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Romeo and Juliet: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Romeo and Juliet: Themes
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- Full Title: The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
- When Written: early to mid 1590s
- Where Written: England
- When Published: 1597
- Literary Period: The Renaissance (1500-1660)
- Genre: Tragic drama
- Setting: The Italian cities of Verona and Mantua during the Renaissance (around the fourteenth century).
- Climax: Romeo and Juliet's double suicide in the Capulet tomb.
Extra Credit for Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare or Not? There are some who believe Shakespeare wasn't educated enough to write the plays attributed to him. The most common anti-Shakespeare theory is that Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford, wrote the plays and used Shakespeare as a front man because aristocrats were not supposed to write plays. Yet the evidence supporting Shakespeare's authorship far outweighs any evidence against. So until further notice, Shakespeare is still the most influential writer in the English language.