Philip Weller caricature
Philip and Weller hugging

Welcome to my web site, now under development for more than twenty years.   
-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.



Claire Danes as Juliet
Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo
Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Douglas Booth as Romeo
Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet
Romeo & Juliet (2013)

Olivia Hussey as Juliet
Leonard Whiting as Romeo
Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Adetomiwa Edun as Romeo
Ellie Kendrick as Juliet
Globe Player (2009)
The Prologue:
If you just want to start reading, here's the place to start. The explanatory notes are in the margins, and there are a lot of illustrations.

Scene Indexes:
There are two. You can use the Quick Index to jump to any scene in the play. The Annotated Index tells the plot of the play with brief scene summaries.

Here you can search for any word or combination of words in the text and marginal notes of Romeo and Juliet.

Notable Quotes:
Here you find all the famous quotes in the play, with brief explanations and links to the text, so you can see the quotes in context.

Detailed Scene Summaries:
Here I have tried my best to tell the story of the play in an interesting way, with analysis of the motivations of the various characters.

Cast of Characters:
There is a page for each character, and each page provides an account of all appearances of the character and all mentions of that character by other characters.

Themes and Motifs:
There is a page for each theme or motif, and each page provides links to passages particularly relevant the theme or motif.

This timeline of events in Romeo and Juliet provides links to all the passages in which the characters talk about what time it is, what just happened, and what is about to happen.
Background on the Shakespearean sonnet and its importance in Romeo and Juliet.

Romeus and Juliet:
The complete text of Shakespeare's source for Romeo and Juliet.

Selected Bibliography:
Reviews of critical commentary and some web sites. Includes reviews of all articles and books about Romeo and Juliet recommended in The Riverside Shakespeare and The Norton Shakespeare.