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BC: The End | By: Amy Rust

FC: Romeo and Juliet

1: Prologue

2: 1.What things are introduced during the first prologue? Why do you think Shakespeare chose to tell us what he did in the prologue? (OBJ 1 & OBJ 2) | Some things that are introduced in the first prologue is the state of relationship between the two families; although it doesn’t state why they are fighting, it says of the city this story is taking place and some of the characters and what happens to them in the end as some sort of a foreshadowing. | 3.Choose three words or phrases that you encountered in the prologue that seemed confusing or difficult. Explain what they mean. (OBJ 4 & OBJ 5) | 3.a) From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life; A) Basically this means that of these two households of foes two children were born that fell in love despite their families hating each other. | 3.b) Whose misadventured piteous overthrows They fail to convince their parents to give up the feuding even by marrying (misadventured piteous overthrows) but only in their death do they succeed

3: 2.Setting doesn’t just include the location. It also includes the time, the circumstances of the characters the social structure, and many other issues. Summarize the setting of this story as outlines by the prologue. (OBJ 3) | The setting of the story takes place in the city of Verona. The main characters throughout this whole story are said to have a fateful end. They are in love even though they are supposed to be sworn enemies. It describes the feuds between these two families; not why they are fighting but the fact that they are fighting. It also states that normal civilians are involved in this feud just because they work for these families although they are not related to them whatsoever. So the feuds go on to affect all the people. | 3. c)What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend We shall work to show you what happened in the story.

4: Act 1 | Scene 1 | What does the fight between the servants tell us about the feud in Romeo and Juliet? | The fight between the servants tell us this fight has brainwashed the whole city right down the servants. This feud is very powerful and even people that aren’t related are fighting because of the feuds. The servants think that just because their masters are fighting that they obviously have a reason to fight as well. | What does it mean to “take the wall”? | To “take the wall” it means to take the outside of the street because it is the safest place to be because back in those days their streets were shaped like a v shape with a gutter in the middle. They did this because they used to throw their chamber pots into the streets so by taking the wall you are lessening your chance of getting covered with human waste.

5: Scene 1 | What is wrong with “biting your thumb” at someone. | Biting your thumb at someone is the equivalent of fingering them. Back in those days it was the biggest act of disrespect that there was. | What kind of character is Benvolio? How is he antithetical to Tybalt? | Benvolio is very ready to give information about someone even though he comes off as being a bit of a tattle tale. He is opposite to Tybalt because he wanted to stop and fighting and keep the peace but Tybalt says he hates the word peace and that he loves to fight.

6: What is the punishment for fighting on the streets as decided by the Prince? How is that ironic? | According to the Prince if you were fighting on the streets you are threatened by death and it is ironic because he is trying to keep people from killing people by killing them. | Why does it bother the Prince so much that there is civil unrest in Verona? | The fact that there is never peace in Verona bothers the prince because for him it is a personal insult to him because since he is the ruler he feels it is reflecting badly on him and how he rules his city state.

7: What is your first impression of Romeo? Why is he acting that way he is? How does this set up Romeo for the rest of the play? | My first impression of Romeo is a wimpy, hormonal teenage boy that is severely depressed because the woman he loves is not even aware of his existence. He is acting in that way because he feels love is betraying him and love can be both beautiful and painful. In his case his love is causing him pain! We can also understand that he is shallow because he likes a girl for her looks and nothing for her personality. This sets him up because as soon as he sees Juliet we know that he will fall in love with her and that he will go to extreme’s in order to get her.

8: Act 1 Scene 2

9: Who is Paris? | He is an old rich guy that wants to marry Juliet. He is supposedly very handsome beneath all his wrinkles.

10: In this scene, what impression do we get of Lord Capulet? How does he feel about Juliet and Marriage? | In this scene Lord Capulet is shown as a very loving caring father that wants only what is best for his daughter. He wants her to wait two more summers before he is going to marry her off, and he wants her to actually be in love with the man she marries instead of forcing her onto someone she doesn’t like. | How much power does Juliet have over her own life? What Evidence do we see of this? I feel that Juliet does not have much power over her own life because she kind of does whatever her parents tell her to do and she is very obeying and so if they wanted to marry her off she wouldn’t fight against it.

