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Copy of Romeo & Juliet Timeline - Year 8

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Prologue
SUNDAY
MONDAY
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
Exposition/Introduction
Complication
Climax
Dénouement
Resolution
PLAY STRUCTURE
(Circus Tent!)
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Timeline
Prologue Summary
This short section of text sets the scene for the play to come, letting the audience know the general plot outline and how long the play is expected to take.
It also asks the audience to be patient, and encourages them to be good listeners, so as to enjoy the play and catch any details the prologue has not touched on.
The prologue also uses powerful language to catch the emotional anguish of the protagonists and their battle with fate, such as in the saying "star-crossed lovers" and "the fearful passage of their death-marked love".
This kind of opening was not uncommon in Shakespeare's works and in other plays from the time, as a 'plot spoiler' was not considered a negative thing in the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras (in the late 15th and early 16th centuries)
Act Two Scene Six
This short scene lets the audience know about the marriage of Romeo and Juliet by Friar Lawrence. It also tells us the vows they take and the words of love they express. This shows the connection and devotion they have to each other. We learn that Friar Lawrence is hesitant about their marriage.
This scene commences with Friar Lawrence and Romeo waiting for Juliet in the Friar's cell. Friar Lawrence tries to warn Romeo about the haste of the marriage, but not even death can oppose his feelings of delight in marrying Juliet. When Juliet enters they speak of their love and are then taken to the chapel to be married.
Powerful language is used by Romeo to tell the audience about his love and the urge to marry Juliet. In this scene, images of happiness and marriage are put together with those of violence and death. "These violent delights have violent ends" are the words of Friar Lawrence when he tries to convince Romeo that it may not be best to marry.
Christianity was the main religion in Europe during the Renaissance period (around the fifteenth century), so it was common for people to marry in chapels. It was also common for people to marry at a young age, because the life expectancy was shorter at about thirty to forty years.
In this scene Romeo expresses his love for Juliet to Friar Lawrence. It tells the audience how much Romeo loves Juliet and Juliet loves Romeo. Also it shows Friar Lawrence’s reaction and how fast Romeo moved on, allowing the audience to question whether it really is true love.
● The scene starts with Friar Lawrence picking herbs and flowers for his poisons and remedies. Romeo enters and expresses his feelings for Juliet to Friar Lawrence, while Friar Lawrence teases him about getting over Rosaline so fast. Romeo asks for the Friar to marry them in secret and he agrees.
● Powerful language is used by Romeo to express his feelings for Juliet to Friar Lawrence ‘Where on a sudden one hath wounded me, that’s by me wounded’. Also Friar Lawrence used wise words to ask Romeo to rethink is thoughts and feelings ‘Then young men love with their eyes, not with their hearts’.
● It was common to want to get married at a young age in these times as the life span of people was a lot shorter. People died at a young age ranging from thirty to forty years.
Act 4 Scene 3
Juliet and the Nurse are choosing clothes to wear at the wedding, when Lady Capulet comes in, and wishes her goodnight.
Lady Capulet and the Nurse leave Juliet for the night, hoping that she will be ready for her wedding to Count Paris the next day.
Juliet drinks the vial of poison and falls into a deep sleep for two days, which she hopes will fall the others into thinking she's dead.
Juliet has a long soliloquy in this scene where she worries and hesitates before taking the poison, imagining rotting corpses (including her cousin Tybalt) in the tomb.
Key Quotes:
"What if it be poison which the Friar / Subtly hath minister'd to have me dead,/ Lest in this marriage he should be dishonour'd, / Because he married me before to Romeo?"
"Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Here's drink - I drink to thee."
Act I, Scene iv
-The short section of text in Act 1 Scene 4 demonstrates and foreshadows how Romeo’s affection for someone can influence his decisions.
-In this scene, Romeo and his friends Benvolio and Mercutio are about to sneak in to the Capulet Masquerade Ball, but Romeo does not want to dance because of his heartbreak with Rosaline.
-The language is merry and Benvolio and Mercutio mock Romeo’s feelings. Romeo, however, is solemn and melancholy at the loss of the thought of him and Rosaline together.
-In this scene, Mercutio has a long monologue about the dream fairies.
-This scene is a short, linking, comic-relief scene that intends to give the reader some breathing time in between the drama with Rosaline and Romeo meeting Juliet afterwards.
Capulet and Paris discuss Paris’s desire to marry Juliet. Capulet is overjoyed, but also states that Juliet—not yet fourteen—is too young to get married. He asks Paris to wait two years. He invites Paris to the feast he is holding that night so that Paris might begin to woo Juliet and win her heart. Capulet hurry’s a servant, Peter, to invite a list of people to the feast.
Romeo and Benvolio are close by, still arguing about whether Romeo will be able to forget his love. Peter asks Romeo to read the list to him; Rosaline’s name is one of those on the list. Before leaving, Peter invites Romeo and Benvolio to the party—assuming, he says, that they are not Montagues. Benvolio tells Romeo that the feast will be the perfect opportunity to compare Rosaline with the other beautiful women of Verona. Romeo agrees to go with him, but only because Rosaline herself will be there.

