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Romeo And Juliet


Romeo and Juliet, said to be one of the most famous love
stories of all times, is a play anchored on time and fate.
Some actions are believed to occur by chance or by destiny.
The timing of each action influences the outcome of the
play. While some events are of less significance, some are
crucial to the development of this tragedy. The substantial
events that inspire the conclusion of Romeo and Juliet are;
the Capulet ball, the quarrel experienced by Tybalt and
Romeo, and Friar John's plague. 

A servant to Capulet, who is incapable of reading the list
of guests, asks for Romeo's assistance. Romeo notices that
Rosaline, his lover, is among these names. Benvolio
challenges Romeo to compare her with other "beauties."
Benvolio predicts, "Compare her face with some that I shall
show,/ And I will make thee think thy swan a crow." (I, ii,
l 86-87) To show his appreciation, the servant asks for
Romeo's presence at the ball. Romeo should have considered
the servant's warning; if Romeo occupies the name of
Montague, he shall not be permitted. Once at the ball,
Romeo is searching for a maiden to substitute the
unrequited love of Rosaline. Romeo happens to gaze upon
Juliet, who charms Romeo. Romeo proclaims, " Did my heart
love till now? Forswear it, sight!/ For ne'er saw true
beauty till this night." (I, v, l 52-53) Since Romeo
declares his love for Juliet, she feels the attraction
also. They believe that they are in love and must marry.
However, it is a genuine coincidence that Romeo and Juliet
were at the same place, at the same time. 

Some days after the ball, Benvolio and Mercutio are
conversing, in regard to the quarrelsome weather. Benvolio
declares, "The day is hot, the Capulets abroad,/ And if we
meet we shall not 'scape a brawl,/ For now these got days
is the mad blood stirring." (III, i, l 2-4) At this point,
Tybalt, who has challenged Romeo because of his appearance
at the masquerade, enters, seeking Romeo. On Romeo's
behalf, Mercutio struggles with Tybalt, while Romeo, who is
filled with love for his new cousin, tries to end their
boldness. Before escaping, Tybalt plunges his sword into
Mercutio, causing death to fall upon him. Mercutio blames
Romeo and the feud for his fate. Romeo kills Tybalt, who
taunts Romeo, upon his return. Romeo fears he will be
condemned to death if he does not flee before the arrival
of the Prince. Benvolio recalls the events that have
happened, with some embellishment. The Prince declares: And
for that offence/ Immediately we do exile him hence./ I hav
an in your hate's proceeding,/ My blood for your rude
brawls doth lie a-bleeding;/ But I'll amerce you with so
strong a fine/ That you shall repent the loss of mine./ I
will be deaf to pleading and excuses;/ Nor tears nor
prayers shall purchase out abuses;/ Therefore use none. Let
Romeo hence in haste,/ Else, when he's found, that hour is
his last./ Bear hence this body and attend our will./ Mercy
but murders, pardoning those that kill. (III, i, l 185-195)
Due to the disturbance of Verona's street and the losses of
Tybalt and Mercutio, the Prince must penalize Romeo.
However, the Prince agrees that Romeo was acting in self

Juliet, who desires not to wed Paris, asks for Friar
Laurence's assistance. The day before the wedding, Juliet
is to drink the poison, which will make her appear to be
dead. In forty two hours she shall awake, with Romeo by her
side. Romeo will then bring her to Mantua with him. In the
meantime Friar Laurence will convey a message to Romeo in
Mantua, telling him the plot. When she gains consciousness,
Romeo and Friar Laurence will be there. Friar Laurence
says, "Shall Romeo by my letters know our drift,/ And
hither shall he come; and he and I/ Will watch thy waking"
(IV, i, l 114-116) Following Juliet's intake of the poison,
Romeo is anticipating news from Verona. Balthasar, a
servant to Romeo, tells Romeo that Juliet has died. Romeo,
who is told there are no letters from the friar, seeks a
way to accomplish his suicide. Meanwhile, Friar Laurence,
confronts Friar John, who was to deliver the letter to
Romeo. Friar John informs Friar Laurence that he was
seeking another Franciscan, who was visiting the sick, to
accompany him to Mantua. He says, "Suspecting that we both
were in a house/ Where the infectious pestilence did
reingn,/ Seal'd up the doors, and would not let us forth;/"
(V, ii, l 9-11) Friar John tells that he could find no one
to deliver the letter, for fear they may catch the
The substantial events that inspire the conclusion of Romeo
and Juliet are; the Capulet ball, the quarrel experienced
by Tybalt and Romeo, and Friar John's plague. The Capulet
ball influences the ending of the play by Romeo's
invitation at the ball, which creates the meeting of Romeo
and Juliet. The ball also gives birth to Tybalt's anger and
causes his challenge. The challenge causes the banishment
of Romeo, which produces much grieving by Juliet and Romeo.
Also, the quarrelsome weather is partly to blame for the
feuding between Tybalt and Mercutio. Since Friar John did
not deliver the letter, Romeo thinks that Juliet is dead,
sacrifices himself. Juliet seeing that Romeo is dead, slays
herself also. 



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