Here is a much more in-depth look at what happens in each scene of Romeo and Juliet, to help you look at the framework of the play and also interrogate it.

As you look at each act we’ve had some things to alert. These are crucial character developments, or crucial inquiries that an acting agency can ask when they first go with the play together at the start of rehearsal. If you job-related with these as you go, they will assist you to make sense of the play and starting to look at the message itself. It’s a good concept to have a copy of the play nearby!




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Act 1 Scene 1 The play opens up with 2 servants from the residence of Capulet talking around their hatred of the Montagues. They meet two servants from the residence of Montague and a fight breaks out. Benvolio tries to stop the fight but as soon as Tybalt arrives points acquire worse. With his line "As I hate hell, all Montagues, and also thee: / Have at thee, coward!" the fight escalates till tbelow is a huge street brawl entailing both Lord Montague and Lord Capulet. The fight is eventually quit as soon as the Prince stops everyone saying "On pain of torture, from those bloody hands / Throw your mistemper"d weapons to the ground". He is so angry he proclaims if tbelow is another fight Montague and also Capulet shall pay the ‘forfeit’ for it through their lives. Everyone departs leaving Lord and also Lady Montague talking to Benvolio about their child Romeo, that has actually been missing all day. Benvolio guarantees to uncover out where Romeo has been and also what’s upestablishing him. Romeo reveals to Benvolio that he is in love with Rosaline yet she doesn’t love him in rerotate.
The Montagues and also Capuallows are rival family members that routinely fight each various other. The Prince cautions Lord Capulet and also Lord Montague that if there is one more fight they shall pay for it through their resides. Romeo is in love via Rosaline.
Act 1 Scene 2 Paris visits Lord Capulet to ask for Juliet’s hand also in marriage. Lord Capulet thinks Juliet is also young to marry saying to Paris ‘Let 2 more summers wither in their pride, / Ere we might think her ripe to be a bride’. However, he later urges Paris to woo her at a ball at his house. Lord Capulet sends a messenger to invite various other guests to the round. The messenger bumps right into Romeo and also Benvolio revealing to them the sphere is ensuing and also that Rosaline is among the guests. Benvolio says they go to the sphere so Romeo deserve to discover someone else to autumn in love via. Romeo agrees to go – not to discover a new love but to prove that Rosaline is the prettiest saying ‘I"ll go alengthy, no such sight to be displayed, / But to rejoice in splendor of mine own.’
Paris wants to marry Juliet but Lord Capulet wants to wait 2 years. Tright here is going to be a substantial ball at the Capulets" home. Romeo and Benvolio plan to go to the ball even though they are not invited.
Act 1 Scene 3 Lady Capulet is looking for her daughter that is acquiring prepared for the sphere. Together with the Nurse she tries to convince Juliet that Paris is a great complement in marriage, pincreasing him and saying ‘Verona"s summer hath not such a flower’. The Nurse talks around a memory she has of Juliet when she was a little girl saying ‘Thou wast the prettiest babe that e"er I nursed: / And I can live to watch thee married when, / I have my wish.’ and also is likewise keen for Juliet to marry Paris and to be happy.
Juliet is only thirteenager years old. The Nurse has cared for Juliet considering that she was a baby and also is very affectionate in the direction of her. Lady Capulet and also the Nurse both think Paris is a great enhance for Juliet.
Act 1 Scene 4 Romeo, Mercutio and also Benvolio are on their way to the sphere. Romeo is having second thoughts around attfinishing because he is feeling depressed around Rosaline, telling the others ‘I have actually a soul of lead / So stakes me to the ground I cannot move’. He then tells them that he had an ominous dream. Mercutio tries to convince Romeo that dreams are meaningless in his well known ‘Queen Mab’ speech informing Romeo ‘True, I talk of desires, / Which is as thin of substance as the air’. Eventually Romeo agrees to go to the ball.
Romeo might have actually had actually a premonition and doesn’t want to go to the sphere. Mercutio thinks Romeo’s desires are meaningmuch less.
Act 1 Scene 5 The servants in the Capulet family are getting prepared for the ball before Capulet welcomes all the guests. Tybalt sees Romeo and also is offfinished by his presence at the ball claiming ‘I"ll not endure him’ and viewing his visibility as an insult. Lord Capulet stops him from confronting Romeo which makes Tybalt feel also angrier and also he vows to look for revenge. On the other hand, Romeo meets Juliet at the ball and also they kiss, through Juliet saying ‘You kiss by the book’. They then both uncover out who the other is and also are separated, with Juliet renoting ‘My just love sprung from my just hate! / Too early checked out unwell-known, and known as well late!’
Lord Capulet permits Romeo to stay at his round, mirroring an extra relaxed perspective to the "grudge" than his nephew Tybalt, that vows revenge on Romeo. Romeo and Juliet accomplish and also share an prompt connection. Their lines together in this scene form a sonnet. Romeo and Juliet both learn who the various other one is.

