William Shakespeare 's ' Romeo And Juliet ' Essay

2562 Words Nov 12th, 2016 11 Pages
On the Great River Shakespeare Festival website, it reads, “Teenagers make bad choices. It was true in Verona in the 1400s; it is true today. For more than 400 hundred years we’ve been telling this story, and we don’t appear to have any desire to stop.” Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona, where there is a violent feud between the Montague and Capulet families. In the prologue, the Chorus foreshadows the plot of the play. (“Two households, both alike in dignity…What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.“- 1.1.1-14.)
In Act 1, a street-fight breaks out between young men of rival houses, Montague and Capulet, but the Prince of Verona ends it. (“What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word/ As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.”-1.1.70-71.) Lord and Lady Capulet ponder marriage between the County Paris and Juliet, their daughter. Introductions are made at a Capulet feast. Romeo, Lord and Lady Montague’s son, gate-crashes the masquerade party with his friends. Romeo and Juliet experience love-at-first-sight. (“If I profane with my unworthiest hand…You kiss by the book.”-1.5.94-111) Tybalt, who is Lady Capulet’s nephew, identifies Romeo as a Montague, forcing him to go.
In Act 2, Romeo covertly visits Juliet at her garden balcony. They declare their love, agreeing to wed. (But soft, what light through window breaks…His help to crave, and my dear hap to tell.”-2.2.2-190.) The next day Friar Laurence marries them. In Act 3, Tybalt picks a fight Romeo, who…

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