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Romeo and Juliet

"O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?" (80). Is a famous line from the balcony scene of the book/play Romeo and Juliet that will never be forgotten. This love story will stand the test of time, it is one of Shakesphere's most famous plays, although hard to read its dialogue it is easy to understand! Who has not fallen in love so deeply that it is all you can think about or want? It is hard for us to understand today how anyone could tell another person who they can and cannot love, this is why you stay glued to this book/play to see how they are going to get around Juliet's parents to see each other again. Given that this book/play was written in a time when there were so many laws and regulations about love and marriage, this story sets a scene perfect for its time period.

The Montague and Capulet families are long time rivals, although the book/play does not reveal as to why the families are rivals it is clear throughout that they have not liked each other for a very long time. The thing I find most interesting about this book/play is that at the beginning Romeo is in love with Rosaline, but Rosaline wants nothing to do with Romeo. So when Capulet gives Peter ( a Capulet servant) a piece of paper with names on it to invite to a feast, but Peter cannot read it, so not knowing who he is talking to, he asks Romeo to read it for him and Rosaline's name is on this paper as Capulet's niece. So, I am left wondering if Rosaline did want a relationship with Romeo would this story had ended up the same? Rosaline is a Capulet, just as Juliet, and Romeo is a Montague, so I believe his love was doomed no matter who loved him back! Either way when Romeo went to the Capulet party he set his eyes on Juliet, and fell deeply in love instantly; which seems to be the only way Romeo loves! Not knowing who each other are they talk and kiss and talk and kiss some more! When they find out they are the children of each others enemies; They figure the only way that they can be together is to marry, so Romeo arranges for them to be married the day after they met. On this day right after they marry Romeo tries to stop a fight between Mercutio (Romeo's close friend) and Tybalt (Juliet's cousin) and in the end Tybalt kills Mercutio and in return Romeo kills Tybalt. Due to these actions Romeo is banished from Verona and has to leave his newlywed wife.

Upon the death of Tybalt, Capulet feels the only thing that will cheer up his daughter is to make a sad time happy by Juliet marrying Paris. Little does he know she is truly sad because the Prince has banished her real husband Romeo. So Capulet sets the wedding for three days from when the murders and banishing happened. Juliet goes to see Friar Lawrence for guidance and he gives her a vile of a potion that will make her look and feel dead for forty-eight hours. That will give him time to get Romeo and when she wakes they can run away together. But the letter never makes it to Romeo and when he finds out that Juliet is dead, he plans to kill himself by her side so that they can be together forever. Romeo makes it to the Capulet tomb only to be confronted my Paris whom Romeo kills and then kills himself by drinking poison. When



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