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'Romeo and Juliet' Study Guide

'Romeo and Juliet' Study Guide and Summary


With our Romeo and Juliet Study Guide and Summary, you will discover one of the best-known tragic love stories of all time. Originally written in the earlier stages of Shakespeare's career around 1594, the play has since become an enduring symbol of romanticism in popular culture.

1. 'Romeo and Juliet' Characters

The characters from Romeo and Juliet have become an important part of today’s popular culture. This guide provides analysis and commentary on all the main Romeo and Juliet characters and is a perfect place to start your study.

2. 'Romeo and Juliet' Theme Analysis

In Romeo and Juliet, theme is used to add texture and depth to the play. For example, to reveal the complexity of Romeo’s love for Juliet, it is compared to other forms of love in the play and we are encouraged to question the extent to which the two lovers are fated to love.

3. Scene Breakdown for 'Romeo and Juliet'

'Romeo and Juliet' - Title Page from the First Quarto
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This scene-by-scene breakdown of Romeo and Juliet provides a clear plot summary for Shakespeare's most popular play.

4. Romeo - A Character Profile

Romeo is son and heir of Montague and Lady Montague. He’s a handsome man of about sixteen who falls easily in and out of love demonstrating his immaturity.

5. Juliet - A Character Profile

Juliet is the daughter of Capulet and Lady Capulet. At thirteen, Juliet is beautiful and at a marriageable age. Before meeting Romeo, She has thought little about love and marriage but her parents are keen for her to marry a man with good prospects.

6. Montague-Capulet Feud

In Romeo and Juliet, two noble families are at war: The Montague-Capulet feud is established in the very first scene when a fight breaks out between Montague’s and Capulet’s serving men. But who’s who in the Montague-Capulet feud?

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