Romeo and Juliet Act 1

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What is the risk Romeo faces if he stays at the Capulets' party?

Tybalt's wrath

What kind of language do Romeo and Juliet use to describe their love?

Religious language

According to Juliet, what can love liberate them from?

Their families

What is Friar Lawrence's warning about virtue?

It can be tainted by evil

What is the result of the fight between Mercutio and Tybalt?

Mercutio dies

Why does Romeo kill Tybalt?

To avenge his friend's death

What is the tone of the scenes before the lovers' marriage?


What is the consequence of Romeo's secret marriage to Juliet?

His duty to avenge Mercutio's death

What does Mercutio exclaim as he curses both houses of Capulet and Montague?

'A plague o' both your houses!'

Why does the Prince announce Romeo's exile?

For killing Tybalt in revenge

What is Juliet waiting for at the beginning of ACT 3 SCENE 2?

Romeo to join her after their marriage

How does Juliet initially react to the news of Tybalt's death?

She curses Romeo's name

What does Friar Laurence advise Romeo to do after being banished?

Run away to Mantua and wait for things to settle down

Why does Lord Capulet agree to let Paris marry Juliet?

To strengthen the Capulet family's power

What does Juliet ask Romeo in their goodbye?

'Art thou gone so? Love, lord, ay, husband, friend!'

Where does Friar Laurence tell Romeo to go after being banished?

To Juliet's chamber to consummate their marriage

What is Romeo's initial intention when he agrees to attend the Capulet's ball?

To prove that Rosaline is the prettiest

What is Lady Capulet trying to convince Juliet of in Act 1 Scene 3?

That Paris is a good match for her

What is the purpose of the Nurse's memory of Juliet as a little girl?

To express the Nurse's desire for Juliet to marry Paris

What is Romeo's emotional state when he is on his way to the ball with Mercutio and Benvolio?

Depressed and unhappy

What is the topic of Mercutio's famous speech in Act 1 Scene 4?

The meaning of dreams

Why is Tybalt offended by Romeo's presence at the ball?

Romeo is a Montague

What does Juliet say to Romeo after they kiss at the ball?

You kiss by the book

What does Juliet realize after discovering who Romeo is?

That her love has sprung from her hate

What is Benvolio's primary goal in the play?

To help Romeo get his mind off Rosaline

What is the reason for the feud between Capulet and Montague?

Unexplained reasons

How does Lady Capulet feel about Juliet's potential marriage to Paris?

She is eager to see her daughter marry Paris

What is the consequence of Lady Montague's grief in the play?

She dies of grief

What is the Prince of Verona's primary concern in the play?

Maintaining the public peace at all costs

Why does Friar John fail to deliver the message to Romeo?

He is held up in a quarantined house

What is Paris's relationship to the Prince?

He is a kinsman of the Prince

How does Capulet view Juliet's marriage to Paris?

He sees it as a 'good' match for her

What does Lord Capulet say to end the feud with the Montagues?

O brother Montague, give me thy hand: This is my daughter's jointure, for no more Can I demand

Why does Friar Laurence behave strangely in Act 5?

He is feeling guilty for his role in their deaths

What does Romeo claim about his ability to see Paris?

He can't see him at all

How does Shakespeare create a picture of the Capulet tomb for the audience?

Through the setting and atmosphere

Who instigates the end to the feud between the Capulets and Montagues?

Romeo and Juliet's deaths

How many people have died by the end of the play?


Why does Shakespeare include the reconciliation between the Capulets and Montagues?

To create a sense of hope for the future

How long does the play take place over?

Five days

Study Notes

The Lovers' Relationship

  • Romeo risks his life to stay with Juliet, establishing the high stakes of their relationship
  • They use religious language to describe their love, suggesting it will escape earthly limitations
  • Their love gives them a sense of freedom, with Romeo feeling like he is flying with "love's light wings" and Juliet feeling like her love is "as boundless as the sea"

Friar Lawrence

  • He reminds us that even good things can be tainted by evil, but is eventually swept up in the lovers' excitement
  • He believes their love can end the Montague-Capulet feud and agrees to marry them

The Conflict

  • Tybalt seeks revenge for Romeo's decision to attend the Capulets' ball, leading to a fight with Mercutio, who dies
  • Romeo kills Tybalt, leading to his banishment from Verona

The Characters

  • Benvolio: Romeo's cousin and friend, who tries to defuse violent scenes and help Romeo get his mind off Rosaline
  • Capulet: The patriarch of the Capulet family, who loves his daughter but is not well acquainted with her thoughts or feelings
  • Lady Capulet: Juliet's mother, who is eager to see her daughter marry Paris and is an ineffectual mother
  • Montague: Romeo's father, who is concerned about his son's melancholy
  • Lady Montague: Romeo's mother, who dies of grief after Romeo is exiled from Verona
  • Paris: A kinsman of the Prince, who is the suitor of Juliet preferred by Capulet
  • Prince Escalus: The Prince of Verona, who is concerned about maintaining the public peace at all costs

The Plot

  • Act 1: The Capulets and Montagues are introduced, and Romeo and Juliet meet at the ball
  • Act 2: The lovers marry, but the play shifts to tragedy as Tybalt seeks revenge and Mercutio dies
  • Act 3: Romeo kills Tybalt and is banished, while Juliet waits for him to join her after their marriage
  • Act 4: Paris visits Lord Capulet to seek Juliet's hand in marriage, and Capulet agrees to the wedding
  • Act 5: The resolution of the play, where Romeo and Juliet both die, believing the other to be dead, and their families agree a truce

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