Category: English
Sub Category: English Literature
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$12.99 each

ISBN: 9781451621709

The prologue of Romeo and Juliet calls the title characters "star-crossed lovers"-and the stars do seem to conspire against these young lovers.

Romeo is a Montague, and Juliet a Capulet.  Their families are enmeshed in a feud, but the moment they meet - when Romeo and his friends attend a party at Juliet's house in disguise - the two fall in love and quickly decide that they want to be married.

A friar secretly marries them, hoping to end the feud.  Romeo and his companions almost immediately encounter Juliet's cousin Tybalt, who challenges Romeo.  When Romeo refuses to fight, Romeo's friend Mercutio accepts the challenge and is killed.  Romeo then kills Tybalt and is banished. he spends that night with Juliet and then leaves for Mantua.

Juliet's father forces her into a marriage with Count Paris.  To avoid this marriage, Juliet takes a potion, given her by the friar, which makes her appear dead.  The friar will send Romeo word to be at her family tomb when she awakes.  The plan goes awry, and Romeo learns instead that she is dead.  In the tomb, Romeo kills himself.  Juliet wakes, sees his body, and commits suicide.  Their deaths appear finally to end the feud.

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Folger Shakespeare Library : The World's Leading Center for Shakespeare Studies

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the World's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe.  

This updated edition includes :

* Newly re-edited play text and revised commentary notes

* Scene-by-scene plot summaries

* A key to the play's famous lines and phrases

* An introduction to reading Shakespeare's Language 

* An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

* Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Liberary's vast holdings of rare books

* An up-to-date annotated guide to further reading

Essay by Gail Kern Paster

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