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Romeo and Juliet Novel Study

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FC: Romeo and Juliet Novel Study

1: By: Ana

3: The Prolouge

4: 1.The things introduced in the first prologue is that there is two families of the same statues have been feuding for years and their children’s children have been fighting and they do not know why, people are fighting in the street who are either slaves to the two families or members. Romeo and Juliet’s relationship is being introduced from birth and that their relationship is doomed from the begging, it also tells us that Romeo and Juliet’s parent will not give up this feud even for marriage to the other family. It continues to explain that the story of their doomed love, and their parents’ hate, only solved by the death of their children, he then goes on to say that you should listen and pay attention and well begin at the begging of the story. I think he chose to tell us this in the prologue because we know what happened but we get to find out how it happened at the very begging.

5: 2.The location is Verona a city state in the country of Italy, the time is the renaissance, the circumstances is that two families are feuding the children of these families are star crossed but their relationship is doomed from the very beginning. The social structure is rich and powerful.

6: 4.Which, but their children’s end, naught could remove. This phrase means that it took their children’s deaths to end their feud. | 3. Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage; meaning ok here’s the show. | 5. The which if you with patient ears attend, listen carefully.

7: 6. Which, but their children’s end, naught could remove. This phrase means that it took their children’s deaths to end their feud. | 7. Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage; meaning ok here’s the show. | 8.The which if you with patient ears attend, listen carefully. | 3.Choose three words or phrases that you encountered in the prologue that seemed confusing or difficult. Explain what they mean.

9: Act 1 Scene 1

10: 1.It tells us that this feud is so powerful that it brain washes people into picking sides, even if they are not related to the Montague’s or the Capulet’s like the servants and the people of Verona. | 2.It means that if you don’t want to get human waste on you, you take the wall since back then the streets where in a V like shape so that their human waste could be hopefully swept away in a store. | 3.To bite your thumb at someone you’re basically flipping them off, it is an old version of putting your middle finger up at someone.

11: 4.Benvolio is a very peaceful character he wants the war between the two families he is also a very open honest person. Tybalt is violent and always wants to fight and he says that he hates peace and the word. | 5. The punishment is that you’ll be killed and it’s ironic that he’s going to kill people for killing people.

12: 6. It bothers the Prince because he wants peace, and whatever he does they keep fighting and he finds that insulting.

13: 7. My first impression of Romeo is that he’s a wimp, he’s shallow and he only goes for looks, he’s a creep even though he doesn’t know much about her, and a hormonal teen. He’s acting like this because he’s love sick and because he can’t be with Rosalie because she is becoming a nun. It sets him up for being a shallow do whatever he has to do to get a girl kind of guy.

14: Act 1, Scene 2 and 3 | 1.Paris is an old rich guy that wants to marry Juliet

15: 2. We get the impression that Lord Capulet is a loving father that wants his daughter to fall in love and then get married not just to get married. | 3. Juliet doesn’t have much power in her life she tends to do whatever her parents tell her to do. In Act one scene three we see the conversation between Juliet and her mother and her mother says just check out Lord Paris and Juliet says ok I’ll just check him out but if you want me to marry him then I’ll marry him.

16: 4. His random little out bursts and the fact the Peter is so high-strung.

17: 5. We get the impression that Lord Capulet is a loving father that wants his daughter to fall in love and then get married not just to get married. | 6. Juliet doesn’t have much power in her life she tends to do whatever her parents tell her to do. In Act one scene three we see the conversation between Juliet and her mother and her mother says just check out Lord Paris and Juliet says ok I’ll just check him out but if you want me to marry him then I’ll marry him. | 7. His random little out bursts and the fact the Peter is so high-strung. | 8.Romeo decides to crash the party because he see’s Rosalie’s name on the guest list. Yes Shakespeare provides some for shadowing in this scene because Rosalie’s going to be at the party and then he falls in love with Juliet who is a pretty girl like Rosalie.