11: How does Peter, provide comic relief in this scene? Peter is providing comic relief because he is seen as very illiterate and we see him as very high strung and he is always freaking out about everything. He was upset with Lord Capulet because they gave him a list for people for the party and he was ranting about how you do not give a servant a list to read so then that causes him to run into Romeo and he unwittingly gives Romeo the idea to come to the party in the first place. | Why does Romeo decide to crash the Capulet party? Does Shakespeare provide any foreshadowing of future events? Romeo decides to crash the Capulet party because he reads Rosaline’s name on the guest list for the party and he therefore wants to see her again. I think Shakespeare does provide foreshadowing because we know that Romeo falls for girls because of their looks and we also heard that Juliet is really beautiful so it is already giving us the impression that something is going to happen.

12: Act 1 Scene 3 | Describe the Nurse. The Nurse character is Juliet’s nurse and took care of her for almost all of her life. She is fairly old and likes to make many dirty, rude remarks. She thinks dirty and just acts in that way. She only has four teeth and she made a remark as to how she lost her virginity at age 12. Also when she was weaning Juliet she used wormwood

13: How does Juliet feel about marriage? How does she feel about Paris? When Juliet’s mother asker her opinion on marriage she said that she feels it is an honor but that she doesn’t want it yet just for her mother’s pleasure but in reality she was meaning honor in a sarcastic way. She feels that Paris is way too old for her and she isn’t ready to be married off to some old man that she doesn’t even love.

14: Act 1 Scene 4 | What are the boys about to do in this scene? The boys in this scene are about to go to crash the Capulet’s party. They have big torches and they are wearing flashy masks but Romeo is still being depressed and Mercutio is trying to tell him to cheer up and act like a normal teenager. | Why does Romeo feel jumpy? Romeo feels jumpy because he had a bad dream that he thought foretold of his own death. And ironically he was actually right about it leading up to his own death.

15: Describe the type of person Mercutio is? Use clues from his behavior and his speech. Mercutio is very long winded (once he gets talking it is hard to get him to stop), he isn’t very serious and kind of goofy. Also he might possibly be gay. He is very much a party boy and is related to the prince and so because of his societal status he can get into any party he wants and he doesn’t want there to be fighting he would rather there be peace between the families.

16: Act 1 Scene 5

17: 1.Why did Shakespeare include the scene with the servants (Two main reasons) This is kind of like a 5 – 10 minute scene for the actors to go backstage and get their party clothes and masks on for the party, it is a down scene. The servant scene also helps to provide some comical relief.

18: 2.What is ironic about Romeo’s entrance to the party? We would think that as soon as Romeo walks into the party he would be-line for Rosaline but ironically after he has been moping and groping and professing his love for Rosaline; he walks in and he immediately see’s Juliet. And suddenly he forgets about Rosaline and is now in love with Juliet because of her beauty.

19: 3.What happens when Tybalt hears Romeo’s Voice? When Tybalt sees Romeo he is upset because Romeo was not invited and he hates Romeo. He then asks his Servant to go fetch his sword but then Capulet stops him and says Romeo has done nothing wrong and you are not going to ruin my party by starting a fight.

20: 4.How does Romeo convince Juliet to kiss him so quickly? Romeo convinces Juliet to kiss him so quickly because he is playing a mind game with her and gets her confused and then he resorts to cheesy flattery and he would like to hold them and kiss them. She replies with the fact that a handshake is like a kiss. He then grabs her and kisses her twice without asking her permission first. He is trying to trick her with mind games and flattery.

21: 5.What foreshadowing do we get at the end of Act 1 Scene 5? There is a small clue that Tybalt is going to get revenge from Romeo for coming and crashing the party. Also Juliet is making hints of marrying him and she says “if he is my grave is likely to be my wedding bed.” She is making reference that she wants to marry him and also there is some death foreshadowing.

