Romeo and Juliet Act 1 summaries

Act 1 Scene 1

Scene 1 [Warring Houses and an All Too Emo Kid]

The play opens on the servants of Juliet's house desiring to pick a fight with the servants from Romeo's house. Benvolio tries to stop the fighting, but "fiery" Tybalt only intensifies the brawl. Before anyone is seriously injured, the Prince breaks up the fight. He decrees that anyone who fights in the streets of Verona will forfeit his or her life. Afterwards, Benvolio speaks with Romeo to try to find out what is causing him to cry all the time and mope around. We learn that Romeo is in love with Rosaline--a beautiful woman who doesn't love him in return.

Scene 2 Paris Proposes, the Servant’s Stupidity Leads to Party Crashing

Paris asks capulet if he can marry his daughter. He says no because he thinks that she is too young. He changes his mind and says you can marry my daughter if she approves of him. The servant is given invitations out for the Capulet’s but he can’t read. He asks Romeo to read it for him and gets invited to the Capulet party because the servant does not know Romeo is a Montague. Then Benvolio convinces romeo to go to the party so he can get over Rosaline and then they go.

Scene 3 Pushy mother and the inappropriate Nurse

Lady Capulet talks to Juliet about marrying paris.She is trying to get her out of the house. The Nurse,who is juliet's caretaker, tries to convince juliet to marry parris also. Juliet does not really want to marry yet. She answers like every child would and just agrees but does not mean it.


Scene 4 Mercutio and the story of Queen Mab.

Romeo and Benvolio talk about going to the Capulets party to try and find a different girl to get him over Rosaline. Then Mercutio tries to get Romeo to go but he is hard-headed and doesn’t listen until he hears the story about Queen Mab. Mercutio says dreams are lies and they won’t come true. Then Romeo finally changes his mind and goes to the party.


Scene 5 Tybalt’s fury and Romeo’s love

Capulet welcomes everyone to the party and asks them to have fun. Tybalt rages to Lord Capulet that he spotted a Montagues at the party. Capulet doesn’t care that he’s at the party because he’s honorable. Romeo goes up to Juliet and asks her for a kiss. Romeo asks the nurse what Juliets last name is and Juliet asks the nurse what Romeo’s last name is. Romeo’s last name is Montague and Juliet’s last name is Capulet.