Romeo and Juliet – Act 1, Scene 4

Romeo and Juliet

Act 1, Scene 4 Summary

Location: Outside of Capulets house

Characters: Romeo, Mercutio, Benvolio

Time: Sunday Evening

Scene Events: Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio have arrived outside Capulets house for the Masquerade ball. Romeo tells Benvolio and Mercutio that he has had a bad dream, Romeo is upset and he says that he despises his own life. Mercutio tries to explain what dreams are to Romeo, he is trying to tell Romeo that dreams are just a product of an idle brain doing nothing. Romeo has a bad feeling about Capulets party, he says that it will be the start of something bad, something that will end with his own death and that whoever is in charge of his life can steer him in whichever direction they want. Benvolio gets impatient with Romeo and tells them that they are going to arrive late and will miss out on the masquerade ball.

Quote: Mercutio “True, I talk of dreams, which are the children of an idle brain, Begot of nothing but vain fantasy, which is as thin of substance as the air, and more inconstant than the wind.

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