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If you had to sum up the story, what would you say?

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ineedhelp | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 30, 2007 at 1:47 AM via web

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If you had to sum up the story, what would you say?

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janeyb | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted January 30, 2007 at 2:23 AM (Answer #1)

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Romeo and Juliet is a story of two star-crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet's family hate each other, they meet not knowing that one is Capulet and the other a Montague and fall in love. Their families are fighting, and they are forbidden to be together. Romeo kills one of Juliet's cousins and goes into hiding. Juliet fakes her death so that they can be together. Romeo, not knowing that Juliet's death is faked kills himself. Juliet awakes imagining that they will be together, sees that ROmeo is dead and ends up killing herself.

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santari | eNotes Employee

Posted January 30, 2007 at 3:19 AM (Answer #2)

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Shakespeare summed up it best, of course, through the Prince at the end of the play:

Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things;
Some shall be pardon'd, and some punished;
For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

In the end, Romeo and Juliet's fate seem preordained... they are "star-crossed" lovers. This is why, one can really only describe the events as "sad things".

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted February 2, 2007 at 2:33 AM (Answer #4)

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Here's the world's fastest version:

Boy meets girl, they fall in love, family feud kills them both.

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luvthekingofsc | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted February 27, 2007 at 7:24 AM (Answer #5)

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Romeo goes to a party and meets Juliet. They instantly fall in love and the next day, they get married. Unfortunatly they're families hate each other and Juliet's father has already given her hand to another man, Paris. Mercutio (Romeo's best friend) is killed by Tybalt (Juliet's cousin). To avenge Mercutio's death, Romeo kills Tybalt. He's banished from Verona for his crimes. Friar stages Juliet's death so that Romeo and she can live happily ever after. Romeo didn't know and killed himself. Juliet kills herself seeing Romeo dead. Family fueding ends.

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revolution | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted August 16, 2009 at 6:56 PM (Answer #6)

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This sad and depressing drama is one of the great tragedy of all times played by William Shakespeare himself, the playwright of many renowned plays. The story of the "star-crossed" and ill-fated buttterfly lovers- Romeo and Juliet . The themes of this story are the consequences of immature blind passion, hatred and prejudice. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet are young teenagers who fall deeply in love with each but their "warlords" feuding families are bitter and sworn rival enemies aiming to kill each other at sight. Regardless of the feud between both of the families, they marry in secret without the families consignation. They make every single effort to conceal their actions so that their marriage would be disrupted because of blood-ties with each of the families but the story ends in terrible tragedy when Romeo, Juliet, Tybalt, Mercutio and Paris all of them died.

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