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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a tale of two teenage "star-cross'd lovers" who fall in love despite the ongoing feud between their two families, the Montagues and the Capulets. Friar Lawrence, a Franciscan monk, hopes to reconcile the feuding families through the union of their two children in marriage, but when Romeo is forced to kill Tybalt (Juliet's cousin) in a duel, the friar's well-intentioned plan begins to unravel. After a tragic miscommunication, Romeo and Juliet commit suicide, each believing the other to be dead. One of Shakespeare's most popular plays, Romeo and Juliet has inspired numerous film adaptations including an Academy Award winning film directed by Franco Zeffirelli (1968) and a popular 1996 version starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.
 
 
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a tale of two teenage "star-cross'd lovers" who fall in love despite the ongoing feud between their two families, the Montagues and the Capulets. Friar Lawrence, a Franciscan monk, hopes to reconcile the feuding families through the union of their two children in marriage, but when Romeo is forced to kill Tybalt (Juliet's cousin) in a duel, the friar's well-intentioned plan begins to unravel. After a tragic miscommunication, Romeo and Juliet commit suicide, each believing the other to be dead. One of Shakespeare's most popular plays, Romeo and Juliet has inspired numerous film adaptations including an Academy Award winning film directed by Franco Zeffirelli (1968) and a popular 1996 version starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. More

 
    Shakespeare, England's National Poet
  Shakespeare, England's National Poet
William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works,...
 
       
 
         
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