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Romeo & Juliet

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Transcript of Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet
Secondary Characters &
Their Relations
Friar Lawrence:
Friar Lawrence helps Romeo and Juliet throughout the play. He performs their marriage and gives them generally good advice. He's also the most scheming character in the play as he has ulterior motives to all his plans.

Mercutio: Mercutio is often the comedic relief in the story. He's quick-witted and playful, but is quick to temper, which sets the main plot into order.
Basically everyone in the book plays the antagonist role. Friar Lawrence was the only person who didn't seem to have a problem with Romeo and Juliet getting married. He believed their marriage would bring the two feuding families together.
Foil Characters
Mercutio, the witty skeptic, is a foil for Romeo. He's the complete opposite of Romeo and is not romantic at all and prefers to think of love as a purely 'physical' idea.
Weaknesses: Romeo's main weakness is his impulsiveness. He doesn't think about his actions before making huge decisions and also seems to move on far too quickly in love. In the beginning of the book, he's in love with Rosaline, but the second he sees Juliet, he forgets all about his original love. So another weakness could be his attraction to thirteen year old girls.

Values: Romeo is intelligent, handsome, and rather sensitive. His idealism and passion are his most strong points, however.
Weakness: Juliet's main weakness is Romeo. She, like Romeo, is also very impulsive, because the moment she sees that Romeo is dead, she kills herself. Only being thirteen, she isn't expected to know what true love is and is rather naive in the beginning.

Strengths: Once she falls in love with Romeo, she becomes more independent and mature. She's much more than a pretty face, too, as she is smart, witty, and determined.
The Capulets and the Montagues were stereotypical families that had grievances against one another. Both families had completely valid and invalid points for their hatred towards each other, so they didn't really fit the stereotypical villain role, just bits of good and bad mixed together. They , like most of the characters in the play, forbid the couple to marry or even be together, which made them the main antagonists in the play.
Stock Characters
Romeo and Juliet are examples of stock characters. They fell deeply in love despite the blocking effect of other characters.
Character Development
Juliet's character development is most easily noticed throughout the play. When she meets Romeo and falls in love with him, she matures greatly and becomes more independent. In the beginning of the story she's seen as an innocent girl obedient of her parents and that quickly changes.

Romeo doesn't seem to change much from the beginning towards the end.
Plot Elements
Introduction: The prologue starts us off with a fight scene between the rival families, which introduces us, as the readers, to the drama and history between the two.
Rising Action
The action starts to build up during the balcony scene where Romeo and Juliet confess their love for each other. Both fallen deeply in love, they decide to get married therefore planning out the wedding. The rising action continues through the marriage and the separation.
The climax happens when Juliet goes with the plan to pretend to be dead, but because Romeo does not know, he then commits suicide.
Falling Action
The action falls when Juliet awakes, finding her Romeo dead beside her, causing her to commit suicide after.
Friar Laurence arrives seconds too late to prevent Romeo from committing suicide.

Their families realize that their feuding was pointless after their deaths and resolve to put their differences aside.
The play is set in renaissance Verona and Mantua, Italy [14th Century] and doesn't change.
Setting: How It Contributes
In the fourteenth century, there was comparatively little that could be done to control disease. So, when a "plague" comes to Mantua, the town is closed and all the residents quarantined. Therefore, since Romeo has been banished from Verona and hides in Mantua into which the messenger of Friar Laurence, Friar John cannot come to deliver news of Juliet's being alive, Romeo makes the fatal mistake of fearing that Juliet may be dead and kills himself when he returns to Verona to see her as such.
Moral and Universal Themes
The main moral of the play is that hatred is a wasted and stupid emotion. Hatred and mistrust, no matter how long the rivalry lasted, serve no other point than to ruin lives - and sometimes it takes something major for people to see that, like deaths.
This theme is similar to a more modern theme of interracial couples. Where in the 1940-1980's, colored and white people did and could not become couples because of racism. The colored and white barrier is parallel to the Capulet and Montague one.
Modern Movies
~ Gnomeo and Juliet
~ Lion King 2
~ Warm Bodies
~ West Side Story
Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
Explains the Montague and Capulet Families
O sweet Juliet,
Thy beauty hath made me effeminate
And in my temper soften'd valour's steel! (3.1.7)
Romeo thinks that loving Juliet has made him into a "soften'd" wimp, as he'd refused to fight Tybalt at first because he was related to Juliet. The pressure to be a man takes more tole on him than the family feud.
O Romeo, Romeo,
wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name,
Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.
At the balcony, unaware that Romeo is below in the orchard, Juliet asks why Romeo must be Romeo—why he must be a Montague. Still unaware of Romeo’s presence, she asks him to deny his family for her love. She adds that if he will not, then she will deny her family in order to be with him as long as he assures her that he loves her.
By Thomas Ramos and Sierra Helmers
The Epic Ones

Now old desire doth in his death-bed lie,
And young affection gapes to be his heir;
That fair for which love groan’d for and would die,
With tender Juliet match’d, is now not fair.
Now Romeo is belov’d and loves again,
Alike bewitched by the charm of looks,
But to his foe suppos’d he must complain,
And she steal love’s sweet bait from fearful hooks:
Being held a foe, he may not have access
To breathe such vows as lovers us’d to swear;
And she as much in love, her means much less
To meet her new-beloved any where:
But passion lends them power, time means, to meet,
Tempering extremity with extreme sweet.

Act II: Prologue
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