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In your coursework, you should be aware of the story of Romeo and Juliet.

The basic story

A boy (Romeo) and a girl (Juliet) fall in love. But they come from families which hate each other, and know they will not be allowed to marry. They are so much in love they marry in secret instead. However, before their wedding night Romeo kills Juliet's cousin in a duel, and in the morning he is forced to leave her. If he ever returns to the city, he will be put to death.

Juliet is then told she must marry Paris, who has been chosen by her parents, who do not know she is already married. She refuses - then agrees because she plans to fake her death and escape to be with Romeo.

She takes a sleeping potion and appears to be dead, so her parents lay her in a tomb. However, Romeo does not know about the plan, visits her grave, finds her 'dead', and kills himself. Juliet finally wakes up, finds Romeo dead, and then kills herself.

This is just the basic story. There are lots of extra characters and details you can include. However, do not fall into the trap of retelling the story in your work. No GCSE task will ask you to write out the story of Romeo and Juliet, and no marker will expect you just to outline the events in the play. Instead, use the plot to support your work and ideas. Next, let's have a look at how you can do this...

Intrigue

romeo and juliet meet for the first time, their masks removed, they gaze expectantly into each others' eyes, the image title is 'intrigue'

Act I - Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time, they are instantly attracted to one another.

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