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Romeo and Juliet

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BC: The End

FC: Romeo & 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? The things that are first introduced in the prologue are the social ranking and social economical status of both families. The prologue does not mention the names of the families or the reason of why they have hated each other over generations. The prologue hints that new fights are about to break out, and that many of the fights are fought between civilians. The equal families both produce a stricken lover for that of the other family. Yet because of the families hatred for each other, the two-star stricken lovers must convince their parents of their love. But only to the death of the offspring’s, do they succeed to convince their parents to solve their long going hatred, over the death of their children. I think that he chose to tell us all of this, because Shakespeare wants us to take in every detail, by telling the fate of the story Shakespeare is giving us the background. For without it, we wouldn’t be able to understand why the events occur.

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 setting of this story as outlined by the prologue. From the clues in the start of the prologue, we are educated that the setting takes place in a place very beautiful, otherwise known as fair Verona. Where two families struggle against one another, and are equal in power and wealth. Since Verona is a city state, it is self governed. By stating, “Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean” it brings us to believe that no government figures were taking part in the fight, for they are higher than the civilians.

4: 3.Choose three words or phrases that you encountered in the prologue that seemed confusing or difficult. Three words or phrases that I encountered to be confusing or difficult to understand were: “Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.” – Civil is another word for civilians, by mentioning that the civilians fought and drew blood, it states that ordinary people in the city broke out in fight against one another upon the city streets. “Whose misadventured piteous overthrows” –By saying misadventured it means that their plans were not worked out, piteous means that they did not try as hard as they could have, and overthrows sums up that their failure to convince their parents to stop their ongoing feud, could only be stopped by the death of their children. “What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend” If you don’t listen carefully, and if you choose not to pay attention, then you may miss many points of the story. But the actors of the play, shall try their hardest to make the scenes of the play understandable for all that view.

5: Act 1, Scene 1

6: 1. What does the fight between the servants tell us about the feud in Romeo and Juliet? The fight between the servants tells us that there is no peace able to be found in Verona, and even though many of the servants and civilians in the city of Verona are not related to the Capulet’s or the Montague’s, they continue to work up the feud, simply because of what others are portraying. Since the Montague’s and the Capulet’s are both equal in power and social status, they also have the power to somewhat brain wash others into fighting for no apparent reason.

7: 2. What does it mean to take the wall’? | By taking the wall, it means that you are protecting yourself from getting human waste dumped upon you. In the city of Verona, the streets are shaped in V’s, slanting toward the middle, with the higher side against the wall. There is a gutter in the middle of the street, where the matter drains to. Since the play of Romeo and Juliet was created back in the 1600’s, running water was not available in the settlements of the people of the city. So in order to get rid of their waste, they threw it out the windows and let it drain into the centre of the streets. So if you were smart, you would want to take the wall..

8: 3. What is wrong with “biting your thumb” at someone? “Biting your thumb” at someone back in the time of this play, was portrayed as now days flipping the bird or “fingering” someone. It is the old version of flipping someone off, or showing bringing up your middle finger. 4. What kind of character is Benvolio? How is he antithetical to Tybalt? Benvolio is a very peaceful character, he is very open and honest, and likes to give answers to all of the unanswered questions. Yet at some times this comes across as telling on others and their mistakes. Benvolio just wants there to be peace between the Capulet’s and the Montague’s, and wants the feud to end. Tybalt is antithetical to Benvolio because unlike Benvolio, Tybalt hates the word ‘peace’ and is always the first one to step up to the fight, no matter what the circumstances. Tybalt is more of the violent type and declares that he hates peace and even the word makes him cringe.

9: 5. What is the punishment for fighting on the streets as decreed by the Prince? How is that ironic? | The Prince declares that the punishment for fighting on the streets would be a death, if there was to be any more fighting between the civilians, the Prince would have it seen to that you were killed. This is ironic, because the civilians were fighting, which could end up in death, so the Prince decided that they only way to stop the fights would be to kill those who did the act of it.

10: 6. Why does it bother the Prince so much that there is civil unrest in Verona? The civil unrest in Verona bothers the Prince so much because the Prince wants peace in the city of Verona. Yet the civilians cannot understand that and keep up their fighting and violent acts, the Prince finds this insulting. Since the Prince isn't one for fighting and war, it is a problem becuase by the civillians fighting, it is going against his orders, this showing the Prince that he doesnt hold much control or power.

11: 7. What is your first impression of Romeo? Why is he acting the way he is? How does this set up Romeo for the rest of the play? My first impression of Romeo is that he is a wimp, very shallow, and falls for girls because of their beauty. Romeo has a personality like this because he is love sick with Rosaline, and even though she has taken a vow to be a nun, he still is chasing after her, even when she shows no interest. This kind of behavior is setting Romeo up to be a shallow guy, who looks for intense relationships with girls that he has only just met or seen of their beauty.

