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ROMEO and JULIET Act I

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                                                                                         Romeo and Juliet Act I

 

 

 Prologue

 

Two households, both alike in dignity,

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,

From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,

Where civil blood makes civil hends unclean.

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes

A pair of star- cross'd lovers take their life;

Whole misadventured piteous overthrows

Do with their death bury their parents' strife

The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,

the continuance of their parents' rage,

Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,

Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;

The which if you with patient ears attend,

What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

 

 

 

   This opening speech by the Chorus serves as an introduction to Romeo and Juliet. We are provided with information about where the play takes place, and given some background information about its principal characters.

   The obvious function of prologue as introduction to the Verona of Romeo and Juliet can obsecure its deeper, more important function.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                            ACT I SCENE i

 

 

 

      Sampson and Gregory, two servants of the house of the Capulet, strolls through the streets of Verona. With bawdy banter, Sampson went his hatred of the house of Montague.The two exchange punning remarks about physically conquering Montague men and sexually conquering Montague women. Gregory sees two Montague servatnts approaching, and discusses with Sampson the best way to provoke them into a fight without breaking the law. Sampson bites his thumb at the Montagues- a highly insulting gesture. A verbal confrontation quickly escalates into a fight. Bonvolio, a knsman to Montague, enters and draws his sward in an attempt to stop the confrontation. Tybalt, a kinsman to Capulet, sees Bonvolio's drawn sword and drawns his own. Benvolio explains that he is traying to keep the peace, but Tybalt professes a hatred for peace a strong as his hatred for Montagues, and attacks. The brawl spreads. A group of citizens attempts to restore the peace by beating down the combatants. Montague and Capulet enter, and only their wives prevent their attacking one another. Prince Escalus arrives and commands the fighting stop on penalty of torture. The Capulets and Montagues throw down their weapons. The prince declares the violence between the two families has gone on for too long, and proclaims a death sentence upon anyone who disturbs the civil peace again. He says that he will speak to Capulet and Montague more directly on this matter;Capulet exists with him, the brawlers disperse, and Benvolio is left alone with his uncle and aunt, Montague and Lady Montague.

     Benvolio descibes the Montague how the brawl started.Lady Montague asks whether Benvolio has seen her son, Romeo.Benvolio replies that he earlier saw Romeo pacing throw the grove sycamores outside the city; since Romeo seemed troubled, Benvolio did not speak to him.Concerned about their son, Montagues tell Benvolio that Roemo seems melancholy, walking alone among the sycamores. They add that they have tried to discovers what troubles him, but have had no succes. Benvolio sees Romeo approaching, and promises to find out his cousin's melancholy.

     Benvolio approaches his cousin. With a touch of sadness, Romeo tells Benvolio that he is in love with Rosaline but she does not return his feelings and has in fact sworn to live a life of chastity. Benvolio counsels Romeo to forget her by gazing on other beauties, but Roemo contends that the woman he loves is the most beautiful of all. Roemo departs, assuring Benvolio that he can not teach him to forget his love. Benvolio resolves to d just that.    

 

 

 

 

References:

 

 

www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/romeojuliet/section2

http://shakespeare.mit.edu/romeo_juliet

 

 

 

 

 Zeynep İrem UÇMAK

 

 

Comments (11)

Anonymous said

at 11:13 pm on Jan 2, 2009

The focus is on enjoying the language and the meaning of the play, focusing on the dramatic element...

Anonymous said

at 11:54 pm on Jan 2, 2009

yes, i enjoyed these parts; the love of romeo and juliet, the fightings and their tragedic end :(

Anonymous said

at 1:11 am on Jan 6, 2009

I also mention that young Juliet is the heartbreakingly beautiful, vulnerable, and courageous woman.

Anonymous said

at 1:39 pm on Jan 12, 2009

yes, ı agree with medine juliet is so beutiful that romeo is right to fall in love her

Anonymous said

at 1:42 pm on Jan 12, 2009

how a person can fall in love someone immediately. their love is real!!!!!!!!!!!
they may be playing game because they are too young. (Romeo-16, Juliet-13)

Anonymous said

at 4:05 am on Jan 13, 2009

look my friend dılek:lf someone believes the magic of love,just like romeo and julıet,he/she falls in love in a short period of time.

Anonymous said

at 3:58 pm on Jan 13, 2009

ı think u fall in love someone in a short period of time :-))
anyway. viki will be a chat page because of us

Anonymous said

at 4:01 pm on Jan 13, 2009

ı don't agree with u, Soner love can't occur in a few seconds. It is a serious issue. I don't think their love is real.

Anonymous said

at 4:19 pm on Jan 13, 2009

As far as I understand,you dont believe in love at first sight.They can be too young.That doesnt mean they dont have any feelings...

Anonymous said

at 8:08 pm on Jan 13, 2009

ı can't believe the love at first sight love wants time:)

Ayşegül Yeşilbursa said

at 11:30 am on Jan 14, 2009

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