22: Act 2

23: Scene 1 and 2

24: 1.Where do Mercutio and Benvolio believe Romeo is hiding? Mercutio and Benvolio think that Romeo is hiding in the Meddler tree’s with Rosaline and doing things inappropriate to say on paper. Mercutio makes references to how the fruit of the Meddler tree has fruits shaped or thought to look like parts on people. | 2.What is Romeo actually doing? Romeo is actually sitting underneath of Juliet’s balcony spying on her and being a bit of a stalker. She is sitting on her balcony talking about her love for Romeo and he just happens to be sitting there listening.

25: 3.What things does Romeo compare Juliet to? Romeo compares Juliet to the… envious moon, the eastern sun, and the shining stars in the night sky. Also he compares himself as a sailor and her as the merchandise to be found.

26: 4.More Irony: Why does Shakespeare make Mercutio and Benvolio talk about ‘physical love’ in the scene right before the balcony scene, where Romeo and Juliet talk about emotional love? Mercutio believes love is more the physical and not getting into it as much and letting your feelings get a hold of you as with the Balcony scene Romeo and Juliet are talking about Emotional love. Romeo and Juliet spend hours expressing their true love for each other, talking about their assets and how much they feel they are meant for each other. Romeo says he would die for Juliet at this point because he loves her so much. They need this scene to show that Romeo isn’t as shallow as we may of thought and that he wants to be with Juliet for many respectable reasons.

27: 5.A famous line from this scene is “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” What does this mean? This basically means that it doesn’t matter what your name is because that doesn’t make you who you are. It matters who you are on the inside; because if you change your name it doesn’t change the type of person you are on the inside.

28: 6.What does Romeo swear his love by? Why does Juliet not like this? Romeo swears his love by the moon but Juliet doesn’t want him to swear his love by this because the moon goes by different phases and it is always changing and she wants his love to be steady and constant instead of changing and being unsteady.

29: 7.Who Proposes? What is the plan? Romeo proposes to Juliet but the whole time they were talking Juliet dropped hints about marriage and made him think it was his idea to be married. The plan is that if Romeo’s intentions are marriage to go to the Friar and ask him to wed them tomorrow. If all goes well Romeo is to send a messenger to Juliet to tell her the time of day.

30: Act 2 Scene 3 | 1.What does Romeo go do immediately after leaving Juliet? Immediately after leaving Juliet, Romeo goes to Friar Lawrence and asks him to marry them. | 2.What does Friar Lawrence think about Romeo’s sudden change in love interests? Friar Lawrence thinks Romeo is a bit crazy for going from one lover to another. He thinks he is somewhat indecisive and should make up his mind and that Romeo should really decide what he wants and stick with it instead of changing his mind every two seconds.

31: 3.What does Friar Lawrence think of Romeo’s suggestion? Why does he agree to help? Friar Lawrence thinks that Romeo’s suggestion he has to be 100 % sure of because this is a really big decision and he doesn’t want Romeo to go through with this and change his mind and end up hurting Juliet badly. He agrees to help because he eventually feels Romeo is sincere about this and for once in his life he has made the right decision.

32: Act 2 Scene 4 | 1.What has happened as a result of the party crashing? As a result of the party crashing Romeo has found his one true love. He has | 2.What does Mercutio call Tybalt and why? Mercutio calls Tybalt the Prince of cats. He calls him this because Romeo fights very much by the book and he doesn’t do anything underhand and or dirty...so he fights fairly and does things properly.

33: 3.Why is Mercutio so crude when describing Romeo’s night? Mercutio is so crude when describing Romeo’s night because Mercutio thinks that Romeo was with Rosaline doing bad things and so he was very crude in describing what he thought Romeo and Rosaline were doing. | 4.How does Mercutio treat the Nurse? Mercutio does not treat the Nurse with as much respect as you should give a lady but I suspect he treated her so rudely because he is higher up in status than her and he feels he has a right to talk to her lowly. He doesn’t treat her very well and speaks of her in rude ways.

