This play by Shakespear is one of the most read and enacted plays despite it being a tragedy It centres around Romeo who comes from the family of Montague and Juliet from the family of Capulet. There is enmity between the two families.
Romeo told by his friend Benvolio decides to go to a ball thrown by Lord Capulet . There he sees juliet and falls in love with her. Romeo steals into the garden and professes his love to Juliet who stands above her balcony. The two lovers decide to get married in seceret. Later Romeo kills Tybalt who is a Capulet .
Romeo is banished by the prince from Verona . While Romeo is away, the Capulets unaware of the secret marriage try to marry off Juliet to Paris, a cousin to the Prince. Juliet arranges with Friar Laurence who married them secretly to devise a desperate plan to avoid her parent’s wishes. She obtains a drug that makes her seem dead for forty-two hours. Friar Laurence sends word to Romeo so that he can rescue her from her tomb. Unfortunately, Friar Laurence delays and word reaches Romeo that Juliet has died.
Romeo too takes poison and ends his life.
It was among Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays.
In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare employs several dramatic techniques that have garnered praise from critics; most notably the abrupt shifts from comedy to tragedy.
Shakespearean language can be challenging to read, especially at first, and newcomers would do best with a well-annotated edition that explains difficult words and constructions.