Romeo and Juliet: Act 1

Prologue Shakespearean sonnet, ABABCDCDEFEFGG, general summary , Chorus to audience
“Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maidenheads. Take it in what sense thou wilt” a) Sampson b) Gregory c)bad people in the intentions of taking the maidenheads (virginity) of Montague women//pun for humour
“Part, fools! Put up your swords. You know not what you do” a) Benvolio b) Gregory and Sampson c) Benvolio has an indirect characterization of his name meaning benevolence//shows his character of kindest and peace
“What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word as I hate hell, all Montagues, ad thee. Have at thee coward! a) Tybalt b) Benevolio and fighting people c) shows his character name means violence// character foil of Benvolio to emphasize his character
“If ever you disturb our streets again your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace” a) Prince b) town of Capulet and Montague c) antecedent action meaning these fight between the families has gone on many time before// threaten’s their behavior further showing the rivalry of the two families
“With tears augmenting the fresh morning’s dew, adding to clouds more clouds with his deep sighs” a) Montague b) Benvolio and Lady Montague c) hyperbole to express Romeo’s situation of sadness and distraught // his love sickness
“Black and portentous must this humour prove a) Montague b) Benvolio c) Black bile-melacholic(sadness) and portentous meaning bad things which foreshadows
“Our of her favour where I am in love.” a) Romeo b) Benvolio c) unrequited love for Rosaline//he is in love but she doesn’t love him back
“Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate! O anything, of nothing first create! O heavy lightness, serious vanity, Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms! Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health” a) Romeo b) Benvolio c) oxymorons are used to describe the burdens of love and it is wonderful and terrible at the same time//unrequited love for Rosaline
“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs” a) Romeo b) Benvolio c) metaphor to compare love to something mystical and etherial// unrequited love for Rosaline
“She hath Dian’s wit” a)Romeo b)Benvolio c) mythological allusion about this godess Artemis// for she is a virgin and doesn’t want to be with a man// if she doesn’t want me she wants no man
“Examine other beauties” a) Benvolio b)Romeo c) benvolio’s advice to Romeo that he either forget Rosaline or he moves on with other beauties// fate by examining other beauties he find Juliet
“I’ll pay that doctrine, or else die in debt” a) Benvolio b)Romeo c) he’ll convince him that his teaching is correct or dies trying// foreshadowing romeo’s fate
“She hth not seen the change of fourteen years.” a) Capulet b) Paris c) give Juliet 2 more years before she gets married// very opposed of marriage at first
“YOunger than she are happy mothers made.” a)Paris b) Capulet c) girls younger then Juliet are happily married
“But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart; My will to her consent is but a part” a) Capulet b) Paris c) I’ll be ok with it if she is ok with it
This night I hold an old accustomed feast, Whereto I have invited many a guest” a) Capulet b) Paris c) Tonight Capulet was holding ancient party and he’s inviting many people including Paris// telling him to woo her at the party to get her consent// imperfect rhyme
When well apparelled April on the heel” Capulet paris personification of her mating season and the beauty of spring
Servant scene servant is illiterate and needs someone to read the list for him_____ finds Romeo initial incident role of fate in tradgic hero’s life
” If not a Montague come and crush a cup of wine” irony
“Tut, one fire burns out another’s burning” Benvolio romeo advice metaphor
“swan a crow” Rosaline isn’t as pretty as she seems in a compared to everyone else
“The all-seeing sun…. the world begun” Romeo Bevolio Rosaline is the most beautiful woman alive and hes the center of his world (hyperbole)
” It is an honour that I dream not of.” Juliet Lady Capulet and Nurse equivocating neither wants or not wants
“Thou wilt fall backward when thou hast more wit” Nurse Juliet vulgar when she comes of age she’ll be taken
“so shall you share all thhat he doth possess, by having him making yourself no less.” Lady C to Juliet Paris high social status
” and too soon marred are those so early made” Capulet to paris young are danaged by marriage
“YOunger than you …………..I was your mother much upon these years” Lady c to Julliet she is damaged from being married young but encourages juliet to marry as well
Give me a torch. I am not for this ambling. Being but heavy, I will bear the light romeo to mercutio and benvolio// Romeo is sad therefore he feels burnt// pun for heavy light
“shot by love” Romeo Mercutio// love’s heavy burden oxymoronic // Mercutio mercury quick to cahng quick to anger
“But ‘is no wit to go” bad things are going to happen if romeo goes but mercutio convinces him any way because he had a dream (foreshadow)
“Queen Mab” Mercutio-romeo how dreams are manipulated and you shouldn’t believe them but romeo believes that dreams are fate (metaphors) dreans are air
stars stars=fate=star-crossed lovers
“go any where the captain takes” freewill to go against fate and go anyway although he knows something bad is going to happen
“Where’s Potpan” first servant to second comedic relief to relieve tension of previous scene
What lady’s that, which doth enrich the hand of yonder knight? she is so beautiful, she makes night’s hand more beautiful
brighter than a torch hyperbole
like a rich jewel simile
“So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows” romeo-servant juliet is the most beautiful human hes ever seen as she is the swan
For i never saw trye beauty till this night but when he sees juliet he says hes never seen true beauty although he has, men are fickle
“to strike him dead I hold it not a sin” romeo is at the party and deserves to die
“Verona brags of him” Capulet -tybalt romeo is a nice boy
“Now seeming sweet, convert to bitterest gall” i may seem sweet now but i will change later
If i profane with my unworthiest hand ……Then move not while my prauers effect I take sonnet pilgrim relious horny pilgrim romeo holy land juliet (extended metaphor)
O dear account, my life is my foe’s debt I would die because juliet is a capulet
my only love spring from my only hate I would die for my love romeo is a montague (PARADOX)
too early seen unknwon, and known too late already love him prospectus actions the nature and effect

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