Romeo and Juliet

 

Summary

            Romeo and Juliet, a play written by Shakespeare, starts of with a prologue that introduces the ongoing quarrel between the Montague and Capulet families. It also hints at what might happen later on in the book.

  • Act one starts off with servants from the Montague’s and the Capulet’s start a street fight that others start to join. However, once Escalus, the Prince of Verona, finds out he declares that whoever keeps fighting will be killed.  We also find out that Romeo is lovesick because he loves Rosaline but she doesn’t love him. Romeo then decides to show up to a party, uninvited, hoping to see Rosaline. Capulet, who wants Paris to marry his daughter Juliet, planned the party. However, the second Romeo lies his eyes on Juliet, he completely forgets about Rosaline and falls in love with her. But soon gets into a fight with Tybalt. There is no victor however because Capulet told Tybalt that there would be a better place and time to attack Romeo. Act one ends with Romeo and Juliet discovering who they are and the family feud that separates them.
  • Act two starts off with Romeo sneaking into Juliet’s orchard under the cover of darkness. Sitting in the orchard, spying on Juliet, Romeo hears that Juliet loves him as much as he loves her. They then talk about how much they love each other and decide to marry. In the morning, Romeo then goes to Friar Laurence telling him of Juliet and their plan to marry. Friar Laurence agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet because he hopes that it will end the never-ending quarrel of the two families. Act two ends with Romeo sneaking into Juliet’s bedroom as her husband, later that night.
  • Act three starts off with Mercutio and Benvolio fighting Tybalt. Tybalt also talks Romeo into fighting and ends up killing Mercutio, which angers Romeo. Romeo then kills Tybalt for killing Mercutio. Once Escalus here about this, he banishes Romeo from Verona and if he ever returns he will be killed. Once Juliet hears about the banishment of her husband, she mourns for him while everyone else thinks she is mourning for Tybalt. Even though Juliet is married to Romeo, Capulet doesn’t know and tells her that she must marry Paris. Capulet then decides that the date of the marriage will be Thursday. Act three ends with Juliet realizing that she must marry Paris even though she is already married to her true love, Romeo, and decides that if nothing can be done, she will take away her life. Act four begins with Juliet going to Friar Laurence to help her figure out how to handle everything and that if nothing works, she’ll commit suicide. Friar Laurence doesn’t want Juliet to kill herself, and comes up with a plan. The plan is for Juliet to drink a potion that will make her look dead even though she’ll truly be in a deep sleep and will eventually wake up. Once she is put into the burial tomb, Romeo will come and take her away. Juliet agrees to the plan and heads home. Capulet, who is making the wedding arrangements, decides to move the wedding to Wednesday morning instead of having on Thursday because he really wants his daughter to marry Paris. As Juliet succeeds in being alone in her room, she drinks the potion and lies down on her bed waiting for it to take effect. The next morning, the Nurse goes in to wake Juliet for the wedding and finds her dead. Act four ends with the wedding changing into a funeral.
  • Act five begins with Romeo, who is in Mantua, hearing about the death of Juliet. Romeo then decides to buy some extremely strong poison at a local, poor, medicine man and leaves, heading to Verona to see Juliet one last time. At Verona, Friar Laurence finds out that the letter informing Romeo of his and Juliet’s fake-death plan never reached Romeo because Friar John got held up. Friar Laurence then realizes that Juliet would be trapped in a tomb, alive, and leaves, heading to the Capulet burial chamber. Romeo arrives first and sees Paris, who thinks Romeo has come to vandalize Juliet’s grave. Romeo and Paris have a dual and Romeo ends up killing Paris. Romeo then rushes inside and finds Juliet, still dead, lying in her coffin. He drinks all the poison and kisses her one last time. A few minutes later, Juliet wakes up and sees that the love of her life is lying next to her, dead. Juliet then kisses Romeo hoping that the poison he took would take away her life but it doesn’t work. She then takes a dagger and ends her life.  Act five, the final act, ends with Friar Laurence explaining everything that happened, to the Prince, Capulets, and Montagues. The prince then tells the Capulets and Montagues to look and see what their feud has caused and that they should end it so they do.

 

Habits of Mind

 

Perspective:

·      One example of perspective in Romeo and Juliet takes place throughout the entire story. Romeo and Juliet love each other and want to be with each other for the rest of their lives while their families absolutely hate each other and would never want them to even see each other. This conflict guides the plot of the story and throws in challenges that Romeo and Juliet must conquer.

 

Evidence:

·      One of the things most supported in this story was the amount of love between Romeo and Juliet. When Romeo wanted to go and see Juliet, he climbed over a wall that was suppose to be impossible to climb which shows that nothing can stop the bind they have between each other. When Romeo killed Tybalt and got banished, Juliet cried not for Tybalt, her cousin, her family member, but for Romeo, the love of her life. Juliet would even convince her family that she was dead and run away to live with Romeo. Meaning that she would rather be with Romeo than with her family. When Romeo thinks that Juliet is dead, he would rather kill himself than to live in a world without Juliet and she would feel the same way.

Connection:

·      Compared to today, families still fight with one another but not as rough as they did in this book. Nowadays people just keep all their anger bottled up inside.

·      People today, still fight for what they believe in. If they encounter a wall that is impossible to climb, they will climb it if they truly believe and will probably make it over sooner or later. If people didn’t fight for what they believed in, we would probably still have slaves, black people wouldn’t be treated as fairly as white people, we might have never become the USA, and we could’ve even become Oceania in the book, 1984.

Supposition:

·      If this book took place in the present time, 2008, rather than in the past, I think that the story wouldn’t be anywhere close to the original. If Romeo and Juliet took place in 2008, there wouldn’t be any sword fights or barely making it over the impossible to climb walls. When Juliet died the Capulets would’ve take her to the hospital and would probably have found out that she really truly wasn’t dead.  The message that never got delivered to Romeo would probably be sent via email. If the story took place in the present, it would be boring and bland.

 

 

Significance:

·      William Shakespeare is well-known author that everybody knows even if you’ve never had to read one of his books, or memorize a sonnet. If you asked someone what Romeo and Juliet was all about he or she’d most likely know even if they’ve never read it.  I don’t think that Shakespeare will ever be forgotten, especially Romeo and Juliet, which is probably the best thing he has written. Shakespeare has inspired many individuals to become a writer in either in poetry, theatre, or something totally different.  Many would complain that Shakespeare is hard to understand but once you get used to the funny words and phrasing it’s actually pretty similar to modern English and gets easier to understand the more you read.

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