Notice the put up of the opening scene and the dispute in between the two households pointed out in the prologue. What might have actually been the reason of their ‘primitive grudge’? Why do you think Shakespeare consists of the prologue? Which personalities feel the majority of strongly around the ‘feud’?

Look out for the recommendations to fate and also premonitions in the opening scenes. In scene four, Romeo states ‘for my mind misprovides some consequence yet hanging in the stars… of untimely death’. What has actually Romeo dreamt around and why execute you think Shakespeare has actually offered Romeo these lines?

Take note of Tybalt’s reaction to seeing Romeo at the round. He appears even more offfinished by Romeo being tright here than Lord Capulet. Why can this be? What does this tell us around Tybalt’s character? What does it tell us around the younger generation in the play?

Act 1 is vital because it sets up the characters – revealing their allegiances. Romeo and Juliet also have actually a really exclusive initially meeting, in a public room. What type of language do Romeo and Juliet usage when they meet? What are your impressions of Romeo and also his perspective in the direction of love? What carry out we uncover around who is on which side in "feud"?


Act 2 Scene 1 Romeo climbs over the orctough wall into the Capulets" garden. Mercutio and also Benvolio try to discover him but quickly give up once he doesn’t answer saying ‘Go, then; for "tis in vain / To look for him right here that indicates not to be found’.
Mercutio wants Romeo to leave.Romeo is taking a large danger going into the Capulet orcdifficult and climbing their walls. He might be eliminated for being there. Romeo still wants to watch Juliet, even though he currently knows she is a Capulet.
Act 2 Scene 2 Juliet shows up at her home window, sometimes a balcony, and Romeo watches her from below saying, ’But, soft! what light with yonder window breaks? / It is the eastern, and Juliet is the sun’. Romeo listens as she talks around him and inevitably speaks to her. They tell each other that they love each other through Juliet asking him for ‘The exreadjust of thy love"s faithful vow for mine’. Whilst they are talking the Nurse calls Juliet from inside which hurries their decision to satisfy the next day and also gain married with Juliet saying ‘If that thy bent of love be honourable, / Thy purpose marital relationship, send me word to-morrow’.
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Juliet and Romeo are in love and also are willing to collection aside household loyalty to be together. Juliet pushes Romeo to make vows and promise to her that she have the right to trust him. They desire to check out each various other again and also to acquire married.
Act 2 Scene 3 Friar Laurence is collecting herbs and plants that he offers for making medications and also potions saying ‘I need to up-fill this osier cage of ours / With baleful weeds and also precious-juiced flowers’. Romeo joins him and tells him he desires to marry Juliet. At initially, Friar Laurence is dismissive of Romeo’s repursuit as it was only yesterday that he was talking about his love for Rosaline asking ‘Is Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear, / So shortly forsaken?’. However before, he agrees, believing the marriage can help finish the feud in between the two family members.
Friar Laurence has an expertise of plants and herbs. Friar Laurence has counselled Romeo against his infatuation of Rosaline and also thinks his love for Juliet is the exact same. Friar Laurence believes the marriage of Romeo and Juliet might finish the household feud.
Act 2 Scene 4 Mercutio and Benvolio are still looking for Romeo, who has actually not yet reverted residence. They disclose that Tybalt has tested Romeo to a duel. Mercutio tells Benvolio that Tybalt is an extremely great swordsguy claiming ‘O, he is the courageous captain of compliments’. Romeo arrives and also is in a really excellent mood and also the 3 friends tease each various other saying to Romeo ‘Why, is not this much better currently than groaning for love? Now art thou sociable, currently art thou Romeo’. The Nurse enters and asks to sheight to Romeo. He tells her his intentions are true, saying ‘Nurse, commend me to thy lady and also mistress’, and also that Juliet should visit Friar Laurence that afternoon so they can marry.
Tybalt is a danger to Romeo. He is dubbed a "captain of compliments", referring to his studied capability through a sword. Other characters additionally speak to him the "Prince of Cats" in the play. This is a recommendation to an additional fictional character, with a comparable name, who was a quick tempered fighter. Romeo, Mercutio and also Benvolio are exceptionally good friends that recognize each other very well. The Nurse does not want Juliet to be hurt by Romeo however is willing to aid them.
Act 2 Scene 5 Juliet is waiting for the Nurse to return with news of Romeo’s proposal advertising ‘The clock struck nine as soon as I did send the nurse; In half an hour she promised to return’. She is also more irritated by the Nurse’s reluctance to tell her the news once she comes earlier from meeting via Romeo. The Nurse tells Juliet to visit Friar Laurence where she’ll be married, remarking ‘Now comes the wanton blood up in your cheeks, / They"ll be in scarlet straight at any type of news’
Juliet is incredibly impatient while she waits for the Nurse’s news. The Nurse teases Juliet and deliberately holds ago the news Juliet wants many. The Nurse and Juliet have a strong and also warmth partnership.
Act 2 Scene 6 Romeo and also Juliet accomplish in key at Friar Laurence’s cell with the Friar blessing them and saying ‘So smile the heavens upon this holy act’. They exit together to acquire married off phase as the Friar tells them to ‘Come, come via me, and we will make short work; / For, by your leaves, you shall not continue to be alone / Till holy church incorpoprice 2 in one.’
Romeo and also Juliet are currently married. Friar Laurence is their ally and the just perchild, apart from the Nurse, who knows they are married.

