Romeo and Juliet


Plot Summary

Act 1: The conflict is introduced. A fight brakes out between Montagues and Capulets. Paris asks Lord Capulet to marry Juliet and he wants Juliet to meet him and decide for he self so he sets up a party for them to meet. Juliet tells he mother she doesnt want to marry Paris. Romeo and Juliet meet, and Romeo forgets about Rosiline.

Act 2: Romeo goes to find Juliet after the party, and the plan to meet again. Romeo talks to Friar Laurence about marring them and he agrees. Romeo reports to the nurse and the nurse tells Juliet. Then they get married

Act 3: Tybalt and Mercutio fight, Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeo kills Tybalt for killing Mercutio. The prince then bannishes Romeo because either way Tybalt was going to die. Juliet is very upset about this and Lord Capulet thinks that she is morning the loss of Tybalt, so when Paris asks to marry Juliet again he agees. When Juliet finds out she gets upset and her parents say if she defies them she will die.

Act 4: Juliet goes to Friar Laurence for help and he gives he a potion to fake her death. He tells her to go home and act like everythings normal. She convinces her family and takes the potion. The funeral for Juliet is held.

Act 5:Romeo finds out thats Juliet is dead from his friend Blathazar. Frair Laurence finds out that he message to him was never really delivered. Romeo kills paris and then kills him self. Juliet wakes up and kills her self. The feud between the family is resolved

Characteristic Descriptions

Benvolio- Montague-Static-Flat-Romeo's cousin-peaceful-voice of reason-Mercutios close friend- his role was to convince Romeo to look for other women

Abraham- Montague-Static-Flat-Servant-Shows the rivalry between the families

Nurse- Capulet-Dynamic-Round-Close with Juliet-humorous-trusting

Lord Capuet- Capulet-Dynamic-Round-Juliet's father-headstrong-wants best for Juliet-wants to beat Montagues

Tybalt- Capulet-Static-Round-Juliet's cousin-quick temper-swordsman-shows hatred between Montagues and Capulets


Act 1, Scene 1- Romeo is speaking of how Rosaline decides she will remain chaste her entire life. "Then she hath sworn that she will still live chaste? She hath." I feel as though this part is Shakespeare saying how men only care about one thing. Act 2, Scene 1- The chorus is speaking of Romeo leaving Rosaline the second he sees Juliet. "Now old desire doth in his deathbed lie and young affection gapes to be his heir." I think this is Shakespeare showing a good example of how easily some men can drop women just because they see something new. Act 3, Scene 2- The scene is set right after Romeo kills Tybalt and the Nurse is explaining to Juliet the situation. "There's no trust, no faith, no honesty in men, all perjured." The Nurse was sort of a voice of reason, but also an enabler for Juliet. She really only wanted the best for her, like a mother for her child. More so than Lady Capulet even did for Juliet. I think Shakespeare is having the Nurse try to sympathize with Juliet and bash Romeo to show how the Nurse has been wronged by men, as well. Juliet does not take very kindly to it, though and recoils, defending her precious Romeo to the death. Literally.Act 3, Scene 5- This part is where Juliet says she doesn't want to wed Paris and Capulet gets very angry at the fact that his good intentions are being spit back in his face. "Hang thee young baggage! Disobedient wretch! ... My fingers itch." My belief is that Shakespeare is displaying how much power men had over women, especially fathers over daughters. Capulet went from wanting Juliet to be happy, to wanting to physically harm her because she disagreed with him making lifelong choices for her. Act 5, Scene 3- The last quote I picked is from the part where Juliet wakes up after Romeo kills himself for her. Juliet freaks out and tries to drink whatever poison is left in the vial, and of course, there is none. (Screen grab from scene is pictured.) "O churl! Drunk all and left no friendly drop to help me after? I will kiss thy lips." Just because Juliet was "dead," Romeo now wants to die too. When he's dead, Juliet is horrified and also wants to die. Hasn't anyone ever heard of "living on for the other person!" or "just because the other died, doesn't mean your life is over too." It's kind of ridiculous why Romeo thought he should die just because she's dead. If he would've thought out his actions before he did them, neither Romeo or Juliet would end up dead. I think Shakespeare really wanted to exaggerate the whole "star-crossed lovers" thing. Altogether, I think Shakespeare was really trying to emphasize the fact that some men (Romeo, and Lord Capulet in particular) are not to be trusted. A few characters state the same fact: Romeo isn't worth Juliet's time or love. But star-crossed lovers is a sacred term, so there's really nothing that could've been done.

Language Devices

  1. Foreshadow: "By some vile forfeit of untimely death." 1.4.111- Clues audience of the tragedy waiting to happen.
  2. Pun: "Thou art like one of those fellows that when he enters the confines of a tavern claps me his sword upon the table and says, 'God send me no need of thee.'" 3.1.5- Pun Shows Mercutio's humorous side.
  3. Personification: "Thou art detestable maw, thou womb of death, gorged with the dearest morsel of earth, thus I enforce thy rotten jaws to open, and, in despite I'll cram thee with more food" 5.3.51- Romeo shows his fear of death by using personification.
  4. Alliteration: “Alas poor Romeo! He is already dead; stabbed with a white wench’s black eye; run through the ear with a love song” 2.4.15- Mercutio asks Romeo, who was hit with Cupid’s arrow, could fight Romeo. White wench shows alliteration.
  5. Metaphor: “The day is hot, the Capulets abroad.” 3.1.1- Benvolio uses the hot weather to represent the temper between the two families.

5 Words you Should Know from Romeo and Juliet

Word Act/Scene/Line Definition

Beseeming 1.1.52 to be fit or worthy

Portentous 1.1.57 of the nature of a portenty; momentous

Peruse 5.3.74 examine

Pernicious 1.1.77 causing harm

Lamentable 4.5.30 regretable