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ROMEO AND JULIET
William Shakespeare’s story of Romeo and Juliet is aged but real life stories with
the same story line keep popping up in the news years later. Couples are sacrificing their
lives for each other’s love. Others kill themselves for pointless reasons.
Shakespeare’s version of Romeo and Juliet starts with a Prologue which reveals
the plot of the story in the line “from forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of
star-crossed lovers take their life';. The prologue explains how two ill fated lovers die
because of a long bitter feud between their families. After the prologue the scene is set
on a street in Verona where members from the two families, the Montagues and the
Capulets, have a fight and are warned that the next fight will result in punishment by
death by Prince Escalus.
Romeo enters the story with his cousin Benvolio and they talk about Romeo
being in love with Rosaline. Mean while, at the Capulet home, Paris asks approval to
marry Juliet. The Capulets then arranged a party for Paris and Juliet to meet.
While on the street, Romeo and Benvolio are approached by a Capulet servant
who invites them to the Capulet party. Romeo agrees to go because he knows that
Rosaline will be there. Before Romeo goes to the party he has a dream that something
bad will happen if he goes; Benvolio tells him that dreams are meaningless and they
When Romeo and his friends arrive they are discovered by Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin,
Who wants to kill them but is stopped by Juliet’s father. During the course of the party
Romeo and Juliet meet and instantly fall in love. Romeo no longer loves Rosaline and is
totally focused on Juliet.
At the end of the party Romeo hides in Juliet’s orchard and overhears her talking
about him. He then tells her he loves her and they make wedding plans that same night.
Romeo then goes to Friar Laurence to make final arrangements. Friar Laurence agrees
to perform the wedding ceremony hopping that the feud between the two families would
end. Tybalt sent a message to Mercutio and Benvolio asking Romeo for a challenge.
Romeo and Juliet get married on a Monday evening in Friar Laurence’s cell.
Romeo then leaves to meet his friends. He finds out that Mercutio is killed by Tybalt
and goes after Tybalt to return the favor and kills him. Romeo is caught by the Prince
and is banished from Verona.
Juliet later finds our everything that happened and becomes suicidal.
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visits her before leaving to Montua and they both had premonitions of death.
Juliet is later told by her mother that she will marry Paris later that week on
Thursday. Juliet gets so upset she goes to visit the Friar and is given a potion that will
make her look dead for forty two hours. This way she can run away to live with Romeo
while her parents and everyone else thinks she is dead. A letter was sent to Romeo
explaining Juliet’s plan but he never receives it and when he hears that Juliet was dead he
ruches back to Verona and buys some poison which he drank so that he could be with
Juliet. Juliet then wakes up from the potion and finds Romeo dead she in turn grabs a
dagger and stabs herself to death to accompany Romeo. There laid the two star crossed
lovers dead side by side ending the horrible feud between both families.
Real life stories like this one have been written in news papers and broadcast on
television through out recent years.
There was a story about a Pakistani man, Kunwar Ahson, who is now paralyzed
after being shot for marrying a woman, Riffat Afridi, from a opposite cultural group. He
was shot by the woman’s father, brother, and other members of their culture. Both of
their cultures disagree with what they did and are ready to kill them because they can not
deal with inter racial marriages.
Another story but this time located in the United States is about two young
teenagers. The two of them went to school together and spent all their time together.
The relationship got too serious for the girls mother to handle and demanded that she
not see her boy friend any more. This of course made the couple extremely angry and
they went behind their parents backs and continued seeing each other. The couple in
the end decided to committed suicide together so that they could be with each other
In Bosnia there was a story about two twenty five year olds, Bosko Brkic and
Admira Ismic, who attended the University of Sarajevo and dated for several years.
They were forced to keep their love for each other a secret from their families ethnic
groups. The couple tried to escape by running through the two armies battle field. Bosko
was shot and died instantly and Admira was also shot but she managed to crawl to Bosko
and died on top of him. The two of them were buried together because Admira’s mother
thought that they went through enough to be together and they should not have to fight
to be with each other anymore.
All these stories are linked up to Shakespeare story and obviously show how
people can be so ridicules and judgmental. A person’s background or colour should not
have to get involved in a situation of two people wanting to be together. The sad part to
these stories is that they keep appearing around the world and no one is learning from
passed situations and more and more people are dying. Who would of known that a play
that someone wrote years ago would become so real in today’s society. It is extremely
sad that different cultures can not get over the past and live life with out any prejudice.