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Romeo and Juliet

Act one summery

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In what city does this play take place? The play takes place in Verona, Italy.
Why are Romeo and Juliet called “star-cross’d lovers”? Romeo and Juliet were called “star-cross’d lovers” because fate was against them and they were unlucky in love.
Who is fighting at the beginning of the first scene? The Capulets and Montagues were fighting at the beginning of the first scene. Sampson and Gregory for the Capulets and Abram and Balthasar were fighting for the Montagues.
Who tries to break up the fighting? Benvolio tries to break up the fighting because the Prince had already decreed that the Montagues and Capulets should not feud in the streets.
What threat does the Prince make to Lord Montague and Lord Capulet? “If ever you disturb our streets again, Your lives shall pay for the forfeit of the peace.” The next one who starts a fight will be killed.
Benvolio and Montague describe the way Romeo has been acting. What do they have to say about him? Benvolio said that he saw Romeo that morning early and Romeo ran away from Benvolio and would not talk to him. Montague said Romeo locks himself in his room and keeps the sunlight out by closing the doors and windows and wants to be alone.
Why is Romeo so sad? Romeo is in love with a girl who does not love him back and this girl has expressed her decision to live a life of chastity.
What is Benvolio’s advice to Romeo? Forget about the girl and look at other beauties.
Why does Capulet think it will be easy for Montague and him to keep the peace? Capulet thinks it will be easy for them to keep the peace because they are both old men.
What does Paris ask Capulet? Paris asks Capulet for Juliet’s hand in marriage.
What is Capulet’s first answer? Capulet says that Juliet is too young because she is not even 14. Paris should wait two summers and then he can marry Juliet.
A bit later Capulet appears to change his mind about Paris’ question. What does he then tell Paris? He tells Paris to woo her and if she is consenting to marry Paris, then Capulet will give his permission as well.
What problem does the servant have The servant cannot read. This is critical because the servant asks Romeo to read the guest list for the party and this is how he finds out that Rosaline is going to be at the party.
What is the name of the woman Romeo loves? The woman that Romeo loves is Rosaline.
What do Romeo and Benvolio decide to do? Romeo and Benvolio decide to go to the party. Benvolio wants Romeo to see all of the other beauties at the party so he can forget Rosaline. Romeo goes because he wants to see Rosaline.
How old is Juliet? Juliet is 13 and will be 14 in a fortnight and odd days.
When Lady Capulet asks Juliet how she feels about marriage, what is Juliet’s answer? Juliet says that she has not even thought about that topic.
Following Juliet’s answer, what does Lady Capulet then tell Juliet? Paris has asked for her hand in marriage and she should go to the party tonight and look at him and see if Juliet can love him. Lady Capulet also told Juliet to examine the married couples at the party and see how content they are to be married.
According to Mercutio, who or what is Queen Mab, and what does she or it do? Queen Mab is the queen of the fairies and the fairies midwife. She flies around at night influencing people’s dreams; i.e. the lawyer who dreams of money, the ladies who dream of kisses.
What does Mercutio say about dreams? Mercutio said that dreams are the children of an idle brain and they talk of nothing but fantasy.
What is Romeo’s mood at the end of this scene? Romeo’s mood at the end of this scene is pensive because he feels that this night’s events will lead to his untimely death and he cannot change his fate. He states, “he, that hath the steerage of my course, direct my sail”.
What does Romeo think of Juliet the first time he sees her? The first time Romeo sees Juliet he says, “did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”
How does Tybalt recognize Romeo? Tybalt recognizes Romeo by his voice.
When Tybalt is ready to seize Romeo and throw him out of the party, what does Capulet say to Tybalt? Capulet says to leave Romeo alone. Capulet has heard that he is a fine fellow and he should be left alone. Capulet also states he doesn’t want his party ruined with fighting.
Explain what the conversation is between Romeo and Juliet Romeo compares Juliet to a holy shrine and offers his lips as pilgrims to kiss her. She responds that palmers (another word for pilgrim) kiss hand to hand (palm to palm).
How does Romeo find out Juliet’s last name? Romeo finds out Juliet’s last name by asking Juliet’s nurse.
How does Juliet find out Romeo’s last name? Juliet asks the Nurse who Romeo is and finds out that he is a Montague.
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