Published on January 26, 2009
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Act 1 Outline
Prologue A. Summary of the play B. Setting: Verona, Italy
A. Summary of the play
B. Setting: Verona, Italy
C. Old argument between two families causes fights/riots (3) D. Only the deaths of Romeo and Juliet can end the argument (5)
C. Old argument between two families causes fights/riots (3)
D. Only the deaths of Romeo and Juliet can end the argument (5)
II. Scene 1 A. Servants boast about fighting Montagues (enemy) (6) B. Capulet servant flips Montague servant off which starts a fight (riot)
C. Benvolio arrives and tries to break up fight (8) D. Tybalt provokes Benvolio into fighting
C. Benvolio arrives and tries to break up fight (8)
D. Tybalt provokes Benvolio into fighting
E. Prince arrives, stops fight, and sentences the family that starts the next fight/riot to death. (9) F. Fight/Riot caused by someone saying something offensive. (11)
G. Romeo’s parents and Benvolio discuss Romeo’s mood. (12) 1. Benvolio has seen Romeo wandering around. 2. He sees that Romeo wants to be left alone; so, he doesn’t bother him.
G. Romeo’s parents and Benvolio discuss Romeo’s mood. (12)
1. Benvolio has seen Romeo wandering around.
2. He sees that Romeo wants to be left alone; so, he doesn’t bother him.
H. Romeo tells Benvolio that he is depressed (17). 1. He loves Rosaline. (Romeo is obsessed with her.) 2. Rosaline wants nothing to do with him; she has sworn off love and men.
H. Romeo tells Benvolio that he is depressed (17).
1. He loves Rosaline. (Romeo is obsessed with her.)
2. Rosaline wants nothing to do with him; she has sworn off love and men.
III. Scene 2 A. Count Paris, who is 21, asks Lord Capulet if he can marry Juliet. B. [All of Juliet’s siblings are dead] (19) C. Capulet will agree to the marriage only if Juliet also agrees. (20)
D. Benvolio and Romeo find out about the Capulets’ party. 1. Romeo reads the guest list for an illiterate servant. 2. Rosaline is invited to the party.
E. Benvolio talks Romeo into crashing the party. 1. Benvolio wants Romeo to compare Rosaline to other girls. 2. He thinks Romeo will realize that there are other women in the world.
IV. Scene 3 A. Lady Capulet goes to see Juliet about marrying Paris. B. Nurse rattles on and on; says Juliet will be 14 in 2 weeks.
C. Juliet says that she hasn’t thought about marriage at all. D. Nurse thinks that marrying Paris would be a good idea. E. Juliet agrees to meet Paris at the party and consider his offer of marriage.
V. Scene 4 A. Romeo, Benvolio, Mercuito, and friends are on their way to crash the party. 1. Romeo doesn’t want to go as he is still depressed. 2. Says he will not dance.
B. Mercutio tries to cheer Romeo up by talking about his dream. C. Romeo fears that something bad is going to come of this night.
VI. Scene 5 A. Lord Capulet welcomes all to his party. B. Romeo sees Juliet across the room and falls in ‘love’ with Juliet.
C. Tybalt, who is a hothead, overhears Romeo talking about Juliet and instantly wants to kill him. D. Lord Capulet stops Tybalt from fighting in his house and throws Tybalt out .(33)
E. Romeo and Juliet meet but do not exchange names. F. They instantly fall in “love.” G. As people are leaving, Nurse tells Romeo who Juliet is. She is a Capulet and his enemy.
H. Nurse also identifies Romeo for Juliet. He is a Montague and her enemy. I. Both Romeo and Juliet are depressed at these discoveries.
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