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  • 1. Romeo and Juliet A Star-crossed Romance Free powerpoints at
  • 2. A Brief Introduction
    • Romeo and Juliet was written by Shakespeare in 1594 or 1595.
    • Romeo and Juliet was an experimental stage piece, featuring several radical departures from long-standing conventions.
    • The themes of the play include the antithesis between love and hate, the use of a light/dark polarity, the use of time, and the use of Fate in the dreams, omens and forebodings that foreshadow the play’s tragic conclusion.
  • 3. The Montagues Lord and Lady Montague – Romeo’s parents Romeo Montague Balthasar and Abram – servants to the Montagues Mercutio – Friend of Romeo and relative of the Prince
  • 4. The Capulets
    • Lord and Lady Capulet – Juliets parents
    • Juliet Capulet
    • Nurse – Juliets attendant
    • Tybalt – cousin to Juliet
    • Sampson and Gregory – servants to the Capulets
  • 5. A Very Brief Plot Summary
    • Act I – Shakespeare establishes an on-going feud between two families, the Montagues and Capulets.
    • Juliet’s father decides that even though Juliet is only 13 it is time to find her a husband.
    • Romeo (a Montague) and Juliet ( A Capulet) meet and fall in love.
  • 6.
    • Act II – One of the Capulets challenges Romeo to a duel. Romeo’s friends fear for his safety.
    • Friar Laurence conspires with Romeo to arrange a secret marriage.
    • By the end of Act II, Romeo and Juliet are married.
  • 7.
    • Act III – The duel between Romeo and Tybalt takes place after all, and Romeo kills Tybalt.
    • The Prince spares Romeo’s life, but banishes him from Verona.
    • Juliet’s father announces that she shall wed Paris in 3 days.
    • Juliet makes plans to seek the advice of Friar Laurence where unbeknownst to her Romeo is hiding.
  • 8.
    • Act IV -- Juliet threatens to commit suicide rather than marry Paris.
    • Friar Laurence convinces her to fake her death in order to be with Romeo.
    • Juliet follows the Friar’s plan, and her corpselike body is discovered by her nurse.
  • 9.
    • Act V – Romeo receives word that Juliet is dead.
    • He buys a fast-acting poison and travels to Juliet’s tomb so that he may die beside her.
    • Paris is also at the tomb. He and Romeo fight, and Paris is killed.
    • Romeo drinks the poison. Juliet awakens and stabs herself to death with Romeo’s dagger.
    • The feuding families end their feud and erect golden statues to the lovers.