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However, Romeo is heir to the Montague family, who are rivals of the Capulet family. Despite this, they are willing to go beyond the forbidden.
Story of Romeo and Juliet
Act 1 Scene 2
Lord Capulet speaks to a servant when interrupted by Count Paris, a man who loves Juliet although she won't return the favor. They have a little talk and the Lord assures Paris about Juliet loving him at the ball, and come to an agreement.
Act 1 Scene 3
As the masquerade plays, the Montagues, wearing masks to hide their identities, come and play and dance. Lord Capulet welcomes them, unknown that they are his enemies.
Romeo spots Juliet and falls in-love with her. However, Tybalt overhears this and informs his uncle. However, Lord Capulet orders his nephew to stand down, who scowls at the decision but ultimately leaves.
At some point, Romeo gets to dance with Juliet, and the two kiss in private.
Act 2 Scene 1
After the ball, Romeo infiltrates the Capulet walls and speaks to his lover, Juliet.
O Romeo, Romeo!
Wherefore art thou Romeo?And I'll no longer be a Capulet.
Deny thy father and refuse thy name.
Or, if thou wilt not, but sworn my
Act 2 Scene 3
Juliet asks Lord Capulet's permission to leave for Friar Laurence's for a certain matter, but declines as the outskirts of Verona are too dangerous. A helper of Juliet assures the Lord that she will be safe.
At the church, Friar Laurence weds the two star-crossed lovers in privacy.
Away to the chapel I am,
for solemn confession to Friar
Act 3 Scene 2
Juliet's Nurse, along with her guardian, fend off Verona Dark Skeleton Soldiers as they make their way to Friar Laurence's Abbey. There, the Nurse encounters a weeping Romeo and in forms him that Juliet had also wept learning that her cousin is dead, but mostly that her husband has been banished. Laurence assures them that he will find a way to reunite them. Romeo, feeling slightly better, goes to the Capulet House to see Juliet once more before he leaves Verona.
Act 3 Scene 3
In an unfortunate turn of events, the morning stirs and Romeo leaves. Juliet assures him not to go, but is convinced to not stop him.
Meanwhile, Count Paris and Lord Capulet discuss for a wedding. They then come to an agreement.
Back upstairs, Juliet still weeps. Lady Capulet informs her that she will send someone to assassinate Romeo in Mantua, where he had fled to. However, Juliet is more concerned about the wedding, which annoys her parents. After Lord/Lady Capulet leave, Juliet heads to Friar Laurence for aid.
Yon light is not day-light
I know it, I.be gone.
It is some meteor that the sun exhales,
to be to thee this night a torch-bearer,
And light thee on thy way to Mantua:
Therefore stay yet; thou need'st not to
Act 4 Scene 1
Juliet arrives in Friar Laurence's cell and begs him to help her.
After giving her a drug, he informs Juliet that she will agree to Count Paris's wedding before the day, but at that night, she must use the potion, which will give her the appearance of death (no warmth, no breath, no heartbeat, no pulse, etc.) for forty-eight hours, where her funeral is hosted instead. The night after Juliet's burial, he and Romeo will take her from the Capulet tomb to Mantua. In the meantime, he sends an assistant for Romeo to inform him of the plan.
Unless thou tell me how I may prevent
O, bid me leap, rather than marry Paris,
From off the battlements of yonder
Act 4 Scene 2
Juliet apologizes to her parents and is prepared for sleep. Before she does so, she follows Laurence's plan, and lies "dead" in her bed.
Act 5 Scene 2
Romeo, still believed that Juliet is dead, says his final words and drinks the poison.
Moments later, Juliet wakes up and finds Romeo dead. She learns that he drunk poison, but didn't leave any for her to "follow." Fortunately, she notices Romeos dagger, and with it, stabs herself.