a British's guide to Romeo & Juliet

a British's guide to Romeo & Juliet

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  • Act 1
  • I do bite my thumb, sir!
  • Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?
  • Act 1 continued, and Act 2
  • End of Act 2 and Most of Act 3
  • So, Verona, where the play is mostly set. we first see some geezers by the names of Abram, Sampson, Benvolio and some other geezers no one really cares about and don't really have to in their GCSEs. The quarrel begins when One of the Montague geezers bites their thumb at the Capulet geezers which they are instantly offended and ask the Montagues "do you bite your thumb at us, sir?". after repeated questions, a geezer named Tybalt insults the Montagues and draws his sword. They are then stopped by the authorities and the Prince tells them "your lives will pay the forfeit of the peace" if they cause a kerfuffle in the streets again. Later that day, Benvolio then sees Romeo contemplating life because of a lass named Rosaline. Romeo gives Benvolio little description of how he feels and finds out about the kerfuffle that happened earlier that day. 
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  • Still in Act 1, Romeo meets with Mercutio where he finds out about a party at Lord Capulet's home. The Montagues gatecrash the party and Romeo only went to the party to stare at Rosaline. So the party goes on for hours where Romeo still can't find his prey, so he decides to give up and then he sees Juliet, his next obsession. While meeting and staring at Juliet, "the fiery Tybalt" spots the young geezer Romeo and reports to Lord Capulet. Lord Capulet tells Tybalt "He shall be endured" and Tybalt leaves to enjoy the party. Romeo then spots his next obsession - Juliet. Romeo follows Juliet until he can get close enough to kiss her and she falls in love with him after a few kisses although she is meant to be married to Paris. After many kisses, the Capulet Nurse finds Juliet with Romeo and Nurse says to Juliet "your mother craves a word with you" so Juliet leaves with her to find her mother.  The next important scene is the balcony scene, where Romeo leaves Benvolio, Mercutio and the servants to climb over the wall of the Capulet household to see Juliet on her balcony, Romeo quotes "but light, through yonder window breaks." before Juliet enters the scene where Romeo gets to speak to her more (after scaring the life out of her). The next scene takes place at Friar Lawrence's cell (where we meet Friar Lawrence obviously) and Romeo tells the Friar how he met this young girl named Juliet. The Friar asks about what happened with Rosaline and he explains how he has moved on. The Friar agrees to wed Romeo and Juliet (prior to them agreeing).
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  • So here we are - the wedding - but barely anyone is there because it had to be kept secret. Romeo and Juliet exchange vows and become wed and then we are hastily moved to Act 3. Act 3, Scene 1. set in a public place where Mercutio, Benvolio and the other geezers are that we don't need to know the names of. It starts off with the Montague geezers chatting and bantering, when Tybalt enters to find Romeo and slay him where he stands. He was not with the other Montagues at this very moment due to just marrying Juliet (being Tybalt's cousin). Romeo attempts to submit himself to Tybalt because he cannot kill hem due to now being technically related to him. Mercutio then quotes "O calm, dishonourable, vile submission!" which is a very important quote, so revise it. After Tybalt smacks up Romeo a bit, Mercutio gets involved and gets stabbed by Tybalt. Which Mercutio then cries "A plague O' both your houses!" and falls to the floor, dead. Tybalt flees the scene and Romeo chases him. Until Tybalt finally stops and Romeo stabs him until he dies, and Romeo flees to avoid being seen when the Prince arrives. The Prince, Lord and Lady of both houses, and the Montague servants along with Benvolio arrive to find Tybalt dead and Romeo out of sight. Benvolio admitted to the Prince that Romeo killed Tybalt but Romeo wasn't to be killed, but banished for never fighting before against the Capulet house. Romeo sneaks back into the Capulet house to see Juliet and ends up staying there for the night. The next morning, Nurse alerts Juliet that her mother is coming to deliver news. Romeo quickly exits the house off the balcony and Juliet's mother enters the scene. Her mother tells her that she is to marry Paris, but Juliet disagrees with her mother, then her father enters which he doesn't take it lightly.  So Lord Capulet turns furious at Juliet for declining the marriage offer but she states she was grateful for them looking for a husband for her. Lord Capulet then says "My fingers itch" (another important quote there, revise that!) and leaves Juliet's room. Juliet speaks to Nurse about what to do about the situation and Nurse tells Juliet to just marry Paris and forget Romeo due to his banishment. Juliet disagrees with Nurse's view and visits the Friar for his input. He comes up with an idea of how to get Juliet to Romeo but it ends in catastrophe. This brings us to the final scenes...
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