Romeo and Juliet – Obituaries

·      Who was he in love with at the start?·      Where did he meet Juliet?·      How long had they known each other when they were married?·      Why did they marry in secret?·      Who conducted the marriage?·      Why was he exiled by the Prince? Where was he sent to?·      Why did he come back to Verona?·      Why did he commit suicide?·      Why was this futile?·      How … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet – Obituaries

Romeo and Juliet – Act 5.3

Characters Paris, Juliet, Romeo, Paris’s page, Balthazar, Friar Laurence, Capulet, Lady Capulet, Montague, Prince Escalus The gist Paris comes to Juliet’s grave to strew flowers and weep. Paris promises to visit Juliet’s grave every night. Paris sees a torch and withdraws into the darkness to see who else has come to Juliet’s grave. Romeo starts to open the tomb. Paris comes forward and tries to … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet – Act 5.3

Romeo and Juliet – Act 5.2

Characters Friar John, Friar Laurence The gist Friar John explains to Friar Laurence that he was unable to deliver Friar Laurence’s letter to Romeo. Friar Laurence makes plans to be there when Juliet awakes, to write again to Romeo in Mantua, and to hide Juliet in his cell until Romeo arrives. Quotations “Within this three hours will fair Juliet awake.” – Friar Lawrence p235 Continue reading Romeo and Juliet – Act 5.2

Romeo and Juliet – Act 4.5

Characters The Nurse, Juliet, Lady Capulet, Capulet, Paris, Friar Laurence The gist The Nurse finds Juliet (apparently) dead. Lady Capulet and Capulet lament their daughter’s death. Capulet, Lady Capulet, Paris, and the Nurse go nearly wild with grief, but Friar Laurence takes command of the situation by reminding everyone that Juliet is now in a better place, and telling them proceed with her funeral. Quotations … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet – Act 4.5

Romeo and Juliet – Act 4.1

Characters Paris, Friar Laurence, Juliet The gist As Paris is making arrangements with Friar Laurence to perform the wedding ceremony between himself and Juliet, she appears. Juliet says that she will kill herself rather than marry Paris, and the Friar comes up with the plan for her to take a drug which will make her appear dead for 42 hours, so that the wedding will … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet – Act 4.1

Romeo and Juliet – Act 3.5

Characters Romeo, Juliet, Lady Capulet, The Nurse, Capulet The gist Just before dawn Romeo is preparing to leave. Romeo offers to stay and die, but Juliet urges him to leave. Romeo kisses Juliet and leaps out the window. Juliet asks if they will ever see each other again; Romeo is sure they will, but Juliet is not convinced. Lady Capulet, assuming that Juliet is weeping … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet – Act 3.5

Romeo and Juliet – Act 3.3

Characters Friar Laurence, Romeo, The Nurse The gist The Friar tells Romeo that he has been banished. The Nurse tells him that Juliet is also in despair. Romeo, guilty for causing Juliet pain, tries to stab himself. Friar Laurence tells Romeo to visit Juliet, then flee to Mantua. The Nurse gives Romeo the ring that Juliet asked her to take to him. Quotations “Heaven is … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet – Act 3.3

Romeo and Juliet – Act 3.1

Characters Mercutio, Tybalt, Benvolio, Romeo The gist Tybalt challenges Romeo to fight. Romeo refuses, but Mercutio steps forward and fights Tybalt. Romeo tries to stop the fight but Tybalt gives Mercutio a wound, then runs away. Mercutio dies. Romeo is ashamed of himself for letting Mercutio do the fighting. When Tybalt returns, Romeo kills him. Benvolio tells the Prince what happened. Lady Capulet wants Romeo … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet – Act 3.1

Romeo and Juliet – Act 3.2

Characters Juliet, The Nurse The gist Juliet longs for Romeo. The Nurse tells her about Tybalt, and that Romeo has been banished. Juliet first turns against Romeo for killing her cousin, then defends him for killing the man who would have killed him. She despairs that he has been banished. The Nurse promises that Romeo will visit her once more. Quotations “Romeo is banished, There … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet – Act 3.2

Romeo and Juliet – Act 2.4

Characters Benvolio, Mercutio, Romeo, Nurse, Peter The gist Mercutio says that Tybalt loves _______________ (verb) and is an accomplished swordsman. The Nurse arrives with a _____________ (noun) for Romeo. The Nurse warns Romeo that he must treat Juliet correctly. She arranges a ______________ )(noun) ceremony for the same afternoon. Romeo will use a rope ____________ (noun) to get into Juliet’s house that night. Quotations “If … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet – Act 2.4

