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 by William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet can be plausibly dated to Shakespeare must have written the play between and Romeo and Juliet had certainly been performed by , when the first quarto was published. Ling in his turn transferred the copyright to John Smethwick on 19 November The third quarto did not appear until , when it was printed by John Windet for John Smethwick. The fourth quarto, printed for Smethwick by William Stansby, appeared in
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.
Creation of the play
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Why is Romeo and Juliet a tragedy? Very simply, Romeo and Juliet can be considered a tragedy because the protagonists - the young lovers - are faced with a momentous obstacle that results in a horrible and fatal conclusion. This is the structure of all Shakespeare's tragedies. A tragic theme also is present in Romeo and Juliet : the triumph of man's spirit and will over life's cruelty. Is she an original character from Shakespeare, or did she come from another source? Shakespeare's reference to Queen Mab, the well-known fairy in Celtic Irish folklore -- famous centuries before Shakespeare -- was the first known reference to her in English literature. Shelley wrote a poem in nine cantos called Queen Mab in
Although there is no record of when Shakespeare actually wrote Romeo and Juliet , it was first performed in or It is likely that Shakespeare wrote the play shortly before its premiere performance. So, who wrote the original Romeo and Juliet and when? The origins of Romeo and Juliet are convoluted, but many people trace it back to an old Italian tale based on the lives of two lovers who tragically died for each other in Verona, Italy in Some say the lovers, although not from the Capulet and Montague families, were real people.