Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare and first published in 1597, although it was revised and corrected in later editions. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and nowadays is one of his most frequently performed plays.
Romeo and Juliet tells the story of two young Italian lovers whose impossible love leads to a fatal end. It is a warning about the sometimes dangerous passion of young love.
Romeo and Juliet belong to rival families who are facing a series of disputes. Both ignore the situation and marry in secret, but Romeo must flee when he kills Juliet's cousin in an act of revenge.
Juliet's family tries to marry their daughter off to a count, which she deeply rejects as she is in love with Romeo. She gets the idea to take a potion to pretend to be dead and escape, but Romeo returns for her and believes her dead, before he decides to commit suicide by taking a poison. When Juliet wakes up to find Romeo dead, she commits suicide by stabbing herself.
The book confronts fate and free will, leaving the audience to decide who is responsible for the deaths of the young lovers.
"Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean."
2 hours 9 minutes (25834 words)
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O, swear not by the moon, th' inconstant moon, That monthly changes in her circled orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.
These violent delights have violent ends<br/> And in their triump die, like fire and powder<br/> Which, as they kiss, consume.