13Classical Comics TeachingResource:Romeo & JulietUnderstanding the PlayROMEO & JULIET- ACT SUMMARIESACT ONEScene 1It is Sunday, and the streets of Verona arebusy. Two Capulet servants, Sampson andGregory,are teasing each other quite rudelyand as early as the seventh line mention howmuch they hate a rival family, the Montagues.Abraham and Balthasar of the Montaguesenter,and a fight breaks out. Benvolio triesto stop it, but Tybalt refuses to help, and thefight turns into a riot that is eventually brokenup by the town guards. The Prince threatensdeath to anyone who disturbs the peace again. Romeo enters after the scene and tells hisfriend Benvolio that he wants nothing to do with violence. He also admits to being lovesickbecause the woman he loves (Rosaline) doesn’t want to know him.Scene 2Paris visits Lord Capulet, asking to marry his daughter,Juliet. We learn she is not quite 14years old, and Capulet tells Paris to wait two more years. Nevertheless, Capulet invites Paristo a masked ball, or party,at their house. Benvolio and Romeo find out about the party,andBenvolio encourages Romeo to go so that he can forget about Rosaline.Scene 3Lady Capulet tells Juliet that Paris wants to marry her. Juliet’s Nurse is very excited, butJuliet hasn’t thought about marriage yet.Scene 4It’s now Sunday evening, and several partygoers, among them Romeo, Benvolio andMercutio, are outside Capulet’s house. Mercutio’s light-hearted and clever banter contrastswith Romeo’s dark mood, though it’s obvious Mercutio has his own dark side too.Scene 5Preparations are being made for Capulet’s party,and the guests arrive, followed by lots ofdancing and music. Romeo sees Juliet for the first time, from a distance, and is overwhelmedby her beauty. Despite his mask, Romeo (Montague) is spotted by Tybalt (Capulet), whowants to kill Romeo for sneaking in uninvited – but Capulet forcefully stops him. Tybalt isangered by this and vows revenge against Romeo. Romeo approaches Juliet. They talk andthen kiss. Nurse interrupts and tells Romeo that Juliet is a Capulet, much to his dismay.Later,Juliet finds out that Romeo is a Montague, and she reacts in much the same way.
14Classical Comics TeachingResource:Romeo & JulietUnderstanding the PlayROMEO & JULIET- ACT SUMMARIESACT TWOScene 1Romeo manages to hide from his friends outside Capulet’s orchard and refuses to join them,despite Mercutio’s teasing.Scene 2This is perhaps the most famous scene in the history of English drama, known as “The BalconyScene”. Romeo is in the orchard and sees Juliet high on her balcony. Not knowing Romeo isthere, Juliet speaks about him lovingly but laments the fact that he’s a Montague. Romeo letsher know that he is there. Juliet is shocked, but the two of them engage in loving conversation.
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