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FC: Romeo and Juliet Study Notes

1: What things are getting introduced in the first prologue? Why do you think Shakespeare chose to tell us the things he did in the prologue? In the First prologue Shakespeare introduced the location and told us some about the characters. He also told what had happened in the story before so that it could set up what was going to happen next so nobody got choked at what happened because they would already know because it was introduced in the prologue.

2: Why does Romeo feel jumpy? | He had a dream and he didn't think that it was a good thing to go to the party.

3: Describe the type of person Mercutio is? Use clues from his behavior and speech. | He might be gay because he has a crush on Romeo, He is a party person.

4: Setting doesn't just include the location. It also includes the time, the circumstances of the characters, the social structures and many other issues. Summarize the setting of this story as outlined by the prologue? In the prologue it said that because of the hate between the two families there would be civilians who would randomly start fighting on the streets. And that the families were equal and they both live in Verona.

5: Chose three words or phrases that you encountered in the prologue that seemed confusing or difficult. Explain what they mean. Strive- To exert oneself vigorously Mutiny- Revolt or rebellion against constituted authority Piteous- Evoking or deserving pity

6: What does the fight between the servants tell us about the fued in Romeo and Juliet? | It wasn’t just between the families it was also between the servants and they aren’t even in the family.

7: What does it mean "To take the wall"? | “To take the wall” means to be on the far side so when the people throw their waste out onto the street s then you don’t get hit by any of the waste.

8: What is wrong with "biting you thumb" at someone? | “Biting your thumb” means just like fingering someone just in an old fashion way.

9: What type of character is Benvolio? | Benvolio is a very kind and peaceful person and wants the fight between the two families to stop and sometimes he’s a tattle tale.

10: What is the punishment for fighting on the streets as decreed by the Prince? How is it ironic? | If you are fighting on the streets you will be killed.

11: Why does it bother the Prince so much that there is civil unrest in Verona? | The Prince wants peace and it seems like no matter what he does nothing works to stop the fighting so he makes a decision that if anyone else is fighting they will be killed so it will stop the fighting.

12: Act 1 scene 2 and 3 1.Who is Paris? Paris is a guy that Juliets parets want her to marry. | 2.In this scene, what impression do we get of Lord Capulet? How does he feel about Juliet and marriage? He is a very loving father in this scene and he just wants Juliet to be happy and to love the guy she loves. 3.How does Peter, the Capulet servant, provide comic relief in this scene? He goes and talks to a Montague and says that there is going to be a very big party tonight but says that no Montagues are allowed to come and he is speaking right to a Montague.

13: 4.Why does Romeo decide to crash the Capulet party? Does Shakespeare provide any foreshadowing of events? He decides to go and crash the party because he reads the guest list and Rosaline is on it so he decides to go. Benvolio keeps telling Romeo that there are other girls out there, and he’s going to show Romeo some, and because we know how shallow Romeo is, we get some foreshadowing of what is to come. 1.How does Juliet feel about marriage? How does she feel about Paris? Marriage is an honor that she doesn’t dream of. She feels that if her parents want her to fall in love with this guy she will and if they tell her to marry him then she will follow what they say and will marry him. 2.Describe the nurse character. The nurse has a very dirty mind. She lost her virginity at age 12 and she only has 4 teeth.

14: My first impression of Romeo would be that he is a big wimp. He would always go for a walk in the morning crying and he will always come back sad and he is a hormonal teenager. He’s shallow and he goes for the looks in a girl and barley knows anything about the girl but he claims that he is in love with her just by her looks. He is love sick he is in love with Rosaline. | What is your first impression of Romeo?

15: What are the boys about to do in this scene? | They are on there way to crash the party they have there torches but Romeo is just slowly walking along behind them.

16: Act 1 Scene 5

17: Why did Shakespear include the scene with the servants? | Shakespear showed the servant scene so that it could set up the sparty

18: What is ironic about Romeo's entrance to the party? | It was ironic because when Romeo walked into the party he goes straight to the first girl he sees and starts to forget about Roselin and likes Juliet

19: What happens when Tybalt hears Romeo's voice? | He asks his servant to go get his sword for him but Capulet stopped him because he said that Romeo hasn't done anything wrong tonight so just leave him alone.

20: How does romeo convince Juliet to kiss him so quickly? | He plays a mind game with her. He gets her kind of confused. He says her hands are like holey hands. Then he kisses her without her consent.