· Key Quotes: ‘But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart,’
‘Younger than she are happy mothers made’
‘One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun
Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun.’

· The purpose of this scene is to introduce the idea of Juliet planning to get married to Paris and to show how desperately in love Romeo is with Rosaline before he meets Juliet. It also sets the scene of how Romeo and Juliet’s relationship will be eventful.
• The purpose of this scene is to show the audience that Romeo is feeling so much pain towards Juliet’s “death”, that he is ready to take his own life. It introduces a new character, the apothecary, and we learn more about Romeo’s personality and how he struggles with the loss of someone he deeply cares about.

• In this scene Romeo meets up with Balthasar in hope for good news from Verona. Instead, Balthasar tells Romeo that Juliet has died. Romeo reacts terribly to this harsh news and runs to the pharmacist and begs for a shot of poison to take so he may lie with Juliet. He pays the pharmacist 40 ducats for the poison, which he calls medicine, to take next to Juliet’s grave.

• In this scene Romeo speaks without confidence and more with emotion and tragedy in his voice. He has a change of personality and uses strong and passionate lines towards the apothecary. He speaks in a way as if he has given up on life and everything has been taken away from him e.g. “I’ll take this mixture, which is a medicine, not a poison.” “Destructive thoughts come quickly to the minds of desperate men”

• This would be considered one of the climaxes of the play as one of the main characters is going to take his own life for the loss of someone else’s. This isn’t unusual, as in many of Shakespeare’s plays there seems to be great loss which has something to do with the protagonist of the story.

- This scene is set in the Capulet household and the main dialogue is held between Lady Capulet, Nurse and Juliet. Lady Capulet is asking Juliet about her view on marriage and informs her of Paris’s interest in her. She is suggested to attend the party as well, as Count Paris will be there. The scene ends with the Nurse telling Juliet to go out and seek her future.
- The scene shows the strong connections between these characters. For example the connection between the Nurse and Juliet is fairly close as the Nurse says that Juliet is like a daughter to her and knows her birthday down to the hour. Lady Capulet shows a great deal of trust in the nurse as she asks for her to stay when discussing Juliet’s future. Her mother also shows a lot of respect toward Juliet but not forcing her into the marriage but asking her about her thoughts… ‘ How stands your disposition to be married?’
- It displays to the reader culture from this time. Marriage was not purely of love as Paris didn’t even officially meet Juliet but merely asked for her hand. This shows that morals of love back in this time were much different. It was based on perhaps two factors- wealth and power.
- This scene shows that the family members and people around Juliet, only want what is best for her future and it shows the deep connection that she has with the people surrounding her.

This scene is mainly for the purpose of comic relief (Nurse and Romeo's friends), as well as an introduction by Benvolio and Mercutio, which is then taken up by Romeo. Through this scene, the audience can understand the relationship between the three friends. This scene begins the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. It also gives us an understanding of Tybalt, the 'Prince of Cats', and foreshadows his involvement with Romeo and Juliet's problems.
In this scene, Romeo has arrived from Juliet's house, and meets his friends, Benvolio and Mercutio. Being in a good state of mind after conversing with his beloved, Romeo jokes with his friends, and appears to Mercutio to have forgotten his love for Rosemary. The Nurse arrives to take Romeo's message about the secret marriage to Juliet. Romeo conveys the details to the Nurse, who sets off to relay the message to her charge.
This scene, especially in the conversation between the three friends, and Romeo's friends and the Nurse, uses many innuendos and twisted words with hidden meanings. Mercutio and Romeo make lavish use of words with double meanings during their exchange. For example:
Romeo: Good morrow to you both. What counterfeit did I give you?
Mercutio: The slip, sir, the slip, can you not conceive? (The slip was a slang term for a counterfeit coin)
There were many phrases used as greetings during William Shakespeare's time, two of which have been used in this scene: 'God ye good morrow,' and 'God ye good den,', both used to address to address more than one person of familiar or lower standing. The former means 'Good morning,' while 'God ye good den' is used to say 'Good day'.