12: Act 1, Scene 2

13: 1.Who is Paris? Paris is a rich count, who is quite a bit older than Juliet, but yet he wants to marry her. According to the Nurse, Paris is looking for a cover for his book, and seeks Juliet as the perfect one. | 2.In this scene, what impression de we get of Lord Capulet? How does he feel about Juliet and marriage? In this scene, we see Lord Capulet as a very caring father; he is worried about Juliet and her feelings about the marriage. Lord Capulet thinks Juliet is a little too young, and would like Paris to wait two more years, not marry until she is sixteen. Lord Capulet also wants Juliet to be in love with the man she marries, in other words he doesn’t want to force her into marrying someone that she doesn’t have strong feelings for.

14: 3.How much power does Juliet have over her own life? What evidence do we see of this? Juliet does not have very much power over her own life, she is expected to do what she is told, to think that Paris is attractive according to her mother, and Juliet also is in an arranged marriage. If she did have power over her life, I think that she would have laid down the rule that she did not want to marry Paris, simply that she was too young and did not love him.

15: 4.How does Peter, the Capulet servant, provide comic relief in this scene? Peter, one of the Capulet servants, has a very high strung personality, constantly having un-called for rants and raves. Since Peter is a servant, he does not have much education, this showing in his inability to read. Peter also displays word of the party to the Montague’s, stating that everyone is welcome except for those that have the Montague name.

16: 5.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 of the guest list. When Peter asks Romeo to help him read the guest list, Romeo skims over Rosaline’s name, and immediately decides that he must go to the Capulet feast. Shakespeare provides foreshadowing through Romeo’s shallow, looks only count, personality. We also see foreshadowing when Benvolio tells Romeo that he shall point out all of the ‘eye catching’ maidens at the Capulet’s party. Romeo however, thinks that this will not work, for he has one true love, her name being Rosaline.

17: Act 1, Scene 3

18: 1.How does Juliet feel about marriage? How does she feel about Paris? | Juliet does not want to marry, she feels that she is too young, and has not yet found her true love. She explains to her mother though, that marriage is an honor that she not yet dreams of, meaning to her mother, that it shall be an honor to marry Paris. Yet to herself that she Paris is simply not the man of her dreams. Juliet does not feel strongly about Paris, she is only willing to do what he parents tell her to. If her father tells her that she must marry Paris, than she will do so to please him. Juliet may think that Paris doesn’t lover her truly for her, yet just for her families’ wealth, name, and social standing in society. Juliet thinks that Paris not the most beautiful flower, and that if she must look at him, she will.

19: 2.Describe the Nurse Character? | The nurse character is the lady who breast fed, weaned, and took care of Juliet in her young age. She was Juliet’s wet nurse, and acts as a nanny figure to her. The nurse is a very high strung, chatter box type of woman, and is never afraid to speak her mind. The nurse sees nothing wrong with Juliet marrying Paris, and tries to persuade Juliet into believing that Paris is a fine flower. The nurse has a sick sense of humor, likes to make crude jokes, and encourages falling back. The nurse lost her virginity shortly after the age of twelve, and got married at around the same age as Juliet is at the moment.

20: Act 1, Scene 4

21: 1)What are the boys about to do in this scene? In this scene, Romeo, Mercutio, and Benvolio are on their way to the Capulet’s masquerade party. Romeo thinks that they will get caught red handed entering in, but Benvolio and Mercutio insist upon it. The boys are about to crash the Capulet’s party, with their large torches to light their way. Benvolio and Mercutio are hoping that by dancing with all of the beautiful ladies at the ball, Romeo will forget of his heart wrenching love for Rosaline. | 2)Why does Romeo feel jumpy? Romeo feels jumpy because of the dream that he had had about coming to his death. His dream showed him that by the end of the night he would be dead, and that something terrible would happen.

22: Act 1, Scene 5

23: 1.Why did Shakespeare include the scene with the servants? Shakespeare needed to give the actors of the play, time to go and change in their outfits for the Capulet’s masquerade ball. This was the main reason, just to give time to the actors, and the second reason is to introduce the masquerade scene, and to give the audience comic relief. | 2.What is ironic about Romeo’s entrance to the party? The thing that was ironic was that when Romeo entered the Capulet’s party, you would think that he would bee-line straight towards Rosaline, the girl of his dreams and the girl that he announced his undying love for. Yet it was ironic, because immediately when Romeo entered the party, his eyes lay upon Juliet, and totally forgot about Rosaline.