21: What foreshadowing do we get at the end of Act 1 Scene 5? | How they are going to get in a relationship now. Tybalt says he wants to get Romeo back for this great insalt. Juliet talks about marrying him already she has desided that she is going to marry him.

22: Act 2 Scene 1 and 2

23: Where do Mercutio and Benvolio believe Romeo is hiding? | Mercutio and Benvolio thought that Romeo was in the bushes with Rosaline.

24: 2.What is Romeo actually doing? Romeo is actually in the Capulets place spying on Juliet. Then she starts talking to her self and Romeo starts to talk back to her and they talk about there love for eachother. | 3. What things does Romeo compare Juliet to? Romeo compares Juliet to the sun and the stars

25: 4. More Irony: Why does Shakespear make Mercutio and Benvolio talk about physical love in the scene right before the balcony scene, where Romeo and Juliet talk about emotional love? | Benvolio thinks that Romeo is in the trees crying but Mercutio thinks that Romeo is in the trees with Rosaline doing dirty things. Mercutio isn't happy that Romeo likes someone thats not him because he likes Romeo. Romeo and Juliet talk about how much they love eachother they even talk about getting married.

26: 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. That means that if u smell a Rose and call it a Dasiy it will still smell like a Rose even if you call it a Dasiy. 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 like this because the moons always changing and she never wants him to change. Who proposes? What is the plan? Juliet is the one who proposes and Romeo is going to the Friar to plan a secert wedding and Romeo isn't going to go to sleep tonight because he is planning the wedding.

27: Act 2 Scene 3

28: 1. What does Romeo go do immediately after leaving Juliet? Romeo goes and finds the Friar to ask him to marry him and Juliet. 2. What does Feriar Lawrence think about Romeo's sudden change in love interests? The friar thinks that its a bad idea because ROmeo was just cerying over Rosaline and now he wants to marry Juliet. 3. What does Friar Lawrence think of Romeo's suggestions? Why does he agree to help? The Friar thinks that Romeo is kind of insane because he just got over liking Roaline and then started like Juliet and now wants to marry her. Friar desides to marry them because he thinks that it might stop the feud between the two families. | Act 2 scene 4 | Act 2 scene 4

29: Act 2 scene 4 | Act 2 Scene 4

30: 1. What has happened as a result of the party-crashing? Tybalt was bitter because he couldn't fight Romeo at the party so he wants to fight him later. 2.What does Mercutio call Tybalt and why? Mercutio calls Tybalt "more then the Prince of Cats" whichmeans he is better then the best swordsman ever. 3. Why is Mercutio so crude when describing Romeo's night? Mercutio was crude when describing Romeo's night because he thought that Romeo was in the bushes with Rosaline doing dirty things. He is jealous because he likes Romeo.

31: 4. How does Mercutio treat the Nurse? -He is very rude and does not like women in general and he thinks the nurse is a very dirty old woman. 5. What is interesting about the way the Nurse and Peter speak to one another? -They speak to eachother in full sentences and don't use iambic pentameter which means they are not fully educated. 6. What do the Nurse and Romeo decide to do regarding the marraiage? -In about an hour they will meet at the abbey and get married and then they will give Romeo a rope so he can climb up to Juliet's room and they can spend the night together.

32: 7. What is the mood of the scene? The mood in the scene is a pretty happy mood and is actually joking around with Mercutio.

33: Act 2 scene 5/6

34: What happens in this scene? Juliet is complaining because the nurse wont tell her what Romeo said about the wedding and when she finally does Roemo said to meet at the church right away. Why does the nurse torture Juliet the way she does? The nurse is torturing Juliet because she made her go and find Romeo and ask him about the wedding and the nurse didnt want to go and find him.

35: What happens in this scene? In this scene Romeo and Juliet get married. Friar Lawrence is marrying them. Friar lawrences speech wasn't like the usual speech you get at a wedding. The friar says that hes not going to leave them alone untill they are married so they are getting married right now so they can be alone.

36: Act 3 scene 1

37: 1.What happens between Tybalt and Mercutio? Romeo can not fight Tybalt because they are now family because Romeo married Juliet. Mercutio fights Tybalt for Romeo instead. 2. What does Romeo do in Retaliation? Romeo tells Tybalt that he can not fight him because they are now family! 3. How have Romeo's own choices led to his downfall? If Romeo wouldn't have crashed that party, Tybalt wouldn't have been mad at Romeo and wouldn't have wanted to kill him.

