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