Romeo and Juliet Act I

How old is Juliet? 13 years-old
Which two families are feuding? the Montagues and Capulets
Where does the story take place? Verona, Italy
How does Shakespeare describe Romeo and Juliet? Shakespeare describes Romeo & Juliet as “A pair of star-cross’d lovers that took their life.” (1 Prologue. 6)
What does that mean in terms of their final destiny? Who or what is in control? Their final destiny was death and fate was in control.
What is Tybalt’s opinion of peace? Tybalt’s opinion of peace is that “What, drawn, and to talk of peace! I hate the word as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. Have at thee, coward!” (1. 1. 69). Tybalt wants to start a fight between the Capulets and Montagues and does not like the fact that they are in his presence.
How does this contrast with Benvolio’s position? This contrasts with Benvolio’s position because he said that “I do but keep the peace. Put up thy sword, or manage it to part these men with me.” (1. 1. 68) Benvolio thinks that starting a fight is not the best of ideas especially not in public.
What does the prince say caused the three public brawls? The prince said “Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word” (1. 1. 87) is what caused the three public brawls. They are speaking without thinking of the consequences of their words and actions.
What did the prince say would happen if the two families fight in public again? The prince said “If ever you disturb our streets again your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.” (1. 1. 95) (foreshadowing the climax of the play, Lord Capulet and Montague do not pay with their lives, their children do… indirect result of this age old conflict.)
What does Romeo mean when he says in line 172, “Here’s much to do with hate, but more to do with love?” When Romeo said, “Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love.” (1.1.172) He means that it is easier to hate someone than it is to love them. He is referring to how you spend so much effort and time on someone, but that person doesn’t care or is inconsiderate towards you.
Why is Romeo in such a bad mood when we first meet him? Romeo was in such a bad mood when we first meet him because he is depressed that his lover does not like him back.
Romeo describes love as “smoke made with the fume of sighs.” What does he mean by that? Romeo describes love as “smoke made with the fume of sighs.” because he was sad that Montague’s daughter does not love him back.
What is Paris asking Old Capulet? What is Capulet’s answer? Paris is asking Capulet if he can marry his daughter Juliet. Capulet’s answer to this is, “But saying o`er what I have said before: My child is yet a stranger to the world; She hath not seen the change of fourteen years. Let two more summers wither in their pride, Ere we may think to ripe to be a bride.” (1. 2. 7-11)
Who is Romeo in love with now? What have Benvolio and Romeo decided to do to see her? What are the motives of each? Romeo is in love with Rosaline, who is Capulet’s daughter. Benvolio and Romeo decide to crash the Capulet’s party to prove that Romeo does not like Rosaline because she is Capulet’s daughter and they are Montague’s, which are fighting against each other.
What problems do you think might arise from crashing the Capulet’s party? The problem that might arise from crashing the Capulet’s party might be that Romeo will never get to see Rosaline again, or that there will be a fight if they decide to show up.

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