Romeo And Juliet by William ShakespeareRomeo And Juliet by William Shakespeare

Romeo And Juliet

byWilliam Shakespeare

Mass Market Paperback | May 1, 1998


The Signet Classics edition of William Shakespeare's timeless story of star-crossed lovers.

One of the Bard's most popular plays, Romeo and Juliet is both the quintessential account of young love and the cautionary tale of the tragedy that can occur when the foces of passion and pride are at odds, 

This revised Signet Classics edition includes unique features such as:

• An overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater
• A special introduction to the play by the editor, J. A. Bryant, Jr.
• The source from which Shakespeare derived Romeo and Juliet, Arthur Brooke's The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet
• Dramatic criticism from Samuel Johnson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Michael Goldman, and others
• A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions
• Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable text
• And more...
William Shakespeare (1564–1616) was a poet, playwright, and actor who is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers in the history of the English language. Often referred to as the Bard of Avon, Shakespeare's vast body of work includes comedic, tragic, and historical plays; poems; and 154 sonnets. His dramatic works have be...
Title:Romeo And JulietFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 6.88 × 4.19 × 0.66 inPublished:May 1, 1998Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0451526864

ISBN - 13:9780451526861

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from True love Read this in high school and bought it for my daughter so she has her own copy for when she goes into highschool .
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Tale of Love I remember reading this in highschool and to date still one of my favourites!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Romance? Love? Not Really. More than anything else, this is a story of family feuds and two children who are confused about what love truly is. Shakespeare has created many a twisted tale, and this one is definitely one of them. If anything, this story is a tragedy where family grudges result in children dying in search of true love. I didn't find the content enjoyable in the slightest. However, the writing style is unique and the symbolism was interesting to analyze.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite By Shakespeare I know that it's cliché for a woman to be in love with Romeo and Juliet, but I don't care. Even though I wanted to strangle so many characters for being naive, it definately holds a place in my heart. I loved it, loved it, loved it!
Date published: 2010-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Writer, Great Story William Shakespeare is one of the great playwrights of all time. He is known across the world. Arguably the greatest book he ever wrote was "Romeo and Juliet". This past quarter, my entire freshmen class was required to read this classic play. For most of us, it was the first time we had ever read it. "Romeo and Juliet" is about two, "star-cross'd lovers," named Romeo and Juliet, living in the city of Verona. The city of Verona has one, very long lasting feud between the Montague family, and the Capulet family. This is where the problem comes in. With Romeo being a Montague, and Juliet being a Capulet, their love is forbidden. Romeo is convinced by one of his friends, Mercutio, to sneak into a masquerade party held by the Capulets. Romeo is still depressed about breaking up with a girl named Rosaline (who we never hear from once). He continues to be depressed at the masquerade, until he sees Juliet for the first time. It is love at first sight. The same goes for Juliet. After the masquerade, Romeo goes to see Juliet. In most movies this scene takes place with Juliet on a balcony, but the play never mentions anything of a balcony. Romeo and Juliet have a romantic talk with each other. The next day, Friar Lawrence secretly marries the two. This is where the play really takes off. One event after the other occurs that twists the plot. All these events lead up to one of the most well known ending of any play in history. Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is a very well written play. Although the Elizabethan style of writing is difficult to understand, it fits the play fantastically. Some people might think that the plot is not that special and could have been thought up by anyone. That is true in some aspects. Now that we look back on "Romeo and Juliet" and then see all the other love stories written in the past three hundred years, we take this play for granted. The plot is not the most interesting of all time, but I enjoyed it very much. The bottom line of this book is that Shakespeare was able to write a very interesting tragedy, which is what he was trying to do from the beginning. Shakespeare is able to create a plot where everything that occurs, happens for a reason, ending in a very sad, tragic ending. I enjoyed this book very much, and I think any reader will like it also.
Date published: 2009-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Real Love? Everyone thinks that this is the most romantic story ever, but honestly it is not. Juliet is a very gothic character, not knowing what to do with her life. And like all teens, has a secret need to be disobedient to her parents. Romeo is a love sick teenager, who is intrigued by Juliet. Yes, I must admit this play is amazing. Yet, it is not as good as other Shakespeare plays like: Macbeth, Hamlet, and Othello.
Date published: 2006-08-03

