Romeo and Juliet: the Star-Crossed Lovers

In [amazon_link id=”0199267170″ target=”_blank” ] William Shakespeare’s [/amazon_link] play, “The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of [amazon_link id=”0743477111″ target=”_blank” ]Romeo and Juliet[/amazon_link],” the protagonists are described in the Prologue (introduction) as “star-crossed lovers” (1.1.6).

“Star-crossed lovers” is a phrase often used to describe a pair of lovers whose relationship is said to be doomed from the start, though also encompassing different meanings. The phrase is [amazon_link id=”0312017979″ target=”_blank” ]astrological[/amazon_link] in origin, stemming from the belief that the positions of the stars ruled over people’s fates. To describe a relationship as “star-crossed” is to say that it is “thwarted by a malign star” or that the stars are working against the relationship. “[amazon_link id=”0743273311″ target=”_blank” ]Troilus and Cressida[/amazon_link]” is another tragedy by Shakespeare whose main characters, Troilus and Cressida are also considered “star-crossed” as are [amazon_link id=”B001AQT0ZO” target=”_blank” ]Romeo and Juliet[/amazon_link].


Attention Students: to cite this web article in the current MLA-style, please use the example below.

Dixon, Catherine Jo. “Romeo and Juliet: the Star-Crossed Lovers.” Feast Of Languages. Catherine Jo Dixon, 7 February 2011. Web. [today’s date].

Note: The citation entry on the “Works Cited” or “Bibliography” page must have a “hanging indent.” The second line should be indented 5 spaces.

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English literature students most commonly use the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) style to write their papers. This citation reflects the [amazon_link id=”1603290249″ target=”_blank” ]MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition[/amazon_link] and/or the [amazon_link id=”0873522974″ target=”_blank” ]MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd edition[/amazon_link]. For additional information, I recommend a free online writing lab from Purdue University: “The Purdue OWL” which has current, credible information and reliable examples.

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