18: 9. Juliet likes the thought but she’s not thinking about getting marriage right now. She thinks’ Paris is old and ugly, and she’s only willing to marry him if her parents tell her to. | 10. The Nurse is old, has a dirty mind, never shuts up, lost her virginity at age 13, she lost her husband who was also dirty and her daughter.

19: 1. They are about to go crash the Capulet party, where Romeo meets Juliet and they fall madly in love. | 2. Romeo starts to whine about his sad pathetic life and how he had a dream that something bad was going to happen tonight, something that would cause his death, and Mercutio starts making a speech about dreams and how they are not real. | 3. Mercutio is one of Romeo’s friends and he might be gay, he likes to party a lot and because he’s related to the prince he can go from party to party without getting in trouble, he tends to get really passionate about what he’s making a point of, he also tends to have a dirty mind when talking about Queen Mab/Quean Mab. | Act 1 Scene 4

20: 1. Shakespeare included the scene with the servants because then the actors have time to change and get ready for the party scene. It also introduces the party scene and gives the audience comic relief. 2. It’s ironic that Romeo didn’t run up to Rosalie and start sucking up when he first walks into the party, but instead he goes and runs up to Juliet 3. When Tybalt hears Romeo’s voice he wants to starts a fight but Lord Capulet gets mad at Tybalt and says that Romeo is not doing anything wrong so he should just leave him alone. | Act 1 Scene 5

21: 5. We get the foreshadowing that Romeo and Juliet will become a secret couple, Tybalt swears that he’ll get Romeo back for coming to the party uninvited, Juliet all ready wants to marry Romeo even thought she doesn’t know him also when she says “if I can’t marry him then my wedding bed shall be my grave” which hints that she will probably die. | 4. Romeo convinces Juliet to kiss him by playing some mind games with her, and he goes to cheesy comparison and flattery, and then he goes and kisses her without her consent.

22: 1. Mercutio and Benvolio think that Romeo is hiding in the bushes with Rosaline doing pleasurable things that involve lying on their backs. | Act2 Scene 1 Act 2 Scene 1 | 2. Romeo is sitting outside Juliet’s window like a stalker and listing to her talk about him, and he is wondering when to pop out of the bushes. | 3. Romeo compares her to the stars, to the sun in the eastern sky, the envious moon; he compares Juliet to something green because she still has her virginity

23: 1. Shakespeare does this scene with Mercutio and Benvolio, because wants to show the difference between what Mercutio thinks what love means and what Romeo thinks love is. Mercutio is jealous of Rosaline because Mercutio likes Romeo and so he goes and start being mean and sexual about what Romeo is doing in the bushes. | “2. That which a rose of any other name would smell as sweet” is one of the most famous lines in this play and it means that Romeo could have a different name but he would still be the man that Juliet loves. | 3. Romeo swears his love to her by the moon and Juliet dislikes this because the moons always changing and she never wants his love to change for her. | 4. Romeo proposes only after Juliet tricks him into proposing to her. The plan is to meet at 9 and to go to the fryer and then be married. | Act 2 Scene 2

24: 1. Romeo runs to Friar Lawrence and asks if he could marry him and Juliet. | 2. Friar Lawrence thinks that Romeo is not really in love he just thinks he is, Friar Lawrence thinks it’s the whole “I truly love Rosaline” fiasco all over again except it’s with a different girl. | Act 2, Scene 3 | 3. Friar Lawrence thinks that Romeo’s suggestion is absurd and that Romeo just wants to marry Juliet for looks and for no other reason. But in the end Friar Lawrence agrees to help because he thinks that it might end the Capulet and Montague feud.

