Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet

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In Verona, Italy in the late 1500's, two powerful families the Montague's and the Capulet's have been feuding with each other for years. Old Capulet, Juliet's father, throws a party. The Montague's are not invited of course, but Romeo devises a plan to get a look at Rosaline. He disguises himself and slips into the party. Once inside, his attention is stolen by Juliet. Romeo falls instantly in love, but is disappointed when he finds out that Juliet is a Capulet. Juliet notices Romeo but she is unaware that he is a member of the Montague's. The Montagang

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Later, after discovering that the young man who caught her eye is a member of the enemy family. At the same time, Romeo is lurking in the bushes below. He overhears Juliet confess her love for him to the heavens. No longer able to control his powerful feelings, Romeo reveals himself to her and admits that he feels the same. The very next day, with the help of Romeo's friend Friar Lawrence, Romeo and Juliet are secretly married.

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Tybalt is out to get Romeo for crashing the Capulet's party so he starts a fight with his friends. Romeo shows up, but does not want to fight Tybalt because he no longer holds a grudge against Juliet's family. Romeo's friends can't understand why he won't stand up for himself so Mercutio steps in to do it for him. A swordfight with Tybalt follows. Mercutio is killed. To avenge the death of his friend, Romeo kills Tybalt, an act that will award him even more hatred from the Capulet family. The Prince of Verona banishes Romeo and he is forced to leave Juliet is devastated by the loss of her love. Juliet's father, not knowing of his daughter's marriage, decides to marry her to another young man named Paris.

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In despair, Juliet consults with Friar Laurence. He advises her to agree to the marriage, but on the morning of the wedding, she will drink a potion that he prepares for her. The potion will make it look like Juliet is dead. Then, the Friar will send Romeo to rescue her. She does as the Friar says and is put into the vault by her heartbroken parents. Before the Friar can tell Romeo of the hoax, Romeo hears from someone else that Juliet is dead. Overcome with grief, Romeo buys a poison and goes to Juliet's tomb to die beside her. At the door of the tomb, Romeo is forced to fight Paris, whom he kills. Nothing will stop him from joining his love. Romeo drinks the poison and takes his last breath next to his sleeping wife. Juliet awakens to see her husband's dead body. She finds out what happened from Friar Laurence who has just arrived. Juliet kills herself with Romeo's dagger. The tragedy has a tremendous impact on both the Montagues and the Capulets. The families are hurt so much by the death of their children that they agree to never fight again.

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