High school students routinely study William Shakespeare’s classic, Romeo & Juliet, and it is easy to understand why: the tale of star-crossed lovers is chock full of notable and quotable lines, and its balcony scene still sets hearts aflutter. Shakespeare’s tragedy opens in Verona with the decisive division between the families of Montague and Capulet. Sworn enemies, the houses refuse to interact with the other unless it is at sword point. Romeo Montague is the romantic protagonist, who spots Juliet Capulet at a ball, falling for her instantly. The two are captivated with each other, and vow to be together, despite the war between their families. As with all of Shakespeare’s tragedies, the ending is bittersweet, and has made this love story an enduring warning against the unnecessary violence and hatred between two groups of people. Romeo & Juliet is one of the most widely read of Shakespeare’s plays, deservedly so, and continues to draw readers in with its pair of doomed lovers.