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Romeo and Juliet Lesson Plan

Introduction to Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most famous plays. Adapted from a 1592 narrative poem by Arthur Brooke and inspired by a number of other romantic myths and legends (including the tale of Pyramus and Thisbe from Ovid's Metamorphoses, a tale Shakespeare lampooned in A Midsummer Night's Dream, which he likely wrote in the same year as Romeo and Juliet; Xenophon of Ephesus's "Ephesian Tale of Anthia and Habrocomes"; and Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Crisedye, which Shakespeare would also use as source material for another play seven years later). Often hailed as "the greatest love story of all time," it has been adapted into multiple films and served as the inspiration for many...

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