Shakespeare’s play about the doomed romance of two teenagers from feuding families is the most famous love story ever written. First performed around 1596, Romeo and Juliet has been adapted as a ballet, an opera, the musical West Side Story, and a dozen films. Explore character analyses of Romeo and Juliet, the plot overview, and important quotes.


See a complete list of characters in Romeo and Juliet and read in-depth analyses of Romeo, Juliet, Friar Lawrence, Mercutio, Nurse, Tybalt, and Benvolio. 

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the literary devices in Romeo and Juliet, from the major themes to motifs, symbols, and more.


Get ready to ace your Romeo and Juliet paper with our suggested essay topics, helpful essays about historical and literary context, a sample A+ student essay, and more.

Further Study

Go further in your study of Romeo and Juliet with background information, movie adaptations, and links to the best resources around the web.