The Capulet's house feast is finishing and the servants are about clearing the tables and getting the dance floor ready. Lord Capulet welcomes the guests to the dance floor and jokes with his cousin about how long ago it was since they were dancing.
Romeo sees Juliet for the first time and immediately thinks she is beautiful and falls in love with her (totally forgetting about Rosaline). Tybalt recognises Romeo and tries to pick a fight but Lord Capulet stopis him, telling him to have a good time and how has heard good things about Romeo.
Romeo approaches Juliet and he talks about his new love for her. Romeo worships Juliet, kissing her twice and holding her hand. The two part, and both question each other's identity. They are both told that they are from opposing families and become distressed.
This scene reveals that Capulet has made up his mind and wants his daughter married, and that Paris is desperate to marry Juliet. It shows the audience how only Juliet's decision and willpower stands in the way of her marrying Paris.
In this scene, Paris visits the Capulet household. Lord Capulet, Lady Capulet and Paris arrange Juliet's marriage to Paris to be on Thursday (not knowing she is already married). Also, they talk about how they think that Juliet is sad because of Tybalt's death. They don't know that she is really upset because of Romeo's banishment.
Capulet expresses his thoughts on Tybalt's death by saying "he loved her kinsman Tybalt dearly. And so did I. Well, we were born to die." (III.iv.4-5)
This scene is a turning point for how we understand Juliet's family's attitude towards her.
The purpose of this scene is to show that Juliet would do anything for Romeo and so follows through with the plan she has made. It tells us that Capulet is two-faced and only wants his own wishes granted. He wants Juliet to be with Paris and doesn't care for her reasons or her choice. It's ironic because she is in fact deceiving her parents, which only the audience knows.
Juliet returns home from Friar Lawrence's cell, and finds out that Capulet and Lady Capulet are preparing for her wedding. Juliet surprises her parents by reversing what she had previously said, and cheerfully agrees to marry Paris. Capulet is proud of her, and moves the wedding forward to Wednesday.
"To beg your pardon. Pardon, I beseech you!" showing that Juliet is appearing to ask her father's forgiveness.
This scene is significant to the timeline of the play as it accelerates events, contributing to the deaths of the protagonists.
This scene shows Juliet's excitement at the growing love between her and Romeo, as she waits three hours just to find the news about her love Romeo. Juliet is so excited when she sees the Nurse coming and wants to know the news immediately.
In this scene, Juliet waits patiently for the Nurse to deliver news about Romeo, and the Nurse tries to delay from saying it. When she eventually does tell, Juliet goes straight to Friar Lawrence's cell to get married.
Juliet's language is this scene is excited and somewhat desperate.
The Nurse is teasing and tormenting Juliet by talking about her aching back, or getting distracted by describing Romeo, as she is not as keen as Juliet for her to marry Romeo.
This scene in the play explains to us what Romeo's punishment is going to be as Friar Lawrence informs Romeo that the Prince has banished him from Verona for killing Tybalt. To Romeo, exile is worse than death, and he attempts to stab himself. The Friar calms Romeo down and convinces him that his situation is not that desperate. With the Nurse's help, Romeo prepares to visit Juliet before leaving Verona.
This scene starts with Friar Lawrence in his cell full of fear for Romeo. Romeo enters asking the Friar what the news is. The Friar tells him that he is banished.
Powerful language is used by Friar Lawrence to calm Romeo down: "The law, that threatened death, becomes thy friend and turns it to exile." Also, Romeo used powerful language expressing how he would rather die than be banished: "Hence 'banished' is banished from the world and world's exile is death."
In these times banishment was worse than death because when you were banished from your home you would only be able to send letters to your family and you couldn't access your property or possessions, so it was difficult to survive,
1-Romeo is madly in love with Juliet. He doesn’t want to be found by Mercutio and Benvolio. In the end Mercutio and Benvolio stop looking for him because he doesn’t want to be found. Shakespeare is also telling the audience who they can and can’t marry. Mercutio also refers to Juliet as a maid.
2- Mercutio and Benvolio are looking for Romeo. They can’t find him and decide that he doesn’t want to be found and they go home.
3- 1-‘An open-arse, thou a pop’rin pear’ (open-arse: refuring to Juliet in a sexual way. / pop’rin pear: a slang meaning for ‘penis’.)
2- ‘Speak to my gossip Venus one fair word’ (my gossip Venus: my old friend Venus- the goddess of love.)
3- ‘One nickname for her purblind son and heir, young Abraham cupid, he that shot so trim When King Cophetue lov’d the beggar-maid’ (purblind: completely blind. / young….cupid: that little beggar cupid; Mercutio identifies cupid with the ‘Abraham men’- half naked beggars who cheated the public by pretending madness. / trim: neatly, accurately. / King Cophetue….maid: a popular Elizabethan balled tells the story of a legendary king in Africa who fell in love with a beggar-maid.)
4- This whole scene is sexual in many ways

