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Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare

Table of Contents

Read the Translation


Plot Overview

Character List

Analysis of Major Characters



Friar Lawrence


Themes, Motifs & Symbols

Summary & Analysis


Act 1, scene 1

Act 1, scene 2

Act 1, scene 3

Act 1, scene 4

Act 1, scene 5

Act 2, prologue–scene 1

Act 2, scenes 2–3

Act 2, scenes 4–5

Act 3, scene 1

Act 3, scenes 2–4

Act 3, scene 5

Act 4, scenes 1–2

Act 4, scenes 3–5

Act 5, scenes 1–2

Act 5, scene 3

Important Quotations Explained

Key Facts

Study Questions & Essay Topics


Suggestions for Further Reading

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by ConorD98, February 18, 2013

In act 2 scene 5 Nurse appears to be tired and sore and tell Romeo the news NOT in act 2 scene 4 as sparknotes have written down.


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Thanks :)

by SingitforJesus, April 09, 2013

We are reading Romeo and Juliet in my class and it is so confusing because of the way they talked back then. Sparknotes has been a great help.


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Petrarch... Balcony Scene.

by marnie94, April 13, 2013

This essay (written in my first year at uni) focuses on the balcony scene but should help with thinking about the development of the characters and their relationship. If you're talking about Petrarchan conceit, this should help a lot.

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