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Although it is considered to be the greatest love story of all time, Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET is more, far more than that. As it examines the brief and passionate relationship between these star-crossed lovers, it also gives us a vivid presentation of the tragedy that can be evoked by the interference of the well-meaning but prejudiced attitude of others. The effects of baseless family feuds, violent- tempered friends, and well-intentioned but hubris-ridden mentors can and do bring tragedy in their wake. Indeed the play may teach us that it is only through tragedy that we learn finally to correct our lives and our attitudes toward those whom we are supposed to protect.