’s cousin takes place where Tybalt is killed by Romeo. What happens next is series of tragic events that tears apart the lovers and brings an end to the eternal love.
Actresses who portrayed Juliet – The role of Juliet Capulet was played by Olivia Hussey in the 1968 movie – Romeo and Juliet while Claire Danes portrayed the modern Juliet in the 1996 movie adaptation, directed by Bazz Luhrmann. The new adaptation on Romeo and Juliet featured hailee steinfield as Juliet in the 2013 movie.
If you want to know more about Juliet in detail, then you should definitely read this tragic masterpiece – Romeo and Juliet where every line written by Shakespeare is a priceless gem in the world of literature.
Novel : Red badge of Courage
Author: Stephen Crane
Publication Date : 1895
Plot – The novel revolves around the young soldiers who have enlisted in the army to protect their fatherland from other nations. Henry Fleming is the newly recruited soldier who dreams to give his efforts for his nation. The youthful soldiers are thrilled for getting enlisted in the army. But as they land on the war scene, the thrill transforms into a horrifying nightmare for the young soldiers. Even though many soldiers die facing the bullets, Henry Fleming chooses to flee from the battle. His mind is torn apart between life and loyalty for his nation. How Henry Fleming re-discovers the courageous spirit to fight and what setbacks lead him to path of manhood is explained very realistically by author Stephen Crane.
Through this character, Stephen Crane has thrown a light on the feelings and emotions of the countless soldiers who keep waking so that civilians can sleep peacefully. “Red Badge of Courage” is a coming of age novel which is set against the backdrop of American Civil war. This is indeed a great patriotic novel that every man should read. This classic novel was made into motion picture in 1951 by MGM which featured actor Audie Murphy as Henry Fleming.
This novel became an inspiration for several motion picture makers to make movies like “Saving Private Ryan”, “The thin red line”, “Courage under fire”, “Black Hawk Down” and “Lakshya”.
Motion Picture – The Dark Knight Rises
Cast: Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Lewitt, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard and Anne Hathaway as Cat- woman
Direction and screenplay – Christopher Nolan
Distributors – Warner Brothers
Release Date – July 20, 2012
Preview – Slated to release this summer, The Dark Knight rises is the most awaited super hero movie and last chapter of Batman trilogy. The story moves eight years ahead after the death of attorney Harvey Dent in the previous movie “The Dark Knight”. Batman returns to Gotham city once again and teams up with Sergeant Gordon to protect Gotham city from Bane, a sinister criminal. This time, the dark knight will not only face Bane, but also clash with the enigmatic Cat Woman. Will Batman succeed to stop Bane from destroying Gotham or will it mark the end of the dark crusader? Be ready to watch the epic conclusion of Dark Knight in the upcoming motion picture – The Dark Knight rises.