Romeo and Juliet

Title: Romeo and Juliet

Author: William Shakespeare

Genre: Play

Publication Date: 2004

Overview

Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, the preeminent English playwright of the Elizabethan era, is perhaps the most famous tragedy ever written. Though we don’t yet know when exactly the play was written, historical events mentioned in the play suggest that it could have been written in 1591. Prior to the publication of First Folio in 1623, where Romeo and Juliet was published with Shakespeare’s other plays, the play was published in two quartos. The first quarto was printed in 1597 by John Danter, and the second quarto—a superior version—was printed by Thomas Creede and published by Cuthbert Burby in 1599.

Romeo and Juliet is typically among the first tragic romances students are introduced to. Since it focuses on two “star-crossed lovers,” the eponymous Romeo and Juliet, the play appeals to teenagers and adults alike. Part of its appeal has to do with the fact that the lovers endure a tragic end; their affair doesn’t end in conjugal bliss. However, the play has also been criticized for what many see as its trite storyline. Yet, like most Shakespeare plays, Romeo and Juliet remains significant till date, after nearly 400 years, mainly on account of its presentation of universal themes. In particular, readers tend to resonate with the play’s focus on the pursuit of love in the face of societal and parental regulations. Indeed, since several other aspects of Romeo and Juliet transcend time and culture, its enduring popularity and relevance come as no surprise.

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