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Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s play about the doomed romance of two teenagers from feuding families is the most famous love story ever written. First performed around 1596, Romeo and Juliet has been adapted as a ballet, an opera, the musical West Side Story, and a dozen films. Read a character analysis of Juliet, plot summary, and important quotes.

Characters

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