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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet


by William Shakespeare

Analysis: Three Act Plot Analysis

For a three-act plot analysis, put on your screenwriter’s hat. Moviemakers know the formula well: at the end of Act One, the main character is drawn in completely to a conflict. During Act Two, she is farthest away from her goals. At the end of Act Three, the story is resolved.

Act I

I Love You, You Love Me

Romeo and Juliet fall in love, only to realize that they are on opposite sides of an ongoing war between their families. Act I ends with the lovers pursuing their affair in the famous balcony scene. Swoon!

Act II

Kicked Off the Island

Romeo is banished from Verona for—oops!—killing Juliet's cousin Tybalt, so the Friar has Juliet fake her death so she can join Romeo in Mantua. Great plan, right? Well, it might have been—except that Romeo doesn't get the message that she's actually still alive.


Womb to Tomb

Romeo kills himself next to Juliet's comatose body; when she awakes, she kills herself in response to finding his corpse. The one upside? The families finally end their cycle of hate.

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