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Five Act Structure - Romeo and Juliet
Updated: 4/16/2018
Five Act Structure - Romeo and Juliet
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Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

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Five Act Structure - Romeo and Juliet text summary

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  • 
  • ACT 1: PROLOGUE
  • 
  • ACT 2: RISING ACTION
  • O, speak again, bright angel, for thou art as glorious to this night, being o'er my head, as is a winged messenger of heaven!
  • ACT 3: CLIMAX
  • It's just a scratch...
  • ACT 4: FALLING ACTION
  • ACT 5: DENOUEMENT
  • I feel personally responsible...I married them hoping it would end the fighting.
  • "In fair Verona...a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life. The fearful passage of their death marked love and the continuance of their parents' rage, which led to their children's deaths.​ "
  • Romeo and Juliet fall in love but cannot be together because their families do not like each other. They decide to get married in secret. ​
  • After crashing the Capulet party, Tybalt goes after the Montague crew and kills Mercutio. To avenge his friend, Romeo duels with and kills Tybalt - Juliet's cousin. ​ Romeo is banished, but before he goes he gives Juliet a proper wedding night!
  • Juliet's father requests that she marries Count Paris. However, to escape a second wedding she and Friar Lawrence concoct a plan to make it appear as if she dies. By taking a sleeping potion!
  • Being the only person who knows the whole story, the Friar explains it to the families, who decided to finally end their grudge. ​
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