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Romeo and Juliet. A Star-crossed Romance. A Brief Introduction. Romeo and Juliet was written by Shakespeare in 1594 or 1595. Romeo and Juliet was an experimental stage piece, featuring several radical departures from long-standing conventions.

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romeo and juliet

Romeo and Juliet

A Star-crossed Romance

a brief introduction
A Brief Introduction
  • Romeo and Juliet was written by Shakespeare in 1594 or 1595.
  • Romeo and Juliet was an experimental stage piece, featuring several radical departures from long-standing conventions.
  • The themes of the play include the antithesis between love and hate, the use of a light/dark polarity, the use of time, and the use of Fate in the dreams, omens and forebodings that foreshadow the play’s tragic conclusion.
prologue
Prologue

the preface or introduction to a literary work

a speech often in verse addressed to the audience by an actor at the beginning of a play

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The Montagues

Lord and Lady Montague – Romeo’s parents

Romeo Montague

Balthasar and Abram – servants to the Montagues

Mercutio – Friend of Romeo and relative of the Prince

the capulets
The Capulets
  • Lord and Lady Capulet – Juliets parents
  • Juliet Capulet
  • Nurse – Juliets attendant
  • Tybalt – cousin to Juliet
  • Sampson and Gregory – servants to the Capulets
a very brief plot summary
A Very Brief Plot Summary
  • Act I – Shakespeare establishes an on-going feud between two families, the Montagues and Capulets.
  • Juliet’s father decides that even though Juliet is only 13 it is time to find her a husband.
  • Romeo (a Montague) and Juliet ( A Capulet) meet and fall in love.
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Act II – One of the Capulets challenges Romeo to a duel. Romeo’s friends fear for his safety.
  • Friar Laurence conspires with Romeo to arrange a secret marriage.
  • By the end of Act II, Romeo and Juliet are married.
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Act III – The duel between Romeo and Tybalt takes place after all, and Romeo kills Tybalt.
  • The Prince spares Romeo’s life, but banishes him from Verona.
  • Juliet’s father announces that she shall wed Paris in 3 days.
  • Juliet makes plans to seek the advice of Friar Laurence where unbeknownst to her Romeo is hiding.
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Act IV -- Juliet threatens to commit suicide rather than marry Paris.
  • Friar Laurence convinces her to fake her death in order to be with Romeo.
  • Juliet follows the Friar’s plan, and her corpselike body is discovered by her nurse.
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Act V – Romeo receives word that Juliet is dead.
  • He buys a fast-acting poison and travels to Juliet’s tomb so that he may die beside her.
  • Paris is also at the tomb. He and Romeo fight, and Paris is killed.
  • Romeo drinks the poison. Juliet awakens and stabs herself to death with Romeo’s dagger.
  • The feuding families end their feud and erect golden statues to the lovers.