Believed to have been written between 15, the play was first published in a quarto version in 1597.
Then as now, two teens having consensual sex is understandable. The difference between the two situations would seem obvious. S., legally speaking, there’s little distinction between Romeo and Juliet's mutual decision and the abusive actions of a child molester.
Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.
Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity.
Imagine if someone gave you a box for Valentine’s Day and wrapped it up in lovely, shiny paper with a big bow.
Imagine you love the way it looks so much, you think the wrapping actually is the present.