Romeo and Juliet Act 1

List the characters on the Capulet side Juliet, Sampson, Gregory, Tybalt
List the characters on the Montague side Romeo, Abram, Benvolio
Why do Sampson and Gregory fight with Montague’s men? Gregory and Sampson fight in defense of their master. These two men are servants of the Capulet family, and there is a long-term grudge between the Capulets and Montagues.
Benvolio and Tybalt come upon the servants fighting. How do they react to the fight? Benvolio tries to break it up, but Tybalt wants them to fight
When Montague and Capulet enter and see the disturbance, they want to fight, too. What do their wifes say? The old men should stop fighting
What ended the opening skirmish? The prince threatens death if they fought. the townspeople agreed: down with the Montagues and the Capulets
Why is Romeo so sad? Rosaline doesn’t love him back. Called unrequited love.
How many children do the Capulets have? 1- Juliet
In act 1 scene 2, Paris asks Capulet for Juliet’s hand in marriage. What is Capulet’s reply? Wait 2 years because Juliet is too young. (14 years old at the time)
Why is Capulet giving a feast? traditional festive night and Juliet and Paris to meet, he is using it as an opportunity for Juliet to meet suitable bachelors
Why does Romeo decide to go to the feast even though, being a Montague, he is not invited? He wants to see Rosaline because she was invited.
Describe Juliet’s relatisonship with her family in Act 1. She is obedient to her family. They have a good relationship and she always tries to please them.
Tybalt (Capulet) pugnaciousthinks romeo is a villainhates the montaguesjuliet’s cousin
Benvolio (Montague) peacemaker (understanding)reveals how Romeo’s behavior has been recentlyhelpful, like Romeos mentor
Prince Escalus punishes rebelsnice/orderlythe fights between the capulets and the montagues disturb himconcernedhave deserving punishmentscontrolling
Lord Capulet good hosttenacious, welcominglet Romeo into the party even though they were enemiesinvolved in the fight
Count Paris arranged to marry Julietfriend of the princesame status as the capulet & Juliet
Juliet (Capulet) daughter of Capuletfell in love with romeokissed romeoromeo is owed to his enemyyoung, innocent
Romeo (Montague) was in love with Rosalinedoes not plan to danceimmediately fell in love with Julietson of great enemy; Juliets familyRomantic of love
Nurse outgoing, loud, boisterousvery comical (comic relief)tells Romeo and Juliet about each other her and lady capulet doing clickreally cares about juliet like a daughter
Mercutio talks about Queen Mab and dreamstries to convince Romeo to danceskeptical of lovedoesnt believe in dreams
setting of the play verona, Italy (a public place)
Describe Benevolio in one word peaceful (peacemaker)
Describe Tybalt in one word pugnacious (aggressive)
foil when characters contrast eachother
Benvolio and Tybalt foil – peacemaker and pugnacious (aggressive)
Romeo and Mercutio foil – romantic of love and skeptical (doubtful) of love
Lady capulet and Nurse foil- serious and comical
Structure of a Shakespearen Sonnet 14 lines, 3 quatrains – 4 line grouping, 1 Rhyming Couplet (Prologue)
Iambic Pentameter 2 syllables stress is on 2nd syllable, Blank verse (not rhymed), 2×5 = 1o syllables per line
aside the comment that a character makes that only one/two others may hear
soliloquy long speech, one character on stage
monologue long speech, other characters on stage, can hear it
Puns light/light, soul/sole, lie/lie
At the end of Act 1 Scene iv, what does Romeo tell Benvolio, foreshadowing future action in the play? . In this case, having decided to go to the Capulet ball that night, Romeo tells Benvolio that he will go, but he fears that EVENTS will be set in motion at this ball that will result in the loss of his life. Note what he says to Benvolio:I fear, too early; for my mind misgivesSome consequence yet hanging in the starsShall bitterly BEGIN his fearful dateWith this night’s revels and EXPIRE the termOf a despied life, closed in my breast,By some vile forfeit of untimely death.
What does Romeo mean when he says, “Oh dear account! My life is my foe’s debt”? He saw her at the party and fell in love with her before he knew her name. He ALREADY feels he can’t live without her — “my life” –and realizes he is supposed to hate her since he is a Montague, and she is a Capulet. Oh, this is a heavy price to pay! My life is in the hands of my enemy.
“Younger than she are happy mothers made.” Girls younger than she often marry and become happy mothers. (Paris to Capulet)
“The earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she.” That all of his other children had died and she was his last chance for an arranged marriage deal (Capulet to Paris)
“Compare her face with some that I shall show/And I will make these think thy swan a crow.” Go there and compare her objectively to some other girls I’ll show you. The woman who you think is as beautiful as a swan is going to look as ugly as a crow to you. (Benvolio to Romeo)
“You have dancing shoes with nimble soles.I have a soul of lead.” You’re wearing dancing shoes with nimble soles. My soul is made out of lead, and it’s so heavy it keeps me stuck on the ground so I can’t move. (Romeo to Mercutio)
“…my mind misgives/Some consequence yet hanging in the stars/Shall bitterly begin his fearful date/With this night’s revels.” I have a feeling this party tonight will be the start of something bad, something that will end with my own death. (Romeo to Benvolio)
“I shall withdraw. But this intrusion shall/Now seeming sweet, convert to bitterest gall.” I’ll leave here now, but Romeo’s prank, which seems so sweet to him now, will turn bitter to him later. (Tybalt to Capulet)
“So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows/As yonder lady o’er her fellow shows.” She outshines the other women like a white dove in the middle of a flock of crows. (Romeo to Tybalt) shows romeo falls in love quickly (characterization); juliet is perfect but her family is not (imagery)
“I would not for the wealth of all this town/Here in my house do him disparagement.” I wouldn’t insult him in my own house for all the wealth in this town. (Capulet to Tybalt)
According to Mercutio, what are the dreams that Queen Mab delivers for each of the following people? Lovers dream of….. love
According to Mercutio, what are the dreams that Queen Mab delivers for each of the following people? Courtiers (first mention)….. curtsies
Lawyers dream of…. fees
Ladies dream of….. kisses
Courtiers (second mention) dream of….. fees
Parson dreams of…. benefice (money)
Soldier dreams of…. war
Is queen Mab the queen of good dreams, nightmares, or both? Explain She’s the queen of all dreams. She goes around sprinkling stardust in peoples’ eyes so they will dream. She can give girls very romantic dreams, but just as easily turn those to nightmares. She is kind of a trickster, and can sometimes be quite malicious.
Reread Mercutio’s exchange with Romeo at the end of the scene. What does Mercutio think of dreams? He thinks dreams shouldn’t be taken too seriously.
Why do you suppose Mercutio told such a fantastic story to Romeo? Mercutio tells his “Queen Mab” speech to Romeo to foreshadow the coming events in the play and reveal BACKGROUNDSo what is foreshadowed: Queen Mab’s story shows an increasing path of violence – Romeo’s future as wellMercutio becomes madder and more erratic as the story goes on – Romeo’s story does the sameThere is a sence of lack of control in both stories.The Queen Nab story is a cute story with an undercurrent of death and violence (the insects in her carriage didn’t volunteer their parts) and Romeo’s romance will have a violent streakEven the dreams Mab inspires sound pretty horrible (read the soldiers) Romeo’s dream of love with Juliette will become horrible as well.
What kind of person is Mercutio? Mercutio is basically the class clown in Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare would use him a lot to brighten up the mood. For example, his mockery of Romeo’s love for Rosaline definitely made the audience laugh.