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Benvolio Montague attempts to break up the fight but is thwarted by the hotheaded Tybalt Capulet, who attacks Benvolio. Finally, Prince Escalus appears and breaks up the brawl, condemning the families for allowing their long-standing feud to incite violence yet again. The Prince warns that if anyone from either family disturbs the peace again, they will be killed.
After the brawl, Romeo Montague and his cousin Benvolio hear about a ball being thrown by Lord Capulet later that night. Romeo and Benvolio attend the ball with their friend Mercutio, a relative of Prince Escalus.
At the ball, Romeo meets Juliet Capulet, and unaware that they belong to rival families, they immediately fall in love. Though Lord Capulet prevents Tybalt from starting a fight then and there, Tybalt vows to get revenge on Romeo for this trespass.
After the wedding ceremony, Romeo is confronted by Tybalt, who challenges him to a duel. Romeo unsuccessfully attempts to break up the fight, and Tybalt kills Mercutio.
Enraged by the death of his friend, Romeo turns on Tybalt and kills him. Realizing what he has done, Romeo runs to Friar Laurence for help.
The Prince banishes Romeo from Verona for his part in the fighting and declares that Romeo will be killed if he is found within the city. Unaware that his daughter has secretly married the son of his rival, Lord Capulet makes arrangements for Juliet to marry the County Paris, a handsome and well-connected young man.
When Juliet tries to refuse the match, Lord Capulet threatens to disown her. Distraught, Juliet turns to Friar Laurence for advice, vowing that she would rather kill herself than marry another man while her husband lives.
He gives Juliet a potion that will make her appear dead for forty-two hours. The Friar will send word to Romeo of their plan, and then he and Romeo will wait in the tomb for Juliet to awaken. When she does, Romeo will take her back to Mantua with him.
Juliet takes the potion later that night, and all goes to plan when her family finds her apparently dead the next morning. In Mantua, Romeo hears from a servant that Juliet has died, and determined to join her in death, he purchases poison and travels back to Verona. Unaware of the relationship between Romeo and Juliet, Paris assumes that Romeo is merely a Montague trying to defile the Capulet graves.
Paris challenges Romeo to a duel, and Romeo reluctantly fights and kills him. Entering the tomb, Romeo sees Juliet, who is still in her death-like sleep. He kisses her one last time before drinking the poison and dying. The Friar arrives after realizing that his letter never reached Romeo, and he is shocked to see the bodies of Paris and Romeo in the tomb.
Just then, Juliet wakes up from her sleep. Knowing that the city watchmen are on their way, the Friar urges Juliet to flee the scene.
Juliet refuses to leave and the Friar runs from the tomb. Alone, Juliet kisses Romeo in the hopes that the poison he drank will kill her too.A perennial staple of high school English classes, Romeo and Juliet was written by Shakespeare at a relatively early juncture in his literary career, most probably in or During much of.
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A short William Shakespeare biography describes William Shakespeare's life, times, and work. Also explains the historical and literary context that influenced Romeo and Juliet. Character Analysis of Romeo in William Shakespeare´s Romeo and Juliet Words | 6 Pages.
Romeo, at the beginning of the play, is a . In the final part of the scene the audience gets to meet Romeo himself. In the conversation between Romeo and Benvolio, the audience finds out about Romeo’s idea of what it is like to be in love. The audience finds out why Lord and Lady Montague are worried about their son.
A lesson around the 'fight scene'. A bit choppy/easy to change around or to dip in and out of before answering a question around the presentation of Mercutio.
William Shakespeare (), `The Bard of Avon', English poet and playwright wrote the famous Sonnets and numerous highly successful oft quoted dramatic works including the tragedy of the Prince of Denmark, Hamlet; "Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. blog comments powered by Disqus. The play begins with a large fight between the Capulets and the Montagues, two prestigious families in Verona, Italy. Type of Work Romeo and Juliet is a stage tragedy written between and The play centers on a teenage boy and girl who fall in love and marry against the wishes of their parents.