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Romeo and Juliet

A basic plot summary on the classic play, Romeo and Juliet
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Amy Upthagrove

on 2 June 2010

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Transcript of Romeo and Juliet

Act I Act II Act III Act IV Act V Romeo and Juliet Scene 1 Scene 2 Scene 3 Scene 4 Chorus Scene 5 Chorus Scene 1 Scene 2 Scene 3 Scene 4 Scene 5 Scene 6 Scene 1 Scene 2 Scene 3 Scene 4 Scene 5 Scene 1 Scene 2 Scene 3 Scene 4 Scene 5 Scene 1 Scene 2 Scene 3 A chorus is a prologue used to help readers understand the backgroud of the play. The chorus is spoken by a single actor called "The Chorus". This chorus is a sonnet that introduces the audience to the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues. It foreshadows the death of Romeo and Juliet. Setting: Verona, a public place A brawl between the Capulets and the Montagues breaks out and the Prince forbids any more of these public disturbances. The audience is introduced to the peaceful Benvolio and the belligerent Tybalt Setting: A Street Paris asks for Juliet's hand in marriage and Capulet decides to throw a party where they could meet in order for Juliet to see if she loves him. Benvolio, in attempts to help cheer up Romeo, who is heartbroken, decides to crash the party. Setting: A room in Capulet's house Lady Capulet asks Juliet what her opinion is on marrying Paris. At this point, she thinks it would be an honor but would like to get to know Paris first. Here, the Nurse is introduced as a batty woman. She talks about the deaths of her husband and daughter and the honor of marriage. Setting: A street Mercutio pursuades Romeo to go with him to the Capulet's party. Romeo tries to get out of going . To encourage him to go, Mercutio gives the " Queen Mab" speech. The speech is all about a fairy queen who enters peoples dreams and he is speaking in a very sarcastic tone. Setting: A hall in Capulet's house Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio crash the Capulet's party. Romeo is smitten by Juliet and charms her with his wit as they dance and eventually kiss. Tybalt recognizes Romeo and want to fight him, but Lord Capulet forbids it. In this chorus, the narrator says that Romeo is over Rosaline and has moved on to an equally impossible lover, Juliet Benvolio and Mercutio are searching for Romeo after the party. Romeo is hiding so he can look for Juliet. This is scene is one of the most classic moments in literature. Juliet is on her balcony talking about how much she loves Romeo. He overhears her, they speak and plan for a wedding. They kiss and Romeo leaves so he is not killed by the other Capulets. Friar Laurence has returned from picking herbs and he delivers a soliloquy about the power of good when used for the wrong reasons. Romeo arrives and asks the Friar to marry Juliet and him. At first, he declines, but realizes that their marriage could end the feud between their two houses. Benvolio tells Mercutio that Tybalt challenged Romeo to a duel and they talk about what an amazing swordsman Tybalt is. Then the Nurse enters and talks to Romeo about Juliet. Setting:Friar Laurence's Cell Setting:Near Capulet's Orchard Setting:Capulet's orchard Setting: Friar Laurence's Cell Setting:A Street Setting: Capulet's Orchard When the Nurse returns home , Juliet presses her to tell her what Romeo said. After much procrastinating, the nurse told Juliet that Romeo want to marry her tonight and for Juliet to meet him in Friar Laurence's Cell. After hearing that, Juliet runs off to get married to Romeo. Setting: Friar Laurence's Cell Romeo and Friar Laurence talk awhile about marriage.Then Juliet comes and Friar Laurence marries Romeo and Juliet. Setting:A hall in Capulet's house Setting: Juliet's Chamber Setting:A hall in Capulet's house Setting: Juliet's Chamber Benvolio ,Mercutio, and some ther Montagues are chatting with eachother in a public place. Tybalt and other Capulets show up and they get into an argument. Romeo enters and tries to stop the fighting by talking it out. Mercutio, thinking Romeo is being submissive, still wants to quarrel with Tybalt and tells him to pick up his sword.Tybalt and Mercutio start to ballte and Romeo gets in the way. Tybalt stabs