Romeo and Juliet
"I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need them and the distinguished scholarship of the general editors, Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller who understand that these are plays for performance as well as great texts for contemplation." (Patrick Stewart)
The distinguished Pelican Shakespeare series, which has sold more than four million copies, is now completely revised and repackaged.
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The story of the Star-Crossed lovers, family rivalry and tragedy
"Romeo (Montague) goes to a party where he meets Juliet, and immediately falls in love with her. He later finds out that she is a Capulet, the rival family of the Montague’s. They confess their love for each other. Friar Lawrence agrees to marry them in an effort to end the feuding between the families. But the fighting gets worse and Mercutio (Montague), a good friend of Romeo's, had a fight with Tybalt (Capulet), Juliet's cousin, in which Tybalt kills Mercutio. Enraged Romeo kills Tybalt and he is banished from Verona. Juliet's marriage is planned by her family with Paris. Juliet does not want to marry him so she arranges with Friar Lawrence to fake her own death with a sleeping potion that will make everyone think that she is dead. Friar Lawrence promises to send word to Romeo to meet her when the potion wears off and to rescue her to Mantua, where they would live happily ever after. Unfortunately, Romeo does not receive this message on time and upon hearing of her "death" goes to Juliet's tomb where he drinks poison and dies. When Juliet's potion wears off, she awakens to find her lover's corpse. She then proceeds to stab herself with Romeo's dagger. A tragic and dark romance, a great play to read and watch.