34: 5.What is interesting about the way the Nurse and Peter speak to another? (Hint: look at the style of the writing). Nurse and Peter do not speak to one another in Iambic pentameter and so this shows that they are not very high on social status and that they are not very educated. | 6.What do the Nurse and Romeo decide to do regarding the marriage? Nurse and Romeo decide to host the secret wedding in about an hour and Nurse has to inform Juliet to come to the church. Afterwards Nurse has to send someone to throw a rope ladder over the wall so that Romeo can climb over the wall and into Juliet’s room.

35: Hello moto | 7.What is the mood of the scene? The mood of this scene is somewhat happy and excitable because everyone is joking around about where Romeo was. Romeo is happy for once and it is also a bit secretive because Romeo and the nurse and keeping things from everyone else.

36: Act 2 Scene 5 | 1.What happens in this scene In this scene Juliet is very impatiently waiting for the nurse to come back and bring her the news of Romeo’s response. When the nurse arrives she is purposely tormenting Juliet by not giving her the answer right away and is making her wait and suffer. Eventually after a long time she tells her the simple news.

37: 2.Why does the Nurse torture Juliet the way she does? The nurse is torturing Juliet in that way because the nurse likes to be the center of attention and so then she wants to drag it out and keep the attention on her for as long as possible.

38: Act 2 Scene 6 | 1.Analyze Friar Lawrence’s speech to Romeo – not the really a bubble, pre wedding type speech , is it? Friar Lawrence’s speech isn’t very bubbly it more less sounds quite dark. Romeo says something about how much he loves her and how he couldn’t love another person as much as he loves Juliet and then the Friar just goes and shoots him down saying things like love burns out quickly, and if you love to much it will give you a bad taste as if you have ate to much honey .

39: 2.What happens in this scene? In this scene Romeo and Friar Lawrence are awaiting Juliet’s arrival so that they can get married. The friar doesn’t give a normal wedding speech but rather a dark and depressing type speech. This scene is quite short but quite important.At the end of the scene the Friar makes a statement that he cannot leave Romeo and Juliet alone until they are married. Friar Lawrence warns Romeo to not love to much and don’t love to little.

40: Act 3 Scene 1 | 1.What happens between Tybalt and Mercutio? Tybalt and Mercutio got into a sword fight because Romeo was all happy and saying how much he loved Tybalt and this just ticked Mercutio right off and therefore they started to fight. Also it was really hot out and so they were in a fighting mood.

41: 2.What does Romeo do in retaliation? Romeo in retaliation (revenge) kills Tybalt to get back at him for killing his best friend Mercutio. | 3.How have Romeo’s own choices led to his downfall? Romeo’s own choices have led to his downfall because he choose to go after Tybalt and get revenge for the death of Mercutio and this causes him to get banished from Verona. This then leads to many other problems down the road. Also Romeo is much too impulsive and because he doesn’t think things through first this causes things to not work out as planned.

42: 4.What creates a tragic hero? A tragic hero is when the main character of the story repeatedly does things that cause their own downfall that they can blame on no one but themselves.

43: 5.What is Romeo’s fatal flaw? Romeo’s fatal flaw is that he is very impulsive and he doesn’t think things through before he does them. He falls in love with Rosaline, falls in love with Juliet, marries Juliet, kills Tybalt, and drinks poison all without thinking it through first.

44: 6.What happens after the fight between Romeo and Tybalt? After the fight between Romeo and Tybalt; Tybalt is obviously dead and Romeo then fled the scene to protect himself from getting executed. Once the Prince, the Capulet’s, and the Montague’s show up Benvolio is eagerly telling everyone what happened and the Prince chooses to ban Romeo from Verona rather than executing him.

45: 7.How is this the turning point in the story? This scene is the turning point in the story because as a result of Romeo killing Tybalt and getting banned from Verona this causes all the other problems that happen later on. Because Romeo gets banned and then that makes Juliet fake her own death. This would have worked but then the friar didn’t get to Romeo in time to tell him that Juliet was faking her death and then when Romeo comes to get her he thinks that she is actually dead. But really Juliet is just sleeping and when she wakes up she finds Romeo dead by poison and so she then kills herself.

