Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare

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Artboard 1TragedyWilliam Shakespearec. 1594-1595EnglishPlayAuthorYears WrittenOriginal LanguageRomeo and JulietThe extraordinary popularity of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet comes in part from its heart-racing suspense, intense passion, and shattering conclusion. The play tells the story of young lovers thwarted by others' hate. Denied the right to love one another, Romeo and Juliet pursue a terrible, poetic end to their story instead, as themes are explored and mirrored in scenes of day and night.The Greatest Love Story of AllOVERVIEWFamily defines identity in VeronaThe young lovers rush to wed after one dayImpassioned violence results in two murdersRomeo is banished from Verona foreverConfronted with death, the families reconcileFaces concealed, Romeo and Juliet meetDriven by impulse, they meet secretly at night After the tragedy, the lovers still share the nightJuliet seeks escape through pretended deathIn a double suicide, the lovers sacrifice allIdentityIdentityYouthYouthPassionPassionSacrificeSacrificeBanishmentBanishmentDAYNIGHTWILLIAM SHAKESPEARE1564-1616Romeo and Juliet might have been the first play to combine tragedy and comedy. Shakespeare had a political motive as well as the desire to entertain: the play is a criticism of his Renaissance society's patriarchal structure, in which fathers chose their daughters’ husbands.AuthorExploring love in multiple forms, the play depicts what stimulates, threatens, and sustains love.LoveThe uses and abuses of authority drive the plot.AuthorityMuch of the drama's tension stems from clashes between the younger and older generations.Romeo and Juliet's identities are explored through their roles as children, friends, citizens, lovers, and spouses.RolesThemesAgeMain CharactersRomeo and Julietby the Numbers0Siblings of both Romeo and Juliet4Days over which the play takes place13Age of Juliet, revised by Shakespeare from 17 in the original94Speeches in which the word love is used (hate is used in 11)FriendsRomanceMarriedFamilyMurdersParisJuliets suitorLord MontagueHead of his family; Capulets rivalLord CapuletHead of his family;Montagues rivalRomeoMontagues son;Juliets loveFriar LawrenceMarries the lovers and devises their escapeMercutioRomeo's flashy friendTybaltJuliets cousinJulietCapulets daughter;Romeos loveSources: Folger Shakespeare Library, PBS, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Uncovered Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.hats in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other word would smell as sweet.Juliet, Act II, Scene II

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