WHO OWNS THE STORY?

The internet is a constant source of my spiraling thoughts.  Today about Romeo & Juliet.  There’s a new essay about the history of the story of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers.  Actually, it’s not really his story.  He based it on a poem by another English writer. But the story itself goes way back through a succession of different authors to Ovid, who also lifted it from a 5th Century B.C. historian.  Was it history or merely fable to begin with?

Reminds of a bit of what is the telling of ongoing history today.  Is it fact or fable, and how do you know when it rolls from a beginning of unnamed sources and then is re-reported to and by millions in mere instants?  As Romeo & Juliet proves, a compelling story that taps your passion…doesn’t die.

 
Shara Fryer

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