Romeo & Juliet
Act one, Scene one
1. Who is fighting at the beginning of the first scene?
* The servants of both houses (Montagues and Capulets)
2. Benvolio and Montague describe the way Romeo has been acting. What do they have to say about him? * Romeo has been depressed and has been in the dark
It takes place in Verona in a public place. Sampson and Gregory of house Capulet aremed with swords and bucklers. It is not long before they see Abraham and Balthasar and make a plan to anger them into starting a fight. Benvolio tries to get them to stop fighting, but Tybalt starts the fight anew. Soon several member of both houses jump into the fight as well as citizens of Verona. Capulet calls for his sword. Then Montague tells his wife to let him go so he can attack Capulet. The fight is then broken up by the Prince stating that if the Capulets and Montagues get into a fight again, those responsible will be put to death. Everyone departs the scene save for Montague, Lady Montague, and Benvolio. Monntague asks who started the fight and Benvolio blames Tybalt. Then they speak about Montagues son Romeo who is currently sulking. Benvolio says he will find out what is bothering Romeo who appears in the scene. Benvolio then moves to speak with Romeo. Benvolio learns that Romeo is saddened over the rejection of Rosaline. Benvolio tells Romeo the best way to get over a woman is to find another one. Romeo disagrees and states that he will never love another. Benvolio promises he can make it happen Glossary
1. importune beg persistently and urgently
BENVOLIO “Have you importuned him by any means?” 2.
transgression in making lovers suffer so
ROMEO “Why, such is love's transgression.”
“her store” Her store of wealth which consists of her beauty. She will leave no beauty behind her in her offspring.
ROMEO “That, when she dies, with beauty dies her store”
I am the assistance. Sampson and Gregory, servants of the house of Capulet, go out looking for trouble. . . . Sampson and Gregory almost pick a fight with Abraham and Balthasar, servants of the house of Montague. . . . Seeing a Capulet kinsman, Sampson and Gregory start to fight with Abraham and Balthasar. Benvolio tries to stop the fight, but Tybalt enters and attacks Benvolio. The citizens of Verona attack both the Capulets and Montagues. Capulet and Montague try to join the fight, but are restrained by their wives. . . . Prince Escalus stops the riot, threatens everyone with death, and takes Capulet with him, leaving Benvolio alone with Montague and Lady Montague. Lady Montague asks where Romeo is, and Benvolio answers that he was up before dawn, wandering in the woods. The Montagues say that Romeo is afflicted with strange sorrows, and Benvolio offers to find out what's wrong with him. . . . Seeing Romeo coming, Montague and Lady Montague leave Benvolio alone to speak with their son. Benvolio soon discovers that Romeo's problem is that he loves a woman who doesn't return his love. Benvolio tries to get Romeo to say who it is he loves, but Romeo won't. Benvolio also tries to get Romeo to solve his problem by looking for another woman, but Romeo seems determined to love and suffer.
Act one, Scene two
1. Why does Capulet think it will be easy for Montague and him to keep the peace? -
Because they would both not want the penalty of death.
2. What do Romeo and Benvolio decide to do
Go to the party.
It takes place in a street. Capulet and Paris enter speaking about Paris's desire to marry Capulet's daughter Juliet. Capulet says that Paris may marry Juliet but he must first win her heart. He then invites Paris to a dinner party he is throwing that night. At the end of the conversation Capulet hands his servant a piece of paper with names on it and tasks the man to find...
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