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Act III Romeo and Juliet Study Guide
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S. 1 What effect does the weather seem to have on this scene?
The hot weather gets the capulet's blood stirring.
S. 1 Describe the content of the dialogue between Mercutio and Benvolio prior to Tybalt's arrival. How is it ironic?
They were talking about wanting to go home
S. 1 Who is the first to approach a member of an opposing group? Who is the first to mention fighting?
Benvolio says something when Tybalt enters and then Tybalt goes over to them. Mercutio was the first to mention fighting.
S. 1 When Tybalt and Mercutio first begin arguing, what does Benvolio urge them to do?
He knows that they are not supposed to fight on the street so he told them that they should move to a different place in private or discuss calmly.
S. 1 What actually stops an immediate fight between Tybalt and Mercutio?
Tybalt stabs Mercutio and runs away
S. 1 How does Tybalt approach Romeo? How does Romeo respond? Explain Romeo's words in Lines 65-69. (P 69-73)
Tybalt approaches Romeo and tells him that he has little love for him and he has nothing better to say than he is a villain. Romeo responds by saying R. has a reason to love him and that keeps him from being angry at Tybalt's greeting. He says that he is not a villain and says goodbye.
S. 1 How does Mercutio react to Romeo's behavior?
He says that it was a calm, dishonorable, vile answer. He draws his sword.
S. 1 What does Romeo do when Mercutio and Tybalt are fighting? What is the result?
He gets between them to try to get them to stop fighting, but Tyblat stabs Mercutio under Romeo's arm. Romeo was also trying to get Benvolio to draw his sword to make them stop fighting.
S. 1 How does Mercutio remain true to his character up to the moment of his death?
He was being tough and saying it was just a scratch .
S. 1 Why does Mercutio keep repeating, "A plague o' both your houses"? What does he mean?
He wants a plague to strike their houses
S. 1 What relationship does Romeo see between his love for Juliet and the death of Mercutio?
It has softened him.
S. 1 How realistic is it that Tybalt returns to the scene? What does Romeo do when Tybalt returns?
Romeo is super mad and wants to fight and kill Tybalt. And he does.
S. 1 Why does Romeo call himself "fortune's fool"?
It is his luck that things worked out the way they did.
S. 1 How does Benvolio react to Romeo's murder of Tybalt?
He tells Romeo to run.
S. 1 Why does the prince choose Benvolio to explain what has happened? Is Benvolio's account of the events completely accurate?
Because he is the only one who was still there. His story was accurate.
S. 1 How does Lady Capulet feel about Benvolio's account? Why?
He doesn't believe him and said that Romeo killed Tybalt. She wants Romeo killed. She also said that there was 20 people in the fight.
S. 1 Why does the Prince announce that he has a "personal interest" in this fight?
Because he and Mercutio are related.
S. 1 What is Romeo's punishment for killing Tybalt?
If Romeo ever comes back to Verona he will be killed.
S. 1 Why could this scene be regarded as the climax of the play?
This scene changed everything for Romeo because he has murdered Tybalt.
S. 1 How are you (the reader) affected by your knowledge that Romeo and Juliet are married?
Lady Capulet doesn't know that Romeo and Juliet are married, so when she finds out there will be a lot of conflicts because he is still alive.
S. 4 How does Lady Capulet interpret the fact that Juliet has shut herself in her room? What is actually the case?
She thinks that Juliet shut herself in her room to grief about Tybalt, but really she is about to visit Romeo and is crying about him
S. 4 How does the action in this scene complicate matters even further?
Capulet is scheduling Paris to marry Juliet when really she is married to Romeo already and hasn't told her family. This will cause a big dispute.
S. 4 How does Lord Capulet's attitude toward Juliet's marriage differ from his attitude when Paris asks for her hand in marriage?
He is ok with Juliet getting married this time because it was his choice and he can have full control.
S. 4 Why is there a change? Why is Lady Capulet uneasy about the marriage plans?
She thinks she is not ready for marriage.
S. 5 As Romeo is preparing to leave Juliet, what argument does she use to convince him to stay?
Juliet says that the bird sounds they hear are from the nightingale, not from the lark.
S. 5 What does Romeo say in Lines 24-25 that makes Juliet suddenly practical? What does she think Romeo should do at this point?
He says that Juliet wishes death would come for him. She thinks he should go away.
S. 5 What images and emotions are present in Lines 1-11?
Juliet is sad that Romeo is about to go. You can imagine the birds and the sky becoming light again. Romeo is just calm saying he has to go.
S. 5 How does the imagery in Lines 12-16 remind you of earlier light/dark images in the play?
She is trying to convince him to stay like before and the images are based upon the lightness and darkness.??
S. 5 How are the references to light and darkness in Lines 35 and 36 ironic?
They both talk about lightness and darkness
S. 5 What is significant about Line 51?
Juliet is worried about if she will ever see Romeo again.
S. 5 How does Juliet describe Romeo as he is about to descend the rope ladder and leave?
She says that he looks pale and as if he is someone dead at the bottom of a tomb. She is foreshadowing Romeo's death.
