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About the play

   The young "star-crossed" lovers Romeo a Montague and Juliet a Capulet are teenages. They fall in love but their families are enemies. They seize the moment and marry secretly. Attempting to conceal their actions Romeo, Juliet,Tybalt, Mercutio, and Paris all end up dead.


   Romeo and Juliet was based on real lovers who lived in Verona, Italy. They died in 1303 for each other. During this time period the Montagues and Capulets were in inhabitants of Verona.
William Shakespeare's main source:
   He found the story in Arthur Brooke's poem 'The Tragical Historye of Romeus and Juliet' This was the year of 1562
Inspiration from the play:
  • Berlioz's dramatic symphony
  • Tchaikovsky's fantasy- overture
  • Prokofiev's full-length ballet
  • West Side Story based on Romeo and Juliet

 Date first performed:

  It is believed that Romeo and Juliet was first performed between 1594 and 1595 in the Elizabeth era.

Date first printed:

 It is believed that it was first  printed in 1597. Shakespeare did not want his work printed. However, it was often pirated without his consent, following a performance.


 It was located in Verona and Mantua in Italy for the production.

Number of words:

 According to the Complete Public Domain Text is 25,948.



    1.) Love- The first kind of love in this play is lustful love. Lustful love is purpose of sexual pleasure. This is shown in Sampson's and Gregory's converstaion. Also it is shown by the nurse and her comments to Juliet. The second type of love is infatuation. This love is all in the head. Romeo thinks he's in love with Rosaline however, it's all in his head. The third type of love is shown by Paris. His marriage was arranged by Capulet with Juliet. However, love is not an image; it's a commitment. The last kind of love that is demonstarted is 100% pure love. This is shown through Romeo and Juliet because they would die for each other.
   2.) Hate- The hatred between the Montagues and the Capulets end up killing their only children. In the end if they would have settled things sooner their children would hav still be alive. However, they didnt do Shakespeare is telling us that fighting with someone is just for the sake of fighting.This is a lesson to be learned.
   3.) Fate- Fate was against Romeo and Juliet. Obviously they didn't live happily ever after. Many things led to their death. First of all, they met by chance. So they fell in love before realizing they were enemies. After marriage Romeo didn't want to kill Tybalt. However, Tybalt killed Mercutio and Romeo had to get revenge. Then the Capulets wanted Juliet to marry Paris. Friar Lawrence gives Juliet a drug to make her appear dead. However, because fate was against him the letter never reaches Romeo. Which ends up leading to their death.

The play leaves you thinking "if only..."