Romeo and JulietRomeo 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.
Romeo and Juliet
What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear. Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow. William Shakespeare, if that indeed was his real name, was an obscure writer of Elizabethan entertainments about whom little is known
SAMPSON True; and therefore women, being the weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the wall: therefore I will push Montague's men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall. Draw thy tool! I will bite my thumb at them; which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it. But now, my lord, what say you to my suit? CAPULET But saying o'er what I have said before: My child is yet a stranger in the world; She hath not seen the change of fourteen years, Let two more summers wither in their pride, Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride. The earth hath swallow'd all my hopes but she, She is the hopeful lady of my earth: But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart, My will to her consent is but a part; An she agree, within her scope of choice Lies my consent and fair according voice. This night I hold an old accustom'd feast, Whereto I have invited many a guest, Such as I love; and you, among the store, One more, most welcome, makes my number more.
First performed around , Romeo and Juliet has been adapted as a ballet, an opera, the musical West Side Story , and a dozen films. Read a character analysis of Juliet , plot summary , and important quotes. Read a Plot Overview of the entire play or a scene by scene Summary and Analysis. Read Romeo and Juliet alongside a modern English translation. Here's where you'll find analysis about the play as a whole, from the major themes and ideas to analysis of style, tone, point of view, and more. Find the quotes you need to support your essay, or refresh your memory of the play by reading these key quotes.
In Verona, Sampson and Gregory Capulet servants complain that they will not put up with insults from the Montague family. Abram and Balthasar Montague servants appear and the four start quarreling. Benvolio Lord Montague's nephew appears and tries to break up the quarrel, but Tybalt Lady Capulet's nephew appears and picks a fight with Benvolio. At length, officers try to break up the fight, even while Lord Capulet and Lord Montague begin to fight one another. The Prince of Verona Escalus appears and stops the fighting, proclaiming sentences of death to any that renew the fighting. At Montague's house, he, his wife, and Benvolio discuss how melancholy Romeo Montague's only son has been lately. Benvolio vows to find out why.
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Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and along with Hamlet , is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers. Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. Shakespeare borrowed heavily from both but expanded the plot by developing a number of supporting characters, particularly Mercutio and Paris. Believed to have been written between and , the play was first published in a quarto version in The text of the first quarto version was of poor quality, however, and later editions corrected the text to conform more closely with Shakespeare's original.