Miss Julie is a one-act, naturalistic play set in Sweden on Midsummer's Eve. Miss Julie is the daughter of a count. Despite her higher social class, she dances with the servants and flirts with Jean, a valet. Julie and Jean's flirting is actually a battle for power and control. Their battle is made more complicated when they sleep together. The two make a plan to run off together, but are stopped by Kristine, the cook. With Jean's help, Miss Julie decides that her only option is suicide.
In Romeo and Juliet, one of Shakespeare's tragic plays, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love, despite the fact that their families are bitter enemies. Undeterred by this obstacle, the two begin a passionate romance that is interrupted by their feuding relatives. The lovers' final attempt to be together results in the death of them both, leaving their families, and the reader, to contemplate the power of love and question the meaning of violence.
Julie of the Wolves is the story of a young Yupik Eskimo girl named Miyax, called Julie by her non-native Alaskan family. The girl, orphaned in her youth but highly observant and intelligent, experiences profound conflict as she tries to choose the shape her life will take and whether it will follow the course of modern Alaska or of the tundra. The book uses Julie/Miyax's journey to reflect on cultural imperialism, tradition, and identity.