Romeo and Juliet – Act 1, Scene 5 Scene Summary

Romeo and Juliet

Act 1, Scene 5 Summary

Location: Inside Capulets House

Characters: Peter, First Servingman, Second Servingman, Capulet, Capulets cousin, Tybalt, Lady Capulet, Juliet, Romeo, Benvolio, Mercutio, Nurse.

Time: Sunday night

Scene events: Capulet welcomes his guests to his masquerade ball and Romeo sees Juliet for the first time and immediately falls in love with her, he says that he has never seen true beauty until this night. Tybalt knows that a Montague is at the party and he plans to kill him but after he shares his plan with Capulet, he is ridiculed. Capulet knows that it is Romeo that Tybalt sees and tells him to leave Romeo be, as he carries himself as a dignified gentleman. Tybalt refuses to tolerate Romeo, while Capulet says that he must as this is his feast. Romeo flirts with Juliet about kissing her, he kisses her twice until Juliet’s Nurse enters and says that her mother craves a word with her. Romeo asks the Nurse who Juliet’s mother is and he learns the Juliet is Capulets daughter. Benvolio and Romeo leave while Juliet learns that Romeo is from the house of Montague.

Quote: Romeo “Is she a Capulet? O dear account! my life is my foe’s debt”.

Juliet ” If he be married, my grave is like to be my wedding bed”.

CHORUS Now Romeo’s old feelings of desire are dying, and a new desire is eager to take their place. Romeo mourned for the beautiful Rosaline and said he would die for her, but compared with Juliet, Rosaline doesn’t seem beautiful now. Now Juliet loves Romeo, and he’s in love again—both of them falling for each other. But he has to make his speeches of love to a woman who’s supposed to be his enemy. And she’s been hooked by someone she should fear. Because he’s an enemy, Romeo has no chance to see Juliet and say the things a lover normally says. And Juliet’s just as much in love as he is, but she has even less opportunity to meet her lover. But love gives them power, and time gives them the chance to meet.


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