Romeo and Juliet

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  • In the town of Verona, two rich families, the Montagues and the Capulets, rivaled against one another in a long lasting conflict. In the text, it states, "Two households alike in dignity, In fair Verona where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge to new mutiny..." (Shakespeare 1-3).
  • The rivalry between the two families caused violence and bloodshed between the civilians of Verona. In the text, it states, "Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean" (Shakespeare 4).
  • The children of the two families, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, fall in love with each other, but both end up comiting suicide due to the rivalry between the two families. In the text, it states, "From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life" (Shakespeare 5-6).
  • The Montagues and The Capulets put their fighting on hold after learning of their children's deaths. In the text, it states, "Doth with their death bury their parents' strife" (Shakespeare 8).
  • The two families ended their rivalry after realizing how much their children loved each other. In the text, it says, "The fearful passage of their death-marked love, And the continuence of the parent's rage, Which, but their children's end, nought could remove" (Shakespeare 9-10).
  • The Chorus proceeds to say that this is the story for the next 2 hours and explain that what they didn't hear the prologue, they can learn in the story. In the text, it states, "Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage, The which, if you with patient ears attend, What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend" (Shakespeare 11-13).
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