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ROMEO AND JULIET is the only tragedy which Shakespear has written entirely on a love-story It is supposed to have been his first play and it deserves to stand in that proud rank There is the buoyant spirit of youth in every line in the rapturous intoxication of hope and in the bitterness of despair Act I Sampson and Gregory servants to the Capulets and Abraham and Balthasar servants to the Montague family start a street fight which is joined by Benvolio Montague and Tybalt Capulet Escalus the Prince of Verona who angrily learns of this fight declares a death penalty for further feuding between the two families Romeo we learn is lovesick Rosaline the object of his affections will not requite return his love His friend Benvolio tells Romeo to look at other girls Meanwhile Capulet is keen for Paris to marry his daughter Juliet and plans a party to be held later that night Romeo and friends decide to turn up uninvited Romeo hoping to see Rosaline whom he still pines for Lady Capulet discusses the idea of marriage to Paris with Juliet Juliet keeps her options open The Nurse wishes Juliet every possible happiness Meanwhile Mercutio attempts to cheer a lovesick Romeo up telling him to be rough with love if need be At the Capulets party Romeo who is disguised by a masque mask falls in love with Juliet on sight Capulet stops Tybalt from attacking Romeo at his party telling him there will be other opportunities Both Romeo and Juliet learn that they are each enemies of the others family A Prologue sung by a choir dramatizes the conflict both Romeo and Juliet feel between their love for one another and their loyalty to their respective families Act II Ignoring the danger Romeo scales the Capulets wall to be near Juliet the woman he cannot forget Unnoticed in Juliets orchard Romeo learns of
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