Romeo and Juliet play summary Part 1

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Describes the first half of the play Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare.

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  • In the city of Verona, the Montagues and the Capulets were feuding, as they had done for generations, to the great displeasure of Prince Escalus.
  • After the third civil brawl has taken place, County Paris asks the hand in marriage of Capulet's twelve-year-old daughter, Juliet. In order to get them to know each other, Capulet organizes a party. Romeo, a Montague, sneaks along after he spots Lady Rosaline's name on the guest list; Romeo is infatuated with her. At the party, however, he forgets her, and falls in love with Juliet.
  • After the party is over, Romeo sneaks back to Juliet's balcony, where the two of them proclaim their love for each other, and promise to get married. Romeo hastens to Friar Lawrence's cell to arrange it. The friar agrees and, in a bid to stop the feud, he marries them the next day.
  • Later on, in a public place in Verona, Tybalt duels with and kills Mercutio, Romeo's friend. In rage and grief, Romeo pursues the fleeing Tybalt and kills him. Benvolio spots him and helps him hide with Friar Lawrence.
  • When Prince Escalus hears the facts about the murder, he sentences Romeo to banishment. When he hears this, Romeo sneaks back to Juliet's house, where they spend the night together. In the morning, Romeo leaves for Mantua.
  • In the morning, Capulet arranges with County Paris that he will marry Juliet on Thursday. When he tells this to Juliet, she refuses adamantly, and Capulet flies into a rage, threatening to disown her if she does not. Juliet, however, doesn't leave it at that, and hurries to Friar Lawrence...
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