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Romeo and Juliet
Prologue
`Two households, both alike in dignity' - The two households are displayed as equal

`In fair Verona (where we lay our scene),

`From ancient grudge break into new mutiny' ­ A war ­ long term hatred ­ each is trying to overthrow the other

`Where civil…

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The Montagues then question Benvolio about Romeo's whereabouts and you learn of his upset and melancholy ­
Lady Montague says that `Adding to clouds more clouds with his deep sighs'

Benvolio then promises that he will find out why Romeo is so unhappy.

Benvolio asks Romeo why he is sad…

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Act 1 scene 3
Opinions on marriage

Juliet ­ Juliet does not want to get married (she is only thirteen). This is shown by the fact she thinks `it is a honour that
I dream not of' ­ She does not think about it, she is not hurry to get…

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comparison to other women and is completely unique. She stands out as `a snowy dove trooping with the crows' ­
she stands out as the most beautiful and everyone else is completely below her.
Her beauty is untouchable ­ `beauty too rich for use'
`For I ne'er saw beauty before…

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Act 2 scene 3
Romeo visits Friar Lawrence, who is glad to hear Romeo is no longer infatuated with Rosaline ­ Romeo `I have forgot
that name' Friar Lawrence ­ `That's good my son'
Friar Lawrence quickly learns a new woman has taken her place ­ Juliet
Nevertheless he agrees…

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Act 2 Scene 4 ­
Benvolio and Mercutio are looking for Romeo after he left them the night before (the balcony scene)
We know that they think that Romeo has fought with Tybalt as they have heard that he wants to carry out the threat
he made the night before…

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Romeo then replies that `love-devouring Death do what he dare' because `one short minute' with Juliet is greater
than sorrow that might follow it ­ Romeo foreshadows his own death and tragedy ­ `do what he dare' ­ he is almost
daring with death to do something terrible because he…

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Romeo then sums up the tragedy and foreshadows then end ­ `This day's black fate on moe days doth depend, This
but begins the woe others must end' ­ Romeo knows that this days `black fate' will begin the tragedy to come (and
he is right)
Romeo - `And fire-eyed…

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Act 3 Scene 3
In Friar Lawrence's cell ­ Romeo and Friar Lawrence talk ­ Friar Lawrence `A gentler judgment vanished from his lips:
Not body's death but body's banishment'
Romeo says that banishment is worse than death `be merciful say death' ­ this mirrors the response that Juliet gave…

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Lady Capulet tells her that she is crying because the villain who `slaughtered' Tybalt is still alive ­ Juliet however
shows her maturity and intelligence by replying that `no man like he doth grieve my heart' ­ her mother thinking she
means he has made her grieve for Tybalt ­…

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