Romeo and Juliet by William ShakespeareIn Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a violent world, in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud.
In this death-filled setting, the movement from love at first sight to the lovers’ final union in death seems almost inevitable. And yet, this play set in an extraordinary world has become the quintessential story of young love. In part because of its exquisite language, it is easy to respond as if it were about all young lovers.
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Romeo and Juliet: Everything you need to know: Context
Key moments and facts
An age-old vendetta between two powerful families erupts into bloodshed. A group of masked Montagues risk further conflict by gatecrashing a Capulet party. The message fails to reach Romeo, and believing Juliet dead, he takes his life in her tomb. The grieving family agree to end their feud. Romeo and Juliet begins as the Chorus introduces two feuding families of Verona: the Capulets and the Montagues. On a hot summer's day, the young men of each faction fight until the Prince of Verona intercedes and threatens to banish them. Soon after, the head of the Capulet family plans a feast.
William Shakespeare is best known for his plays, although he was also an accomplished poet and actor. Thirty-eight plays is the most popular hypothesis, but after many years of wrangling, a little-known play called "Double Falsehood" has now been added to the canon. The main problem is that it is believed that William Shakespeare wrote many of his plays collaboratively. Therefore, it is difficult to identify the content penned by the Bard with any accuracy. Shakespeare was writing between and
Juliet is a Capulet. He loves her, she him. The hitch? Their families are mortal enemies. Juliet kills herself but not really and Romeo, believing his love is dead, kills himself really. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?
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Romeo and Juliet , play by William Shakespeare , written about —96 and first published in an unauthorized quarto in An authorized quarto appeared in , substantially longer and more reliable. A third quarto, based on the second, was used by the editors of the First Folio of The characters of Romeo and Juliet have been depicted in literature , music, dance, and theatre. The appeal of the young hero and heroine—whose families, the Montagues and the Capulets, respectively, are implacable enemies—is such that they have become, in the popular imagination, the representative type of star-crossed lovers.