Fight Between Montagues and CapuletsThere is an intergenerational conflict between the Montagues and Capulets, two noble families living in Verona, Italy. A fight breaks out on the street between them. Eventually the Prince of Verona comes to break it up. He threatens them with death if they fight again. Two intro videos to Romeo and Juliet:
Paris Asks for Juliet's Hand in MarriageThe County Paris, a noble in Verona, asks Capulet to marry his daughter Juliet. Capulet denied him, stating that Juliet will not marry until she is 16, which is in two years, unless Juliet consents to the marriage.
Nurse, Lady Capulet, and Juliet Discuss MarriageNow, Lady Capulet (Capulet's wife), Juliet's nurse who raised her, and Juliet discuss her marriage. The Nurse encourages her to marry, saying, "An I might live to see thee married once, I have my wish," (I, III, 63-64). Her mother asks her if she can marry him, saying, "Can you love the gentleman? ... Read o'er the volume of young Paris' face," (I, III, 81,83). Juliet, however, doesn't want to marry, and states, "It is an honor that I not dream of," (I, III, 68).
Servant Cannot ReadCapulet gives a servant a list of names to invite to the party, but since the servant cannot read, he accidentally invites Montagues: Romeo, Benvolio, and Mercutio to the party.
Romeo Meets JulietRomeo's lovesickness for Rosaline is wiped away when he glimpses Juliet. They instantly fall in love, and kiss twice.
Juliet's BalconyRomeo sneaks to Juliet's balcony and overhears her loving words. Then he speaks and Juliet is embarrassed at what he heard. Since they know their love for each other, they make plans to get married the next day.
Romeo Asks Friar LawrenceRomeo goes to Friar Lawrence, his mentor and priest, early the next morning and asks him to marry himself and Juliet. Friar Lawrence gives Romeo advice, and eventually agrees. He only agrees because he believes it may make peace between their two families.
The Nurse ProcrastinatesJuliet sent her nurse to Romeo so he could send her news about her marriage. When she gets back, she procrastinates in telling Juliet the news by asking, "Have you had lunch yet?" (II, V, 38).
Juliet Goes to ConfessionAfter the Nurse brings the plans of their marriage to Juliet (in a very annoying, "beat around the bush" way,) Juliet says she is going to confession. That is her excuse; she is actually going to the Church to marry Romeo.
Mercutio vs. Tybalt vs. RomeoTybalt challenges Romeo to a duel, but when Romeo refuses, Mercutio steps in instead. Romeo tries to break it up, but Tybalt stabs and kills Mercutio under Romeo's arm.
Romeo, out of fury for Mercutio's death, duels Tybalt and kills him. He then realizes his mistake and proclaims, "I am fortune's fool," as he runs away to hide in Friar Lawrence's cells, (III, I, 98).
Romeo is BanishedThe Prince comes and declares that Romeo will be banished, not killed, after Benvolio tells the full truth to the people, the Prince, the Capulets, and the Montagues.
"He's dead! He's dead!"The Nurse meanly reveals the news of Tybalt's death and Romeo's banishment to Juliet, by shouting, "He's dead, he's dead, he's dead!" making Juliet think that Romeo, not Tybalt, is dead, (III, II, 38). Then, the Nurse goes to Friar Lawrence's cell to make plans for Romeo to meet Juliet than night, and then leave secretly the next day.
Capulet Declares Juliet Will Marry ParisCapulet sees his daughter's sadness and misinterprets it. He decides to have her marry Paris on Thursday to make her happy again. Juliet refuses, to which Capulet threatens to disown her. The Nurse and Lady Capulet do not help; they agree with her father.
The PlanJuliet goes to Friar Lawrence's cell, on the pretext that she is going to confession. She tries to stab herself there when he offers no help to her problem, but he then comes up with the plan to fake her death.
Juliet Drinks to RomeoThat night, Juliet drinks the potion that Friar Lawrence gave her to Romeo, thinking of all the bad things that could happen to her.
Balthasar Brings NewsBalthasar, Romeo's servant, brings him news of Juliet's death, thinking that she is actually dead. Romeo buys a poison and rushes to Verona.
Juliet is "Dead"The next morning, Thursday, the day Juliet was supposed to marry Paris, the Nurse finds her dead. She screams which attracts Capulet and Lady Capulet. Capulet cries, "She’s cold.
Her blood is settled, and her joints are stiff." They have a funeral and bury her.
The Letter is ReturnedFriar Lawrence sent Friar John to Mantua to deliver a letter Romeo. However, Friar John was not allowed into Mantua because they were worried he would bring in disease. He was unable to send the letter to Romeo, so he returned it Friar Lawrence. Friar Lawrence is scared because Romeo did not find out that Juliet is not actually dead.
Romeo Kills TwoRomeo rushes to Juliet's grave with the poison in hand. He comes across Paris, duels him, and kills him. Then, he goes into Juliet's grave, kisses Juliet, and drinks the potion.
Juliet Awakens and DiesJuliet wakes up in her grave just as Friar Lawrence arrives. She finds Romeo dead, kisses him, unsheathes his knife, and kills herself.
Who's to Blame?Many people gather at the scene, and they are suspicious of Friar Lawrence and Balthasar. Friar Lawrence explains all that happened. The Prince believes him, and spreads the blame around to everyone standing there. Peace is made and the conflict is resolved between the Montagues and Capulets.