Romeo and Juliet is a play by William Shakespeare. It focuses on the fate of two very
young lovers who would do anything to be together. It is perhaps the most famous of his plays,
and is thought to be the most famous love story in Western history.
The play begins with a 14-line prologue in the form of a Shakespearean sonnet. The chorus explains to the audience that the story concerns two noble families of Verona, the Capulets and the Montagues, that have feuded for generations. The chorus also tells how the tragic suicide of the lovers "buries their parents' strife," ending the conflict.
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