Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare

Plot Summary

A long feud between the Montague and Capulet families disrupts the city of Verona and causes tragic results for Romeo and Juliet who fall in love, but cannot be together. A secret marriage force the young star-crossed lovers to grow up quickly for Juliet is to be wed to another. Juliet takes a sleeping potion that makes her appear to be dead for 42 hours -- in this time Romeo is to be told that she is still alive, however he was not so he illegally purchased a poison so that he could be with Juliet in death. He goes to her tomb and takes the poison. When Juliet awakes she sees this and kills herself with a dagger.

Poetic Devices in Romeo and Juliet

There are lots of poetic devices used in Romeo and Juliet. You covered many of these in the notes section for Lesson 1. Click on the link below to use a quizlet to practice these terms.

Elizabethan Era

The Differences and Similarities

The Elizabethan Era was named for the time period in which Queen Elizabeth I was ruler in England. It is often considered to be the golden age in English history. It was the height of the English Renaissance and saw the flowering of English poetry, music and literature. This was also the time during which Elizabethan theatre flourished, and William Shakespeare and many others composed plays that broke free of England's past style of plays and theatre.

Parodies of Romeo and Juliet