Romeo believes that going to this party will initiate a chain of events (destiny “hanging in the stars”) that may end in his untimely death. The theme of Fate having complete control is illustrated by Romeo’s comment. All his faith sits among the stars. T-11 Act I, Scene V – A hall in Capulet’s house. Vocabulary nuptial – wedding ceremony ward – dependent rapier – a small sword solemnity – festivities disparagement – affliction, injury, harm scathe – hurt, injure princox – a rude, impolite boy
perforce – is a requirement; is essential choler – fury, anger gall – detest, disgust prodigious – threatening, ominous 1. Lord Capulet and a relative stand, unmasked, on one side of the room. Romeo, masked, standing on the other side, asks a servingman who Juliet is. How does Romeo describe the girl, and what does he conclude? Using elegant comparisons, Romeo describes Juliet as being the most beautiful woman he has ever seen and concludes, “Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight!/For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” 2. What is Tybalt’s reaction when he hears Romeo’s voice? Tybalt is able to recognize Romeo’s voice, as an enemy, and vows to kill the Montague behind the mask. 3. What does Lord Capulet say to Tybalt in reference to Romeo’s attendance at the party? Lord Capulet informs Tybalt of Romeo’s reputation, saying that the people of Verona brag about how dignified and honorable Romeo has become. Lord Capulet vows to not show Romeo any disrespect. Capulet continues advising Tybalt to ignore Romeo and have a good time at the party: “…Show a fair presence and put off these frowns…” 4. Tybalt obeys his uncle, but what does he foresee? Tybalt withdraws, but proclaims how livid Romeo and Juliet’s meeting makes him. Tybalt predicts that even though the meeting seems sweet, Romeo and Juliet’s relationship will eventually revert to hatred. Tybalt’s prediction supports the theme of the extreme power love has over life. Love’s power is so overwhelming it can be blinding – just as hate has the strength to blind. T-12 5. Romeo, approaching Juliet, begins a conversation, and ends up kissing her twice before the Nurse comes to tell Juliet that her mother requests her. Romeo and his friends leave. How does the audience know that Juliet feels as strongly about Romeo as he does for her? Juliet welcomes Romeo’s kisses, twice. Then, as Romeo is leaving, Juliet sends her Nurse to find out who he is. The audience knows how deeply Juliet feels because she states to her Nurse, “If he be married,/My grave is like to be my wedding bed.” Romeo and Juliet both find out the other belongs to their enemy’s family. Both are devastated. Act II – Prologue. 1. The chorus comments on the action of the play. In your own words, discuss the meaning of the first four lines.
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