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Act OneSCENE ONEVerona. A Public Place. Enter Sampson and Gregory, armed with swords and bucklerssampson. Gregory, o’ my word, we ’ll not carry coals.gregory. No, for then we should be colliers.sampson. I mean, an we be in choler, we ’ll draw.gregory. Ay, while you live, draw your neck out o’ the collar.sampson. I strike quickly, being moved.gregory. But thou art not quickly moved to strike.sampson. A dog of the house of Montague moves me.gregory. To move is to stir, and to be valiant is to stand; therefore, if thou art moved, thou runnest away.sampson. A dog of that house shall move me to stand: I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague’s.gregory. That shows thee a weak slave; for the weakest goes to the wall.sampson. ’Tis true; and therefore women, being the weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the wall: therefore I will push Montague’s men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall.gregory. The quarrel is between our masters and us their men.sampson. ’Tis all one, I will show myself a tyrant: when I have fought with the men, I will be cruel with the maids; I will cut off their heads.gregory. The heads of the maids?sampson. Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maiden-heads; take it in what sense thou wilt.gregory. They must take it in sense that feel it.sampson. Me they shall feel while I am able to stand; and ’tis known I am a pretty piece of flesh.gregory. ’Tis well thou art not fish; if thou hadst, thou hadst been poor John. Draw thy tool; here comes two of the house of the Montagues.Enter Abraham and Balthasarsampson. My naked weapon is out; quarrel, I will back thee.gregory. How! turn thy back and run?sampson. Fear me not.gregory. No, marry; I fear thee!sampson. Let us take the law of our sides; let them begin.gregory. I will frown as I pass by, and let them take it as they list.sampson. Nay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at them; which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it.abraham. Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?sampson. I do bite my thumb, sir.abraham. Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?sampson. (Aside to Gregory) Is the law of our side if I say ay?gregory. (Aside to Sampson) No.sampson. No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir; but I bite my thumb, sir.gregory. Do you quarrel, sir?abraham. Quarrel, sir! no, sir.sampson. If you do, sir, I am for you: I serve as good a man as you.abraham. No better.sampson. Well, sir.gregory. (Aside to Sampson) Say “better”; here comes one of my master’s kinsmen.sampson. Yes, better, sir.abraham. You lie.sampson. Draw, if you be men. Gregory, remember thy swashing blow. They fightEnter Benvoliobenvolio. Part, fools! Put up your swords; you know not what you do.Beats down their swordsEnter Tybalttybalt. What! art thou drawn among these heartless hinds? Turn thee, Benvolio, look upon thy death.benvolio. I do but keep the peace: put up thy sword, Or manage it to part these men with me.tybalt. What! drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. Have at thee, coward!They fightEnter several persons of both houses, who join the fray; then enter Citizens, with clubs and partisanscitizens. Clubs, bills, and partisans! strike! beat them down! Down with the Capulets! down with Montagues!Enter Capulet in his gown, and Lady Capuletcapulet. What noise is this? Give me my long sword, ho!lady capulet. A crutch, a crutch! Why call you for a sword?capulet. My sword, I say! Old Montague is come, And flourishes his blade in spite of me.Enter Montague and Lady Montaguemontague. Thou villain Capulet! Hold me not; let me go.lady montague. Thou shalt not stir one foot to seek a foe.Enter Prince with his Trainprince. Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace, Profaners of this neighbour-stained steel,— Will they not hear? What ho! you men, you beasts, That quench the fire of your pernicious rage With purple fountains issuing from your veins, On pain of torture, from those bloody hands Throw your mis-temper’d weapons to the ground, And hear the sentence of your moved prince. Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word, By thee, old Capulet, and Montague, Have thrice disturb’d the quiet of our streets, And made Verona’s ancient citizens Cast by their grave beseeming ornaments, To wield old partisans, in hands as old, Canker’d with peace, to part your canker’d hate. If ever you disturb our streets again Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace. For this time, all the rest depart away: You, Capulet, shall go along with me; And, Montague, come you this afternoon To know our further pleasure in this case, To old Free-town, our common judgment-place. Once more, on pain of death, all men depart. Exeunt all but Montague, Lady Montague, and Benvoliomontague. Who set this ancient quarrel new abroach? Speak, nephew, were you by when it began?benvolio. Here were the servants of your adversary And yours close fighting ere I did approach: I drew to part them; in the instant came The fiery Tybalt, with his sword prepar’d, Which, as he breath’d defiance to my ears, He swung about his head, and cut the winds, Who, nothing hurt withal, hiss’d him in scorn. While we were interchanging thrusts and blows, Came more and more, and fought on part and part, Till the prince came, who parted either part.lady montague. O! where is Romeo? saw you him to-day? Right glad I am