ROMEO AND JULIET
By Glen Zhou and Tim Bai
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there lived two families in
a constant dispute, the Capulets and the Montagues. The land was
fair Verona, and the two families hated each other with such
terrifying evil. As a result, street brawls occurred daily.
The source of the fighting began
hundreds of years ago, when a
rich master was dying. He called
in his two most loyal servants and
with his last breath, told them of
the ancient treasure buried in
Verona. These two servants
turned against one another in an
attempt to discover the treasure,
thus creating the conflict that
existed. The treasure was never
found, but both families blamed it
on the other.
One day, Capulet, lord of
the house, decided to have a
royal ball in honor of his
daughter Juliet, who was
turning fourteen. He
wanted to find a suitable
young man for her, and
thought a dance would be
the perfect opportunity for
her to choose a husband.
Capulet already had a man
in mind, a certain Prince
He planned for Juliet to meet Paris at the ball and fall in love.
Alas, his plan backfired. Along came young Romeo, heir to
Montague, to crash the party. As soon as he set his eyes on
Juliet, the two fell in love. No power could overcome it, not
even Prince Paris.
Romeo and Juliet got to know one another briefly during the dance,
except for the fact that they came from rival families. Halfway through
the party, Paris insisted on Juliet dancing with him, in a futile attempt to
win her hand and love from Romeo. Paris was persistent, and eventually
asked for Juliet to be his wife. Juliet said that she would think about it
and give her answer by the end of the week. Paris was delighted and ran
off to make plans, but Juliet was already forming marriage plans with
Not until after the
party does Juliet
realize that Romeo is a
Montague and vice-
versa. The two lovers
knew that if they
continued to meet, it
would have to be in
secret, for their lives
depended on it.
Romeo, hastily wishing to be married, went to the good Friar
Laurence for help. The Friar agreed to secretly marry the two
of them, wanting Romeo to be as happy as possible.
Moreover, he thought the marriage might end the conflict
between old Capulet and Montague. The following day, the
two of them would become husband and wife.
The Prince was informed of
this secret ceremony and
was infuriated. He wanted
Romeo out of the picture, so
that he could marry Juliet.
So Paris formed a plan. He
would frame Romeo and
imprison him, and make
Juliet his bride. The next
day, wedding day, he took
out a crown emblazed with
sapphires, and gave it to
Romeo, telling him a
husband to Juliet should
look as rich as possible.
Just as Romeo and Juliet were about to be married in the church
by Friar Laurence, Paris rushed in with a group of soldiers. He
claimed Romeo guilty for the theft of the royal crown, which sat
on Romeo’s head, and locked him up in the dungeon with the
spiders and worms. Paris sentenced Romeo to death the next
day, and moved on to the next step of his plan.
Paris asked for Juliet’s
hand in marriage in
front of Lord Capulet.
Juliet, pressured by her
father, agreed to the
marriage. Juliet wanted
to keep Romeo alive as
long as possible, so she
really had no choice.
Desperate, Juliet sought the
good Friar for help. After
explaining what had
happened, Friar Laurence
asked Juliet if the crown was
blue with gold and
sapphires. Juliet said that
was just the crown, and the
Friar knew that Paris would
stop at nothing to get what
he wanted, so he devised a
plan to counteract the
Prince’s. The Friar just
happened to know that
particular crown. He asked
Juliet to slap Paris, refuse
him, and leave.
Juliet went to Paris in his
palace and followed the
Friar’s instructions. Paris,
red with anger (and red
because he had been slapped
so hard), immediately went
to hang Romeo in public.
As Romeo waited to be put
in the gallows, the Friar
entered and said that Juliet
had been Romeo’s partner-
The Prince was instructed to hang Juliet as well. Paris’ plan
had backfired, but since Juliet had already refused him, he
decided to hang her too. Juliet is brought to the gallows
next to her love, Romeo.
Paris announced the death of Romeo and Juliet would serve as an example for the
consequence of stealing royal possessions. Just as Romeo and Juliet had their necks
put through the nooses, Friar Laurence stepped up, saying that the crown did not
belong to the Prince. He asked to see the crown, and Paris gave it to him, knowing it
had been his for years. The Friar found the mark on the side and showed the
Montague and Capulet spectators that it was the lost treasure of the rich master who
lived long ago. After verifying the crown as the lost treasure, Capulet and
Montague turned on the Prince, who was trying to escape. The two were angry at
Paris for hiding the family treasure and framing their son and daughter for stealing
Romeo and Juliet were cleared of their sentence, and the Prince was
hanged instead. After the incident was settled, Romeo and Juliet
announced their marriage to their families. First, however, both
families decided it was best if the Friar took the crown, for he had
known and devised the plan that saved their children’s lives. Romeo
and Juliet were married, and Verona’s citizens lived in peace. The
two families learned the art of sharing and trading. As for the two
lovers, Romeo and Juliet, they lived happily ever after.