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Introduction

ACT 1 Scene 1. In Verona, the "ancient grudge" between the Montague and Capulet families erupts in a brawl. Prince Escalus decrees that any further violence will be punishable by death. Romeo, the son of Lord Montague, was not involved in the disturbance; he is unrequitedly in love with Rosaline. Scene 2. Capulet gives young Paris permission to woo his daughter, Juliet and sends a servant out with a guest list for the ball he is holding that night. The servant is intercepted by Romeo, who learns that Rosaline is to be among the guests. Romeo is persuaded by his friends Benvolio and Mercutio to attend the ball. Scene 3. When Lady Capulet finally manages to interrupt the reminiscence of Juliet's garrulous Nurse, she tells her daughter of the proposed match with Paris. Scene 4. Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio set out for the Capulet ball; all are masked. The mischievous Mercutio teases lovelorn Romeo. Romeo has a feeling of misgiving about the evening ahead. ...read more.

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Scene 5. Juliet waits impatiently for her Nurse. When the old woman finally returns, it takes some time to prize the message from her. Scene 6. Romeo and Juliet meet at Friar Laurence's cell to be married. ACT III Scene 1. The irate Tybalt stops Benvolio and Mercutio on the street. Romeo, aware of his new, special bond with the Capulets, has no desire to fight. Mercutio is frustrated by Romeo's passivity and fights with Tybalt. He is mortally wounded. Romeo kills Tybalt and escapes immediately. On hearing Benvolio's account of events, Prince Escalus decides not to condemn Romeo to death, but rather to send him into exile. Scene 2. Juliet is devastated by the news of the fight. She sends the Nurse to bring her husband to her before he flies the city. Scene 3. The Nurse finds Romeo, distraught, in Friar Laurence's cell. Scene 4. Capulet agrees that Paris should be married to Juliet next Thursday. Scene 5. ...read more.

Conclusion

Friar Laurerice instructs them to take the girl to the Capulets' tomb. ACT V Scene 1. Believing Juliet to be dead, Romeo's servant hurries to Mantua to tell his master. The grief stricken Romeo goes to a poor apothecary who sells him illegal poison. Scene 2. Meanwhile, Friar John, who was to deliver Friar Laurence's letter to Romeo, returns to Friar Laurence explaining that he was detained in Verona and could not get to Romeo. Scene 3. Paris goes to the Capulet vault to put flowets on Juliet's beir. He finds Romeo there who, bound up in his grief, begs Paris to leave. They fight and Paris is killed. Romeo finds Juliet's inert body. He embraces her and swallows the poison. Friar Laurence arrives and urges the waking Juliet to fly with him. He is frightened away by the approaching watch. Juliet sees Romeo dead. She takes his dagger and stabs herself. Watchmen enter and send for Prince Escalus, the Montagues and Capulets. When Friar Laurence has explained everything, Montague and Capulet realize too late the effect of their feud and make amends, promising to erect gold statues of the lovers. END ...read more.

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