25: 1. Tybalt sent a letter to Romeo to channeling him to a duel but Romeo hasn’t received the letter yet. | 2. Mercutio if comparing Tybalt to The Prince of Cats who was a very famous swords man | 3. Mercutio is crude when describing Romeos night because Mercutio is jealous of Rosaline, he is jealous because he likes Romeo. | 4. Mercutio treats the Nurse with a huge amount of disrespect because in general Mercutio does not like women at all, and he thinks the Nurse is trying to seduce Romeo | 5. The Nurse and Peter they talk without iambic pentameter which means that they’re just talking in normal sentences, Shakespeare dose this to show the people that the Nurse and Peter don’t have a very good education. | 6. Romeo and the Nurse decide that they should meet behind the abbey (church) in the afternoon. | Act 2, Scene 4

27: 7. The mode of the scene is happy then secretive because at first Mercutio and Benvolio are teasing Romeo about what he did the night before and Romeo teases back because he can’t let Mercutio and Benvolio know about him getting married to Juliet. Then the mood changes to secretive because the Nurse comes along and talks to Romeo about the wedding to Juliet.

28: Act 2 Scene 5 | 2. The Nurse torture’s Juliet to have fun, and to play around with Juliet’s mind. | 1. The Nurse comes back from talking to Romeo about the secret wedding and Juliet has to beg the Nurse to tell her what Romeo said about the wedding

29: Act 2 Scene 6 | 2. Friar Lawrence’s speech to Romeo is kinda for shadowing what’s going to happen later on in the story | 1. Romeo and Juliet get married.

30: Act 3, Scene 1 | 3. If Romeo hadn’t gone to the Capulet party Tybalt wouldn’t have tried to kill Romeo and Romeo would still be allowed in Verona and then Tybalt would be alive. Romeo would also never have fallen in love with Juliet. 4. A tragic hero has a fatal flaw. | 1. Romeo does not want to fight so he’s saying all these things to stop Tybalt from starting a fight, but Mercutio gets mad and starts saying inappropriate things to Tybalt and they start to fight. 2. Romeo challenge’s Tybalt to a fight.

31: 5. Romeo’s fatal flaw is that he is impulsive. He never full thinks things through. 6. Romeo kills Tybalt then Benvolio tells Romeo to run away. The prince came and said that he would choose Romeo’s punishment the hour he was found. 7. This is the turning point because this leads up to Romeo being banished after he killed Tybalt. If Romeo wouldn’t have killed Tybalt he would still be allowed in Verona and then Romeo and Juliet would live a happy married life and they probably wouldn’t have died.

32: Act 3 Scene 2 | 2. The examples of antithesis in this scene are: “Beautiful tyrant! Fiend angelical!” “Dove-feathered raven” “Wolvish-ravening lamb!” “Despised substance of divinest show” Juliet uses antithesis to show how mad she is at him but also how much she still likes him. | 1. The confusion in the scene is when the Nurse walks in and she starts crying out “HE’S DEAD HE’S DEAD!” and Juliet thinks that the Nurse is talking about Romeo.

33: 3. Juliet feels angry because Romeo killed her cousin but she still loves him because he’s cute and he’s her husband. 4. Juliet has a split personality moment, first she starts insulting Romeo and when the Nurse joins in and Juliet whips around and screams at the Nurse to not insult her husband. 5. The Nurse decides to go and find Romeo to come and comfort Juliet.

34: 1. Lord Capulet has decided to make Juliet marry Count Paris, or else he’ll kick her out of the house. Lord Capulet’s only concern is that Wednesday is a too soon of date for Juliet’s wedding because Tybalt just died. Capulet’s relationship with his daughter isn’t the greatest his primary concern for her is that she marries a nice guy who has lots of money. | Act 3 Scene 4

35: 2. Juliet’s reaction to her mother’s news about her (Juliet) getting married to Count Paris is that she would rather marry her arch enemy Romeo (which she already is), but she can’t tell her mother this so she’s trying to give her these double meaning sentences about being married to Romeo. | 1. The larks only sing in the morning and nightingales only sing in the night, so they know when it’s day and night. | 3. The super obvious foreshadowing is when before Romeo leaves, he and Juliet look at each other lovingly and Juliet says: “Oh God, I have an ill-divining soul. Methinks I see thee now, thou art so low As one dead in the bottom of a tomb. Either my eyesight fails, or thou look’st pale.” And Romeo reply’s: And trust me; love, in my eye so do you. Dry sorrow drinks our blood. Adieu, adieu! | Act 3 Scene 5