46: Act 3 Scene 2 | 1.What is the confusion in the scene? The confusion in this scene that the Nurse is talking about how Tybalt died but she is making it sound like Romeo is actually the one who died. I am not sure if she is purposely doing this but it confuses Juliet and she starts freaking out because she thinks that her husband is dead. Once Nurse gets her story straight Juliet finds out it is actually Tybalt; her cousin, who is dead.

47: 2.List four examples of antithesis that Shakespeare uses in this scene. Why does he use antithesis here? Some examples of antithesis in this scene are when Juliet is saying… a.)“o serpent heart hid with a flowering face!” b.)“Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?” c.)“Wolvish-ravening lamb!” d.)“An honorable villain!” I think Shakespeare uses antithesis in this scene because Juliet is mad at Romeo but she can’t help but to forgive him. She may be saying bad things about him but at the same time she couldn’t ever be mad at him. | 3.What does Juliet feel about what Romeo has done Juliet feels that Romeo is a beast and she couldn’t understand why such a hideous soul has been hidden in such a beautiful body. At first she is extremely upset at Romeo but then Nurse goes on to say something bad about Romeo. She just is upset because she can’t understand why someone as nice and beautiful as him would do something so cruel and lowly.

48: 4.How does Juliet react when the Nurse scolds Romeo? What did this say about Juliet’s view on her marriage? As soon as Nurse said those mean words about Romeo; Juliet jumps out and defends her husband. It seems like only she is allowed to say mean things about her husband and no one else is allowed to say those things. She forgives him because they love each other. This says that Juliet thinks that since Romeo is her husband she can say what she wants about him but she won’t accept it when other people bad talk her husband. I think she just wants to protect him.

49: 5.What does the Nurse decide to do? To get Juliet to stop whining the Nurse decides to go and see if she can find Romeo for Juliet so that they can spend the night together. Nurse has a bit of an idea where Romeo is but she can’t guarantee anything. She only offers to go find Romeo so that Juliet will be quiet and quit saying unpractical things.

50: Act 3 Scene 3 | 1.What is the relationship between Romeo and Friar Lawrence? The relationship between Romeo and Friar Lawrence is it seems to me that Friar Lawrence plays somewhat of a father figure in Romeo’s life. They have a father/son kind of relationship going on. Some evidence that we have of this is Romeo is always going to the Friar for advice or just as someone to talk to.

51: 2.How does Romeo show that he is still foolhardy and willing to put emotion before logic? Romeo show’s that he is still foolhardy by saying how he would rather die than be banished. He thinks that being alive and not being able to see Juliet would be worse than actually being dead. It is more logical to stay alive because then he might actually have a chance to see her again, but being dead is dead and you can’t come back alive after you have died. This goes to show Romeo is not thinking or being logical.

52: 3.What is the Friar’s suggestion to make things right? The Friar’s suggestion to make things right is that Romeo should go and spend the night with Juliet. The friar then suggests that Romeo would have to leave Juliet’s house before the morning guards make their rounds or else he would get caught. Romeo has to go to a neighboring city and the Friar promises to send people to him to keep him caught up on news from Verona.

53: 4.How does this scene end? This scene ends with Romeo skipping out of the abbey happy because he gets to spend his wedding night with Juliet. He is happy because then he won’t have to leave till the morning and therefore has more time with his new wife.

54: Act 3 Scene 4 | 1.What has been decided regarding Juliet’s fate in this scene? Juliet’s fate in this scene has been decided by her father. He has decided that she has to marry Paris and she doesn’t have a say in it. She doesn’t want to and when she tries to talk to him about it they get into a huge argument. The nurse and her mother think that Juliet should just marry Paris anyways because he is a good man, with good status and Juliet agrees but secretly she isn’t going to.

