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Romeo and Juliet Creative English

Option B (Rewrite the ending of the play)

The tale of the two star crossed lovers;

It was dusk when Romeo rode out to Verona, trembling with shock. He had just received the fateful
letter bringing news of Juliet’s death from his servant Balthasar. Unbeknownst to both of them
however, was that her death had been faked. Distraught, Romeo had hurried to an apothecary to
buy poison, intending to rest in death alongside his beloved. By the time he arrived in Verona, it was
the middle of the night. Romeo walked into the moonlit churchyard to find Juliet, but instead he
found Paris who ordered him to leave. Romeo staunchly refused and so the two began to duel
ferociously. Romeo skilfully evaded Paris’ attacks and thrust his gleaming sword into his enemy’s
belly. The tall man toppled with an anguished scream, and writhed for a brief moment before
becoming still. Romeo hurriedly descended into Juliet’s tomb without a backwards glance, leaving
Paris’s lifeless body where he fell.

When Romeo finally laid eyes on his Juliet he wondered how she could still look so beautiful even in
the cold grip of death. Romeo tentatively reached out to touch Juliet’s soft cheek and to his surprise
it felt strangely warm, as if there was still life in Juliet’s body. Romeo put his ear to Juliet’s chest to
listen in desperate hope for a heartbeat. At first, nothing could be felt, but then to his delight he
heard a slow, faint beat. He frantically tried to wake Juliet but to no avail. It was at this moment that
Friar Lawrence stumbled into the tomb. His heart filled with relief to see Romeo and Juliet both safe.
Taking the poison from Romeo, he rapidly explained to him the ruse to fake Juliet’s death. The Friar
told Romeo why he had not received the crucial information about the plot; the messenger that he
had sent had been brutally murdered on his way to Mantua by Capulet soldiers. As the two spoke,
Juliet began to wake from her deep slumber. As soon as he noticed, Romeo gave a joyous shout and
ran to her side and they embraced, reunited again. Their blissful moment did not last long however,
for the Capulets had learnt of the plot to fake Juliet’s death and her love affair with Romeo.

This information had come from the Capulet servant Peter, who had eavesdropped on the desperate
conversation between Friar Lawrence and Juliet about the sleeping potion. The Capulets knew that
the news of Juliet’s death would lure Romeo back to Verona, where they planned to ambush and kill
him. The Capulets arrived at the churchyard only a few minutes after Romeo descended into the
darkness of the tomb. To their horror, they saw Paris’s crumpled corpse covered in blood. In a fury,
the Capulets descended into the tomb to confront Romeo.

The Capulets, led by Capulet himself all drew their swords and advanced menacingly upon Romeo
who drew his own sword in response. It is was hopeless situation for Romeo who was outnumbered
10 to 1. Just as the Capulets were about to strike Romeo down, Montague and some of his men,
alerted by Friar Lawrence, charged into the tomb with weapons drawn and engaged the Capulets in
bloody combat. Chaos erupted with even Balthasar, Romeo’s servant, joining the fray. As bodies fell
lifeless all around them and torrents of blood spilled across the floor, Juliet grasped at Romeo’s cloak
in a futile attempt to pull him away from the carnage. She pleaded tearfully with him to run away
with her to somewhere safe, where they could finally be away from their families’ conflict. But
Romeo, with hatred in his eyes, charged Capulet, only to be slashed in the arm by one of the Capulet
men. With blood running from his wound, Romeo stumbled away, and Juliet seized him, dragging
him up the steps to the cool of the night and to freedom. Romeo called for his horse and helped
Juliet up into the saddle, then mounted up himself with considerable pain.
As the fighting continued inside the tomb, the pair galloped off into the darkness with no destination
other than somewhere as far away from their two feuding families as possible. Eventually they came
to a peaceful place free of conflict and violence, and here they decided to stay. Romeo recovered
from his wound and both he and Juliet lived long happy lives and had many children and
grandchildren. They never came across another Montague or Capulet again. As for the battle in the
tomb, none survived. Capulet, Montague and all of their men had perished along with Balthasar, and
even Friar Lawrence did not escape with his life. The tomb was drenched in the blood of both
Capulet and Montague and the entrance was blocked with the bodies of dead men. And thus, the
age of fighting between the two families came to a bloody end, as those who survived vowed never
again to waste anymore lives on a pointless hatred.

Peter Webb