In Act 1 Scene 1, members of the house of Montague and Capulet fight, they are stopped by a prince.
If ever you disturb our streets again, Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace
Juliet talks to Lady Capulet and the Nurse. She is encouraged to marry Paris, another Capulet, though she does not want to.
Conceit, more rich in matter than in words, Brags of his substance, not of ornament.They are but beggars that can count their worth: But my true love is grown to such excess I cannot sum up half my wealth.
Verona's summer hath not such a flower...Read o'er the volume of young Paris' face, and find delight writ there with beauty's pen
By a name, I know not how to tell thee who I am. My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself, Because it is an enemy to thee.
While Romeo is in the yard of the Capulet mansion, he hears Juliet declare his love for him. He answers and denounces the feud that would try to keep them apart.
O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn by my love, And I'll no longer be a Capulet
Romeo and Juliet confess their love for each other. Friar Laurence marries them to each other.
Ah, Juliet, if the measure of thy joy be heap'd like mine and that thy skill be more... Unfold the imagined happiness in either by this ear encounter
My very friend, hath got his mortal hurt in my behalf; my reputation stain'd... O sweet Juliet, thy beauty hath made me effeminate and in my temper soften'd valour's steel
Tybalt kills Mercutio and in turn Romeo kills Tybalt. Romeo is then banished from Verona
Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn, the gallant, young, and noble gentleman, the County Paris, at Saint Peter's Church, shall happily make thee there a joyful bride.
The Capulets declare that they will avenge Tybalt, and Juliet is told to marry Paris. She refuses, and is threatened with banishment from the family.