Mrs. Schaeffer/ Mrs. Lavie
English 9 Period 1
11 November 2012
Summary of Act I of “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet”
In Scene I, Samson and Gregory are saying how much they hate the Montagues. When they see the Montagues-Abram and Balthasar, Sampson bites his thumb at them, and him and Abram begin to fight. Benvolio and Tybalt enter, and they fight. Later an Officer, Citizens, Capulet, Lady Capulet, Montague, Lady Montague, and following Prince Escalus enter. The Prince announces that they have fought in these streets three times, and if they do it again someone will be killed. He also says for Capulet to go with him, and Montague will talk with him later. Montague, Benvolio, and Lady Montague converse about Romeo, and Benvolio says that he has seen Romeo taking an early morning walk, but when he tried to get his attention Romeo shunned him. Montague replies, saying he has saw Romeo there many times before, and he also has been locking himself in his room and shuts the windows. Romeo enters, and Benvolio wants to speak with him alone, so Montague and Lady Montague leave. Benvolio talks to Romeo, and figures out he has been sad and depressed because he loves someone, but she doesn’t love him back; and she is going to be a nun. Scene II starts with Capulet, Count Paris, and his servant. Paris says that he wants to marry Juliet, and Capulet replies charm her, and make her love you; Capulet is going to throw a party, so he tells his servant to go around Verona to find people on that list to invite them to his house tonight. The servant cannot read, so he bumps into Romeo and Benvolio to ask them to read the list. Romeo reads the letter, and the servant also invites them to the party. Romeo thinks it’s perfect so he can see the woman he loves. Scene III starts with Lady Capulet, the Nurse. Lady Capulet tells the nurse to call for Juliet. Lady Capulet wants Juliet to marry Count Paris, but the nurse thinks she is too young. Yet the nurse does think...