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Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's greatest plays.

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Introduction

Form 4B2 29/09/02 English B Khamal Hodge Book Report Title of book: Romeo and Juliet Author: William Shakespeare Publisher: Cambridge University Press Publication Date: 1992 Setting: In Verona and Mantua Main Characters: Romeo and Juliet Why I chose these persons as the main characters? I have two reasons for selecting Romeo and Juliet as the main characters. Firstly, the story is named after them and secondly, because the story revolves around their love for each other. Summary In Verona there live wealthy families, the Montagues and the Capulets. These two families are bitter rivals, and are constantly fighting, both verbally and physically. Their constant bickering angers Prince Escalus and he warns them, that the next time they fight in public, they will face the penalty of death. Montague has a son named Romeo. Romeo is depressed and is keeping to himself. He is in love with a girl named Rosaline, but his love is unrequited. Benvolio, Romeo's friend, learns about Romeo's sadness and encourages him to attend a ball being held at the Capulets' residence. Capulet is hosting the feast in hope that Juliet, his daughter, will fall in love with Paris, the prince's cousin. ...read more.

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Tybalt wants to fight, but Romeo does not want to fight someone who is now part of his family (by marriage). Mercutio, Romeo's friend, takes up the challenge and is killed by Tybalt. This angers Romeo, and in a rage he kills Tybalt. When Prince Escalus hears of this, he banishes Romeo from Verona. Romeo spends his wedding night with Juliet, and then heads off to Mantua. Juliet is grieved that Romeo, her lover, has been banished. Her parents think that she is sad about Tybalt's death, so to make her feel better, they arrange for her to be married to Paris. Juliet does not want to marry Paris, and goes to Friar Lawrence for a word of advice, and some help. He gives her a sleeping potion and tells her that she should take it, the night before her scheduled wedding. He tells her that after she takes the potion, she will appear to be dead. Instead of being married to Paris, she will be taken to the family vault. He tells her that Romeo will be called to the vault, and that he will then take her back with him to Mantua. ...read more.

Conclusion

This book will bring pleasure to anyone who reads it. Their minds will be captured by Shakespeare's poetry and verses and they will not be able to put the book down until it is finished. Writing from Romeo Montague's Perspective Oh how I love Rosaline. I only wish that she would, in return, love me. I admire her so much. How soft and tender her skin is, how gracefully she walks, how sweetly she sings with her angelic voice. Rosaline is beautiful! No other girl or woman on Earth can better her. What keeps her from loving me? I do not know. It cannot be my looks, I have money, my father is well known and I am well educated. What could it be? I do not want to live my life without Rosaline. I do not care for money, I do not care for fame and I do not care for riches. All I want, all I need, all I care for is Rosaline and her love. Without her in my life I feel incomplete, like a deck of 51 cards. If I cannot have Rosaline and her love I would rather die than to go through life without the person I love so dearly. ...read more.

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