24: 3.What happens when Tybalt hears Romeo’s voice? Since Romeo and Tybalt are enemies, separated by their family’s last names, when Tybalt hears Romeo’s voice at the Capulet’s party, Tybalt gets angered. Tybalt wants to start a fight and tells the servants to fetch his sword, but Lord Capulet will not let Tybalt fight. The fight between Tybalt and Romeo never does occur, this is because Lord Capulet states that Romeo did nothing wrong, and that there shall be no need for a fight during the party. | 4.How does Romeo convince Juliet to kiss him so quickly? Romeo is able to convince Juliet to kiss him so quickly by telling her that her hands are holy shrines, and that it would be his hope above all hopes to lay a kiss upon them. Yet Juliet tells him that just by holding hands, their palms pressing together, is like a kiss. Romeo basically plays mind games with Juliet, he goes through cheesy comparison and flattery, and then with no consent from Juliet, laid a kiss upon her lips.

25: 5.What foreshadowing do we get at the end of Act 1, Scene 5? The foreshadowing that we see at the end of this act is of how Romeo and Juliet will become a loving couple. Tybalt also would like to start up a fight with Romeo for entering into the Capulet’s party, and Juliet already is planning to marry Romeo, for even though they just met, she believes that he is the love of her life. Juliet is so strong-headed on marrying Romeo, that she says to her nurse, “If I do not marry Romeo, then my grave shall be my wedding bed.” This meaning that if she is not able to marry him, or if he already is married, than she shall die.

26: Act 2, Scene 1

27: 1.Where do Mercutio and Benvolio believe Romeo is hiding? Mercutio and Benvolio believe that Romeo is hiding in the bushes with fair Rosaline, doing dirty things. They believe that he is lying underneath a medlar tree, doing things that may have a pleasant affect on him. | 2.What is Romeo actually doing? Romeo is in fact hiding in the bushes, and can hear every word that comes out of Mercutio and Benvolio’s mouths. Yet Romeo is not hiding under a medlar tree, neither is anywhere’s near Rosaline. Little do Mercutio and Benvolio know, but Romeo has found a new love of his life. Thus being Juliet Capulet, Romeo is hiding below her balcony, debating whether he should tell her he is listening to every word she speaks, or keep in hiding.

28: 3.What things does Romeo compare Juliet to? Romeo compares Juliet’s eyes to the stars, the golden shinning sun in the eastern sky, and the envious moon. Romeo says that the brightness of her cheeks would outshine the stars, Romeo also wishes that he could be the glove placed upon Juliet’s hand, so that he could touch her fair cheek. He also compares Juliet to a fool that is sick and green, this is because she still has hold of her virginity.

29: Act 2, Scene 2

30: 4.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? Shakespeare makes Mercutio and Benvolio talk about how love is all physical, this is because he wants there to be irony that states that Romeo is in love with Juliet, not just for the physical part, but for his own love. Mercutio and Benvolio discuss where Romeo has gone, and they think that he went into the bush, and was doing dirty things with his love Rosaline. However this was not the case, Romeo was in fact, waiting under Juliet’s balcony, not with his old love Rosaline, who he has now totally forgotten. Benvolio and Mercutio talk about how love is all about having a good time, but Romeo believes that love is for the passion, Romeo has genuine love for Juliet. Having Mercutio’s speech sets us up in true light, to see just how much Romeo and Juliet care for each other. If we did not have Mercutio’s physical love speech, then we would be lead to believe that Romeo is just stating his love for Juliet only to get into her pants.

31: 5.A famous line from the scene is “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” What does this mean? This famous line means that if a rose was for say, called a tulip, we would still believe it to be a rose for its sweet smell. This line was set up to explain that even if Romeo Montague changed his name, this being so that he could marry Juliet, he would still be the same person on the inside, with the same feelings, and nothing would change about him. | 6.What does Romeo swear his love by? Why does Juliet not like this? Romeo swears his love by the moon, this Juliet does not like because in the morning the moon is replaced by the sun, meaning that it isn’t constant. Juliet wants his love to be constant and always there, therefore wanting him to swear it by a never ending object.

32: Act 2, Scene 3

33: 1.What does Romeo go do immediately after leaving Juliet? Romeo goes to meet Friar Lawrence; Romeo asks the Friar if he would be willing to marry Romeo and Juliet. | 2.What does Friar Lawrence think about Romeo’s sudden change in love interests? The Friar does not think that Romeo is in love with Juliet, for he believes that Romeo has not gotten over Rosaline yet. The Friar knows that Romeo is somewhat shallow and bases his love upon the looks of women, not what is on the inside. The Friar tells Romeo that Rosaline never loved him, and never gave him a chance; this is because she knew that Romeo never truly loved her. | 3.What does Friar Lawrence think of Romeo’s suggestion? Why does he agree to help? The Friar thinks that Romeo and Juliet’s interest in love, and their marriage, will help to end the feud between the Capulet’s and the Montague’s. The Friar would like peace, so he agrees to help marry off Juliet to Romeo.

