February 11, 2011

Wherefore Art Thou Gnomeo?

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Photo_gnomeo Carly M.'s cute Create a Caption post with David the Gnome mentioned the new movie Gnomeo and Juliet. Well today, we've got a more complete story.

"O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?" You guys may have heard of this line. It's a line from the famous William Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet, and maybe even one of the most famous lines in literature! I think I was in 10th grade when I first read Romeo and Juliet. Once I got past the old English style of writing (lots of thou, thy, and doth), I was convinced it was one of the saddest love stories of all time.

Here's a short recap: Two feuding families, the Capulets and the Montagues, had a nasty history of killing each other. Juliet is a Capulet. Romeo is a Montague. They fall in love with each other. This can't be good right? Well, it gets worse. They keep their love hidden from their families. They secretly get married. Then when Juliet's family is about to force her to marry another guy named Paris, she confides in her family priest. The priest gives her a sleeping potion that will make her seem dead. The message is supposed to get to Romeo that she's really NOT dead. But the message gets mixed up, and he thinks she really IS dead. He goes to her sleeping body (which appears to be dead) and is determined to be with her in death, so he nixes himself. Juliet wakes up to a dead Romeo. So she nixes herself as well. Sad, and a little twisted, right?

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Well – cut to 400 years later and add some wacky Hollywood magic. Turn Romeo and Juliet into animated garden gnomes. What do you get? Gnomeo and Juliet. The new movie hits theaters today. It looks pretty funny. And you never know. It may get people back into reading Shakespeare. . . the way Percy Jackson got me back into reading Greek mythology!

And here's a tip for a laugh. The next time your parents (or brother or sister) say goodnight to you, if you really want to WOW them, try quoting shakespeare. Simply say, "Parting is such sweet sorrow. That I should say goodnight, till it be morrow." No doubt they will be impressed.

What do you guys think of Gnomeo and Juliet? How do you think Romeo and Juliet will be interpreted by garden gnomes? Drop a line and let us know in the Comments!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

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  1. Makenzie

    I saw Gnomeo and Juilet and my favorite oart is when Gnomeo is on the statue of William Shakespeare and they are having a conversation

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