36: Capulet gets very angry at Juliet for not wanting to marry Count Paris and his ultimatum is that he’ll kick her out and disown her. | Act 3 Scene 5 | Juliet is has told the Nurse that she’s going to confession which is half true because she is going to see Friar Lawrence, but it’s not for confession it’s for talking to Friar Lawrence about her marriage to Romeo and how she would rather kill herself than marry Count Paris. | I feel this quote proves that Capulet is not a good father because it is a very cruel thing to say to a daughter. Capulet says Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch! I tell thee what: get thee to church o’Thursday, Or never after look me in the face. Speak not. Reply not. Do not answer me. 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 too much And that we have a curse in having her. Out on her, hilding!

37: 1. Paris is at the church to arrange for the wedding on Thursday. Paris tells Friar Lawrence that the sooner the wedding happens the better because Juliet will stop weeping for Tybalt. | 2. Juliet's uses double entrendres by telling the truth about something but wording it differently so that it sounds like she hasn’t done anything. | 3. Juliet mirrors Romeos actions like the day before by being VERY dramatic and exaggerating A LOT. When she is talking to the Friar about marrying Paris she pulls out a knife and threatens to kill herself, she also says “o weep with me, past hope, past cure, past help” a bit too dramatic about this hole getting married Paris. | Act 4 Scene 1

38: 4. This is what Juliet says about not wanting to marry Paris: “O, bid me leap, rather than marry Paris, From off the battlements of any tower, Or walk in thievish ways, or bid me lurk Where serpents are; chain me with roaring bears, Or hide me nightly in a charnel house, O’ercovered quite with dead men’s rattling bones, With reeky shanks and yellow chapless skulls; Or bid me go into a new-made grave And hide me with a dead man in his shroud – Things that, to hear them told, have me tremble – And I will do it without fear or doubt, To live an unstained wife to be my sweet love. | Act 4 Scene 1

39: 5. Friar Lawrence’s plan it that Juliet takes this poison that he has given her. It will send her into a deep sleep, making her look dead as the poison slows her breath so that her chest barely moves, and her heart so that her skin will turn a bluish color and her skin becomes cold. He will come and retrieve her out of the Capulet’s tomb. He will also send a letter to Romeo and let him know that Juliet hasn’t actually died and when the Friar goes back to retrieve Juliet from the tomb Romeo and Juliet shall run away and live happily ever after.

40: 1. The serving man is only choosing cook’s that licked their fingers because it means that they want to eat their food too because it’s so good. | 2. Capulet decides to move the wedding up to Wednesday instead of having it on Thursday. | Act 4 Scene 2

41: 1. Some of Juliet’s reasons for not taking the poison are that she is scared of being suffocated in the tomb, going crazy and dancing and playing with her dead ancestors, and the poison is going to kill her. | 2. Juliet imagines that Romeo and she will run away after he rescues her from the tomb. | Act 4 Scene 3

42: Act 4 Scene 4 | 1. This scene is about Lady Capulet, Capulet, and the Nurse preparing for the wedding tomorrow.

43: 1. Death is personified as Capulet’s son in law. 2. Capulet and Lady Capulet are angry about Juliet’s death because now she can’t marry Paris, they are also angry because Juliet was so young when she died. They are saddened by her death but not as sad as a normal parent would be. | 3. The Friar tells the Capulets that Juliet is in a better place now and they should be happy for her. He also tells them to stop blaming death for taking her away. 4. The reason for the argument between the musicians is to give the stage people time to turn the set into a graveyard and move Juliet from her bed to the tomb. | Act 4 Scene 5

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