Romeo & Juliet Act 1

Romeo & Juliet Act 1

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  • Act One - Scene 1 - A Public Square in Verona 
  • My weapon is drawn, fight and I will provide support!
  • Draw your sword, Sampson! Here come two of the Montagues!
  • Stop this! You do not know what you're doing!
  • Do you threaten us, sir?
  • Act One - Scene 1 - A Public Square in Verona
  • Anyone who is seen fighting in the streets of Verona will be EXECUTED!
  • Act One - Scene 1 - A Public Square in Verona
  • Why is love so cruel? Rosaline, my love, where did I go wrong? Your beauty is greater than all others'. 
  • Please move on Romeo, I'll prove to you that there are others more beautiful than her or die trying to. 
  • At the start of Scene 1, Gregory and Sampson, two Capulet servants, come across Abram and Balthazar, two Montague servants, and begin to fight. Benvolio, a relative of the Montagues, attempts to break up the fight.
  • Act One - Scene 2 - A Street Near the Capulet House
  • My daughter, Juliet is still young, but you can try to win her over at our party tonight. Go, servant, and invite the names on this list. 
  • So, do we have a deal?
  • Following the fight between the servants, Prince Escalus announces to the city of Verona that anyone seen fighting in the streets will receive a severe punishment.
  • Act One - Scene 2 - A Street Near the Capulet House
  • Romeo, let's go to such a party, where you can compare the looks of Rosaline to that of other women. 
  • A grieving Romeo enters the scene, distraught over being denied by his love, Rosaline. As Romeo exclaims his opinions on love, Benvolio tries to comfort him. He says that he will show Romeo more beautiful women, or die trying to prove his point. 
  • Act One - Scene 3 - Capulet's House
  • Being married is an honor that I do not desire. 
  • Juliet, you're of an age ready for marriage, wouldn't Count Paris make a good husband?
  • Count Paris, a nobleman, asks Lord Capulet for consent to marry his daughter Juliet. Capulet says that she is too young, but he can attempt to woo Juliet. Additionally, Capulet invites Paris to a party that night, and commands a servant to send out invites. 
  • Yes, sir! Oh, but I cannot read!
  • Good evening sir, I do hope you can read?
  • The illiterate servant crosses paths with Romeo, still upset over Rosaline, and Benvolio, who help him read the names on the list and therefore find out about the party.
  • Yes I can, "My fair niece Rosaline and Livia; ..."
  • Lady Capulet tells Juliet that Count Paris would make a good husband for her, since she's of an age ready for marriage. Juliet does not yet want to be married, but says she will at least look at Paris. The Nurse speaks of when Juliet was just a baby, and wants the best for her. 
  • Of a pretty age? I remember when she was just a child. 
  • Act One - Scene 4 - A Street Near the Capulet House
  • If love is rough with you, be rough with love, 
  • I had a dream of a terrible consequence caused by the stars tonight. 
  • The party will help you forget Rosaline, one dance and we will leave.
  • Act One - Scene Five - A Hall in Capulet's House; the Scene of the Party.
  • Uncle, a Montague is here, I know by his voice!
  • Kiss me again, my love. 
  • Leave him alone, do not ruin this event!
  • You kiss from the book, and do so again. 
  • Act One - Scene Five - A Hall in Capulet's House; the Scene of the Party
  • Juliet, he is Romeo, a Montague, and the son of your enemy. 
  • A Montague? My only love is one from my only enemy!
  • Dreamers often lie, do not take your dreams so seriously.
  • On the night of the Capulet party, Romeo, Mercutio (another Montague), and Benvolio, prepare to enter, when Romeo has doubts. He dreamt of a horrible event that will be caused by the stars at the party. Benvolio and Mercutio are more optimistic, and Mercutio discusses dreams with Romeo. 
  • At the party, Tybalt, a relative of the Capulets, recognizes Romeo's voice as a Montague and tells Lord Capulet. Capulet advises Tybalt not to harm Romeo as it will upset the serenity of the party. Meanwhile, Romeo and Juliet meet and immediately fall in love, without knowing each others' identity. 
  • The Nurse informs Romeo and Juliet of each others' identities, and, to their surprise, they discover that they each belong to one of the feuding families.
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