Romeo and Juliet Act 1

From which house is Romeo? Montague
From which house is Juliet? Capulet
From which house is Lady Montague? Montague
From which house is Montague? Montague
From which house is Benvolio? Montague
From which house is Abram? Montague
From which house is Balthasar? Montague
From which house is Capulet? Capulet
From which house is Lady Capulet? Capulet
From which house is the Nurse? Capulet
From which house is Tybalt? Capulet
From which house is Petruchio? Capulet
From which house is Capulet’s Cousin? Capulet
From which house is Sampson? Capulet
From which house is Gregory? Capulet
From which house is Peter? Capulet
From which house is Escalus? Prince Escalus’s Manor
From which house is Paris? Prince Escalus’s Manor
From which house is Mercutio? Prince Escalus’s Manor
What do we learn in the prologue? We learn that there are two houses in Verona who have been fighting since the ancient days. Both families have a child. Those 2 children eventually become ill-fated lovers. They then commit suicide from their dying love for each other. Sadly, the only thing to stop the two families from fighting is the suicides of their beloved children.
What is the purpose for the prologue? To set the tone of the story. It gives the reader/viewer an idea of what is going to happen and how to view each Act/scene
How effective is the law in preventing and controlling violence? How is this evident in Act 1 Scene 1? The law is not very good. The Capulets and Montagues have been fighting for such a long time. They fight with swords and often leave people injured. Prince Escalus is upset because they have fought 3 times in the view of the people.
What does the expression “purple fountains” mean? How does this set the tone for this scene? It refers to the blood coming from the violence. It shows how much they are fighting and how intense the fighting is. This scene shows how serious this topic in the book is.
Romeo describes love as “a smoke made with the fume of sighs;/Being purged, a fire sparking in lovers’ eyes;/Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers’ tears./What is it else? A madness most discreet,/A choking gall, and a preserving sweet” (lines 197-201). What does this description of love tell you about Romeo and his feelings? He describes love with a bad impression. He is so upset and done with love. He wants love, but is not getting the love he wants from the right girl.
Capulet gives Juliet’s age and his plan for her future to Paris. What does he tell him? At this point, what is Capulet’s attitude toward his daughter? Juliet is 13 years old. He says that she is too young to marry Paris. He is very guarded and careful with Juliet. He wants her to marry Paris, but he wants to protect her. He will let Paris date her, but Capulets wants her to fall in love before he marries her off
Look at Juliet’s first words to her mother, “Madame, I am here. What is your will?” What do these words say about Juliet’s nature? Juliet is very obedient to her parents. She does exactly what she is told.
What do the nurse’s recollections about Juliet’s childhood reveal about her character? The Nurse is very protective of her. She nursed Juliet and grew very close to her because her own daughter Susan died at birth
Contrast Juliet’s remarks on marriage with those of the Nurse. The Nurse wants her to get married, because she wants to see Juliet get married before she dies. Juliet is hesitant. She wants to, but also feels she is too young and doesn’t want to.
How do you know what time of day it is in Act 1 Scene 4? Quote the line that tells you It is night. They need to use torches and lanterns to get to the ball. ” Give me a torch, I am not for this ambling/ Being but heavy I will bear the light.” (Line 11-12)
What do the lines “Is love a tender thing? It is too rough,/Too rude, too boist’rous, and it pricks like thorn” (25- 26) reveal about Romeo? Is he more aware of himself or the person he loves? He is very upset about his love life. He thinks it is rude and cruel because it leaves people very very sad. I think he is more aware of himself, because he knows how he feels, but he doesn’t know how the other person feels.
Contrast Tybalt’s and Lord Capulet’s responses to Romeo’s presence at the Capulet party. What does their exchange suggest about the significance of the feud to the two families of Verona? Tybalt is very upset and is ready to fight. Capulet lets him alone, because he doesn’t want the Prince to be upset if they fight. It is a strong fight, but they don’t want to upset the Prince by fighting.
What does Romeo’s immediate reaction to Juliet suggest about his character? He falls in love very quickly. He is very passionate about his “crushes”. He loves very easily. Romeo acts very quickly on his love at first site.
Juliet’s lament at learning Romeo’s identity, “My only love sprung from my only hate!/Too early seen unknown, and known too late!” (152-153) suggests the workings of what device? (Hint: Think of the “star-crossed lovers”) She is using oxymorons. She uses opposite words (love/hate, early/late) to get her point across. She says that it is too late now, for she already loves him even though she should hate him.
