Romeo and Juliet: A True Love Story

NaQuinn McCall, Writer

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A romantic and tragedy combined play, Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, still entertains audiences today. The play portrays two lovers who can not consort together owing to their family’s feuding. William Shakespeare wrote the play between 1591 and 1595, and scholars published it in 1623.

The Montague and Capulet families feud all throughout the play. Shakespeare never revealed the reason why the families disliked each other. Many say that “it could be that the feud is so longstanding that the families themselves don’t even know why it started”.

Romeo attended a ball, snuck his way into the Capulet’s courtyard and saw Juliet on her balcony where she dedicated her love to him, notwithstanding the family feuding. Romeo and Juliet then agreed to marry, making it happen the next day with a Friar’s help. The Friar always wanted both families to stop feuding and reconcile, and they hoped that this would somehow conciliate them.

Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt, informed everyone that Romeo entered the Capulet ball uninvited and challenged him in a duel. Refusing to fight, Romeo’s friend Mercutio accepted the duel on his behalf. Romeo attempted to end the fight that left Mercutio fatally wounded and Tybalt dead.

Lord Capulet then agreed to marry Juliet and Count Paris, but with Juliet refusing, her mother threatened to disown her. Juliet then visited a Friar for help, and he offered a drug that would put her in a death-like coma for 42 hours so that she would not have to attend the wedding and marry.

The Friar promised he would send Romeo a messenger, but never receiving the message, Romeo took charge and decided to buy poison to kill himself. Romeo visits Juliet at the Capulet Crypt to see her one last time, but instead, he sees her father.

Count Paris, Juliet’s father, believed that Romeo had something to do with it, challenged him, and it ended with Romeo killing Count Paris. Still not knowing that Juliet would awaken in a couple of hours, Romeo drank the poison, committing suicide. Juliet then awoke finding her beloved Romeo dead, and unwilling to live without him, she also ended her life.

Romeo And Juliet: a classic play even in modern times!

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