38: 4.What creates a tragic hero? A tragic hero is someone with tragic ending or a fatal flaw. 5.What is Romeos fatal flaw? His fatal flaw would be that he is very fast to do things and he doesn't think things through. 6. What happens after the fight between Romeo and Tybalt? Romeo runs and the prince came to see what had happened. 7.How is this that turning point in the story? If Romeo never fled because he killed Tybalt then he would have known that Juliet was only faking her death and wouldn't have killed herself.

39: Act 3 scene 2/3

40: 1. What is this confusion in this scene? The Nurse walks in yelling "He's dead!" and Juliet thinks she is talking about Romeo, when she is in fact talking about Tybalt. 2. List 4 antithesis that Shakespeare uses in this scene. Why does he use antithesis here? There is antithesis because it shows Juliet's confusing feelings about Romeo. She is really is mad at him for killing Tybalt, but she also still loves him. -O perpent heart hid with a flowering face! - Damed saint - Beautiful Tyrant - Fiend Angelical

41: 3. What are Juliet's feelings about what Romeo did? She thinks its the worst possible thing that can happen. She would rather die then have Romeo banished. 4. How does Juliet react when the Nurse scolds Romeo? What did this say about Juliet's veiw on her marriage? Juliet doesn't like it when the Nurse scolds Romeo because she thinks that that is wrong because she should only be able to scold Romeo because they are husband and wife. 5. What does the Nurse deside to do? The Nurse desides that she will go over to the Friar's cell and get Romeo and they will spend the night together but he will have to leave early enough so that the guards don't make their rounds before he lives so he doesn't get caught there when he's banished.

42: 1. What is the relationship between Romeo and Friar Lawrence? The Friar thinks that Romeo is dumb for just going and marrying Juliet before thinking things over. The Friar is almost like a father figure to Romeo. 2. How does Romeo show that he is still foolhardy and willing to put emotion before logic? He is still acting this way because he would rather kill himself then be banished. He is jelous of the mice because they get to see Juliet's beautiful face and he can't because he is banished.

43: 3. What is the Friar's suggestions to make things right? The Friar's suggestions to Romeo is that he should go and see Juliet tonight then he leaves and the Friar will go and make things right so that Romeo can come back and live with Juliet. 4. How does the scene end? At the end of the scene Romeo leaves and goes to get ready to go to Juliet's house and then leave to go and live in Mantua.

44: Act 3 scene 4/5

45: 1. What has been decided regarding Juliet's fate in this scene? Juliet is going to marry Paris on Thursday even if her dad had to drag her all the way to the church. 2. What was Capulet's only concern about this? What does this tell us about his relationship with his daughter? He was only concerned about if everyone was still sad about Tybalts death. This tells me that he is not a very caring father to his daughter.

46: 1. What is the significance about "Larks" and "Nightingales" in this scene? Romeo says he hears the morning larks but Juliet just says that its the night larks but when Romeo says he will stay and just die Juliet is set on him leaving so that he won't get killed. 2. What super obvious foreshadowing does Shakespeare give us as Romeo leaves? Juliet says that the next time that she sees Romeo he will be dead. 3. How does Juliet react to her mother's announcement? Juliet is really upset but she doesn't freak out she chooses her words very wisely and carefully.

47: 4. How does Capulet react to Juliet's acceptance, or lack thereof? What is the ultimatum he gives her? Capulet reacts to Juliet's rejection by giving her the choice that she can ether marry Paris or go and die on the streets. 5. Quote one of the lines that you think PROVES Capulet isn't a good father. 6. What does Juliet tell the Nurse? Is this the truth or a lie? What do u beileve she will do? She tells her she is going to the church for confetions but actually she is lieing because she is going to the church to get posion and kill herself. | Out, you green sickness, carrion! Out, you baggage!

48: Act 4 scene 1

49: 1. Why was Paris at the church? What does he tell the Friar? The Friar is at the church because he is there telling the Friar that him and Juliet will be getting married on Thursday. He says he loves her but really he doesn't even know her. 2. Why does Juliet used double entendres in this scene? Juliet is talking to Paris saying that she is already married but not in those words. They are more confusing so Paris doesn't understand what she is talking about.

50: 3. How does Juliet mirrior the actions of Romeo, who was in the very same place just the day before? Juliet was getting upset about Romeo so she goes on and on about killing herself just like Romeo did the day before. 4. What are some things Juliet would rather do then marry Paris? Juliet says that she would rather be get put out on the streets and get robbed, locked in a tower, or be stuck in a room with snakes.