55: 2.What was Capulet’s only concern about this? What does this tell us about his relationship with his daughter? Capulet’s only concern about the marriage was the date on when to have it. He is also concerned about how big of a party to have. He doesn’t want to have the marriage to soon, and he thinks that if he has to big of a party that people will believe he is not mourning Tybalt’s death for long enough. This causes him stress and it shows that he doesn’t have a very good relationship with his daughter. He wants’ what is best for him and not what is good for her.

56: Act 3 Scene 5 | 1.What is the significance about “larks” and “nightingales” in this scene? The significance of “larks” and “nightingales” in this scene is that “larks” sing in the morning and “nightingales at night.” So when Romeo hears a bird singing he thinks it is the lark but then Juliet goes on to say something like “no it’s just the nightingale you can stay longer.” Romeo wants to stay with her but at the same time he doesn’t want to get killed by the morning patrol. They kind of have a bit of an argument about whether it is the “lark” or the “Nightingale.” Romeo says how if he leaves to late in the morning he will get killed then once Juliet hears that she is practically pushing him out of the window.

57: 2.What super obvious foreshadowing does Shakespeare give us as Romeo leaves? Some super obvious foreshadowing at the end of this scene when Romeo is at the bottom of the balcony and they tell each other how pale and corpse like they look. Juliet says how she just has such a bad feeling that they won’t see each other again, and Romeo says well you just look so pail as if you are dead in a graveyard and so it definitely tells us and gives us the idea that they will die at the end of the play.

58: 3.How does Juliet react to her mother’s announcement? Juliet reacts with anger and frustration at her mother’s announcement. Her mother’s announcement was that she had to marry Count Paris. She doesn’t want to marry him but she doesn’t really have much of a choice according to her father. She reacts by saying that she would basically rather die than get married to him and that her wedding bed will be her grave bed.

59: 4.How does Capulet react to Juliet’s acceptance, or lack thereof? What is the ultimatum he gives her? Capulet reacts with anger to Juliet’s lack of acceptance. When Capulet finds out that Juliet still refuses to marry Paris, he starts to yell and says that she will not be allowed to live under his roof if she defies him. The ultimatum that Capulet gives Juliet is either marry Paris on Thursday, or get out of his house and live in the gutters. He then wouldn’t care if she lived or died!

60: 5.Quote one of the lines you feel PROVES Capulet is not the best father. Capulet says these words… “My fingers itch. – Wife, we scarce thought us blest That God had lent us but this only child, But now I see this one is one to much And that we have a curse in having her. Out on her, hilding!”

61: 6.What does Juliet tell the Nurse? Is this truth or a lie? What do you believe she will do? Juliet tells Nurse that she is going to “confession” but ultimately I think she is lying to the Nurse. Juliet is actually going to see Friar Lawrence; who is practiced in herbs, to get some sleeping pills or poison to kill herself or fool everyone into thinking she has died.

62: Act 4 Scene 1 | 1.Why is Paris at the church? What does he tell the Friar? Paris is at the church because he wanted to tell the Friar when Juliet and he are going to get married and he wants to tell the Friar the good news. He tells the Friar the wedding is planned for Thursday; to which the Friar replies saying it is a little so soon to be marrying her but then Paris insists that they are making the right decision. Paris thinks that if he marries Juliet it will make her feel better and she will forget her mourning for Tybalt, but actually she is sad because she has to marry Paris.

63: 2.How does Juliet use double entendres in this scene? Juliet uses a lot of double entendres in this scene, I feel she really likes to play with her words. Some of the things that she says are “that may be, sir, when I may be a wife.” So she is saying you cannot call me a wife until I am a wife; but she is a wife already. She also says “I will confess to you that I love him.” Which she means to say that she loves Romeo, and Paris takes it as that she loves him. | 3.How does Juliet mirror the actions of Romeo, who was in the very same place just the day before? Juliet is mirroring Romeo’s actions because the previous day Romeo was in the abbey with the Friar; pouring her heart out to him and Romeo is threatening to kill himself rather than be banished. Then the next day Juliet is saying the exact same thing; pouring her heart out to him and Juliet is threatening to kill herself rather than marry Paris.

