Dramatica is an entirely new way of looking at story. Beyond simply a paradigm or sequence of cultural beats, Dramatica theorizes why stories exist and attempts to outline the processes and dramatic touch points needed to tell a successful and meaningful story. Dramatica - Romeo & Juliet reveals a comprehensive look at the Storyform for Romeo and Juliet. Unlike most of the analysis found here—which simply lists the unique individual story appreciations—this in-depth study details the actual encoding for each structural item.
60 Second Recap boils down Romeo & Juliet into short little bites of energy.
Boy meets girl. Boy marries girl. Boy and girl commit suicide.
Who can resist a story like that? Evidently, no one. After all, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is the world’s most popular melodrama.
Of course, there’s more to Romeo and Juliet than our snarky, one-line plot summary. There are great characters—passionate Romeo and naive Juliet, scheming Friar Lawrence, sarcastic Mercutio, hot-headed Tybalt. There are famous lines—“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”
And there is the irresistible lure of love-against-all-odds. In Romeo and Juliet, the love of two young lovers must withstand the assaults of prejudice, bigotry, revenge—in short, just about every impulse known to civilization. Big stuff. Big story.
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