S. 5 Why does Lady Capulet think Juliet is crying?
From the death of Tybalt
Juliet says: Juliet won't be satisfied until she sees Romeo dead.
Juliet means: Her mother thinks that she is talking about wanting Romeo dead. But Juliet is saying that just to agree with her.
Juliet says: Juliet hates hearing the name Romeo since he killed her cousin Tybalt.
Juliet means: She hates hearing his name because she misses him and is worried about him.
Juliet says: When Juliet tells Lady Capulet that she is too young and not ready to marry
Juliet means: She really was ready, she had just married Romeo, so she couldn't get married to Paris.
Juliet says: When Juliet tells her mom that she wants to take the poison to Romeo and poison him.
Juliet means: She really meant that she was going to take the poison out.
S. 5 After Lady Capulet breaks the news about Paris, what is Juliet's response?
She says that Paris will make her a happy bride and to tell them that she is not ready and won't get married.
S. 5 How does Lord Capulet react to Juliet's refusal to marry Paris? What characteristics of Lord Capulet become apparent?
She says that she needs to tell her father and she sorta backs out of it, so Capulet and Juliet could handle it themselves.
S. 5 What literary device is present in Lines 131-138 (P 135-142)?
Metaphor, Capulet was comparing her crying so much that she imitates a boat, a sea, wind.
S. 5 What reasons does Juliet have for feeling completely desperate and abandoned at this point in the play?
Romeo has just left, she might not be able to see him ever again. She has just been told that she has to go marry Paris when she doesn't want to because she already is. When she told Capulet, her father, he goes crazy and threatens her if she does not come to get married, she will never look him in the eyes again.
S. 5 In Lines 187-88 (P 197-98) what does Lord Capulet think is the reason Juliet rejects Paris?
He thinks that the reason she says no, was because she was too young and she could not love.
S. 5 What does he threaten to do if Juliet does not marry Paris?
He will kick her out of his house and she wouldn't be able to come back if she doesn't go to church to get married.
S. 5 What evidence is there in Lines 206-227 (P 216-238) that Romeo and Juliet have taken their vows seriously?
Juliet is saying to the Nurse that she cannot get married unless Romeo dies and he sends the vows back to her from heaven.
S. 5 What change occurs in the relationship between Juliet and the nurse? Why?
Juliet gets mad at the Nurse because she keeps switching up on Juliet and her opinion on Romeo. Juliet says that she will never have secret talks with her again.
S. 5 What is the significance of Lines 232-235 (P 243-246)? What scheme does Juliet devise to get rid of the nurse and to get out of the house? Why do you think Juliet does not tell her parents the truth and take the easy way out?
She tells the Nurse to go tell her parents that she was going to Friar Lawerence. Her parents probably want her to go to Friar Lawerence since she just told them no to get married.
S. 5 What will Juliet do if Lady Capulet does not arrange to delay the marriage?
Her wedding bed will be her grave.
"I do protest, I've never injured thee, but love thee better than thou canst devise till thou shalt know the reason of my love." (Sc. 1, Lines 65-67)
Romeo - He is telling Tybalt that he has never done anything to harm him. He loves Tybalt better than he can imagine until he knows the reason for the love.
"I am hurt. A plaque o' both your houses! I am sped." (Sc. 1, Lines 89-90)
Mercutio - He was hurt and said may a sickness strike upon their houses. M said that he was finished fighting. He asked if Tybalt was gone and if he got any wounds or scratches.
"O Romeo, Romeo, brave Mercutio is dead! That gallant spirit hath aspired the clouds which too untimely here did scorn the earth." (Sc. 1, Lines 114-116)
Benvolio - he was telling Romeo that Mercutio was dead and that his spirit has risen to heaven. He said he was much too young to have died.
"My lord, I would that Thursday were tomorrow." (Sc. 4, Line 29)
Paris - we wish Thursday was tomorrow because he was so excited to marry Juliet
"Art thou gone so, my lord, my love, my friend? I must hear from thee every day in the hour, for a minute there are many days." (Sc. 5, Lines 43-45)
Juliet - she asked if Romeo had gone and wanted to hear from him every hour of the day.
"Methinks I see thee, now thou art below, as one dead in the bottom of the tomb." (Sc. 5, Lines 55-56)
Juliet - She thinks she sees Romeo down at the bottom. She says he's so low as if he was dead at the bottom of his tomb.
"Indeed I never shall be satisfied with Romeo till I behold him—dead—is my heart so for a kinsman vexed." (Sc. 5, Lines 94-96)
Juliet - She says she won't be satisfied until she sees him dead and that if her mother gets someone to deliver the poison but really she just wants to remove the poison.
"Hang thee, young baggage! Disobedient wretch! I tell thee what—get thee to church a Thursday or never after look me in the face." (Sc. 5, Lines 161-163)
Capulet - He was calling Juliet good-for-nothing and disobedient. He said if she doesn't come to church on Thursday to get married that she would never look him in the face again.
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