Love is a special feeling. Everyone of us experience it at many stages of our life. There is no one who doesn’t love anyone. Some of us marry the one whom we love. Some of us love the one whom we marry. But Love is always there in the world and it is inevitable. When it comes to love. The First name that comes to our mind is Romeo Juliet. So, who are these Romeo Juliet? Why is their love this much famous?
No worries. I am here. Let me narrate you the most famous and tragic story of Romeo Juliet. This may or may not be accurate. But this is what my understanding of Romeo Juliet.
Romeo Juliet was a story which was previously written by Arthur broke in his “The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet”. But it became famous only from the play which was composed by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare added a lot of additional characters to the Story to make it a lot more interesting.
There lived two families called “Montague” and “Capulet” in Verona, Italy. Prince Escalus was the ruling Prince of Verona at that time. Montague and Capulet were Sworn enemies. Romeo Montague was the son of Mr. Montague and Juliet Capulet was the daughter of Mr. Capulet. Benvolio was the cousin of Romeo and Mercutio was the best friend of Romeo. Mercutio was neither a Montague nor a Capulet. He was blood related to Prince Escalus himself. Juliet had a Cousin named Tybalt who hated the Montagues so much like every others in the family. Count Paris was a handsome, wealthy man who was blood related to both Prince Escalus and Mercutio. Peter, Sampson, and Gregory are the Servants of Capulets. Abram and Balthasar are servants of the Montagues.
One day there was a huge quarrel between the servants of Montagues and Capulets who were also enemies as like their masters. They fought each other which was leading to bloodshed. Prince Escalus came by that way and intervened them and ordered them that if any such things happens in future it would be an offense that will be punishable by death.
There was a dance party which was being held by the Capulets for a family celebration. Count Paris fell in love with Juliet on the first sight and he asked Mr. Capulet for her hand in Marriage. Mr. Capulet asked Count Paris to wait for two more years since Juliet was still too young to get married and also invited him to attend the dance party. Mrs. Capulet along with the nurse who takes care of Juliet forced Juliet to accept Count Paris’s courtship and also asked to spend some time with him in the dance party.
Benvolio found that Romeo was in a depression because of his one side infatuation with Rosaline Capulet. Rosaline Capulet was the cousin of Juliet Capulet. To make Romeo happy, Benvolio and Mercutio persuaded him to attend the Capulet dance party. Romeo in a hope that he can meet Rosaline in the Capulet party agreed to go with them. Since Mercutio was blood related to the prince himself he was in good relation with both Montagues and Capulets. Romeo and Benvolio in disguise attended the Capulet Party along with Mercutio. In search of Rosaline, Romeo found Juliet in the Party and he fell in love with her at first sight. Romeo forgot about his one side infatuation with Rosaline after meeting Juliet. He fell in love with her so much that Benvolio could see the old Romeo back again. He was so happy after he fell in love with her. Tybalt on finding Romeo sneaking inside the Capulet party tried killing him. But Mr. Capulet stopped him from shedding blood on the floors of Capulet house. Tybalt forced Montague boys to leave the party at once.
After the party, Romeo sneaked into the garden of the Capulet and reached the balcony of Juliet to talk with her about his love. There he overheard Juliet promising to herself to never stop loving Romeo even though they are from two enemy families. Romeo and Juliet then confessed their love to one another. They both agreed to get married in secret with the nurse’s aid. With the help of Friar Laurence who was a Friar, they secretly married the next day. Friar Laurence married them both in a hope to reconcile the two families through their children’s union.
Some days later, Tybalt challenged Romeo for a duel. Tybalt was still enraged as Romeo who was a Montague sneaked into their party. Romeo since he married Juliet thought Tybalt as a relation and refused to fight against him. Mercutio on hearing this, got angry on Romeo and accepted to fight against Tybalt on behalf of his best friend Romeo. Mercutio accepted the duel since Tybalt was so rude to his best friend and since his best friend was not reacting to it. Mercutio got fatally wounded in the duel and Romeo came in between Tybalt and Mercutio to stop the fight. And Mercutio got accidentally killed during this which enraged Romeo. Romeo killed Tybalt for killing his Best friend Mercutio.
Benvolio argued with the Prince Escalus that Romeo did justice by killing Tybalt for his friend Mercutio. But the grief of losing a blood relation(Mercutio) because of some family feud took over the prince and he ordered Romeo to be banished from Verona and to never return back ever. And he also ordered if he ever returned he would be sentenced to death.
Before leaving Verona the next day, Friar Laurence secretly arranged for Romeo to spend the last night at Juliet’s chamber of Capulet house. There Juliet got to know everything that happened that day from Romeo and they spent their last night as husband and wife together. Then he left for Mantua where he was to spend the rest of his life.
After the death of Tybalt, Mr. Capulet arranged for Juliet’s marriage with Count Paris the next day. Juliet tried persuading her mother and father in postponing the marriage date but they refused it. And also they never know about the secret marriage that Romeo and Juliet did.
Juliet went to Friar Laurence for help again. Friar Laurence gave her a potion which can make someone sleep for 24 hours and also it will make them appear as they are dead. He said her that it will throw her into a “death like coma” for 24 hours and she will be perfectly alright after 24 hours. As Friar Laurence said, Juliet drank the potion and fell into coma. Capulet Family thought that Juliet was dead and arranged for her burial. Meanwhile, Friar Laurence sent Friar John for informing Romeo in prior about the Potion and the condition of Juliet. He sent a message which indicated him to come back as soon as possible to Capulet house and to get hold of his beloved wife Juliet before they bury her. But this message for some reason never reached Romeo on time.
After hearing about the death of Juliet from one of his servants, Romeo bought poison from an Apothecary in Mantua and he rushed to the burial place of Juliet in Verona. At the Capulet Crypt ( The burial place of all Capulets), he found the body of Juliet in an open casket which was to be buried later. He saw Count Paris mourning in front of her body. Count Paris on seeing Romeo got enraged with a feeling that he was the reason for death of Juliet and he fought with him. Romeo killed Count Paris in the fight. Then he went near the body of Juliet. Juliet was still in her coma of 24 hours. Believing that Juliet was dead, Romeo drank the poison he bought and he died nearby the Casket of Juliet. Juliet woke up in some time and found Romeo dead. Then realizing what had happened, she stabbed herself and joined Romeo in death.
Friar Laurence along with the Prince, Capulets and Romeo’s recently Widowed father returned to the grave and found the death of the three. Friar Laurence recounted the story of the two “star- crossed lovers” to their family. The death of their Children made the Montagues and Capulets to end their feud and violence. And they decided to strive in peace there after. They also decided to erect a monument there in memory of Romeo and Juliet.
William Shakespeare ends the story in Prince’s view by saying, “For never was a story of more woe (Deep Sorrow) than this of Juliet and her Romeo”.
That sacrifice Romeo Juliet did by gifting their life for each other made this Story a master piece.