Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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 What do you know of Shakespeareís life?

 

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford upon Avon  on St. Georgeís day, April 23rd

1564. He could have a very good education but he couldnít go to university. He got married at the age of eighteen with Anne Hathaway. They had three children, Susanna, Hamnet and Judith. Shakespeare went to London and only there he began to be involved in the theatrical life. The reason of his departure seems to be the fact that he was caught stealing a deer. He wrote many tragedies and comedies, such as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth.

 

What do you know of Shakespeareís times?

 

 William Shakespeare was born in England during the XVI century. At that time Queen Elizabeth I drove the country through a great period of richness. We donít know much  about Shakespeareís life but nowadays if you go to Stratford you can visit his grave in Holy Trinity Church and enjoy a theatre performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company (this year the RSC is staging ďThe Complete Works Festival 2006Ē, which is its biggest ever theatrical celebration of Shakespeareís complete works). He wrote many different plays as Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet. His plays were extremely appreciated during his lifetime, which was the age of the Elizabethan Theatre, and so he became very popular in England. Probably his favourite subject in his plays was love, that was the reason why he wrote many works about passionate love.

 

Who is Romeo?

 

Romeo was the only son of the Montaguesí, an important family in Verona who had always been fighting with the Capulets, Julietís family. Romeo was a dreamer, a romantic boy, he knew much about loveís importance during his life, even if he would discover what love really means only that unforgettable evening when he saw Juliet for the first time: it had been love at the first sight. During the play he has to quarrel, to suffer and to die to defend their love: he is the best example of how loveís strength  can win menís silly fights.

 

What was wrong with Romeo at the beginning of the play?

 

 At the beginning of the play Benvolio, Romeoís cousin, told Lord Montague, his uncle, that Romeo was very upset but he didnít know the reason. Later on the guy tried to discover what was wrong with Romeo and he found out that he was in love.

Romeo spent his days locked in his room, crying alone in the fields, thinking of his love. The girl loved by Romeo was Rosaline; unfortunately she didnít love him, so he was desperate. Benvolio tried to help his cousin but he didnít know what to do.

One day a serf of the House of the Capulets met Romeo and Benvolio in the street and asked them to explain to him what was written on a piece of paper his master had given him, as he couldnít read. It was the list of the guests invited to the Capuletsí party. Also Rosalineís name was written on it. So Romeo decided to go to the party and wear a mask to hide his real identity and meet Rosaline there.

 

Who was Romeo in love with  at the beginning of the play?

 

Romeo was in love with Rosaline, a noble girl who didnít love him. It was just to meet her that he went to the Capuletsí party.

 

Who is Juliet?

 

Juliet is the daughter of Lord and Lady Capulet. She was thirteen years old. Her father wanted her to marry Paris, a noble gentleman of Verona and friend of the Prince of the city. Her Family was one of the most prominent families of the city.

The Capuletsí enemies were the Montagues, members of the second oldest Family of Verona. They had hated each other for many years and it was forbidden to have any relationship between the two Families.

 

Where did Juliet see Romeo for the first time?

 

Romeo, Mercutio and Benvolio went to the Capuletsí party in the Capuletsí House and nobody recognized them except Tybald, the most violent member of the Capulet Family. He wanted to fight with Romeo but fortunately Lord Capulet stopped him. While his friends were enjoying themselves, Romeo met Juliet and forgot Rosaline. Juliet was so beautiful that he couldnít resist and kissed her. Juliet was surprised by that mysterious guy and her nurse later told her that he was Romeo, a Montague. The girl was upset and also Romeo was sad because he knew he couldnít love a Capulet.

 

What happened when Romeo saw Juliet for the first time?

Romeo saw Juliet for the first time during the party. He went to her and told her that his lips wanted to kiss hers. At the very beginning Juliet was a bit surprised but she couldnít resist any longer: Romeo was very charming and they kissed each other twice. Unfortunately the nurse arrived to take Juliet home and introduced each lover to the other, as they didnít know the partnerís identity (they were wearing masks).

 

Where did Romeo and Juliet meet after the party?

 

They met in the garden of the Capulets: Juliet was there thinking of her first love. She was conscious that their love would meet many difficulties owing to their parents. Romeo listened to her monologue and then told her that he would always love her. So they decided to get married in a secret way.

 

How do you know that Juliet fell in love with Romeo?

 

The same night, when Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio left the party, Juliet went to her room and started speaking to the moon. She said she was in love with the wrong person because of their names and their Families. Suddenly she heard a voice: it was Romeo. He hadnít left the Capuletsí House and had jumped over the garden wall and arrived under Julietís balcony. The two lovers promised love to each other and decided to have a secret wedding the following day.

 

Who agreed to help the two lovers?


Romeo went to Friar Laurence who was in his garden: he was a friend and a teacher of him and agreed to help the two lovers.The monk decided to marry them because he tought that marriage could Caoulets and Montagues make friends. Another person who agreed to help Romeo and Juliet was Julietís nurse who loved the girl a lot.

 


What happened when Tybalt arrived and wanted to fight?
Julietís cousin met Mercutio and wanted to fight with him because he was e friend of Romeo. At the moment Romeo arrived and Tybalt attacked him but the boy didnít want because he had just married his cousin Juliet. Mercutio decided to fight with Tybalt,  but unfortunately he was killed. Romeo was very sad and angry, so he murdered him with his sword.


What were the consequences of killing Tybalt?


After killing Tybalt, Romeo escaped because the prince of Verona was arriving and was very angry. Benvolio tried to explain to the prince the real events but when Julietís mother saw her nephew dead, the prince agreed to send Romeo away from the city of Verona and he forbade him to return.


Did Juliet hate Romeo for killing Tybalt?


When the nurse told Juliet what happened, she tought that her lover was a villain but she continued loving him, the girl was discouraged and unhappy.


What did Juliet decide to do to avoid her wedding to Paris?


Julietís parents told her she had to marry Paris but the girl didnít want:her father obligated her! When her parents went out of the room, Juliet went to Friar Laurence for a help but there was Paris, too, who confided to the monk he wanted to marry Juliet because he loved her. Juliet asked Paris to go away: she wanted to speak to the monk alone.Friar Laurence had a plan: the night before the wedding, the girl had to drink a potion and with it could deceive her family because they would have thought she was dead.


What was wrong with Friar Laurenceís plan?


Friar Laurence sent a monk to inform Romeo but before his arriving, a  servant of Romeoís told him the bad news which was spread in Verona: Julietís death.


How did Romeo kill himself?


Romeo was so disperate that decided to kill himself: he went to Julietís tomb after having defeated Paris and he poisoned himself.

 

What did Juliet do after she had woken up?

 

When Juliet woke up, she saw her lover dead and so she decided to kill really herself:she didnít accept the monkís help and she took a knife and she killed herself.


What was the princeís speech at the end of the play?


The prince of Verona was very sad and had a short speech:he said that there were too people dead and that Capulets and Montagues had to become friends...

 


What did the Capulets and the Montagues finally decide to?

 

Finally they agreed to finish hating and lord Capulet and lord Montague shook their hands.