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ROMEO AND JULIET ACT 1 SCENE 4

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Transcript of ROMEO AND JULIET ACT 1 SCENE 4

Scene Summary (Part 2)

Mercutio gets carried away in his speech as he continues to detail his story until Romeo tells him to stop, as “Thou talk'st of nothing” (I.iv.102)

Romeo continues to state that he feels something bad will happen at the party, when members of the two families might see each other, which could result in “untimely death” (I.iv.118) Conflict & Significance


Romeo vs. Fate plays a very large role in this particular scene and the rest of the story

Throughout the scene, Romeo repeatedly refers to his dream and how it gave him a feeling that something unpleasant would occur at the Capulet party

No matter how many times Mercutio refuted his statements (“dreamers often lie” [I.iv.56]), Romeo continued to explain how nothing would stop him from believing what he thinks Conflict & Significance (Part 2)

His prediction was eventually proved to be true as Tybalt wanted to fight Romeo (“It fits when such a villain is a guest”[I.v.84-85]) after identifying him through his voice

This foreshadowing is very significant to the play because even though Romeo had a negative mood about attending the party, he still went through with it which led to him meeting Juliet for the first time (when he reacted by saying “My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand/To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss” [I.v.106-107])
Conflict & Significance (Part 3)

Romeo and Juliet seeing one another at the Capulet house was meant to happen because it was not likely that he would've met her at all otherwise, which means their lives would've played out much differently (in other words, Romeo & Juliet would not play out the same way either)

Another reason this conflict was important is that it led to the trigger point, kick starting the action in the play (Romeo talking to and kissing Juliet, eventually leading to their deaths as a result of the opposing families' conflict) Conflict & Significance (Part 4)

Romeo vs. Fate ties in heavily with “The Role of Fate”. This theme relates to the aforementioned conflict in many ways, mainly the idea that throughout the story, the characters' (particularly Romeo and Juliet) thoughts and actions are all planned out to work in a certain way

Romeo accepts fate when he says “But he that hath the steerage of my course/Direct my sail.” (I.iv.119-120). Here, he means that he wants whoever has control of where his life goes to lead it in the right direction.

This scene is the first moment where fate begins to play a role in the story and the ensuing events involving Romeo & Juliet's relationship are decided by Romeo's relationship with fate and the future Character Development


In the beginning of Act 1, scene 2, Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio come to the Capulet party not being invited.

Mercutio tells Romeo that he must dance, and he tells him not to be down. Romeo said that he had an ”ominous dream,” and he doesn’t want to be visible to the other guests. Mercutio tells him that “Dreamers often lie,” and he makes fun of him. Character Development

• This shows how Romeo’s character is depressed, and he is pessimist, because he always thinks of a situation in a negative way.

• This can be proved when Romeo says “I cannot bound a pitch above dull wise. Under love’s heavy burden do I sink.” (Act1, Scene 4, Page 43, Line 21-22).

• Mercutio’s character is trying to cheer up Romeo, and he says to forget about Rosaline, and just to have fun. It shows how Mercutio is light hearted.
Character Development

This ties into the theme The Role of Fate because:

•Without Benvolio and Mercutio forcing him to come to the party and make him go in and dance, Romeo wouldn’t have met Juliet.
•Also because of the time and place he was at, Tybalt wouldn’t have seen him and there would never have been a fight, which caused Tybalt to die
Character Development

This ties into the theme The Role of Fate because:

Without Benvolio and Mercutio forcing him to come to the party and make him go in and dance, Romeo wouldn’t have met Juliet.
Also because of the time and place he was at, Tybalt wouldn’t have seen him and there would never have been a fight, which caused Tybalt to die Table of Contents

1. Title Page
2. Table of Contents
3. Scene Explanation (3 slides)
4. Extended Scene Analysis (5 parts)
5. Summary of Analysis (3 slides)
6. Concluding Page Relationships

The prominent relationship in the scene is Romeo and Mercutio.

In the scene Mercutio wanted Romeo to dance at the party, and not worry about Rosaline.

Then he asks Mercutio to be quiet as he still thinks something bad is going to happen (“Peace, peace, Mercutio, peace”, “I fear too early, for my mind misgives/Some consequence yet hanging in the stars” [I.iv.101, I.iv.113-114]). Relationships (2)

The relationships changes when Romeo does not want to dance, and he tells Mercutio that he had a dream that something bad is going to happen.