34: Act 2, Scene 4

35: 1.What has happened as a result of the party crashing? Tybalt is still bitter and would like to fight Romeo, so he sends him a letter to the Montague house, saying that he would like to challenge Romeo to a duel. Romeo has not heard about the fight yet, but has the support of Mercutio and Benvolio, who already know about it. | 2.What does Mercutio call Tybalt and why? Mercutio says that Tybalt is more/better than the Prince of Cats. The Prince of Cats was a famous swordsman, who had mad skill and was called the fox back in the day. By Mercutio saying that Tybalt was better than the Prince of Cats, this means that Mercutio thinks that Tybalt is quite a deadly swordsman and fighter.

36: 3.Why is Mercutio so crude when he is describing Romeo’s night? Mercutio is so crude when he is describing Romeo’s night because Mercutio believes that love is a physical thing, that two lovers join together only to have the pleasure from physical love, and not for the passion that they may show one another. | 4.How does Mercutio treat the Nurse? Mercutio treats the Nurse crudely and with disrespect, he thinks that all women are a waste of time, and that they are nasty, vile humans. Mercutio is lead to believe the misunderstanding that the Nurse is trying to seduce Romeo, and that by saying that she would like to have a private moment with him, that she wants to do the dirty with Romeo, a much younger man.

37: 5.What is interesting about the way the Nurse and Peter speak to one another? The way that the Nurse and Peter talk is the same way as all of the other servants, the way that they speak is in full sentences, not in Iambic Pentameter. The language and the way that they speak are supposed to make them sound less knowledgeable and intelligent as those of the upper class. Shakespeare shows the smarts of the characters in the play through the way that they speak.

38: 6.What do the Nurse and Romeo decide to do regarding the marriage? The Nurse and Romeo decide to meet behind the church later that afternoon. The Nurse will bring Juliet so that Juliet and Romeo can get married. Romeo tells the Nurse that he will send Benvolio over with a ladder, setting it upon Juliet’s window, so that later that night Romeo could go and be with his wife. | 7.What is the mood of the scene? The mood of this scene is happy, this is because Romeo is finally happy again. Throughout the whole play we have seen Romeo as an unhappy love struck teenager, but after his secretive night with Juliet, Romeo has cheered up and is even responding back to Mercutio’s dirty jokes.

39: Act 2, Scene 5

40: 1) What happens in this scene? Juliet awaits the Nurse’s arrival from her meet with Romeo, but Juliet becomes very impatient for the Nurse is taking a long while. When finally the Nurse arrives, Juliet pesters her for what Romeo, Juliet’s love, has said about their marriage. The Nurse plays a quick little mind game with Juliet, making Juliet even more impatient, but then finally gives in and tells Juliet that yes Romeo would like to marry her. | 2) Why does the Nurse torture Juliet the way she does? The Nurse tortures Juliet because she is playing a little mind game with her, and instead of just answering the simple yes or no question, she goes off to say that Romeo is good looking, but that Juliet does not have the best eye in picking out her husband to be. I think that the Nurse tortures Juliet the way that she does because she likes to tease Juliet, but also I think that the Nurse is somewhat testing Juliet. The test is of how much Juliet truly loves Romeo, and by pestering the Nurse, it shows that she truly cares about what he wants, and that she actually loves him. This showing the Nurse that Juliet is ready to get married.

41: Act 2, Scene 6

42: What happens in this scene? In this scene, Romeo and Juliet go to the Friar to be married. The Friar gives Romeo a speech about not just moving on from Juliet, and to keep his love for her strong, so that she won’t just turn into another Rosaline. Romeo convinces the Friar that he truly loves Juliet, and so they are married.

43: Analyze Friar Lawrence’s speech to Romeo- not really a bubbly, pre-wedding type speech, is it? Friar Lawrence’s speech to Romeo about his marriage to Juliet is not that of a typical wedding speech. The Friar blesses the marriage, but doesn’t just leave it there, he goes on to say that he hopes that nothing unfortunate happens later in the marriage to make them all regret. In this line there is a hint of foreshadowing, because a scene incredible depressing and regretful occurs. The Friar tells them to love in moderation, so that their marriage will not blow up in their face. Most wedding speeches are supposed to be full of love and romance, compassion and happiness, but the Friar states basically the opposite, by saying that sudden joys have sudden endings and that happiness burns up.