The Merchant of Venice – Act 5.1

Characters Portia, Bassanio, Gratiano, Nerissa, Antonio The gist The women accuse the men of giving away their wedding rings. They then say they have the rings, and they obtained them by sleeping with the two lawyers. The men accuse the women of betrayal. The women reveal that they were the lawyers and have tricked the men to test their faith. Quotations “if I be left … Continue reading The Merchant of Venice – Act 5.1

The Merchant of Venice – Act 4.1

Characters Shylock, The Duke, Antonio, Portia, Nerissa, Bassanio, Gratiano The gist Shylock demands his “pound of flesh”. Portia, pretending to be a lawyer, says he can have the flesh, but not one drop of blood. The court strips Shylock of his money (and gives half to Lorenzo), and forces Shylock to become a Christian. Portia persuades Bassanio to part with his wedding ring. Quotations “take … Continue reading The Merchant of Venice – Act 4.1

The Merchant of Venice – Act 3.4

Characters Portia, Nerissa, Balthazar, Lorenzo The gist Portia says that she has told Bassanio that she and Nerissa will go to a monastery until he returns. She then tells Nerissa that they will disguise themselves as men and travel to Venice. Quotations “They shall, Nerissa; but in such habit that they shall think we are accomplished with what we lack.” Portia tells Nerissa they will … Continue reading The Merchant of Venice – Act 3.4

The Merchant of Venice – Act 3.2

Characters Bassanio, Nerissa, Portia, Gratiano The gist Bassanio arrives in Belmont to try his luck at the casket lottery. Bassanio chooses correctly. Portia gives him a ring and makes him swear never to give it away. Gratiano announces that he and Nerissa are also to marry. Bassanio explains about Antonio’s terrible luck. She gives Bassanio a fortune to return to Venice and save his friend. … Continue reading The Merchant of Venice – Act 3.2

The Merchant of Venice: Act 3.1

Characters Salerio, Solanio, Shylock, Tubal The gist Shylock accuses the Christians of plotting Jessica’s elopement, he passionately says that he will have revenge. His friend Tubal tells him a second ship has sunk, and Jessica is spending all his money. Quotations “If you prick us do we not bleed?” Shylock suggests Christians and Jews are the same Continue reading The Merchant of Venice: Act 3.1

Romeo and Juliet: Act 2.3

Characters Friar Lawrence, Romeo The gist Romeo visits his priest. R has been awake all night and visits in the early morning. R explains that he is in love with J. FL reminds R that the previous day he thought he wa in love with Rosaline. FL accepts that a marriage between R&J may end the warring of the Montagues and Capulets. Quotations “…my heart’s … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet: Act 2.3

The Merchant of Venice: Act 1.3

Characters Antonio, Shylock, Bassanio The gist Shylock agrees to lend Antonio three-thousand ducats. This is surprising because the Christians have treated him so badly. As a “sport” Antonio agrees that the forfeit for not repaying will be “a pound of flesh” cut from his body. Quotations “You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog, and spit upon my Jewish gabardine” “let the forfeit be nominated for an … Continue reading The Merchant of Venice: Act 1.3

Romeo and Juliet: Act 1.5

CharactersSampson, Gregory, Anthony, Potpan (Servants), Capulet, Lady Capulet, Tybalt, Juliet, Romeo, Nurse The gist At the Capulets’ party, Romeo catches sight of Juliet and falls immediately in love with her. Tybalt recognises Romeo’s voice and tries to start a fight – Capulet tells him to stop. Romeo speaks to Juliet and kisses her. After she leaves, they learn that the other is part of the opposing family. Quotations “O … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet: Act 1.5

Romeo and Juliet: Act 1.4

Characters Romeo, Mercutio, Benvolio, Horatio The gist Romeo and his friends attend the Capulets’ party without invitations (they are wearing masks and hope they won’t be discovered). Romeo is unhappy that his love is unrequited. Mercutio unsuccessfully tries to improve his mood with jokes. Romeo believes something bad is about to happen. Quotations “…my mind misgives// Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars,// Shall bitterly … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet: Act 1.4