The reason why the relationships changed is because Mercutio tried to cheer Romeo up, but at the end it got worse (“Thou talk’st of nothing” [I.iv.102]) Relationships (3)

This relationship relates to the forcefulness of love because his affection outweighs his bad feeling about the two families seeing one another.

The reason Romeo still wants to go is because he knows Rosaline is going to be there. Relationships (4)

Love was so important to him that he was willing to sacrifice his life to get to see the person he loves the most.

He knew that Tybalt and the rest of the Capulet family could possibly see him but he didn’t want to stay away from the party because his desire to see Rosaline was greater.

To further describe what Romeo was thinking, he said, “But he that hath the steerage of my course, direct my sail. On, lusty gentlemen”. (I.iv.119-120) Foreshadowing/Dramatic Irony

In this scene Romeo says that he doesn’t want to be seen at the party because he has a feeling that something bad will happen.

“I fear too early, for my mind misgives some consequences yet hanging in the stars.”(I.iv.113-114).

This is foreshadowing because Tybalt found out that Romeo was at the Capulet party and then he wants to fight him.

“Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe, a villain that is hither come in spite to scorn our solemnity this night.” (I.v.69-71)

In the future, this leads to a fatal conflict when Romeo kills Tybalt. Foreshadowing/Dramatic Irony (2)

An example of dramatic irony is when Romeo dosen’t want to go the Capulet party because his heart is with Rosaline.

What he does not know is that he is going to meet another girl that he will fall in love with.

Romeo says, “I’ll go along, no such sight to be shown, But to rejoice in splendor of mine own” (I.iii.107-108).

When Romeo goes to the party he hopes to find Rosaline but instead he finds Juliet and forgets about his old love. Foreshadowing/Dramatic Irony (3)

Another example of dramatic irony in this scene is when Mercutio wanted Romeo to go to the party to have fun along with him and to get Rosaline off his mind.

“Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance” (I.iv.13)
“You are a lover. Borrow Cupid’s wings/And soar with them above a common bound.” (I.iv.17-18) Foreshadowing/Dramatic Irony (4)

The theme that would fit foreshadowing and dramatic irony would be the role of fate because some of the things Romeo thought would happen in the future led to things that became a huge part of his life.

Romeo went to the party to meet Rosaline but he didn’t know that he was going to meet Juliet which would end up being his future wife.

Romeo says, “My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand/To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.” (I.v.106-107) Summary of Analysis

Throughout this presentation, we have explained how Act I, Scene IV was a crucial point in the play that led to:

Romeo meeting Juliet
Tybalt restarting the feud between the two families, eventually being the cause of Mercutio and Romeo's deaths Summary of Analysis (2)

During this scene, we have also seen that foreshadowing and dramatic irony had a huge role as Romeo had an idea of the negative events that would take place
Mercutio also hinted towards Romeo finding a new love interest and he eventually forgot about the reason he came to the party in the first place (Rosaline)

Two characters develop (Romeo and Mercutio), especially in how they perceive one another.

Romeo now thinks Mercutio is too light-hearted and doesn't understand how he feels
Mercutio believes Romeo is too serious, pessimistic and talks about love too much
Summary of Analysis (3)

The conflict that occurs as a result of this scene has a great impact on the play's plotline, that conflict being:

Romeo vs. Fate, which led to his and many others' deaths regardless of his attempts to avoid the situations (meeting Tybalt, dueling him later on, being banished and finding Juliet supposedly dead leading to him killing himself)


The relationship between Romeo and Mercutio in this scene showed some large differences between the type of characters they were:

When Mercutio was speaking for a long while with no significance to his words, Romeo told him to be quiet because nothing was going to change his mood and how he felt about the Capulet party Conclusion

Overall, this scene had more to do with fate and future events in the play than anything else

It indirectly led to many deaths (Mercutio, Tybalt, Romeo, Juliet) but more importantly, it created the opportunity for the main storyline to take place (Romeo meeting Juliet in the Capulet death)

The scene showed the large, visible differences between the characters (Romeo: melancholic, cynic and Mercutio: cheerful, sarcastic)

While on the surface it may seem as if this scene was short and contained nothing other than Romeo acting like he usually does and Mercutio talking about nothing in particular, it was in fact one of the most influential parts in relation to the story as we have helped make clear to you today in many different ways Scene Summary

Preparing to enter the Capulet costume party they decided they would visit, Romeo says he had an “ominous dream” and does not want to dance along with Mercutio and Benvolio, his friends

Mercutio, in an attempt to make Romeo happier, says that he had seen Queen Mab, a fairy who visits people in their dreams
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