The play opens with the chorus reciting a poem. Then, in the opening dialogue, Shakespeare spices his writing with puns and double-entendres, as when the servants Sampson and Gregory make veiled sexual references: The quarrel is between our masters and us their men. The heads of the maids?
He supports and fights on the Montague side of the feud, and just like a Shakespeare romeo and juliet act, hates the Capulet family. Mercutio is apt to make long, drawn out speeches the most famous of which is the Queen Mab speechand is generally thought to be recklessa jesterand a free spirit.
Mercutio is the instigator of many fights with his rather mean spirited humor, and often insults Tybalt, a renowned swordsman.
Not knowing this, Mercutio is incensed, and decides to fight Tybalt himself. When Romeo and Paris break into a brawl, the page runs away to call the Watch. House of Capulet[ edit ] The Capulet family in Italian, "Capuleti" in the play was named after an actual political faction of the 13th century.
They are also more developed, since more attention is given to their family life. He is very wealthy. He is sometimes commanding but also convivial, as at the ball: Hang thee, young baggage! I tell thee what: He says his consent to the marriage depends upon what she wants and tells Count Paris that if he wants to marry Juliet he should wait a while then ask her.
The catch is that she has to be "ruled" by her father and to accept the proposal. He then storms away, and his wife also rejects Juliet before following him. He fixes the day of the marriage for Thursday and suddenly advances it to Wednesday out of anger and impulse.
It is he who asks Lord Montague for his hand to end the feud between their families. For the racehorse, see Lady Capulet horse. In Act 1, Scene 3, she speaks to Juliet about the marriage of her daughter and Paris, we see this as she compares him to a book, and Juliet is the cover.
When Tybalt is killed in Act 3, she expresses extreme grief and a strong desire for revenge on Romeo by wishing death upon him. In Act 3, Scene 5, she becomes very angry with Juliet for refusing to marry Paris and coldly rejects her, saying: By the final act, she is nearly overcome by the tragic events of the play, this is where the grief-stricken mother comes out.
As a child she was cared for by a Nurse, who is now her confidante. Juliet dies at the end of the play, and the sacred lovers are reunited on the same deathbed. Both their families realise what they had done by trying to separate the star crossed lovers with the effect that the Capulets and Montagues are reunited and their fighting ends.
His last appearance is in act 3 scene 1, wherein Mercutio insults Tybalt and ends up fighting with him. Nurse Romeo and Juliet The Nurse is a major character in the play, and like the Friar she is a neutral character.
There has been speculation about her name, as Capulet refers to as "Angelica", but the line can be addressed to either the nurse or Lady Capulet.
She was also the one who breastfed Juliet as a child. He appears to be a loyal servant, always quick to obey the Nurse. Gregory and Sampson are the Capulet servants.
Gregory is originally hesitant to start a fight. Sampson, however, bites his thumb at Abram, "Which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it". The Montagues then retaliate in earnest. Benvolio arrives to break up the fight but ends up fighting with Tybalt.
The rhetorical form is called stychomythiawherein characters participate in a short, quick exchanges of one-upmanship. Their discussion and brawl in this scene set the stage for the rivalry and hatred which fills the rest of the play.
Servant to Capulet[ edit ] The hapless servant attempting to find the people named on a list he cannot read A servant to Capulet is sent to deliver party invitations to a number of nobles and friends to Capulet.
While walking, he comes upon Romeo and Benvolio and asks them to read the list for him, as he cannot read. As a thank you, he invites the boys to "come and crush a cup of wine," not realising that they are Montagues. This character may have been intended to be the same as Peter, and is usually identified in scripts either as Peter or as a Clown.
He appears as an elderly man sitting with Capulet in the feast. House of Montague[ edit ] The Montague family in Italian, "Montecchi" was an actual political faction of the 13th century.Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.
It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed caninariojana.com, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers. A plague on both your houses! Complete explanatory notes for Romeo and Juliet, from your trusted Shakespeare source.
Count Paris is a kinsman of Prince Escalus and seeks to marry Juliet. He is described as handsome, somewhat self-absorbed, and very wealthy. Paris makes his first appearance in Act I, Scene II, where he expresses his wish to make Juliet his wife and the mother of his children.
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