Romeo and Juliet Summary

Boy and girl meet, fall in love, and commit suicide in a tomb. You know, your average love story.

AuthorShakespeare - William Shakespeare
British LiteratureShakespeare
FormPlay
LanguageEnglish Language
LiteratureBritish Literature
Shakespeare
ThemesArt and Culture
Exile
Family
Fate and Free Will
Foolishness and Folly
Gender
Hate
Love
Marriage
Mortality
Sex
Transience
Youth

Transcript

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inside, because Montagues and Capulets get along about as well as forks and toasters.

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And then, I saw her. No, not whats-her-name, a new girl! A perfect girl… the type who

00:40

makes you think of jewels, doves, suns, angels, and...’scuse me, I have to go write some

00:45

of this down. Juliet: I knew it was going to be a rotten

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day. Mom barged into my room with the bright and cheery news that she wanted me to marry

00:54

a guy named Paris. Paris? Seriously?

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And of course, Miami… oh, sorry, Paris...was going to be at the party that night to meet

01:04

me. Awkward! But I said, whatever, I guess I could control my gag reflex long enough

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to meet the guy. You never know, he could look like Channing Tatum!

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Turns out, the party wasn’t so bad, after all. There was a dashing masked stranger who

01:21

was checking me out all night. …

01:23

It was kind of awesome. Hope he's not a serial killer.

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Romeo: Anyway, this chick was seriously smokin’. So I popped a breath mint and walked over,

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and ran right into Tybalt<<tib-uhlt>>, a Capulet with a short fuse and long hatred for yours

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truly.

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Good thing his uncle broke up the fight…I’m a lover, not a fighter!

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At least I hit it off with the girl. She was totally into me. But how do I tell my dad

01:52

I’m dating a Capulet? Maybe I should wait until after he buys me that car.

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Juliet: So the hottie in the mask turned out to be a Montague. Gross!  But he’s such

02:04

a fox. And the mortal enemy thing just makes him seem like more of a bad boy.

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That night I was talking to myself on my balcony… what, like you've never done that?... and

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he was there listening to me! I felt so violated that I only kissed him, like, thirty-four

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times.

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And pledged my undying love to him. And agreed to marry him. So yeah, it’s pretty serious.

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Romeo: Somebody call the book of world records, cuz I'm the first guy in my middle school

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to get hitched! Jealous?  

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Yeah, I guess things happened a little fast. My buddy the priest was all, “Whatever happened

02:42

to Rosaline?”

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And I was like, "That’s old news, padre, it's Juliet now! We had our first date and

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now I want to make it official!"

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And he was totally cool with it! Something about settling age old feuds. Anyway, it was

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a quiet ceremony, no friends, no family …

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…and then I went off to hang with my boys until the wedding night. I’ve waited my

03:00

whole life to marry this girl! Or, like, two days!

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Juliet: So, yesterday was an emotional rollercoaster. My cousin Tybalt got a little overexcited

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and stabbed Romeo's best friend, Mercutio. Then Romeo killed my cousin Tybalt, and got

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himself banished. Men!

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My nurse and Friar Laurence managed to sneak Romeo into my room for a little rated R action,

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but he had to bail in the morning so my parents wouldn’t kill him.

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Then Mom busted in, before I'd even had my coffee, and announced that I was going to

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marry Paris. As if! I told her where to stick it, and she and dad got super mad at me.  But

03:43

Romeo's priest friend came up with this genius plan to keep Romeo and me together!

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First, I take a sedative. Then, my family thinks I'm dead and buries me. Finally, Romeo

03:54

comes to pick me up and we live happily ever after. What could go wrong?

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Romeo: Talk about buzzkills…I got back from banishment, and Juliet was dead!

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I found a shopkeeper willing to sell poison to a distraught teenager, and ran off to end

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it all in Juliet's tomb.

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I made out with her a little, for old time's sake, and took the poison. Wouldn’t you

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know it, right before I croaked, Juliet sat up and said, "Wait, didn't you get my text?"

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She looked pretty stressed about the whole thing...I hope she didn't do something rash

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like stab herself with my dagger. I knew I should have changed my phone carrier...