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1 Tragic Love: An Introduction to Romeo and Juliet
Mrs. DeWitt MUHS, English 1-2

2 Part I: Romeo and Juliet - Summary
Act III: Climax Act II: Rising Action Act IV: Falling Action Act I: Exposition Act V: Resolution

3 A Family Feud Setting: Verona, Italy Late 1500’s

4 The Capulets and the Montagues have been fighting for several years.
Romeo Montague Lord and Lady Montague Benvolio Montague Mercutio Friar Lawrence Capulets Juliet Capulet Lord and Lady Capulet Count Paris Tybalt Nurse

5 Capulets throw a party. Romeo wants to go to the party to see Rosalind, a girl he likes, but his family is not invited. He dresses in costume and sneaks in!

6 Falling in Love <3 At the party Romeo sees a girl, Juliet, and falls instantly in love. He finds out she is a Capulet. Juliet sees Romeo and falls in love with him too, but she does not know he is part of the Montague family. She finds out later that he is. Juliet goes out onto her balcony to tell the stars about her love for Romeo. Romeo hears her and tells her he feels the same way.

7 A Secret Marriage The next day, Romeo and Juliet are married secretly by Romeo’s friend, Friar Lawrence.

8 A Fight The same day Romeo and Juliet are married, there is a fight between Juliet’s cousin Tybalt and Romeo’s cousin Benvolio and best friend Mercutio. Tybalt is angry that Romeo came to the Capulet party. Romeo shows up to the fight. He doesn’t want to fight Tybalt, because he is married to Juliet, but he cannot tell anyone. Romeo’s cousin and friend do not understand why Romeo will not fight. Mercutio fights Tybalt instead. Tybalt kills Mercutio. Romeo is furious and kills Tybalt.

9 A Banishment The Prince of Verona tells Romeo that he must leave the city and never come back. Juliet is very sad that Romeo is gone.

10 A Match-Making Father Juliet’s father, who doesn’t know that Juliet is already married to Romeo, decides to marry her to a man named Count Paris.

11 A Desparate Plan Juliet goes to Friar Lawrence for help.
He gives her a potion to drink that will make her look dead, even though she will really be just sleeping. The Friar says he will tell Romeo to come get her from the family tomb.

12 Some Deadly Gossip Before the Friar can tell Romeo that Juliet is not really dead, Romeo gets a message from a friend that Juliet is dead in Verona. Romeo wants to die beside his wife, so he buys poison and goes to Juliet’s tomb. At the door of the tomb, Romeo fights and kills Count Paris.

13 The Deaths of Romeo and Juliet
Inside the tomb, Romeo drinks the poison and dies next to Juliet. One minute later, Juliet wakes up and sees Romeo dead next to her. Friar Lawrence comes into the tomb and tells Juliet what has happened. Juliet takes Romeo’s dagger and kills herself.

14 A Lesson Learned The Montagues and the Capulets learn a lesson from the deaths of their children. They agree to never fight again.

15 Romeo and Juliet Today, Over 400 Years Later
Why do we read Romeo and Juliet today? How does the story connect to the lives of teenagers today?

16 Quick Write What do you think it would be like if your family did not approve of the person you were in love with? What would you do to resolve this conflict?

17 Part II: Tragedy Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story.
Tragedy Definition: a dramatic work that has a serious or sad theme. It has a character that has many problems or weaknesses. A tragedy usually ends with the deaths of one or more of the main characters.

18 Examples of Tragedy

19 Tragic Love What is tragic love?
How does tragic love affect teenagers today? Can think of an example of tragic teenage love?

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