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Romeo and Juliet : Summaries

Mrs. Kaiser's Class - Exploring Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Summary of Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet Plot Summary

For many years, an on-going feud between two families has caused much disruption in the city of Verona, Italy. The Capulets and the Montagues cannot seem to get along, and there have been many deaths among the two families because of it. Prince Escalus of Verona warns the two families that if the feud does not stop, the punishment will be death.

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Romeo and Juliet Summary

How It All Goes Down

We meet our hero, Romeo, after a duel between the servants of two enemy families of Verona: the Montagues and the Capulets.Romeo Montague is pining away for Rosaline, a girl we never see. Juliet Capulet, age thirteen, has just heard that Paris, Verona's attractive young bachelor, would like to marry her. The two will meet that night at a masquerade ball at the Capulets' house. Romeo and his friends have decided to crash the Capulet ball – in costume – because Rosaline is on the guest list. Romeo meets Juliet there instead, and they fall madly in love. Afterwards, they discover they are members of rival families, but they are still in love. Romeo stays after the party under Juliet's balcony, and the two use this romantic meeting to plan their marriage. Hasty, but genuine.

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