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1 Act I, scene 1- A street in Verona 1. Sampson & Gregory- Capulet servants that start the fight 2. Benvolio- Montague who tries to stop the fight- The Peacemaker 3. Tybalt- Capulet who hates Montagues and insists on fighting 4. Lord & Lady Capulet- heads of the Capulet family 5. Lord & Lady Montague- heads of the Montague family 6. Prince Escalus- ruler of Verona 7. Romeo- Son of Montague 1. Big fight between families in the street started by Capulet servants 2. Prince says anybody who fights will die. 3. Romeo is lovesick for Rosaline-Benvolio promises to get Romeo over it. 1. Montagues vs Capulets Feud that has been going on a long time. 2. Prince vs. fighters- he has laid down the new law anyone continuing to fight in the feud will die 3. Tybalt vs Montagues more than anyone else, he hates the Montagues and carries it further than any other Capulet.

2 Act I, scene 2 A street in Verona 1. Paris a relative of the prince that wants to marry Juliet 2. Capulet- head of Capulets and Juliet s father 3. A servant- delivers invitations but cannot read the list. 4. Romeo and Benvolio still arguing over Romeo s hopeless love for Rosaline 1. Paris asks to marry Juliet, but Capulet says no she is too young. 2. The servant must invite a list of people to the party but can t read. 3. Romeo reads the list of names for him and sees Rosaline on the list. Servant invites them not knowing they are Montagues. 4. Romeo decides to go to the party to see Rosaline. Benvolio will go to prove Rosaline is nothing but a crow. 1. Paris vs Capulet- Paris wants to marry Juliet, but Capulet won t let him yet. 2. Romeo vs Benvolio- Benvolio wants to prove that Rosaline is nothing special he thinks that Romeo just needs to see other women. Romeo is convinced that no other woman is more beautiful than Rosaline.

3 A room in Capulet s house 1. Lady Capulet Wants to discuss marriage with her daughter 2. Nurse- Juliet s nurse since birth she knows Juliet best. 3. Juliet- daughter of the Capulets- has never thought of marriage- she has been very sheltered (protected) from the world. 1. Lady Capulet asks the Nurse about Juliet s age not quite sure whether she is 13 or Nurse verifies Juliet is 13 tells a story about Juliet as a baby- it s clear that she is closer to Juliet than Lady Capulet. 3. Lady Capulet tells about the marriage offer from Paris she and the Nurse are very excited and happy. 4. Juliet agrees to go to the party and try to like Paris. Juliet vs Parents They want her to marry Paris she isn t sure.

4 Romeo and Benvolio Act I, scene 4: Street in Verona at Night Mercutio- Relative of the prince. - known for changing moods quickly (name comes from the element mercury) 1- They are on their way to Capulet s party Mercutio was invited, but Romeo and Benvolio are crashing the party (acceptable during Shakespeare s time as long as they wore masks and behaved themselves). 2. Romeo says he will just watch everyone he doesn t feel like dancing and having fun. 3. Mercutio talks about Queen Mab ---starts off the speech joking, but then sounds angry at the end-demonstrates his personality. 4. Romeo delivers a dose of foreshadowing something bad will come of this night. Romeo vs. self repeated from earlier he is wrestling with his doomed love for Rosaline. Mercutio vs. self- he lets his mood swings control him.

5 Act I, scene 5: a hall in Capulet s house. Three servingmen comic relief not major characters Capulet-welcomes guests 2 nd Capulet- a guest we find out that Capulet is about 50 or so by listening to their conversation. Romeo Tybalt Juliet The Nurse 1- Opening tension breaker groundlings could relate to the servants view of the party. 2- Capulet welcomes his guests. 3- Romeo sees Juliet falls in love immediately---juliet is a snowy dove, all other women are crows (mirrors Benvolio saying he would make Romeo think that Rosaline, his swan, was a crow). 4- Tybalt overhears and wants to kill him---capulet forbids it, but Tybalt vows to kill Romeo later we also see Capulet s vicious temper. 5- Romeo and Juliet meet, flirt, and kiss twice. Juliet has fallen in love, too. 6- Nurse tells Romeo the girl he was flirting with is Juliet, daughter of the house, and is worth a lot of money! 7- Nurse must discover Romeo s identity at Juliet s request---she tells Juliet and points out that he is an enemy! 8- Julie foreshadows her own death while waiting for the nurse to discover the identity of the man she kissed. 1- Romeo vs the Capulets he has secretly met and kissed their daughter---will lead to romance! 2- Tybalt vs Capulet--- he s been told to ignore Romeo, but he can t forgive what he thinks is an insult Montague at a Capulet party. 3- Juliet vs her parents new dimension she was supposed to meet Paris and think about him as a husband. Instead she has fallen in love with an enemy. 4- Juliet vs Self she knows that it is wrong for her to love Romeo, but she can t help it. 5- Romeo vs. Self he has gone from being lovesick for Rosaline to being lovesick for Juliet.

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