In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a violent world, in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud.
In this death-filled setting, the movement from love at first sight to the lovers’ final union in death seems almost inevitable. And yet, this play set in an extraordinary world has become the quintessential story of young love. In part because of its exquisite language, it is easy to respond as if it were about all young lovers.
This is a used copy in acceptable condition, with heavy underlining and notation throughout.
By William Shakespeare. Mass market paperback. 281 pages. Folger Shakespeare Library; Washington Square Press New Folger Edition (US/CAN). Published by Washington Square Press, 2002.