64: 4.What are some things Juliet would rather do than marry Paris? Juliet said she would rather sit in a field full of poisonous snakes, get chained up with wild bears, hide every night in a morgue full of dead bodies with wet smelly rotting bodies, or climb down into a fresh grave and hide with a dead man in his tomb. She says all those things make her tremble but she would do them without fear or dread in order to be pure to her husband.

65: 5.Outline Friar Lawrence’s plan in detail, step-by-step. Friar Lawrence’s plan, he thinks will work to prevent Juliet from having to kill herself, or marry Paris. His plan is… 1.Take the vial of poison and make sure no one is in the room with her 2.Drink the poison; it will cause her body to grow cold, the rosiness will fade from her cheeks, her breathing will shallow, her heart will slow down, and she will look as dead as you can look without actually being dead. 3.They will bury her in the Family tomb 4.After 48 hours she will wake up like from a pleasant dream 5.Romeo will be waiting for her when she awakes in the tomb so that they can escape to Mantua together.

66: Act 4 Scene 2 | 1.Why is the servant man blathering on about cooks who lick their fingers? The servant man is blathering on about cooks who lick their fingers because if a cook wants to lick his own fingers it will mean that he is a good cook. If the cook refuses to lick his fingers than that means that he is a bad cook because he isn’t willing to eat his food so obviously it must taste bad.

67: 2.What is an unexpected result of Juliet telling her father she’ll marry Paris? When Juliet tells her father that she has decided to marry Paris she doesn’t expect him to move the wedding day. He moves it from Thursday to the next day which would have been Wednesday. She didn’t expect this to happen so her plan backfires slightly but it didn’t mess up her overall plan to badly.

68: Act 4 Scene 3 | 1.Juliet is unsure of taking the poison for a couple of reasons. Describe them. Some of the reasons that Juliet is scared to take the poison are…the friar might of mixed the poison to kill her, to be sure he isn’t unlawfully marrying her a second time. She is also scared that she will wake up before Romeo gets there and that she will go mad from being stuck in a tomb full of dead bodies. Lastly she is also scared that she will suffocate from lack of healthy air in the tombs.

69: 2.What thing does she imagine that finally convinces her to drink the potion? The last thing that she imagines that convinces her to drink the potion is she thinks of Romeo and how she has to do this in order to see her husband again. If she doesn’t go through with this plan she will be stuck married to Paris, while wondering if her first husband is still alive, or what has happened and if she will ever be able to see him again.

70: Act 4 Scene 4

71: 1.What is this scene all about? This scene is all about the preparation for the wedding. They are all rushing around, gathering things and preparing but then Juliet is still sleeping. They have been up all night preparing and they think Juliet is sleeping soundly dreaming of her wedding but really she has taken the potion and looks dead.

72: Act 4 Scene 5 | 1.How is death personified in this scene? Death is personified in this scene because Paris has missed his chance to marry Juliet and now Juliet is married to death because they think she died before having a chance to get married. Paris is very upset that his future wife had died but we still aren’t sure if he actually loves her or not.

73: 2.Are Juliet’s parents unconcerned by her death; or angry that they don’t get to marry her to Paris? Explain your answer. When Juliet’s parents found her dead, their initial reaction was of course immediate and overwhelming grief and they couldn’t believe that their only child was dead the day before her wedding. After the initial reaction I think her parents can’t really stop thinking about how Juliet won’t get married and how her status won’t increase, and truly they are worried about how they won’t be a part of Paris’s wealth and status anymore.

74: 3.What does the Friar tell the family to stop them from shouting out in grief? The Friar tells them that they should stop shouting because she is in a better place and that they should be happy for her. He also says that it is with heaven’s help that they had her and now heaven has her back. He wants them to stop shouting and grieve quietly and try to be happy for her. Friar Lawrence says that it is better to marry well and die young than to marry someone you don’t love for a long time.

75: 4.What is the reason for having the argument between Peter and the musician? The reason for the argument between Peter and the musician is that it gives them a chance to change the scene and to get Juliet from the bedroom to the burial site. This scene is basically time filler because it isn’t really that important to the plot of the story but it is important to being able to have scene changes and making it all flow properly.

