Shakespeare’s five-act tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is a journey into an ill-fated romance between the two main characters in the story. It opens when Romeo, a Montague is informed of an annual party given by the Capulets, a rival family they have been feuding with for years, and is persuaded by his friend and kinsman Benvolio to attend in hopes of finding a love interest for him. In spite of the rivalry, Romeo decides to go in the hopes of seeing Rosaline, a woman he has fallen in love with.(1)

Benvolio’s wish comes true when Romeo meets with Juliet, the only daughter of Capulet. The feelings are mutual as she is also enamored with him. In fact, he has fallen so deeply in love that after the party, he climbs the wall surrounding the Capulet garden in search of Juliet. When he sees her on the balcony overlooking the gardens he compares her to the rising sun where the moon pales in comparison.

Juliet, unaware that Romeo is nearby declares that if he would refuse his name, she would surrender herself to him or if he would make a vow of love to her, she would deny her own Capulet name.

After he reveals himself to her, they spend time together before Juliet proposes marriage to him. Before they part, arrangements are made for Juliet’s nurse to find out his answer the following morning.

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