This scene tells us what the plan is for Juliet to get out of her wedding with Paris and to be with Romeo. It helps us notice what went wrong in the following scenes and what was supposed to happen.
This scene again shows us how dependent the characters are on Friar Lawrence and how reliable he can be. Juliet's desperation is shown when she pulls out a knife and threatens to kill herself.
Key quote: "I long to die / If what though speak'st speak not of remedy"
At the start of this scene Paris tries to be nice to Juliet but she brushes him off almost straight away, especially when he calls her his wife.
Scene Two starts off with Romeo standing, waiting for Juliet to appear on her balcony. Juliet appears and talks to herself about her love for Romeo, but grieves over the fact that he is a Montague and she is a Capulet. Unaware that Romeo is listening to every word. Romeo eventually comes out of hiding and proclaims he will change his name if it means they can be together.

After they exchange their words of love, Juliet is summoned by the Nurse. Romeo and Juliet agree to marry, and Juliet says she will send a messenger to Romeo so the wedding arrangements can be made. In the end Romeo goes to Friar Lawrence to ask for advice.

In this scene Juliet says one of the most famous lines in the play, but there are a number of others which are relevant as well:
"O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I'll no longer be a Capulet."
After Juliet has taken the sleeping potion in the last scene, and appears to be dead, the Capulet house prepares for her wedding to Paris. Capulet sends the Nurse to go wake Juliet, but she finds her dead and starts to cry. Lady Capulet join her and are horrified. Paris arrives, along with Friar Lawrence and a group of musicians for the wedding. When he sees what has happened, Paris becomes very sad. The Friar reminds them that Juliet has gone to a better place (Heaven) and urges them to prepare for her funeral.

Left behind, the musicians pack up, as they're no longer needed for the wedding. Peter, the Capulet servant, enters and asks the musicians to play happy music to ease his unhappy heart. The musicians refuse, thinking it inappropriate. Angered, Peter insults the musicians, who respond in kind. He then leaves and the musicians decide to wait for the mourners so they'll get to eat lunch there. This comic scene provides a moment of dramatic relief for the audience, and also gives time for the actors to get off stage / change costume, etc. in preparation for the next Act.