Look at the way Act 2 opens up, carrying on from Act 1 as Romeo replies to Benvolio. Why execute you think this has actually been split? What does this do dramatically?

Notice the way in which Romeo chases after Juliet in Scene 1, climbing the orctough wall. Why execute you think he does this instead of waiting to accomplish her at an additional time? The impatience of the younger personalities throughout Act 2 is a key variable in points going wrong. Romeo is impatient through the Friar, Juliet through the Nurse, and also Mercutio via Romeo. What does this tell us around the characters’ decision making? How does this impact the plot?

Act 2 is necessary bereason it is wbelow Romeo and Juliet autumn in love and also are married – assisted by the Friar and the Nurse. How willing are the Friar and also the Nurse to assist the young couple? How execute you think they feel around the match and why execute they help?


 Act 3 Scene 1 Benvolio tries to convince Mercutio to go indoors as the Capulets are on the look out for a fight. Sure sufficient, Tybalt arrives trying to find Romeo. When Romeo does arrive he refsupplies to fight through Tybalt, who he is currently regarded by marriage saying to him ‘I perform protest, I never before injured thee, / But love thee better than thou canst devise’. A fight breaks out in between Mercutio and Tybalt which ends through Mercutio being stabbed after Romeo gets in the means. While dying Mercutio curses both dwellings of Capulet and Montague exclaiming ‘A pester o" both your houses! I am sped’. In revenge for his friend’s fatality, Romeo seeks out Tybalt and also kills him. When the Prince arrives he announces ‘And for that offence / Immediately we perform exile him therefore.’
Mercutio suggests that Benvolio is as quick to fight as Tybalt is. Romeo gets in the method of Mercutio and Tybalt which enables Tybalt to kill Mercutio and also renders Romeo partially responsible. When he takes revenge for Mercutio"s murder by killing Tybalt, Romeo puts his friendship before his marital relationship to Juliet.Romeo is banimelted from Verona’s wall surfaces rather than being eliminated for what he has actually done, as the Prince proclaimed would certainly happen.
Act 3 Scene 2 Juliet waits for Romeo to join her after their marital relationship impatiently saying ‘Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds, / Towards Phoebus" lodging’, however the Nurse arrives through news of Tybalt’s fatality. At first, Juliet curses Romeo’s name however once she discovers what occurred she asks ‘Shall I sheight ill of him that is my husband? / Ah, poor my lord, what tongue shall smooth thy name, / When I, thy three-hrs wife, have actually mangled it?’ and realises she demands to stand next to her husband also. The Nurse agrees to get a message to Romeo.
Juliet is extremely impatient to be with Romeo.Juliet is angry at Romeo for killing Tybalt, however then feels sorry for hating him. Juliet refsupplies to see her parents who she knows are mourning Tybalt.
Act 3 Scene 3 Romeo is hiding at Friar Laurence’s cell and also is provided the news he has been banimelted. He is distraught and says that being baniburned is worse than being killed as he won’t have the ability to view Juliet, informing the Friar ‘Tright here is no human being without Verona walls, / But purgatory, torture, hell itself’. The Nurse arrives via news that Juliet still loves him and the Friar convinces Romeo to run away to Mantua while points settle down in Verona. He tells him to go to Juliet initially, to consummate their marriage, saying ‘Go, obtain thee to thy love, as was decreed, / Ascend her chamber, hence and also comfort her”.
Romeo thinks death would be much better than being baniburned. Romeo cries and also weeps and also does not want to live without Juliet.
Act 3 Scene 4 Paris visits Lord Capulet to seek Juliet’s hand in marriage. At initially Capulet argues that everyone is also full of grief to entertain the idea of a wedding. But as Paris is about to leave he has a change of heart and argues they get married in 3 days" time "Thursday be it, then. / Go you to Juliet ere you go to bed, / Prepare her, wife, versus this wedding-day".
Paris as soon as aobtain tries to gain Lord Capulet to agree to the wedding also though Tybalt has actually simply passed away. Lord Capulet says he knows his daughter’s mind and also that she will agree to marry Paris. Lady Capulet is left to provide the news of the proposed marital relationship.
Act 3 Scene 5 Romeo and Juliet say goodbye to each other with Juliet asking, "Art thou gone so? Love, lord, ay, husband also, friend! / I should hear from thee eextremely day in the hour, / For in a minute tright here are many days". Lady Capulet enters and also tells Juliet that she is to marry Paris. Juliet refprovides and once she tells Lord Capulet this he threatens to disvery own her if she doesn’t agree saying, "For, by my soul, I"ll ne"er acknowledge thee, / Nor what is mine shall never before execute thee good". When they are alone, the Nurse tries to convince Juliet to forobtain Romeo and marry Paris. Juliet decides to visit Friar Laurence.
In Juliet and also Romeo"s last moments together there are several recommendations to death and also Juliet foreshadows Romeo"s fatality by saying he looks as though he is in a tomb. Lord Capulet offered to believe Juliet’s opinion was essential in deciding who she have to marry however he now states he will certainly disvery own her if she refoffers to marry Paris. Lady Capulet tries to calm her husband down however ends the scene telling Juliet she is additionally "done via thee".

