These are my thoughts about why we still study Shakespeare today, a man who died almost 400 years ago. What has he done that almost no other writer has, captivated audiences across generations? I think it has to do with his ability to make his audience fall in love with the characters. In “Romeo and Juliet,” he tells us in the very beginning that the star-crossed lovers will die. Yet we watch anyway, hoping for a different ending. His characters are so lifelike, that we can’t help to love, or sometimes hate them. His plays can be funny, but suddenly take a dramatic turn. In “Romeo and Juliet,” it is a relatively light hearted play, until Tybalt kills Mercutio, where the dramatic events begin to unfold.