Episode 12 Though the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet is a perennial favorite, the world around the play has changed in the four centuries since it was first performed. Shifting attitudes about taboo love and marriage, gender roles, and even guns and street violence inform the way we read or see the play today.
Plot[ edit ] During the late Middle Ages in Veronatwo wealthy families, the Montagues and Capulets, have been feuding for centuries. One day at the market place, the feuding families start a brawl which infuriates the Prince and he threatens that if the peace of Verona is disturbed again, he shall take their lives.
Meanwhile, Romeoa young Montague, reveals that he is in love with Lord Capulet 's niece, Rosaline. Romeo's cousin, Benvolio persuades him to forget Rosaline but Romeo rebuffs him. Later that night, there is a party held by Lord Capulet.
Romeo sneaks in with Benvolio and Mercutio hoping to meet Rosaline. Instead, Romeo sees Juliet who is Lord Capulet's daughter and falls in love with her. Juliet feels the same and they share a dance. They go together to a quiet place and share a passionate kiss. Juliet's Nurse interrupts and when Romeo talks to the nurse, he discovers that Juliet is a Capulet.
After the party ends, Romeo sneaks into Juliet's garden secretly where he witnesses Juliet expressing her love for him. He climbs the balcony and they quickly decide to get married the next day.
Romeo seeks help from Friar Laurence to wed them and the Friar agrees thinking that their love may end the violent war between Capulets and Montagues. They perform the ceremony and afterwards Juliet returns home. Romeo catches up with Mercutio and Benvolio but they meet Tybalt and his men on the way.
This starts another violent brawl during which Tybalt stabs Mercutio. Romeo is enraged and runs after Tybalt seeking revenge. They fight and Romeo slays Tybalt.
As the result of this loss, the Prince banishes Romeo from Verona. Meanwhile, both families are filled with grief over their losses, especially Juliet.
The Friar sends Romeo to Juliet so he can spend one last night with her. Romeo goes to Juliet and they consummate their marriage. Romeo leaves in haste the next morning. But Juliet is shocked when her father brings news of planning to wed Juliet with Count Paris. Juliet is resistant but her father threatens to disown her if she does not wed Paris.
Juliet goes to Friar Laurence for help, threatening to take her life if the Friar does not have a solution.
The Friar in return, gives her a potion that will put her in a deathlike sleep temporarily while he will inform Romeo about this and they shall run away together.
Juliet is overjoyed and drinks the potion that night. Her parents are devastated and instead of her marriage, her funeral is planned. During the funeral, Benvolio sees Juliet and thinks she is dead and immediately runs off to tell Romeo. Friar's letter however, does not reach Romeo and Benvolio tells Romeo that Juliet is dead.
Romeo is shocked and devastated and plans to take his life.
He buys poison and goes to Juliet. Paris tries to stop him, but is killed in a sword fight. Romeo kisses Juliet one last time, then he drinks the potion unaware that Juliet has awakened.Romeo and Juliet is commonly taught in American high schools at 9th grade level and often parallels a world history course that includes a study of the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Romeo and Juliet CD (Jim Weiss) - Jim seamlessly integrates his own storytelling art with the profound beauty of Shakespeare's famous verse, bringing both young and old listeners the ecstatic joy, sudden sorrow and tender sighs of one of the greatest works of literature's greatest author.
Romeo and Juliet through the Ages. pfmlures.com Photo by Teresa Wood. You have to remember that the Elizabethan Age still had a lot of religious and moral holdovers from the Middle Ages.
SHEIR: Is that why Romeo and Juliet don't sleep together The idea that Romeo and Juliet is a play where much of the erotic action. Middle Ages; Renaissance Era; Restoration Era; Romanticism Era; Grammar. Parts of Speech; Phrases and Clauses; Romeo and Juliet is the play to read for 9th grade.
Day One: News article on real life Romeo and Juliet found in Mantua. Archaeologists Extracting Ancient Lovers. Projects for R&J. The last stop of this romantic tour in the city of Romeo and Juliet is the fairer lover's tomb, identified as being inside the Monastery of San Francesco in Corso.
It was the only monastery outside the city walls during the time frame of the tale, and the only one accessible to the exiled Romeo. Romeo and Juliet Materials written by Susan Willis [email protected] Longest Roles: Romeo, Juliet (both over lines), Friar Laurence Because the Middle Ages and Renaissance had no copyright law, authors did not "own" their work but freely rewrote and adapted extant tales.