44: Act 3, Scene 1

45: 1.What happens between Tybalt and Mercutio? Tybalt and Mercutio get into a fight; the fight starts because Tybalt had originally wanted revenge against Romeo for crashing the Capulet party. Yet since Romeo refused to fight Tybalt, Mercutio gladly jumped into the combat and fought against Tybalt. Romeo tries to break the battle up, but Tybalt maneuvers his sword around Romeo and stabs Mercutio in the heart. Only minutes later, Mercutio dies. | 2.What does Romeo do in retaliation? To pay revenge to Tybalt in retaliation, Romeo kills Tybalt.

46: 3.How have Romeo’s own choices led to his own downfall? Romeo has made many choices that contribute to his downfall. He impulsively fell in love with Rosaline. Yet when he showed up at the Capulet’s party he dropped all thoughts of her, and went for Juliet. He impulsively gets married to Juliet, the Capulet’s daughter. The Montague’s and the Capulet’s have been long time rivals, who hate each other with a passion. Romeo then goes onto impulsively kill Tybalt and soon after in the story, Romeo drinks poison which brings him to his own death. If Romeo were to have thought all of these ideas through, then chances are he wouldn’t have carried on with them, and he wouldn’t have brought himself to a down fall. If Romeo was not so impulsive, he would have been able to most likely save Mercutio and Tybalt (and not to mention Juliet’s life).

47: 4.What creates a tragic hero? Romeo is an example of a tragic hero; a tragic hero is the main character of a story that causes their own down fall in the story. The only person that Romeo can blame for his flaw is himself. Every tragic hero has a fatal flaw. | 5.What is Romeo’s fatal flaw? Romeo’s fatal flaw is that he is constantly falling in love without thinking it through, he constantly does things without looking at the bigger picture and how it will affect him later on. Romeo is impulsive and that shows to be his most fatal flaw.

48: 6.What happens after the fight between Romeo and Tybalt? After the fight between Romeo and Tybalt, Tybalt is brought to his death, Romeo must flee the scene so that he is not executed. Benvolio tells Romeo to go, for he does not want Romeo to be be-headed, and Benvolio stays back to later explain the crime scene. The Capulet’s, the Montague’s, and the Prince then enter the scene and question Benvolio. Since Benvolio is a major tattletale, he recites everything that had occurred at the fight that day. Mercutio and Tybalt are both dead at the scene and Lady Capulet goes ballistic over Tybalt’s death.

49: 7.How is this the turning point in the story? This is the turning point in the story because up until this point in the story, everything seems to be going according to Romeo’s plan. Romeo and Juliet have gotten married, they are happy together, are in love, and the only ones that know about the marriage, have sworn not to tell anyone. Then all of a sudden things turn for the worse. Romeo kills Juliet’s cousin Tybalt, this is because Tybalt had killed Mercutio. Since Romeo did this violent deed, he must face the consequences. So from this turning point on, the story goes downhill.

50: Act 3, Scene 2

51: 1.What is the confusion in this scene? The confusion in this scene is when the Nurse rambles on about the death of Tybalt. Yet she doesn’t say that it is Tybalt that has met his death, she makes it seem like Romeo is the one who has passed away. After hearing this, Juliet gets angered and disappointed because she is lead to believe that her husband was killed.

52: 2.List four examples of antithesis that Shakespeare uses in this scene. Why does he use antithesis here? Four examples of antithesis used in this scene are: When Juliet is comparing Romeo to: 1.A snake disguised as a flower 2.A raven with the feathers of a dove 3.He is a lamb who hunts like a wolf 4.He is a saint who should be damned I think that 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, and expressing her anger in words, but at the same time she couldn’t ever be mad at him.

53: 3.What does Juliet feel about what Romeo has done? Juliet feels upset about Romeo’s terrible actions; Juliet is also distressed and confused in how Romeo could take Tybalt’s life. Juliet wonders how such a hideous soul is hidden in such a handsome body. Juliet does not get angry at Romeo; she just gets confused, for Juliet loves him too much to stay mad at him. | 4.How does Juliet react when the Nurse scolds Romeo? What did this say about Juliet’s view on her marriage? When the Nurse agrees with Juliet and scolds Romeo for his bad actions, Juliet gets angry and mad at the Nurse even though Juliet was talking bad about Romeo a few moments before. Juliet’s view on her and Romeo’s marriage is that she has the right to talk bad about him and scold him for his impulsive actions because he is her husband. But Juliet believes that only she is allowed to speak bad about him, and others who do show little respect.

54: 5.What does the Nurse decide to do? The Nurse decides to go and retrieve Romeo from his said hiding spot. The Nurse makes her way to Friar Lawrence’s, only to find Romeo lying on the floor in depression, bawling like a baby. The Nurse explains to Romeo that he must come and see Juliet, for Juliet is broken, distressed, and extremely upset. The Nurse does this to ensure that Romeo and Juliet are able to meet on Juliet’s balcony that evening, so that they can say their final goodbye.

