Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare

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Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play by William Shakespeare, written around 1597. It's a timeless story of two young lovers from feuding families in Verona, Italy. Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall deeply in love at first sight during a masquerade ball. Despite their families' enmity, they secretly marry with the help of Friar Laurence. However, their happiness is short-lived due to ongoing conflicts between their families. The play introduced numerous phrases and idioms into the English language that are still commonly used today. Expressions like 'star-crossed lovers', 'parting is such sweet sorrow', and 'a rose by any other name' originate from this play. Romeo and Juliet examines themes such as the role of fate versus free will, the complexities of love, the impact of social institutions (like family and society), and the consequences of feuds or conflicts, and it remains one of the most performed and adapted plays in the world.

Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World set.

This book has 25,835 words, 110 pages in the PDF version, and was originally written in 1597.

Production notes: This ebook of Romeo and Juliet was published by Global Grey in 2019, and updated on the 18th November 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Romeo and Juliet' by Jules Salles.

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