"He jests at scars that never felt a wound.
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun." Act II, scene ii
Synopsis: The feuding families of Montague and Capulet have been at loggerheads for longer than they can remember. At a party the Capulet's give one night, the daughter of their house falls in love with the son of their enemy. These two, Romeo and Juliet, meet in secret and their love is, Friar Laurence hopes, enough to unite the two families. However, even when they marry in secret, tragedy strikes. Tybalt (of the Capulets) kills Mercutio (friend to Romeo) and Romeo exacts a terrible vengeance which results in his banishment from the city. Not knowing their daughter to be already married, the Capulets try to force her to wed Paris, the local dude. In horror, she elicits the Friar Laurence's help from whence he devises a canny but ultimately unsuccessful plan. As usual in Shakespeare's tragedies, the important and likeable characters do not survive.
Romeo, a Montague
Juliet, a Capulet
Mercutio, a friend to Romeo
Tybalt, Juliet's cousin
Musings: Ever wonder at the fact that Juliet's initials are the same as Jesus Christ's?
The Text of the Play: Romeo and Juliet
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