What does biting your thumb mean? flipping someone off
TRUE OR FALSE: Benvolio always wants to keep the peace and Tybalt fights at any chance he gets TRUE
TRUE OR FALSE: In Act 1 Scene 1, Lady Capulet wants Capulet to fight FALSE: She says he is getting too old for this and he shouldn’t fight
TRUE OR FALSE: Prince Escalus is all for the fighting, because he thinks it shows a person’s ability. FALSE: He wants them to stop fighting, they have fought 3 times in public
Why is Romeo so sad in Act 1 Scene 1? Rosaline (the woman of his dreams) will not have sex with him. He loves her so much, but the feeling is not mutual. Romeo is very dramatic and uses LOTS of oxymorons. He believes love is hopeless since Rosaline doesn’t love him back
What are some examples of oxymorons used in Act 1 Scene 1? -brawling love-loving hate-heavy lightness-cold fire-bright smoke
What happens when Capulet asks his Servingman to go invite every person on the list? He cannot read, so he unknowingly asks Romeo to read the list. Well, Romeo realizes that Rosaline will be there, so he wants to attend since it will be a masquerade party
allusion reference to a statement, a person, a place, or an event form literature, history, religion, myth, politics, sports, science, or the arts
aside In a play, words spoken by a character directly to the audience or to another character but not overheard by others onstage
blank verse Poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter
character Individual in a story, poem, or play.
direct characterization The author tells us directly what the character looks like
indirect characterization We have to put clues together as to what a character is like
static character does not change during the course of the story
dynamic character changes in some important ways as a result of the story’s action
comedy in general, a story that ends happily
conflict struggle or clash between opposing characters, forces, or emotions.
external conflict a conflict that a character struggles against an outside force, such as another character or nature
internal conflict a struggle between opposing needs, desires, or emotions within that character
diction writer’s or speaker’s choice of words
drama Story that is written to be acted for an audience
foil Character who serves as a contrast to another character
foreshadowing The use of clues to hint at events that will occur later in the plot
free verse Poetry that does not have a regular meter or rhyme scheme
iambic pentameter Line or poetry made up of five iambs
irony Contrast or discrepancy between expectation and reality
dramatic irony Occurs when the reader or the audience knows something important that a character does not know
metaphor Figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things without using a connective word such as like, as, than, or resembles
extended metaphor is developed over several lines or throughout an entire poem
meter A generally regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in poetry
foot consists of one stressed syllable and one or more unstressed syllable
iamb an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable
trochee a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable
protagonist main character in a fiction or drama
antagonist the character or force that blocks the protagonist
pun Play on multiple meanings of a word or on two words that sound alike but have different meanings
rhyme repetition of accented vowel sounds and all sounds following them in words that are close together in a poem
end rhyme occurs at the end of lines
internal rhyme occurs within the line
slant rhyme words that are similar but do not exactly rhyme
rhyme scheme the pattern of rhymed lines in a poem
simile figure of speech that makes a comparison between two seemingly unlike things by using a connective word such as like, as, than, or resembles
soliloquy long speech in which a character who is alone on stage expresses private thoughts or feelings
sonnet Fourteen-line lyric poem, usually written in iambic pentameter
Italian/Petrarchan sonnet has two parts; an eighth line octave with the rhyme scheme and a six-line sestet.
Shakespeare/English sonnet it has three quatrains followed by a concluding couplet
stanza group of consecutive lines that form a single unit in a poem
quatrain three four-line quatrains express a unit of thought
suspense The uncertainty or anxiety we feel about what is going to happen next in a story
theme The central idea or insight revealed by a work or literature
tragedy Play, novel, or other narrative, depicting serious and important events, in which the main character comes to an unhappy end
tragic law a serious character weakness
motivation/motive refers to reasons that underlie behavior that is characterize by willingness and volition.
monologue a single character presents in order to express his/her collection of thoughts and ideas aloud
oxymoron occurs when two contradictory words are together in one phrase
All sonnets have ___ lines divided into _______. 14;stanzas
Sonnets follow a predetermined ________ _________; the rhyme pattern determines if the sonnet is ___________(Italian) or _____________ (English). rhyme scheme; Petrarchan; Shakespearean
2 line stanzas= couplet
3 line stanzas= tercet
4 line stanzas= quatrain
5 line stanzas= quintet
6 line stanzas= sestet
7 line stanzas= septet
8 line stanzas= octave
Where is the TURN in Shakespearean sonnets? after the 3 quatrains
What is the Shakespearean rhyme scheme? ABAB CDCD EFEF GG
iamb= 2 syllables
Penta= five
Iambic pentameter has ____ syllables 10
Iambic pentameter can be written as (____ ______) or (x) and / ta TUM (x) /