WS-001: Romeo and Juliet - Milestones

Classic use of narrative milestones by the most classic of the English classics.

The Hook (prologue) tells us what kind of story this is: a star-crossed romance set against a feud. This sets up a happy ending brought about by the lovers' deaths. The Inciting Incident establishes both lovers as protagonists (Romeo: looking for love, Juliet: threatened by an arranged marriage) and foreshadows the shindig at which the protagonists will meet.

The First Plot Turn brings the portagonists together, instigates their romance, establishes Tybalt as an agent of the antagonistic force (the feud), and alerts the protagonists to the conflict they have entered. The First Pinch Point calls Romeo's constancy into question (a threat to the romance), suggests that the relationship may resolve the feud between the protagonist's families (foreshadowing of Resolution and threat raised by hope), and establishes Tybalt as a serious threat to Romeo's life (and thereby to the romance).

The Midpoint brings the romance and the feud into direct conflict, and culminates in Romeo's banishment for killing Tybalt. Now the lovers are apart and death threatens any reunion. The Second Pinch Point establishes the depths of the lovers' suffering and the lengths to which it may drive them.

The Second Plot Turn presents a solution: Juliet can fein death to avoid marrying Paris and Friar Laurence can secretly reunite the lovers (who, we infer, can then escape together to a safer locale). The Deciding Incident sets Romeo on course for ironic suicide in Juliet's tomb--and Juliet on course to follow.

The Conclusion shows the families making peace on realization of the tragedy their feud engenders.

Page Calc Pages Milestones Quote Range MiH Range MaL Range MiH Range MaH
End page 248 Hook (248a) Two families are in a feud and two of their children fall in love.     249.8125 248.9063
277 250.75 Inciting Incident (250a) Romeo has been rejected by Rosaline. Benvolio swears to teach Romeo to forget Rosaline. (250b) Paris asks Capulet for Juliet's hand. Capulet invites Paris to a party at his house. 248.9375 249.8438 252.5625 251.6563
First page 254.5 Plot Turn 1 (254a) Crashing the Capulet party with Benvolio, Romeo is smitten by Juliet's beauty. Tybalt recognizes Romeo and calls for his rapier. Capulet tells him to leave Romeo alone. (254b) Tybalt swears to make Romeo pay. Romeo and Juliet meet. Romeo learns that Juliet is a Capulet. (255a) Juliet learns that Romeo is a Montague. 252.6875 253.5938 256.3125 255.4063
248 258.25 Pinch 1 (258a) Romeo asks Friar Laurence to secretly marry him and Juliet. Friar Laurence: young men's love then lies / Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes. /// Women may fall, when there's no strength in men. /// O, she knew well / Thy love did read by rote and could not spell. /// this alliance may so happy prove, / To turn your household's rancor to pure love. (258b) Tybalt has challenged Romeo. Mercutio tells Benvolio that Tybalt is a formidable duelist against whom Romeo doesn't stand a chance. 256.4375 257.3438 260.0625 259.1563
Prepages 262 Midpoint (262a) Tybalt challenges Romeo. Romeo declines. Mercutio challenges Tybalt. Tybalt accepts. Romeo intervenes. Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo's arm. Mercutio curses both houses. (262b) Romeo regrets not fighting Tybalt. Mercutio dies. Romeo challenges Tybalt. Tybalt accepts. Romeo kills Tybalt. (263a) The Prince banishes Romeo from Verona and sentences him to execution if he remains. 260.1875 261.0938 263.8125 262.9063
247 265.75 Pinch 2 (265a) Romeo tells Friar Laurence that banishment from Verona, where Juliet lives, is torture, not mercy. (265b) The Nurse tells Romeo how Juliet grieves for both him and Tybalt. Romeo prepares to kill himself for grieving Juliet. 263.9375 264.8438 267.5625 266.6563
Page total 269.5 Plot Turn 2 (269a) Juliet goes to confess to Friar Laurence. Paris asks Friar Laurence to marry him and Juliet on Thursday next. (269b) Juliet threatens to kill herself if Friar Laurence cannot give her a way to be with Romeo. Friar Laurence tells her he has a way which resembles death. 267.6875 268.5938 271.3125 270.4063
30 273.25 Deciding Incident (273a) Balthasar tells Romeo that Juliet is dead. Romeo decides to return to Verona. (273b) Romeo buys poison. 271.4375 272.3438 275.0625 274.1563
  277 Conclusion (277b) Montague and Capulet make peace. They vow to raise statues to each other's children. 275.1875 276.0938 278.8125 277.9063
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