Key Quotes:
Nurse: "Alas, alas! Help, help! my lady's dead!" (14)
Lady Capulet: "O me, O me, my child, my only life!
Revive, look up, or I will die with thee." (19-20)
Capulet: "Death lies on her like an untimely frost
Upon the sweetest flower of all the field." (28-29)
This scene asks the audience to connect with Juliet's feelings and to listen carefully to what she is saying, and to revisit the previous scene to consolidate any details they may have missed.
The major plot elements of this scene are when:
Juliet explains her desire to be intimate with her new husband Romeo. She explains that her marriage is not complete without her losing her virginity and becoming a wife.
Juliet receives the news from the Nurse that Romeo has been killed, however she then learns that it was in fact her cousin Tybalt.
Romeo is Juliet's husband, who she loves, but he is labelled a villain. Juliet grieves over the death of her cousin, but resolves that she would rather have him dead than Romeo. She is frustrated and confused because she loves both Romeo and Tybalt. Ultimately, though, in Juliet's eyes Romeo can do no wrong.
When Juliet learns of Romeo's banishment it is as though he is dead and she no longer feels she has a purpose to live.
Key Quotes:
"I have bought the mansion but not possessed it."
"A damned saint, an honourable villain! / O nature, what hadst thou to do in hell / When thou didst bower the spirit of a fiend / In moral paradise of such sweet flesh? / Was ever book containing such vile matter / So fairly bound? Oh, that deceit should dwell / In such a gorgeous palace!"
"I would cry with joy that Romeo is alive, / but I should cry tears of grief because Tybalt is dead. / My husband, whom Tybalt wanted to kill, is alive. / Tybalt, who wanted to kill my husband, is dead. / All this is comforting news. / Why, then, should I cry? There is news worse / than the news that Tybalt is dead, / news that makes me want to die."
This is a very dramatic scene in which Juliet uses a lot of powerful language, particularly when describing Romeo with oxymorons and antitheses.
The purpose of this scene is to show why Romeo bought the poison and why he was ignorant of the Friar’s and Juliet’s plan. It shows as that Friar Lawrence did not mean to keep Romeo in the dark but it was bad fortune that caused this event.
The scene has an example of an oxymoron when he Friar says ‘Poor living corse, clos’d in a dead man’s tomb’.
The reason for Friar John not being able to deliver the letter was because of the plague. The mention of the plague reminds us what time period the play is set in.

