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Few plays written touch us as Romeo and Juliet does It has touched our very souls and has even worked itself into everyday conversation No one can necessarily point out the reason for this but everyone will agree that it is one of the defining tragedies of all time On the contrary Romeo and Juliet is not a true tragedy according to Aristotles Poetics Shakespeare is placed against the tapestry of agetimessociety1 Romeo and Juliet was written around 1595 when Shakespeare was in his tragic period He wrote it about the same time as he wrote A Midsummer Nights Dream and both plays have similar themes Shakespeare 865 In A Midsummer Night Dream there is a play-within-a-play involving Pryamus and Thisbe Pryamus and Thisbe are two young lovers that are separated by a vile wall that their parents have placed in order to keep them apart In Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet are two young lovers separated by their families hatred for each other Pryamus and Thisbe aspire to elope but their plans quickly unravel when Pryamus finds Thisbes bloodied scarf He jumps to conclusions believes that Thisbe is dead and kills himself When Thisbe finds her loves body she promptly slays herself In Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet marry in secret and Romeo is exiled after seeking revenge for his friend Mercutio by killing Juliets cousin Tybalt After learning that she must marry a suitor her father picked Juliet takes a potion that will make her sleep for 72 hours and make her look like she is dead The friar tries to send a message to Romeo but it fails to reach him and learning of Juliets death he flies back too Verona Romeo kills himself in the tomb where Juliet was laid and upon waking Juliet is so distraught she slays herself In Pryamus and
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