he was not at this fray.benvolio. Madam, an hour before the worshipp’d sun Peer’d forth the golden window of the east, A troubled mind drave me to walk abroad; Where, underneath the grove of sycamore That westward rooteth from the city’s side, So early walking did I see your son: Towards him I made; but he was ware of me, And stole into the covert of the wood: I, measuring his affections by my own, That most are busied when they ’re most alone, Pursu’d my humour not pursuing his, And gladly shunn’d who gladly fled from me.montague. Many a morning hath he there been seen, With tears augmenting the fresh morning’s dew, Adding to clouds more clouds with his deep sighs: But all so soon as the all-cheering sun Should in the furthest east begin to draw The shady curtains from Aurora’s bed, Away from light steals home my heavy son, And private in his chamber pens himself, Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out, And makes himself an artificial night. Black and portentous must this humour prove Unless good counsel may the cause remove.benvolio. My noble uncle, do you know the cause?montague. I neither know it nor can learn of him.benvolio. Have you importun’d him by any means?montague. Both by myself and many other friends: But he, his own affections’ counsellor, Is to himself, I will not say how true, But to himself so secret and so close, So far from sounding and discovery, As is the bud bit with an envious worm, Ere he can spread his sweet leaves to the air, Or dedicate his beauty to the sun. Could we but learn from whence his sorrows grow, We would as willingly give cure as know.benvolio. See where he comes: so please you, step aside; I’ll know his grievance, or be much denied.montague. I would thou wert so happy by thy stay, To hear true shrift. Come, madam, let’s away.Exeunt Montague and LadyEnter Romeobenvolio. Good-morrow, cousin.romeo.Is the day so young?benvolio. But new struck nine.romeo.Ay me! sad hours seem long. Was that my father that went hence so fast?benvolio. It was. What sadness lengthens Romeo’s hours?romeo. Not having that, which having, makes them short. benvolio. In love? romeo. Out—benvolio. Of love?romeo. Out of her favour, where I am in love.benvolio. Alas! that love, so gentle in his view, Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof.romeo. Alas! that love, whose view is muffled still, Should, without eyes, see pathways to his will. Where shall we dine? O me! What fray was here? Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all. Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love. Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate! O any thing! of nothing first create. O heavy lightness! serious vanity! Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms! Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health! Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is! This love feel I, that feel no love in this. Dost thou not laugh?benvolio.No, coz, I rather weep.romeo. Good heart, at what?benvolio. At thy good heart’s oppression.romeo. Why, such is love’s transgression. Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast, Which thou wilt propagate to have it press’d With more of thine: this love that thou hast shown Doth add more grief to too much of mine own. Love is a smoke rais’d with the fume of sighs; Being purg’d, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; Being vex’d, a sea nourish’d with lovers’ tears: What is it else? a madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet. Farewell, my coz.Goingbenvolio.Soft, I will go along; An if you leave me so, you do me wrong.romeo. Tut! I have lost myself; I am not here; This is not Romeo, he’s some other where.benvolio. Tell me in sadness, who is that you love.romeo. What! shall I groan and tell thee?benvolio.Groan! why, no; But sadly tell me who.romeo. Bid a sick man in sadness make his will; Ah! word ill urg’d to one that is so ill. In sadness, cousin, I do love a woman.benvolio. I aim’d so near when I suppos’d you lov’d.romeo. A right good mark-man! And she’s fair I love.benvolio. A right fair mark, fair coz, is soonest hit.

Table of Contents

Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare - Edited by J. A. Bryant, Jr. Samuel Johnson: From The Plays of William Shakespeare
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: From The Lectures of 1811-1812, Lecture VII
H. B. Charlton: From Shakespearian Tragedy
Michael Goldman: ?Romeo and Juliet?: The Meaning of Theatrical Experience
Susan Snyder: Beyond Comedy: ?Romeo and Juliet?
Sylvan Barnet: ?Romeo and Juliet? on the Stage and Screen

Marianne Novy: Violence, Love, and Gender in ?Romeo and Juliet?

From Our Editors

A poisonous toast to romance and eternal love, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet has been thrilling readers and theatregoers for nearly 500 years. It tells the tale of two lovers who hold close whilst the outside world tries to tear them apart. It is a romantic tragedy of great literary import, setting the tone for drama for years to come. This Signet Classic edition features a clear original text adorned by the most relevant notes, criticisms, history and commentaries. It makes for a full reading experience that revitalizes this powerful story.

Editorial Reviews

"We can more easily decide between Shakespear and any other author, than between him and himself. Shall we quote any more passages to shew his genius or the beauty of Romeo and Juliet? At that rate, we might quote the whole."