Romeo and Juliet
A most tragic story of love
It all began with a kiss and ended with a death (or two)
Important Story Notes
Rising Action: Romeo is heartbroken over Rosaline so he crashes the Capulet ball; Romeo and Juliet fall in love; Romeo and Juliet secretly get married; Tybalt kills Mercutio; Romeo kills Tybalt; Romeo is banished; Juliet makes a plan to fake her death and run away to Romeo
Climax: Romeo does not receive Juliet's note and thinks she has actually died; he goes to Juliet's tomb and kills Paris and then himself; Juliet wakes up and realizes Romeo is dead, so she kills herself
Falling Action: The Montague and Capulet family discover the bodies of Paris, Romeo, and Juliet
Resolution: The two families make peace
Man V. Man Conflict: Romeo & Tybalt, Capulet & Montague, Tybalt & Benvolio, Prince & families, Romeo & Paris
Man V. Society Conflict: Montagues & Capulets
What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other word would smell as sweet.
The idea of individuality is most evident when Juliet is explaining how Romeo should not be seen as an enemy just because he is a Montague.
Romeo is in a dark place until he meets Juliet. She is literally his "light." When he says "But soft! What light through yonder window breaks" he could be referencing the light from her room, but he is likely referencing Juliet herself.
"Star-crossed," "fate," and "fortune" are used throughout the play to imply that Romeo and Juliet were always meant to die.