Romeo and Juliet act 1 summaries
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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.
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Act 1 Scene 4
Romeo is feeling down, so his friends try and persuade him to go to a party. He is finally convinced because Mercutio brings up a magical fairy who causes men and women to have dreams--especially dreams about love. Marcucio convinces Romeo that dreams don't always explain life. Little did he know that Romeo's dream is actually foreshadowing of the future. #YOLO