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Romeo and Juliet.

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet Source of the play Shakespeare used various sources for his dramas. The story of Romeo and Juliet was most likely taken from the poem, The tragical history of Romeus and Juliet written by Arthur Brooke in 1562, although the original story may have been derived from the Greek author, Xenophon. The play was published in qautro in 1597 so it was most likely written a couple of years before, during the beginning of his career. The qautros, so called from their format (page size) contained single plays and were sold for sixpence a piece. Italy as a setting Shakespeare chose Italy as a setting for a number of his plays although it is not known that he traveled abroad, Italy was always regarded as a wealthy, romantic country where extravagance could be located. ...read more.

Middle

Romeo reveals he has fallen in love with Rosaline but she does not return his affections. Benvolio suggests that he looks elsewhere. Lord Capulet invites Paris who wishes to marry his daughter, Juliet, to a masked ball that evening. Romeo learns of the ball and decides to gate crash since Rosaline will be there, but Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love, unaware that each belongs to the rival family. Act 2: Romeo overhears Juliet talking on the balcony and steps forward to declare his love. They agree to marry without delay. Romeo visits his friend Friar Lawrence, who consents to marry the couple in secret, hoping this may lead to an end in the family feud. ...read more.

Conclusion

Distraught, romeo buys poison from an apothecary and hurries back to be with Juliet. The Friar learns that his message has not reached Romeo and sets off to the tomb to release her. Romeo arrives there first. He is challenged by Paris, who dies in a vein attempt to prevent Romeo from getting to the vault. He sees the still drugged Juliet and takes the poison. Juliet revives to discover Romeo dead beside her. The Friar has eventually arrived though he is unsuccessful in his efforts to make Juliet leave the vault, he then leaves because he fears the consequences of his involvement, and Juliet then stabs herself. After the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet the two families decide to resolve their differences as they may have still been alive if they had not been at war with each other. ...read more.

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