Mercutio and kill him, so he runs away. Romeo, after his friend dies, goes after Tybalt and kills him.The prince enters and asks who killed everyone. When he finds out Romeo killed Tybalt, the Prince sentences Romeo to exile. Whlie Juliet is waiting for Romeo to come back to her on their wedding night , the Nurse comes and tells Juliet that he is dead. Being confussed, Juliet assumes the Nurse is talking about Romeo. She says that she wants to kill herself.When the Nurse says that Tybalt is dead ,then Juliet understands. For Romeo, exile is almost as bad as being killed. He can not see his beautiful wife, Juliet, which , for him, is death. Romeo now wants to commit suicide. The good Friar Laurence talks him out of it and tells Romeo that he will think of a plan to reunite Romeo and Juliet. The Nurse comes to see Romeo at the Friar's cell and she tells him to come and meet juliet for their wedding night. Capulet, Lady Capulet, and Paris discuss Paris and Juliet's relationship. Capulet wants Juliet to be happy so soon after her cousin, Tybalt's death that he sets up a time for Juliet to marry Paris, not knowing that Juliet is already married to Romeo., Romeo has to leave Juliet in the morning and Juliet does not want him to go, but he leaves for his own safety. Lady Capulet enters Juliet's bedroom and tells her that she is going to marry Paris.Capulet also enters and asks why Juliet is sad and does not want to marry Paris. When Juliet refuses to marry him, Capulet's anger explodes. He says he will disown her if she does not marry Paris. When the feuding parents leave, the Nurse tells Juliet that Paris is a much better suitor for her than Romeo ever was. At this comment , Juliet disowns the Nurse. Setting: Setting: Friar Laurence's Cell Setting: A hall in Capulet's house Setting: Juliet's Chamber Setting:A hall in Capulet's house Setting: Juliet's Chamber Juliet is extreamly depressed about the whole situation, so she goes to see Friar Laurence . He gives her a potion to drink that will make her seem dead so she will not have to go through with the wedding to Paris , which would be her second marriage. Capulet is running around the house tryin to get the last minute details of the wedding into order. He wants everything to be perfect for his one and only daughter's wedding. Juliet is all alone in her room and she is so lonely that she wants to stab herself with a dagger, but instead drinks the vial that Friar Laurance gave her. Then she falls into a deep sleep on the bed, seemingly dead. Capulet, Lady Capulet, and Paris are all ready for the wedding. Capulet tells the Nurse to go and get Juliet ready and have her set to leave as soon as possible. The Nurse goes to get Juliet ready for the wedding and finds out that she is dead( or so she thinks). She runs and gets the rest of the family to morn the loss of such a young women. Balthasar informs Romeo of the news that Juliet has been found dead in her bed chamber. Romeo needs to know for sure, so he plans to return to Verona see for sure, but first, he purchases poison from a poverty stricken apothecary. He plans to take the poison once he knows for sure that she is dead. Setting: Mantua. A street. Friar John, who was supposed to delivers the letters detailing the Friar's plan, informs Friar Laurence that due to the plague, nobody could deliver the letters to Romeo Setting: Friar Laurence's cell Paris runs into Romeo at Juliet's grave. They duel and Romeo kills him. Romeo sees Juliet's seemingly dead body and he drinks all the poison. Juliet wakes up a moment too late at about the time Friar Laurence arrives. She sees both Romeo and Paris dead on the ground. To kill herself, she tries to finish off Romeo's poison, but there is none left. She tries to kiss him to see if the poison would wear off, but that didn't work either. Then she stabs herself. The Prince, Capulet, and Montague are told the whole story by Friar Laurence and they realize that had it not been for the feud, their only children would still be alive. Setting: A churchyard; Monument belonging to Capulet Setting: A Hall in Capulet's House Setting: Friar Laurence's Cell Setting: Verona. A Public Place. Setting: Friar Laurence's Cell Setting: Juliet's Chamber
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