Romeo and Juliet (Act 1)

Where is the play set? 14th century in Verona, Italy
What problem exists in this city? feud between the Capulet’s and the Montague’s
. What is there about the talk and actual actions of Gregory and Sampson which suggests that they are not as brave and tough as they pretend? Give an example of their actions that contradict their talk. They make faces and don’t do anything that they said they would.
Who is Benvolio and what does he attempt to do? Benvolio is Romeo’s cousin and best friend. He tries to break up the fight between the Capulets and the servants.
How does Tybalt, a Capulet, misinterpret Benvolio’s action? What does Tybalt say to him? He thinks that Benvolio wants to fight.
What does Lady Capulet say about Lord Capulet’s age and condition? You’re too old to fight
The Prince appears, and he is angry. Why is he angry, and what is the promise and threat he makes? Angry because the two families started another street fight and disrupted the peace. He threatens to kill them if this happens again
Lady Montague, glad that Romeo has missed the fight, asks Benvolio if he has seen Romeo. What is Benvolio’s response? Romeo is under the sycamore trees crying
At this point, what is Lady Montague worried about? his well being
Romeo enters and tells Benvolio the problem. What is his problem? He is in love with Rosaline, but she doesn’t love him. He thinks he is going to die
. Romeo’s lines can be seen as presenting the paradox of love or simply as romantic nonsense. What indication is there that Romeo recognizes that his sentiments could be viewed as romantic nonsense? He asked if Benvolio was laughing at him maade him realize he was being ridiculous
What is Benvolio’s response? No, I am sad for you
. What is the nature of Romeo’s desire toward Rosaline? According to the tradition of courtly love, how is Romeo expected to respond to her rejection? Romeo is supposed to keep pursuing to her even though she rejects him??
What practical advice does Benvolio give Romeo? Find a different girl
After some small talk, Paris gets to the point of his visit. What does he ask of Lord Capulet? Paris wants to marry her
What is Capulet’s response? wait two years
Paris responds that girls younger than she have been married. What is Capulet’s response to this? They become ruined
What suggestion and invitation does Capulet make to Paris? go to the ball and look at other women; and flirt with her
Romeo, lamenting his unrequited love, is approached by the illiterate servingman. In reading his list he finds that Rosaline, his love, is going to attend the Capulet party. What suggestion does Benvolio make? he thinks They should go
When Romeo responds that she is the most beautiful woman since time began, what is Benvolio’s response? All romeo is doing is comparing rosaline to rosaline
The Nurse quotes the vulgar remark that her husband made to the young Juliet and then likes it so much that she repeats it. What do the Nurse’s indecent remarks in front of the family indicate about her relationship? it is included to show how close the nurse is to the family
What does Juliet’s mother tell Juliet? she tells her that she want juliet to marry paris
What is Juliet’s response? only if you want me too
Why does Romeo say he won’t be able to dance? his soul was made out of led
How do these Montagues expect to be able to enter a Capulet house? it is a masquerade
vRomeo seems to believe that our dreams have something to do with our lives; perhaps, dreams act as a presentiment or omen. What is Mercutio’s opinion of dreams? He thinks they are fake
How does Benvolio end this conversation? burning daylight
What is Romeo’s misgiving, and what does the line “some consequence, yet hanging in the stars” have to do with his feeling of dread? foreshadowing, fate is against him
Lord Capulet and relative stand, unmasked, on one side of the room. Romeo, masked, standing on the other side, asks a servingman who Juliet is. How does Romeo describe the girl, and what does he conclude? He says that she is the most beautiful girl in the world
What is the hot-tempered Tybalt’s reaction when he hears Romeo’s voice?
What does Lord Capulet say to Tybalt?

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