Romeo and Juliet in a nutshell

Romeo and Juliet in a nutshell

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  • If I see another outbreak in the streets like this, I shall punish you to death!
  • My word... <3
  • well, i'll be darned!
  • "So smile the heavens upon this holy act That after-hours with sorrow chide us not" (Shakespeare 1-2).
  • Act I, Scene I: In the streets of fair Verona, servants of the Capulet house decide to start a fight with members of the rival family, the Montagues. The fight escalates and creates chaos in the square, where the Prince noticed and intervened.  The Prince warns if another fight happens the they will be sentenced to death.  
  • "Ha! Banishment! Be merciful, say 'death.' Do not say 'banishment'" (Shakespeare 7-8).
  • Act I, Scene I: Benvolio, Romeo's cousin, notices that Romeo is depressed  because he can't find love, and offers to take him to a party for Juliet. At first Romeo refuses to go because he wants Rosalie, but once there he ends up dancing with Juliet. By the end of the night, they give each other compliments and kiss, realizing that they are in love. 
  • "Help! Help! Oh, welladay, that ever I was born! My lord! My lady! Help! Help! My lady's dead!" (Shakespeare 7-8).
  • Act II, Scene III: Only after the party, did they discover their families were rivals. Nevertheless, they get married  by Priest Friar Lawrence, because he thought it would end the rivalry. Romeo and Juliet kept the wedding a secret, as they feared their families' reactions.
  • Well, I'M OUTTA HERE!!
  • Act III, Scene I: All was well, until Tybalt, Juliet's cousin, who was still mad that Romeo attended her party, engaged in a duel with Mercutio. Tybalt had no intention of harming Mercutio, but when Romeo interfered, Tybalt accidently stabbed and killed Mercutio. This caused Romeo to kill Tybalt in revenge.
  • Act III, Scene V: Romeo was vanished from Verona, due to Tybalt's death, leaving Juliet distraught. Her parents thought she was only crying for Tybalt unaware that Romeo was her main reason for sadness. Not knowing she was already married, they want to cheer Juliet up by marrying her with Paris. When she refuses, her dad gets mad.
  • Act V, Scene V: To escape her father's plan for marriage, Friar and Juliet agree to fake her death. Upon hearing the news, Romeo thought she was actually dead, and killed himself, just before Juliet woke up. Seeing Romeo dead, she killed herself. Friar then fled crying into the woods and the Prince had to bear the scene of two dead children.
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