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Never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeoconcludes Prince Escalus as the curtain closes on the last act of Romeoand Juliet Viii320-321 This statement rings true Even afterhundreds of years few tragedies have rivaled one of WilliamShakespeares crown jewels the tragic tale of two ill-fated youngadults who fall desperately in love in the midst of an all-out warbetween their families This classic stage play has drawn tears from theeyes of countless viewers readers and performers due to the innocenceand futility of the young lovers romantic exploits Throughout theplay Romeo and Juliet develop a deep love which makes it all the moreheartbreaking that they cannot be together Romeo and Juliet are keptapart by fate their family feud and fatal miscommunication Life has a tendency to get in the way of human pursuits which ismade evident by the rampant intercessions of chance in ShakespearesRomeo and Juliet which complicate matters at many points in the younglovers journey One such dilemma occurs in the first act whenMercutio Romeo and company attend the ball at the Capulet estate Forthe first time the namesakes of the play Romeo and Juliet meet andfall quickly in love This act of fate is the most benevolent of thosein the play however this meeting begins their tragic saga with a kissand the touch of a hand Romeo spots the fair maiden declaringForswear it sight For I neer saw true beauty till this nightIv59-60 After a moments glance Romeo is infatuated He approachesJuliet and the two explore their newfound love They are finallyinterrupted by the Nurse as she ushers Juliet away whereupon the twodiscover the deadly truth that Romeo is a Montague Juliet cries out My only love sprung from my only hate Too early seen unknown and known too late Prodigious birth of love
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