• This version was republished in 1609.
  • This book has become known as the .

The film and television industries have produced more than a dozen renditions of the play, including animated productions.

William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.

The players were reluctant to allow their dramas to be printed.

They apparently thought that if a play could be read, few people would wish to see it acted.
"And there's such great material over here. I've read a few that have come from that side and they haven't grabbed my interest as much as this did."

Revised and enlarged by Oscar James Campbell.

Ovid (43 BC-AD 17 or 18) was among the ancient writers who told the story of Pyramis and Thisbe.
"I don't know whether it's purely the different sensibilities, depending on where you are and how things land differently. Certainly, in terms of The Killing and the darkness in that… there was plenty of darkness in The X-Files.


According to his version of the tale,

Brokenhearted, he kills himself.
But even if the Capulets or Montagues sought to annul the marriage, Paris might well have rejected Juliet as “damaged goods.” But Romeo and Juliet saw only their present quandary and failed to look beyond it.

Thisbe is still alive, however.
Unfortunately, too often they lack the wisdom or moral strength to make the right decisions and, instead, pursue a course of action which fated for disaster.
For information on this theme, see .

explodes with verbal fireworks.

It ends four days later in the same city shortly after sunrise.

As one of Shakespeare’s early dramas, the play was a vehicle through which he attempted to startle audiences with his ability to manipulate language by creating puns, rhyming poetry, and striking figures of speech.

Verona is in northern Italy about sixty-five miles west of Venice.

From the very beginning, Romeo and Juliet are "star-cross'd" as children of "fatal loins." But Shakespeare knows that the events leading to tragedy cannot be explained away so simply.

(In Italian the name is ; in Latin, it is ).

Then, in the opening dialogue, Shakespeare spices his writing with puns and double-entendres, as when the servants Sampson and Gregory make veiled sexual references:

Part of the action in the play takes place in Mantua.


Such language is crude, but it serves a purpose: to contrast with elevated, lyrical imagery used later by Romeo and Juliet to express their love.

Romeo goes there after the Prince of Verona banishes him.

If they had had the wisdom to consider that their whole lives lay before them, that other paths lay open to them, they surely would have embraced a fabian tactic to whittle away the opposition.
Shakespeare makes clear that one should judge people by their character and personal qualities, not by their name or social standing.

There is nothing of a sickly and sentimental cast.

Mercutio, a brilliant punster and shaper of imagery, uses his way with words to criticize the stupidity of the feuding families and the folly of blind passion.