Romeo and Juliet Discussion

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Part I 1) Discuss the sources of tension in the first scene. Why are these characters upset? The sources of tension in the first scene are two servants of the Capulets and two of the Montagues. They are upset because the Capulets and Montagues have an age old hatred for each other, and the two servants of the Capulets wanted to start a fight. 2) How does Romeo describe the woman he loves in Scene 1? Refer to things like word choice. Connotation, tone figures of speech, and so on. Romeo describes the woman he loves by saying: ‘’She hath Dian’s wit.”- Here Romeo is comparing her to the Roman goddess Diana because she is chaste and does not want to marry. “O she is rich in beauty, only poor that when she dies, with beauty dies her store.” – Romeo is saying that she is beautiful, but it is a shame that she will not pass her beauty down to anyone because she does not want to have children. 3) Describe the Nurse. Describe her relationship with Juliet. Nurse is a comic relief character in this tragic play. She is a trusted confidant in the Capulet family. Nurse has motherly bond with Juliet. She was the one who breastfed Juliet and practically raised her, so her and Juliet had a really strong bond. 4) Who are Romeo’s friends and what is their plan? Discuss the debate they have with Romeo, as well as their motivations for this plan. Romeo’s friends are Benvolio and Mercutio and their plan is to take Romeo to Capulets ball to distract him from Rosaline. They are trying to get Romeo to go out and dance, but he says he is too hurt by Rosaline to dance, but Mercutio and Benvoilo still force him to go to the ball. 5) Describe Romeo’s reaction when he first sees Juliet. When Romeo first sees Juliet he is astonished by her beauty. He instantly falls in love with her. He compares her beauty to a jewel hanging from the cheek of an Ethiopian. He says she is too
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