55: Act 3, Scene 3

56: 1.What is the relationship between Romeo and Friar Lawrence? The relationship between Romeo and Friar Lawrence is a strongly bonded friendship. The Friar almost acts as a father figure towards Romeo, and looks out for Romeo and his foolish actions. The Friar gives Romeo advice like a father, and is always trying to comfort him, this shows that they have a strong bond and that the Friar cares about Romeo a lot. | 2.How does Romeo show that he is still foolhardy and willing to put emotion before logic? Romeo shows that he is still foolhardy and willing to put emotion before logic by the Friar Lawrence to take his life. Romeo wants the Friar to kill him because he would rather meet his own death than being banished from Verona and cut off from seeing Juliet. Romeo should be grateful that the Prince decided to banish him, and not take his life.

57: 3.What is the Friar’s suggestion to make things right? To make things right, the Friar suggests that Romeo should go and spend the night with Juliet. He then suggests that Romeo leave Juliet’s before the morning guards make their rounds. The Friar also suggests that Romeo then make his way to another city, in order to keep his life. This will keep Romeo’s family, friends, and his wife happy. | 4.How does the scene end? This scene ends with Romeo skipping around happily because he gets to spend his wedding night with Juliet. Romeo plans to meet her at the balcony, and is ecstatic to see his wife just once more.

58: Act 3, Scene 4

59: 1.What has been decided regarding Juliet’s fate in this scene? Lord Capulet and Paris have decided that Juliet and Paris will have their wedding on Thursday. Lord Capulet decides that Wednesday is too soon to be celebrating after Tybalt’s death, but that Thursday morning will work out nicely. The fate of Juliet is not up to her anymore; she is being forced into marrying Paris, and has absolutely no say in the matter. Even though Juliet does not actually love him, and not to mention already has a husband, Lord Capulet is stern about the marriage and agrees upon Thursday. | 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 Paris and Juliet’s marriage is that the wedding must be held on Thursday because Wednesday would be too Tybalt’s death. Lord Capulet loves a good party, but decided that people would find it disrespectful if they held a wedding party only two days after the death of Tybalt, a cousin of the Capulet’s. This tells us that Capulet does not care about his daughters feeling and views, and will force her into marriage even if she disagrees.

60: Act 3, Scene 5

61: 1.What is the significance about ‘larks’ and ‘nightingales’ in this scene? The significance of larks and nightingales in this scene would be to determine whether it was morning or evening. Since the larks sing in the morn and the nightingales at night, Juliet disagreed with Romeo about the hour of the day that it was. Juliet didn’t want him to leave, so she told him that it was only the nightingales making their call. | 2.What super obvious foreshadowing does Shakespeare give us as Romeo leaves? Obvious foreshadowing that Shakespeare gives us in the early morning of Romeo’s exit is that they both stated that they looked pale. Thus implying the paleness of a dead person towards each other. This is major foreshadowing because the next time that they do reunite, they are in fact dead. As Romeo climbs down the ladder from Juliet’s balcony, she tells him that he looks like a corpse at the bottom of a tomb. Romeo replies by saying, “and trust me love, you look pale to me too. Sadness takes away our color.”

62: 3.How does Juliet react to her mother’s announcement? Lady Capulet’s announcement is that on Thursday Juliet will be married to Paris. Juliet replies in a calming manner, and tricks her mother with double meaning words once again. Juliet replies to her mother’s announcement by replying “And, when I do marry, I swear, it will be Romeo, whom you know I hate, rather than Paris.”

63: 4.How does Capulet react to Juliet’s acceptance, or lack thereof? What is the ultimatum he gives? Capulet is very disappointed with Juliet about her decision to marry Paris, and resorts to anger. Capulet get so angered that he states that his hand is itching to hit his daughter. If Juliet doesn’t marry Paris, Capulet threatens to kick her out of the house, and says he will ban her from the Capulet family. | 5.Quote one of the lines you feel proves Capulet is not the best father. Quoted from the text of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet: “Out, you green sickness, carrion! Out, you baggage! You tallow face!” This excerpt shows that Capulet is a harsh and uncaring father.

64: 6.What does Juliet tell the Nurse? Is it the truth or a lie? What do you believe she will do? Juliet tells the Nurse that she is heading over to Friar Lawrence’s cell to take part in confession. This is a major lie; Juliet is in fact going to the cell to get the fake poison that will make her seem dead. Juliet uses the excuse of confession every time that she needs to get away from the house without anyone knowing the real reason.

65: Act 4, Scene 1

66: 1.Why is Paris at the Church? What does he tell the Friar? Paris is at the Church to convince the Friar Lawrence to marry him and Juliet. The Friar tells Paris that he is moving too fast with Juliet, and that they should hold off the marriage for a while. Paris then explains to the Friar that they are having the wedding on Thursday to cheer Juliet up, since she has been very depressed over Tybalt’s death. Paris explains to the Friar that Juliet is crying an unhealthy amount and that the only way to cheer her up is by having the marriage on Thursday.

