Romeo and Juliet: Understanding the Tragedy through Discussion Questions Act III

Why does Romeo not want to fight Tybalt? He just got done marrying Juliet, and by killing Tybalt, he would be killing family and Juliet’s cousin, in whom she loves
Why does Mercuito draw his sword? Mercutio is a fractious person; he likes to fight
How is Tybalt able to kill Mercutio? Romeo was trying to break up the fight between Mercutio and Tybalt, and when Romeo is talking to Mercutio, Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo’s arm
Was the fight between Mercutio and Tybalt really fair? No
Why does Mercutio say “A plague on both your houses”? If he dies, so should the people correlated with it
What device does Mercutio use when he says “Ask for me tomorrow, and/youshall find me a grave man”? He uses a pun, in this case he is talking about being dead, but by saying someone is grave, you are calling them solemn
How does what we know about Benvolio from Act I, manifest itself in Act III? Benvolio, a peacemaker and honest person, explains the happening of the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt while being as little bias as possible. He was trying to prevent further conflict by being honest in his explanation.
Does what we know about Tybalt from Act I also present itself in Act III? Yes, Tybalt, an ill-tempered rash Capulet, is quick to get mad and kill someone over some insults
Why is Romeo ordered to be exiled and not killed? Romeo performed an act of justice in part for Mercutio. If he is killed, then who would have payed the price of Mercutio’s death.
How does Act III scene i compare to Act II? They both serve as a reminder that Romeo and Juliet take place in a very masculine time, despite all the emphasis on love and romance, where notions of honor, pride, and status are prone to create a huge conflict
How does Tybalt’s passion outweigh his reason? He felt that he had a score to settle with Romeo since he was chastised at the party. He is prepared to kill Romeo even though Romeo doesn’t know what is going on/why Tybalt wants to kill him. It gets even more obvious that Tybalt’s passion outweighs his reason, when he decides to kill Mercutio after having all that anger towards Romeo
What is the meaning of Romeo’s line “I am fortune’s fool”? He has awful luck: he was just “forced” to kill his new wife’s cousin, thereby getting himself banished. It also talks about is ever-looming fate
What does Juliet believe the Nurse is telling her when the Nurse is delivering bad news? Juliet believes that the Nurse is telling her that Romeo is dead
What is Juliet’s reaction to “hearing that Romeo was dead”? She wanted to kill herself even though the Nurse was talking about Tybalt being dead, not Romeo
How does Juliet compare Romeo’s banishment to Tybalt’s death? She compares it to as being worse than 10,000 slain Tybalts
Would Juliet’s reaction to Romeo’s banishment be considered passion or reason? It represents reason, because she gets control of herself and forces herself to realize that her loyalty must be given to her husband not Tybalt.
What does Juliet give the Nurse? A ring to give to Romeo as a token of her love
What news does the Friar deliver Romer? That the Prince has decreed him to be banished
Why does the Friar think Romeo is unmanly? Romeo assumes that Juliet hates him, and immediately resorts to killing himself
What is the Friar’s Plan? It would obviously passion because, all he is portraying is drama
What is the purpose of Scene IV? To add more confusion and speed into the play by not clearly stating why the marriage needs to be sooner, leading into the Plan the ends in Juliet’s demise
What does Capulet’s ability to change wedding dates at his pleasure symbolize? it symbolizes Capulet’s position and his ability to control Juliet to do his will.
Juliet has significant encounters with these people in scene V Romeo, her parents, and the Nurse
Explain the significance of Juliet’s encounter with Romeo in Scene V In love sense, she becomes more mature and rational because she is the one who realizes that Romeo must go
Explain the significance of Juliet’s encounter with her Parents in Scene V Juliet exercises more individual maturity and her transition to adulthood by starting to become independent and make her own decisions. She shows intelligence by dominating the conversation with her mother and covertly proclaim her love for Romeo by saying the exact opposite. She refuses to marry Paris and rejects all that her father has to say.
Explain the significance of Juliet’s encounter with the Nurse in Scene V After her argument with her parents, she asks for advice from the Nurse on the matter. When the Nurse says that Juliet should marry Paris because it is the better bargain and that Romeo is as good as dead any way, Juliet is truly disgusted. Juliet acts like she agrees with the Nurse, but when she leaves, she confides within herself that she will never take advice from the Nurse again. This is marked as Juliet abandoning the one who raised her, completing her full transition into adulthood.
What is an example of foreshadowing in Scene V? When Juliet sees Romeo and claims as he leaves that he already looks dead, this is an example of foreshadowing, because the next time that she sees him, he will be dead.
What are examples of light/dark symbolism? In Scene II of Act I Romeo talks of how Juliet makes the night day. (This is a metaphor for setting the plot on its next course)To combat the dawning of the next course of the plot, Juliet tries to prevent Romeo from leaving by claiming that the lark, a diurnal bird, Romeo herd was a nightingale,a nocturnal bird. Romeo has to leave in the morning, or he will be killed. Since dawn is the marking of the plot being set on its next course, Juliet attempts to transform the day to night, to preserve their happiness.
diurnal An animal that is only active during the day
nocturnal An animal that is only active during the night

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