51: 5. Outline Friar Lawrences plan in detail? -FIrst on the before Juliets wedding she will drink some poision that will really just be in a very deep sleep that will last 48 hours. -Second they will ut Juliet in the crypt with the rest of the dead family members. -Then they will go and get Romeo from Mantua and then Romeo and the Friar will wait until Juliet wakes up. -Finally Romeo and Juliet will go back to Mantua together.

52: Act 4 scene 2/3/4/5

53: Act 4 scene 2 1.Why is the servantman blathering on about cooks who lick there fingers? Capulet is going to go out and look for a cook and caterer for their wedding and if they are licking their fingers then he will get them because if they taste their own food it means it must be good. 2. What is the unexpected result of Juliet telling her father she'll marry Paris? It is because Juliet is sooo happy that her father changes the wedding day to a day sooner.

54: Act 4 scene 3 1. Juliet is unsure of taking the poision for a couple of reasons. Describe them. - She thinks that the Friar might have actually gave her posion that will kill her. -When Juliet wakes up Romeo might not be there and she will suffocate - She might end up playing with other peoples bones and might accidently hit herself in the head with one and kill herself 2.What things does she imagine that finally convinces her to drink the potion. The things that Juliet thinks about to make her drink the potion was Romeo she just thought that she would never see him again. So she desides that she can ether never see him again or drink the potion so she just drinks it.

55: Act 4 scene 3 1. What is this scene all about? In this scene the whole household prepares for Juliets big wedding.

56: Act 4 scene 5 1. How is death personified in this scene? Capulet says to Paris "Its to late you had your chance to marry Juliet but now Juliet is already married to death" 2. Are juliet's parents unconcerned by her death, or angry that they don't get to marry her to Paris? Explain your answer. Lord Capulet is sad because Juliet died so he doesn't get to marry her off to Paris but also both the parents are sad that she is dead.

57: 3.What does the Friar tell the family to stop them from shouting out in grief? The Friar says that Juliet wasn't happy and she didn't want to marry Paris so they should stop being selfish and be happy because Juliet is in a better place now and she is happy. 4. What is the reason for having the argument between Peter and the musicians? The argument they are having is so they can move Juliet from her room to the church for the funeral in the background.

58: Summary In the last scene of the play is when Juliet is "dead" and Paris goes in to see her and ends up seeing Romeo so they both fight and Romeo kills Paris and he dies and lays by Juliet’s side. Romeo drinks the poison that makes him die because he thinks that Juliet is actually dead when she really isn't. When Juliet wakes up she sees that Romeo and Paris are both dead lying beside her and she doesn't want to live anymore if she can't be with Romeo so she takes the poison and tries to drink some. There is none left so she just kisses Romeos lips and then she gets some of the poison then she really dies.

59: 1. William Shakespeare is the author of the book Romeo and Juliet. I think that Romeo and Juliet would be a love story. The plot of the story would be that Romeo and Juliet get married secretly behind their parents back, Romeo kills Juliet’s cousin and gets banished, then Juliet was suppose to marry Paris but she doesn't want to because she is already married to Romeo. Then Juliet decides that she will take a poison that will make her look like she’s dead when she is really just in a deep sleep. Then her parents have a funeral for her. Then Romeo will come and take Juliet and they will run away together but when Romeo shows up at her grave he thinks she is actually dead so he kills himself. When Juliet wakes up she sees that Romeo is dead so then she kills herself.

60: 2. One of my favorite parts in the play would be when Romeo kills Tybalt and then Romeo gets banished. I liked this part the most because it kind of sets up the play and then Romeo and Juliet have to find a way to see each other and make things back to normal so it’s a problem in the play. Another one of the best parts of the play would be when Juliet takes the poison that just makes her look like she’s dead when she really isn't and then her parents and Paris all think that she’s dead so Juliet doesn't have to marry Paris. One bad thing about the play would be that they drag what they are saying on and on and on when they can say it in one sentence. Another bad thing that i didn't like about the play would be that when Romeo gets banished I think that Juliet should of just ran away with him instead of going through all the trouble of getting to see him.

61: 3. I would rate this play a 3.5. I would rate it this because some parts in the play are weird but some are really funny. There are a lot of good things about the play that I like but there are also bad things. I would recommend someone to read this book if they really liked reading and are smart because it’s kind of hard to understand some of the parts in the play.

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