67: 2.How does Juliet use double entendres in this scene? Juliet uses double entendres in this scene to fool Paris into thinking that she likes him and that she is excited for the marriage. For example, she says that she loves ‘him’, but the ‘him’ not being Paris. | 3.How does Juliet mirror the actions of Romeo, who was in the very same place just the day before? Juliet mirrors the actions of Romeo by threatening to kill herself with a dagger and by lying on the floor in pure distress and sadness, with tears running down her cheeks. Romeo had done the exact same thing the day before, showing that they are both over emotional.

68: 4.What are some things Juliet would rather do than marry Paris? Things that Juliet would rather do are: -Jump off the battle posts of any tower -Walk down the crime-ridden streets of a slum -Sit in a field full of poisonous snakes -Be chained up with wild bears -Hidden every night in a morgue full of dead bodies with wet, smelly flesh and skulls without jawbones -Climb down into a freshly dug grave -Hide her with a dead man in his tomb Juliet will do all of these things without fear in order to be pure and loyal wife to her husband and sweet love Romeo.

69: 5.Outline Friar Lawrence’s plan in detail, step-by-step. The Friar tells Juliet to go home and pretend that she has decided to marry Paris, and that she is happy and over Tybalt’s death. Then on Wednesday night, Juliet must make sure she is alone in her bedroom; with not even the nurse by her side. Once in bed, Juliet is to drink from the vial Friar Lawrence gives her. The vial contains poison which will make Juliet appear to be dead. Meanwhile the Friar will send word to Romeo of their plan, and he and Friar Lawrence will wait with Juliet in the family tomb until she awakes. Then Romeo and Juliet will sneak off to live a secret life together in Mantua.

70: Act 4, Scene 2

71: 1.Why is the servant blathering on about cooks who lick their fingers? The servant in this scene blabs on about cooks who lick their fingers because he wants to get his point across. The servant says that cooks who lick their fingers make good food, this is because cooks that are willing to eat their own food, know that it must taste good. Cooks who choose not to lick their fingers, means that they make food that is not desirable to the tongue. The servant made a good point by saying this. | 2.What is an unexpected result of Juliet telling her father she’ll marry Paris? When Juliet gets back from Friar Lawrence’s cell, she pleads forgiveness to Lord Capulet and tells him that she will marry Paris. In doing this, Capulet decides to move the wedding date up to the next day.

72: Act 4, Scene 3

73: 1.Juliet is unsure of taking the poison for a couple of reasons. Describe them. When Juliet is alone in her room, on the night that she is supposed to drink the poison, she starts to worry and get cold feet about the plan. At first she thinks that Friar Lawrence may have actually made a deathly poison, so that she would meet her death for good. That way the Friar wouldn’t get in trouble for marrying Juliet when she was already in a marriage. Then Juliet remembers that the Friar is a holy man and would not try to harm her. She then starts to think about what would happen to her if she awakens in the tomb and Romeo is not there to save her. | 2.What things does she imagine that finally convinces her to drink the potion? Juliet imagines being alone in the dark, amidst her dead relatives, playing with their bones and eventually killing herself with them. Juliet imagines Romeo killing Tybalt with his sword, and then that leads her to the thought of just Romeo alone. So Juliet finally drinks the potion for Romeo.

74: Act 4, Scene 4

75: 1.What is this scene all about? This scene is all about the planning and preparation of Paris and Juliet’s marriage. The family and servants stay up all night preparing food, decorating the house, and organizing the plans for the wedding. This works well for Juliet, for while the Nurse and Lady Capulet are occupied downstairs, Juliet is left alone to drink the poison that Friar Lawrence provided her with. At the end of the scene, the Nurse is sent upstairs to awaken Juliet.

76: Act 4, Scene 5

77: 1.How is death personified in this scene? Death is personified in this scene because it is being compared to a man. Lord Capulet says to Paris in this scene, that “he has missed his chance to marry Juliet because Death has married her first.” Lord Capulet also compares Death to his son-in-law and the heir to his throne. Death is personified when Capulet compares Juliet’s death to a beautiful flower, killed by frost at the wrong time of the season.

78: 2.Are Juliet’s parents unconcerned about her death, or angry that they don’t get to marry her to Paris? Explain your answer. Juliet’s parents are both concerned and angered about her death. I don’t think that they are as concerned as most parents would be if their only child passed away, but they still show signs of sadness. I think that Lord Capulet is more so upset that the wedding plans have been ruined, and that the party will no longer be taking place. As for Lady Capulet, she seems somewhat distressed and more genuinely upset about her daughter’s death.