76: Romeo and Juliet | Romeo and Juliet, By: William Shakespeare. The genre of this play is Romantic Tragedy. The plot of this play takes place over duration of 6 days. At the beginning of the play it introduces the characters and the setting of the story. It also introduced the families and their feuds and we get an idea of the problems between the two families; the Capulet’s and the Montague’s. We get an idea of the personality of the characters. After the introduction we reach the scene in the play where Romeo and Juliet meet each other at a party and they fall head over heels for each other. The party takes place on Sunday night and after they leave the party there is the famous Balcony scene. In this Balcony scene there is the famous line “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

77: After the party they continue to have an ‘affair’ of sort’s behind their parent’s back and they eventually get married by the Friar Lawrence on Monday Afternoon. On Tuesday morning Juliet has to say good bye to Romeo after he got banished for killing Tybalt; Juliet’s cousin, because Tybalt killed Mercutio; Romeo’s best friend. So after they are done saying goodbye Juliet is told she will have to get married to Paris. This upsets her greatly and so she has a huge fight with her father in whom he tells her to marry Paris, or else get kicked out of the house and live on the streets. She tells her father she will marry the Count Paris but then goes to the Friar to devise a plan to get out of this arranged marriage. The Friar gives her a sleeping potion that will make her appear to be dead but she will just be in a sleep for 48 hours.

78: Romeo was supposed to meet her at the tomb when she woke up from her sleep but the plan got slightly messed up along the way. Juliet takes the sleeping potion on Tuesday night after her father decides to move the wedding date from Thursday to Wednesday. On Wednesday morning the Count Paris and the musicians arrive for the wedding but find Juliet ‘dead’ and instead have to take her to the family tomb to be buried. On Thursday morning Romeo’s servant Balthasar visits him in the neighboring city; Mantua, and tells Romeo of Juliet’s death. The Friar Lawrence’s servant was supposed to send a letter to Romeo telling him of the plan but the letter didn’t make it to Romeo before Balthasar talked to Romeo.

79: So Romeo being the drama queen that he is automatically starts freaking out and buys some death potion from a poor apothecary. Romeo then takes the potion and goes to Juliet’s tomb where he is planning on killing himself. The Friar is rushing to the tomb to meet Romeo and tell him what is going on before Romeo does something stupid, but unfortunately Friar Lawrence doesn’t get there in time. By the time Friar Lawrence arrives at the tomb, Romeo had killed Count Paris, and Romeo was lying dead on Juliet, and Juliet was just waking up from her sleep. When Juliet woke up and realized that her husband was laying dead on her she takes his dagger and kills herself. So now we have 3 dead people and no one really knows what is going on. The Friar tries to plead his case and explain what is going on and that he had nothing to do with it. The unfortunate turn of events causes the Capulet’s and Montague’s to finally become friends.

80: The two best things about the play are that there were some comical moments and it wasn’t just seriousness the whole time. The second best thing about the play is that the plot has a way of drawing you in and somehow keeps you interested throughout the play. The two worst things about the play is that when I first saw the play I didn’t understand the language of it and so therefore it didn’t necessarily make sense to me. The second worst thing about the play is that the ending is very, very upsetting. It is kind of pathetic how they knew each other for only a few days and killed each other because of it; but who knows maybe that is what lust is all about…

81: My rating of the play on a scale of 1-5 is a 3. I choose this rating because this play is not a bad play; I just believe certain people will enjoy it better than others; just like with all things. One of the reason’s I didn’t rate this play higher is because it is really quite hard to understand and decipher the language used and convert it to modern English. The only way the play made sense to me was when we went through it sentence by sentence, dissecting it and converting it to more modern terms. Overall the story-line of the play was good and was very well thought out. I just didn’t like that they both had to die in the end but I can understand that it must have been the only way to end the play. Overall I would recommend to watch this play just to experience something new and you never know if you will like it or not .

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