Notice Romeo’s punishment for killing Tybalt. The Prince claimed in Act 1 Scene 1 that anyone that disturbed the tranquility would certainly pay via their life so why do you think he banishes Romeo rather of having actually him killed? What effect does this have actually on the play?

Take a look at Juliet’s reactions and also behaviour in Act 3, Scene 2. What various emovements does she endure in this one scene? Can you discover any type of directions in her lines that might aid an actor playing the duty, or present them how to respond?

Take note of Lord Capulet’s arrangement to marry Juliet to Paris. Why carry out you think he has actually readjusted his mind and now desires the couple to marry that very same week, as soon as he wanted to wait 2 years in Act 1? What does this readjust of pace carry out to the plot? This is the initially time we see Juliet disobey her father and also mom. Does this adjust just how you watch her character?

Act 3 is crucial bereason Romeo and Juliet are separated – via Romeo being baniburned and also Juliet’s proposed marriage to Paris being lugged forward. Why perform you think Shakespeare does these at the exact same suggest in the play?


Act 4 Scene 1 Paris visits Friar Laurence in order to setup his own wedding to Juliet. He meets Juliet there who claims she has come for confession. When Paris has actually left Juliet threatens to kill herself if the Friar have the right to not help her, saying to him, ‘O, bid me leap, fairly than marry Paris, / From off the battlements of yonder tower’. The Friar devises a arrangement where Juliet will certainly take a potion that will make her show up dead and also ‘No warmth, no breath, shall testify thou livest’. Friar Laurence plans to let Romeo recognize the reality by means of a message so he deserve to collect her from the Capulet household tomb.
Juliet is desperate to avoid marrying Paris. Friar Laurence have the right to make Juliet a potion to make her appear dead. The Nurse doesn’t recognize around this plan but Friar Laurence plans to let Romeo know by sending him a message. The message tells Romeo to satisfy Juliet in the tomb so they have the right to leave together once she wakes up.
Act 4 Scene 2 Juliet retransforms to the family home and begs fbarisalcity.orgiveness from her father. He is overjoyed and also decides to move the day of the wedding to the exceptionally next day exclaiming ‘my heart is wondrous light, / Since this same wayward girl is so reclaim’d’.
Juliet has lied to her father. The adjust in day of the wedding is a serious problem for Juliet’s plan.
Act 4 Scene 3 Due to the adjust in the day of the wedding, Juliet is compelled to take the potion a night early. At initially she problems that maybe the Friar has actually offered her a poichild so his marrying her to Romeo won’t be found, asking herself ‘What if it be a poikid, which the friar / Subtly hath minister"d to have me dead, / Lest in this marriage he have to be dishonour"d, / Because he married me prior to to Romeo?’. She takes the potion anymethod and also instantly appears dead.


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Juliet takes the potion and also feels prefer tright here is no various other means out. Juliet knows she will be taken to the Capulet household tomb.