Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Summaries

The Summary of

Act 1 Scene 1

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.

Act 1 Scene 2

Capulet and Paris discuss the marriage of Juliet. Capulet says she is too young and in 2 years if she wants, they can get married. He invites Paris to a party he's having to get him to get to know Juliet better. Romeo and benvolio argue about Romeo forgetting Rosaleen while Peter the capulet servant approaches them to read a list of names for the party because he can't read. They trick him into getting into the party. Romeo only wants to go cause Rosaleen will be there. Benvolio wants him to look at ladies.

Act 1 Scene 3

Juliet's mother and nurse talk in Juliet's presence. The nurse sexual remarks that pass as jokes and mom gets kinda mad. But they go on to talk about getting married. Momma bear really wants Juliet to get married. mom says She was Born when her mother was around that age. Paris is a nice dude and she she should want to marry him. Juliet doesn't care about getting married but if mother really wants, she will check him out just because mom said. Not because he wants him. The party begins.

Act 1 Scene 4

Romeo, Benvolio, and Mercutio are going to the Capulet’s ball. But Romeo is wondering how they are going to get into the ball when they are enemies. The three of them get in by wearing masks. When they figure out how to get into the ball, Romeo then says that he will not dance. After Romeo says he will not dance, Mercutio begins to make fun of him. Romeo then is saying that in his dream coming to the feast was a mistake in the first place.

Act 1 Scene 5

There is a party going on and Capulet is having a good time. Romeo sees Juliet and instantly loves her. He forgets about Rosealeen. Tybalt sees an recognizes Romeo and tries to get him kicked out but capulet tells him to chill. Tybalt is mad. Romeo starts talking to her and flirt and They end up kissing 2 times. It's cute. The nurse says lady capulet wanted to talk to Juliet. Romeo finds out that she is the daughter of the Capulets. Juliet finds out that Romeo is a montague. They are both real sad like.