This is a short scene in which the harrowing experience of Juliet taking the poison is set in contrast.
The nurse, Lady Capulet, and Father Capulet busily preparing for the wedding. They are all in a jovial mood, and speak to each other with a hurried warmth. Capulet directs his servants in every task, and notes that Paris will be arriving soon. He suggests that the nurse go wake Juliet and make haste to get her ready for the day.
Key Quotes:
Nurse: "Go, you cot-queen, go, / Get you to bed. Faith, you'll be sick tomorrow / For this night's watching." (the Nurse humorously ordered Capulet to go to bed.) (lines 5-7)
Lady Capulet: "Ay, you have been a mouse-hunt in your time, / But I will watch you from such watching now." (Lady Capulet says she knows Capulet used to chase women, but she will stop him now. Note the reference to cats and the Capulets again) (Lines 11-12)
The audience is witnessing a "soap opera" of sorts that is almost humorous due to Capulet's naivete. The forwards Shakespeare has utilized have been holding out on finally seeing the reality of Juliet's world collide with the ignorance of her family. The audience must wait yet again to see this collision occur.
Romeo and Juliet are in Juliet's chamber after their consummation arguing over whether it is still night or if it is the morning. The Nurse warns them that Lady Capulet is coming. Romeo and Juliet part wondering if they will ever see each other again. Lady Capulet sees that Juliet is upset and mistakes it for grievance of Tybalt. She tries to cheer Juliet by telling her that she will marry Paris on Thursday. Juliet abhors the idea of marrying so soon. When Old Capulet finds out that Juliet does not want to marry Paris he feels unappreciated and his temper rages. He tells Juliet that she better marry Paris or he never wants to see her again. Juliet seeks comfort in her mother but she is refused. The Nurse even suggests that Juliet forget about Romeo and try to live a normal life with Paris. Juliet, seeking a way out, goes to visit the Friar.
The beginning action of this scene is in sharp contrast to the latter parts. It begins with the two youth lovers peacefully parting but ends with anger and demands from the elders. There are forwards that suggest when Romeo and Juliet meet again they will be in a tomb. "Methinks I see thee, now thou art so low, as one dead in the bottom of a tomb." The harsh actions of Old Capulet drive Juliet to feel hopeless. Old Capulet is upset that he will not be able to host another celebration and that his daughter doesn't like the suitor he has picked out. However, the outrage of Juliet's father justifies the secretive marriage and fuels the power of the feud.
Key Quotes:
Juliet "Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day: / It was the nightingale, and not the lark, / That pierc'd the fearful hollow of thine ear" (lines 1-3)
Juliet "O Fortune, Fortune, all men call thee fickle" (line 60)
Juliet "I will not marry yet, and when I do, I swear / It shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, / Rather than Paris" (line 121-123)
Capulet "And you be mine, I'll give you to my friend; / And you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets, / For by my soul, I'll ne're acknowledge thee" (lines 191-193)
Summary: In this scene, the final scene of Romeo and Juliet, action begins with Paris and his page arriving in the churchyard outside of the Capulet tomb. Paris wants some time to grieve Juliet's death, and he asks his page to hide and whistle if he sees anyone coming to disturb his solitude. While Paris is praying to Juliet, he hears his page whistle. The page has seen Romeo and Balthasar approaching. Romeo gives Balthasar a letter to give to his father the following morning, and tells him that he will enter the tomb to retrieve a precious ring of his lady's. Romeo asks Balthasar to leave and warns him not to be nosy for fear of punishment. Balthasar agrees, and Romeo gives him money in thanks as he proceeds alone. However, Balthasar decides to hide and wait just in case.
Romeo begins to open the tomb as Paris watches from his hiding place. Paris, angered by Romeo's apparent defacing of the tomb, comes forward in challenge. Romeo begs Paris to not be angry and to leave him alone, but Paris is too upset to back down. They fight, and Romeo is the victor. Paris, fatally wounded, begs to be placed in the tomb with Juliet. Romeo realizes who Paris is and promises to bury him in the tomb, which he does. He goes to Juliet in the tomb and grieves for her once more, and finally, in the throes of sorrow, he drinks his deadly potion after stealing one last kiss. As he dies, the Friar Laurence arrives in the churchyard and meets Balthasar. Balthasar tells the Friar that Romeo is in the tomb, and the Friar hurries to right the situation.
As Friar Laurence enters the tomb, he sees Paris and Romeo dead as he notices Juliet awakening. Juliet asks for Romeo and the Friar sadly tells her that not only is her husband dead, but Paris as well. He asks her to leave with him, but Juliet does not go. She kisses Romeo's still warm lips and stabs herself with her beloved's dagger. Meanwhile, outside the tomb, all present are held to wait for the Prince to arrive. The Prince arrives just before the Capulets and Montagues. The Capulets are told that their daughter, once dead, was again warm and yet dead again, which destroys the man and his wife. Montague tells of his wife's death that evening as he arrives, which was due to her grief over Romeo's exile. When he learns of his son's death, he can only feel angry that his son would reach the grave before he.
The Friar goes before the Prince and explains the whole story from beginning to end. Balthasar confirms the story and presents Romeo's letter to the Prince. The Prince finds Romeo's letter to confirm the Friar's words, and he speaks harshly to the Montagues and Capulets. Because of their hatred toward each other, they have sacrificed their most beloved. The two families realize their wrong-doings, and join hands as they grieve. The Prince concludes the story by commenting on how high a price has been paid for peace in Verona.
Analysis: The most important thing to note about this final scene is how quickly the action moves. In just a few short pages, all of the characters come together and their individual fates are determined, providing an end to all of the forwards Shakespeare presented throughout the play. A final stasis of hard-won peace is established in Verona, and the major conflict of the play has been resolved. Unfortunately, in most peoples' eyes this resolution is not a happy one, but the final stasis shows hope for Verona's future thanks to its "star-crossed lovers".
This scene is significant as it highlights how central the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets is to the play.

-In this scene Sampson and Gregory of the Capulet house begin a fight with the Abram and the rest of the Montagues. The fight escalates when Tybalt, nephew of Lady Capulet, comes onto the scene. The fight ceases when the Prince of Verona warns them never to disturb the peace of the streets again with their rivalry and hatred.

-In this scene there are many jokes and insults exchanged between Sampson, Gregory and Abram. It begins when Sampson bites his thumb at Abram. This escalates when Gregory asks Abram “Do you quarrel sir?”. However, the fight really begins when Benvolio and Tybalt enter the scene and the rest of the citizens join in.

-Towards the end of the scene Prince Escalus breaks up the fight and he makes it very clear that he does not want anything to do with the feuding families. He warns the feuding parties:

“By thee, old Capulet, and Montague,
Have thrice disturb’d the quiet of our streets
And made Verona’s ancient citizens
Cast by their grave-beseeming ornaments,
To wield old partisans in hands as old,
Canker’d with peace, to part your canker’d hate;
If ever you disturb our streets again,
Your lives shall pay the forfeit.”


This ominous warning suggests that terrible things are to come.
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