Romeo and Juilet Act 1 Summaries

Act 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.

Act 1. Scene 2 [A Walk In The Park]

Capulet walks with paris as paris asks capulet again if he can marry his daughter. Capulet says she is not yet 14 and not old enough for marriage and that he can but he has to wait 2 years and win her heart. romeo finds the servant Capulet sent out and reads the note and they start to decide if they should go to the party. Romeo says no but Benvolio slowly makes Romeo change his mind and they decide to go to the party.

Act 1. Scene 3.[A Golden Marriage]

Lady Capulet talks with Juliet, trying to convince her to marry Count Paris. Lady Capulet wants Juliet to marry Prince because he has a lot of money and he is very high on the social ladder. Juliet doesn’t want to marry him, because she wants to find her own true love. Also, if Juliet were to marry Paris the Capulets would get put higher on the social ladder. If Juliet were to marry Paris, the Capulets would be related to the Prince, because The Prince and Paris are related somehow.