79: 3.What does the Friar tell the family to stop them from shouting out in grief? Friar Lawrence calms the Capulet household down by explaining to them that heaven helped them have Juliet, and that heaven also helped her out. The Friar attempts to lighten the mood by saying that Juliet would be happier in heaven, and that she is in a better place. He explains that they could not have saved her from dying, and that Juliet will have eternal life in heaven. | 4.What is the reason for having the argument between Peter and the musicians? The reason for having the argument between Peter and the musicians towards the end of the scene is so the audience has something to keep them entertained while the actors change scenes. In this case, Juliet is being carried across stage to the family tomb, if there was no other entertainment on stage, the audience would get bored of sitting in silence. Shakespeare wrote in the tiff between Peter and the musicians simply just to stall the play while the actors changed scenes.

80: Act 5, Scene 3 My Summary and Review

81: Romeo and Juliet By: William Shakespeare Genre: Romance, Tragedy Summarized by Jessie

82: In this play, two love struck teenagers fall madly in love with each other. However, their families have hated each other for centuries and therefore the teenagers are not able to be together. Juliet, the daughter of the Capulet’s, and Romeo the son of the Montague’s, fall for each other and decide to get married secretly. Juliet, however, has had her marriage already set up, she is to marry Paris, a man that she simply does not care for. On the day of Romeo and Juliet’s marriage, Romeo kills Tybalt, a close cousin of Juliet, and is banished from the city of Verona. Because of Romeo’s violent actions, he is forced to leave Juliet; Juliet takes this hard and goes to the Friar for help. Friar Lawrence provides Juliet with a sleeping poison which will make her appear dead. Juliet decides to consume the poison and is then rested in the Capulet’s family tomb along with her cousin Tybalt. The plan that Juliet and the Friar cooked up is that Juliet shall take the poison, be moved into the tomb, and Romeo shall sneak in and retrieve Juliet. This will allow Romeo and Juliet to live a secret life together in Mantua. The Friar writes up a letter to Romeo, explaining his part in the great plan, but when the letter arrives it is already too late!

83: Before Romeo receives the letter from Friar Lawrence, he is informed that Juliet has died. Romeo freaks out and without thought, purchases a deathly poison from Mantua’s apothecary. Romeo then travels to the tomb that Juliet is kept in, he finds her in her near-death state and takes the poison instantly after saying a few loving words to his dead wife. After consuming the poison, Romeo falls dead upon Juliet’s body; Juliet then awakes to the horrified sight of Romeo dead. Juliet cannot bear to live without the love of her life, so she takes her own life with the stab of a dagger. When the Montague’s and Capulet’s show up at the scene of their child’s death, they are sad and depressed and decide to end the feud. If only they would have ended it before it took their child’s lives.

84: I found that the two best things about this play would have to be the technique of writing that Shakespeare chose, and the personality of the Nurse character. Shakespeare’s way of showing the difference between the highly educated and uneducated/ servants was most interesting. If a character was of high ranking in society, or if they were highly educated they would speak in Iambic Pentameter/ rhyming. And characters of low ranking or if they were uneducated they would not even speak in full sentences. The Nurses character was that of a crude and very sexual old woman. The Nurse’s character added jokes and laughter to the play, and seemed to be a break from the seriousness.

85: I found that two of the worst things about this play would have to be the shallowness of Romeo and Juliet’s characters and the long speeches that are involved in the play. Romeo and Juliet is said to be a very romantic story, but there isn’t much romance involved. I didn’t like it how Romeo and Juliet fell in love after seeing each other once. I think that they may have gotten love and lust mixed up, and therefore they should be labeled as impulsive and shallow. Romeo fell in love with Juliet for her looks, is that really love? Juliet is the same as Romeo; she knew nothing about him other than his name. I find this aspect of the play Romeo and Juliet quite fake. As for the long speeches, I think that they drag on and lose interest in the reader, listener, or viewer. I would have enjoyed it a bit more if the characters said exactly what they meant and didn’t drag their sentences on and on. The long speeches seemed to loose the significance of what the character is trying to say, and therefore made the play more confusing and boring.

86: Recommendation: On a scale of 1-5, I would rate this play a 3.5. Most of the play was entertaining and I would suggest that people who like romance tragedies’ read it. Using Spark Notes made the reading of this play a lot easier, and if I were to recommend this play to a person, I would most likely suggest that they use a tool such as Spark Notes to help them decipher Shakespeare’s language. I rated this play a 3.5 because I enjoyed it, but often found myself losing interest when the long speeches started. Over all a well written play, but Romeo and Juliet’s characters could use a bit of work, perhaps not so impulsive.

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  • My notes on Romeo and Juliet scene by scene
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