Shakespeare – No Fear – Romeo and Juliet – Translation Scene 1

Who are the two servants talking trash in the beginning? Gregory and Sampson
Sampson shows direct hostility towards the Montague house. In response, Gregory often does what? Gregory makes jokes of the wording Sampson uses while still encouraging his hostility.
“Coals” represents the the trash talk, in this case, they won’t “carry” it
“Colliers” is a pun on it is a pun on coals, where Sampson was referring to the metaphorical trash talk from Montague, Gregory was speaking about actually begin a trash man.
Sampson and Gregory play around with the word “move,” what is Gregory meaning to say, and what is Sampson meaning to say? Sampson is moved as in angered, where as Gregory teases him on this saying, “to move it to run,” however, Sampson corrects him, saying, “he is moved (angered)” to stand against the montagues.
Sampson and Gregory make comments about a “wall.” What do they speak about? Sampson talks about pushing away the men and raping women against the wall. Greg tries to say that only weak ones get pushed to the wall, teasing Sampson.
Gregory makes a joke about backing up. How? He says, “turning your back and running away.”
Sampson prefers to let the Montagues start the fight
Sampson does what insult to the Montagues? He bites his thumb at them
Who responds to Sampson’s insults? Abram, of House Montague
Benvolio, arriving at the scene, tries to do what? His intention is to stop the fight
Who provokes Benvolio, while talking crap about his own servants? Tybalt
The CITIZENS come out, with clubs, bills, partisans, trying to do what? Ending the stupid fight
Old Montague and Capulet come and do what? They try to fight, but their wives shut them down.
The Prince comes, and makes a huge announcements, forcing them to stop, threatening them how? Additionally, he notes how many civil brawls? With threat of execution, and he notes 3 civil brawls
Montague and Benvolio note how Romeo has been of recent weeping in despair for some reason
Romeo has a whole tangent about love. What is your best interpretation of it? Romeo, with all these contradictions, is trying to express how he has so much of this love, yet in the end, it is incredibly painful to bear it.
Why, such is love’s transgression.Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast,Which thou wilt propagate, to have it pressedWith more of thine. This love that thou hast shownDoth add more grief to too much of mine own.Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.What is it else? A madness most discreet,A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.Farewell, my coz. Romeo is sad, and Benvolio’s sadness added on to his just makes it worse. “Vexed” meaning to be disturbed. When the “smoke” of love, or rather, the “sighs,” or “sadness,” then the passion shown between the lovers will be a “spark” in their eyes, a fire. He describes love as “madness,” due to the contradictory nature. It may be sweet, but it is still a “choking gall,” or a very unpleasant thing.
Alas, that love, whose view is muffled still,Should, without eyes, see pathways to his will!Where shall we dine?—O me! What fray was here?Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all.Here’s much to do with hate but more with love.Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate,O anything of nothing first created!O heavy lightness, serious vanity,Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms!Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health,Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!This love feel I, that feel no love in this.Dost thou not laugh? Romeo notes that while love’s “view is muffled,” meaning that what it sees is irrelevant. In the end, that blind love still maintains power over the person who has it. He sees that there was a fight there. Romeo says that the fight has to do with love, but it seems hes just projecting his own problem into the world around him. He then notes, through oxymorons, trying to say how love, supposedly a beautiful thing, has caused him so much pain.
Well, in that hit you miss. She’ll not be hitWith Cupid’s arrow. She hath Dian’s wit.And, in strong proof of chastity well armedFrom love’s weak childish bow, she lives uncharmed.She will not stay the siege of loving terms,Nor bide th’ encounter of assailing eyes,Nor ope her lap to saint-seducing gold.Oh, she is rich in beauty, only poorThat when she dies, with beauty dies her store. The woman he loves will be far too difficult to penetrate with love. She lives in chastity. The last few lines means shes beautiful, but shes basically poor since her beauty will be destroyed when she is dead. She also won’t succumb to moeny.
She hath, and in that sparing makes huge waste,For beauty, starved with her severity,Cuts beauty off from all posterity.She is too fair, too wise, wisely too fair,To merit bliss by making me despair.She hath forsworn to love, and in that vowDo I live dead that live to tell it now. Romeo goes on by how her not wanting any love will result in her loss of beauty, as well as in her children.
Tis the wayTo call hers exquisite, in question more.These happy masks that kiss fair ladies’ brows,Being black, puts us in mind they hide the fair.He that is strucken blind cannot forgetThe precious treasure of his eyesight lost.Show me a mistress that is passing fair;What doth her beauty serve but as a noteWhere I may read who passed that passing fair?Farewell. Thou canst not teach me to forget. Romeo maintains Rosaline’s beauty; he states that even seeing another beautiful girl will just remind him of the beautiful girl he actually loves; Rosaline He also uses a blind man comparison. Even if he never sees Rosaline, like a man who went blind, he will always remember the precious sight of her.

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