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BBC Shakespeare Animated Tales: Romeo and Juliet


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Romeo and Juliet

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The Story of Romeo and Juliet

A long time ago in the distant town of Verona in Italy, there lived two families called the Montagues and the Capulets. They were feuding with each other, which means they were constantly in conflict and fighting with one another. No one knows the reason for the feud, or even when it began! But it had gotten so bad, the Prince of Verona was forced to make a law against fighting. He vowed to banish, or send away from Verona, anyone who fought.

Juliet, who belonged to the Capulet family, loved games, make-believe, and playing with her nanny. Romeo Montague was a handsome young man –- he loved to daydream and to think about far off places. He also liked to spend many hours in the town square with his friends, playing practical jokes and having fun.

One day, the Capulet family held a magnificent fancy-dress ball, to which all the important families in Verona were invited. All, that is, except the Montagues. Romeo and his friends decided to go to the ball anyway, wearing masks, so they would not be recognized. Within a few minutes of arriving at the ball, Romeo saw Juliet, and instantly fell in love with her. She was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen!

Romeo made his way across the ballroom and asked her to dance with him — since he was wearing a mask, she did not recognize him as a Montague. But upon hearing Romeo’s sweet voice, Juliet fell in love with him, too. They agreed to meet later that night on the balcony outside of Juliet’s room, where they told each other how much they loved one another. They decided to get married, hoping that their marriage would end the conflict between their two families.

The next day in the town square the Montagues and the Capulets met once again. Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt, was quick to anger and soon started another fight. Romeo, overjoyed at his decision to marry Juliet, tried to stop the fight but failed. With one quick lunge of his sword Tybalt killed Mercutio, Romeo’s best friend. This was the last straw for Romeo. He swore revenge! He and Tybalt had a fierce sword fight, at the end of which Tybalt died. Romeo was shocked, especially since he had just killed a relative of his beloved Juliet. To make things worse, the Prince of Verona heard what happened and ordered Romeo to leave the town forever.

Before Romeo left Verona, he and Juliet made their way to the town chapel, where they were secretly married by Friar Laurence. Then Romeo and Juliet tearfully said goodbye to one another, but made plans to meet in another town the next day, run away together, and escape from all the fighting in their families.

Juliet’s marriage to Romeo and her love for him made it impossible for her to marry a man that her parents thought would make a good husband for her. So, after Romeo left, Friar Laurence gave Juliet a magic potion to drink that would make it seem like she had died — she would not have to marry the man her parents had chosen for her. She quickly wrote a letter to Romeo explaining her plan and gave it to a messenger to deliver. Then Juliet went back to her room, drank the potion, and sank into a deep, deep sleep. Word quickly got out in Verona that Juliet had died. Her family was very sad, and made preparations for her funeral.

Juliet’s letter to Romeo explaining her plan had gotten lost — Romeo learned only that she he died (though she was actually asleep), and secretly came back to Verona to see his beloved Juliet one last time. Her body had been laid out in the chapel. Overcome with sadness and knowing he would never be able to live without her, Romeo took out a bottle of poison from his pocket. With one last look at his lovely bride, he began to drink. Just then, Juliet awoke from her sleep. But, was she too late?

Friar Laurence, meanwhile, hurried to the church as fast as he could, hearing that Romeo had returned. When he finally arrived, he found Romeo and Juliet in each others’ arms. Their love for one another was so powerful and magical that is changed their bodies into beautiful spirits. Slowly, the spirits of Romeo and Juliet joined their hands and hearts. They were united in their love forever.

November 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm 1 comment