Romeo Montague and Romeo Capulet are two Verona teenagers, but the noble Montague and Capulet families are locked in a bitter feud.
They first glimpse each other at a Capulet feast that is being held by Romeo’s father in the hope that Paris, who he has deemed to be a suitable suitor for him, will begin to win his son's heart.
The boys see each other from a distance and Romeo Montague instantly falls in love with him. As he watches Romeo, entranced, a young Capulet, Tybalt, recognises him. But it's too late as the two have already met and experienced a profound attraction. They kiss, and fall passionately in love without knowing each other’s true identities.
To their horror, they soon discover each other’s parentage. Defying their families, they enter into a whirlwind romance, which culminates in a secret marriage being performed, by Romeo Montague's friend and confessor, Friar Lawrence, who agrees to marry the young lovers in secret since he sees in their love the possibility of ending the age-old feud between Capulet and Montague.
Tybalt, still enraged that Romeo Montague attended the Capulet’s feast starts a scuffle. In the heat of the moment, Tybalt stabs Mercutio, Romeo Montague’s friend and he dies. In a rage, he kills Tybalt and flees the scene. Soon after, Romeo Montague is banished forever from Verona for his role in the crime.
Before leaving, he sneaks into Romeo Capulet’s room at night, and at last they consummate their marriage and their love. Morning comes, and the lovers bid farewell, unsure when they will see each other again. Romeo Capulet learns that his father, who has been affected by the recent events, intends for him to marry Noble County Paris in just three days. Unsure of how to proceed, he asks his nurse for advice.
Disgusted with the Nurse’s disloyalty advising him to marry Paris, Romeo disregards her advice and hurries to Friar Lawrence. He concocts a plan to reunite Romeo with his husband, Romeo Montague in Mantua. The night before his wedding to Paris, Romeo must drink a potion that will make him appear to be dead. After he is laid to rest in the family’s crypt, the Friar and Romeo Montague will secretly retrieve him, and they will be free to live together, away from their parents’ feuding. But the Friar’s plan to reveal the marriage and unite the two families cannot hinder the coming tragedy.
Book in Detail
Characters To Personalise
Romeo Montague - The son and heir of Montague and Lady Montague. A young man of about sixteen, Romeo is handsome, intelligent, and sensitive. He lives in the middle of a violent feud between his family and the Capulets, but he is not at all interested in violence. His only interest is love and he goes to extremes to prove the seriousness of his feelings. He falls in love with Romeo Capulet and secretly marries him in the story, but would rather die than be without his beloved, and at the end kills himself with poison believing Romeo to be dead.
Romeo Capulet- Romeo is the son of Capulet and Lady Capulet. A handsome thirteen-year-old boy, Romeo begins the play as a naïve child who has thought little about love and marriage, but he grows up quickly upon falling in love with Romeo Montague, the son of his family’s great enemy. He is sensitive, courageous and resourceful. Romeo’s closest friend and confidant is his Nurse, though he’s willing to shut the Nurse out of his life the moment the Nurse turns against his husband. At the end of the play, he awakens from a drug-induced sleep to find Romeo his husband, dead so he kills himself with his dagger.
Mercutio - Mercutio is a kinsman to the Prince, and Romeo Montague’s close friend. He overflows with imagination and wit, but is also bold and loyal. He can be quite hotheaded, and brings a sense of fun to the tale. He finds Romeo’s ideas about love tiresome, and tries to convince him to view love as a simple matter of sexual appetite. He appears frequently in the first half of the story, but is later involved in a swordfight with Tybalt and dies.
The Nurse - Romeo Capulet’s closest friend at the outset and former nursemaid, the Nurse has cared for Romeo his entire life. She is talkative and fun-loving and often provides comic relief with her frequently inappropriate remarks and speeches. She also enjoys a few moments of power – she is Romeo’s messenger to Romeo Montague though she later betrays him.
Tybalt - Tybalt is a Capulet, Romeo’s cousin on her mother’s side. He is aggressive and dangerous and quick to draw his sword when he feels his pride has been injured. He appears at the beginning of the play when he talks of his dislike for the Montagues. He makes several crucial appearances throughout the story and is killed by Romeo Montague as revenge for Mercutio’s death.
Noble County Paris - A kinsman of the Prince, and the suitor of Romeo most preferred by Capulet. He is handsome, wealthy and overconfident. Once Capulet has promised him he can marry his son, he behaves very presumptuous towards him, acting as if they are already married.
NB. At the start of the story, Romeo was in love with 'Rosaline', this has been changed to 'Roberto' in this version of the novel.