Romeo and Juliet may be the most famous love story in the world. With its timeless themes of young love and teenage rebellion, the story holds as much relevance for people today as it did for people in Shakespeare’s time. In recent times, it has been reinterpreted in many screen adaptations, and also as the hit Broadway musical, West Side Story.
In spite of their warring families, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love. Their love is an act of rebellion with tragic consequences. They marry secretly, but their plans to run away are thwarted by a string of unlucky events. In the end, the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet teach their warring families a lesson in forgiveness.
Original author: William Shakespeare
Retold by authors: Jerry Stemach and Gail Portnuff Venable
Guided Reading Level: M
Lexile Level: 380