Prince Escalus is the ruling Prince of Verona.
Table of Contents Plot Overview In the streets of Verona another brawl breaks out between the servants of the feuding noble families of Capulet and Montague.
Benvolio, a Montague, tries to stop the fighting, but is himself embroiled when the rash Capulet, Tybalt, arrives on the scene. After citizens outraged by the constant violence beat back the warring factions, Prince Escalus, the ruler of Verona, attempts to prevent any further conflicts between the families by decreeing death for any individual who disturbs the peace in the future.
Romeo, the son of Montague, runs into his cousin Benvolio, who had earlier seen Romeo moping in a grove of sycamores. After some prodding by Benvolio, Romeo confides that he is in love with Rosaline, a woman who does not return his affections.
Benvolio counsels him to forget this woman and find another, more beautiful one, but Romeo remains despondent. Her father Capulet, though happy at the match, asks Paris to wait two years, since Juliet is not yet even fourteen.
Capulet dispatches a servant with a list of people to invite to a masquerade and feast he traditionally holds. Romeo and Benvolio, still discussing Rosaline, encounter the Capulet servant bearing the list of invitations.
Benvolio suggests that they attend, since that will allow Romeo to compare his beloved to other beautiful women of Verona.
Romeo agrees to go with Benvolio to the feast, but only because Rosaline, whose name he reads on the list, will be there. Juliet has not yet considered marriage, but agrees to look at Paris during the feast to see if she thinks she could fall in love with him.
Once inside, Romeo sees Juliet from a distance and instantly falls in love with her; he forgets about Rosaline completely. As Romeo watches Juliet, entranced, a young Capulet, Tybalt, recognizes him, and is enraged that a Montague would sneak into a Capulet feast. He prepares to attack, but Capulet holds him back.
Soon, Romeo speaks to Juliet, and the two experience a profound attraction.
When Juliet learns that the young man she has just kissed is the son of Montague, she grows equally upset. As Mercutio and Benvolio leave the Capulet estate, Romeo leaps over the orchard wall into the garden, unable to leave Juliet behind.
From his hiding place, he sees Juliet in a window above the orchard and hears her speak his name. He calls out to her, and they exchange vows of love. Disgusted with this plea for peace, Mercutio says that he will fight Tybalt himself.
The two begin to duel. Romeo tries to stop them by leaping between the combatants. Romeo, in a rage, kills Tybalt. Romeo flees from the scene. Soon after, the Prince declares him forever banished from Verona for his crime. Friar Lawrence arranges for Romeo to spend his wedding night with Juliet before he has to leave for Mantua the following morning.
In her room, Juliet awaits the arrival of her new husband. The Nurse enters, and, after some confusion, tells Juliet that Romeo has killed Tybalt. Distraught, Juliet suddenly finds herself married to a man who has killed her kinsman. But she resettles herself, and realizes that her duty belongs with her love: Morning comes, and the lovers bid farewell, unsure when they will see each other again.
Juliet learns that her father, affected by the recent events, now intends for her to marry Paris in just three days. She counsels Juliet to proceed as if Romeo were dead and to marry Paris, who is a better match anyway.
He concocts a plan to reunite Juliet with Romeo in Mantua. The night before her wedding to Paris, Juliet must drink a potion that will make her appear to be dead.In a city divided by warring families, young Juliet doesn’t want to marry. And the nobleman her parents have promised her to does nothing for her.
Meanwhile, Romeo is pining for a girl who doesn’t want him. Then, at a fateful dance, the two meet—and ignite one of the greatest love stories in the English language. An detailed summary of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with key passages, from your trusted Shakespeare resource.
Perhaps fate could be to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, not because it is something that has pre-destined their deaths, but because they simply believe that it could.
If they had not believed that the stars controlled their fate, perhaps they would have tried to change their futures for the better.
The story of Romeo and Juliet is one with many flaws and actions that took place, that lead to many tragic deaths, including the lives of the two young protagonists of the story.
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Romeo meets Juliet on a Sunday night. By Thursday, six people (in order of deaths: Mercutio, Tybalt, Lady Montague (dies when she learns of Romeo's exile), Paris, Romeo, and Juliet) are dead as the town of Verona weeps. Use this attractively built timeline worksheet to help students chart the events of the accelerated chronology of Romeo &; Juliet.