April 20 2017

Throw your mistempered weapons to the ground, / And hear the sentence of your movèd prince.

Tonight you should read the first four pages of Act I, scene i, of Romeo and Juliet,  (lines 1- 105).  Please be sure to check out the verso (the left side of the page) for the summary of the scene and extra information about specific words, as you read.  Also, be sure to ANNOTATE, but keep it useful for you as we discussed in class.   Be sure to note special parts of the text that you found interesting, unusual, or surprising;  please also keep a list of questions you would like to bring up with the class.

Then, write your response here.   For the response you MAY want to consider the following questions:

  • How does the fight start?  develop?  conclude?
  • What does this tell us about the overall conflict?
  • How does this part of scene i establish the setting for the play?
  • What predictions or theories do you have based on the events so far?
  • How was reading the play different from the movie version we saw together?
  • How did seeing the movie version first change your understanding of the text?
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Posted April 20, 2017 by equinson in category Romeo and Juliet

31 thoughts on “Throw your mistempered weapons to the ground, / And hear the sentence of your movèd prince.

  1. Toa Neil

    The fight starts when two groups of servants fight each other, which then ropes in members of both families who fight on the streets, but then the prince shows up, stopping the fighting and forcing the two families to not fight on the streets. It shows how much they hate each other and how fast it gets out of hand. It establishes as Verona back when everyone was killing everyone with swords. In the play their are more lines of dialog.

  2. caias1

    The fight begins with two Capulet servants biting thumbs at servants of the Montague house, a very insulting gesture. They start fighting, which has a domino effect. It brings in other house members, and they drag the other people into the fight. Prince Escalus breaks it up by threatening Montague and Capulet with death. The prince states that, “By thee, old Capulet, and Montague, Have thrice disturbed the quiet of our streets…” (lines 92 and 93) This shows just how far back the hatred runs, if they have started three fights.

  3. tarika1

    The fight starts when the Capulets start to provoke the Montague guards. They bite their thumbs at them, and start to annoy them. Then the group of people start to duel and fight each other. This develops into many people getting dragged into the fight and the prince coming to stop them. This tells us the conflict would have went on until something truly bad happened if the prince did not stop them. This introduces the readers to the hatred that the two families have for each other. This makes me think that something major will happen such as a true battle between the two families. The movie version of the text made it a lot more dramatic than it seemed if one was to only read the text. IT changes your thinking of phrases like, “they fought”, to a small conflict to a giant mob of people fighting.

  4. charlottes

    The fight in act 1 begins with a few Capulet boys bite their thumbs at the house of Montague. Back then, it was a bad thing to bite your thumb at someone. The agitate the Montague’s until one of them calls for a duel. They start to fight each other and disrupt the village by nearly destroying farm stands and shops. As the fight progresses, many people join in and help the fight. Both the house of Montague and the house of Capulet suffer from injuries. After a few minutes of fighting, the prince comes the break up the fight. He states wise words such as “Three civil brawls bred of an airy word, By thee, old Capulet, and Montague, Have thrice disturbed the quiet of our streets.” The prince states that if they ever disrupt the streets again, they will have a death sentence. This tells us that the conflict between these families has been going on for a while. If they have already fought twice before this fight, there must be some bad blood. Also, the Capulets know it is the Montagues coming when they see them. They have been included in so ,many duels and disagreements with them, they can recognize them from a mile away. The movie version really made the scene come to life. As I read lines 1-105, I kept remembering the movie and how it displayed. It represents it very well and shows how intense the hatred between the two families is.

    1. avae1

      I agree, it has been made clear that the feud has been going on for a long time now, and one family always notices the other one.

  5. avae1

    Act I, scene i begins with a fight between the Capulets and the Montagues. Two servingmen, Gregory and Sampson provoke the quarrel by biting their thumbs at two Montague servingmen. “I will frown as I pass by, and let them take it as they list,”(line 39) this gesture suggests that their hatred is consistent. There never seems to be a moment where one family is not thinking of ways to disturb the other. The fight progresses and many others join, each taking their side. Opening with the battle sets the premise for the raging emotion between the families. Finally, Prince Escalus enters and settles the fight, threatening old Capulet and old Montague with their lives. The whole community was involved. More and more citizens joined in, and even if they were not fighting, they rooted for their side,”Down with the Capulets! Down with the Montagues!”(line 75)This proves that the people of Verona are also bound by their resentment, and it is a common fact that the two often feud.

    I found the movie very helpful while reading the first scene. It provided an image in my mind of Verona, and as I read the text I recalled the scene that we watched. I found it easier to follow along and it was an efficient way to ease into the language of Shakespeare. Both watching the scene and reading it ensured my understanding of the rivalry between the Capulets and the Montagues.

  6. ilyssal

    The tremendous fight begins when two Capulets are said to bite their thumbs at the Montagues. A Montague calls for a sword fight, or duel, in the streets of Verona. The Capulets and the Montagues battle throughout the market and village, destroying much of their path with shops and stands on the roads. Eventually the brawl is broken up by the prince. He threatens the families with death if they have another fight in public. The two families are extremely well known for their hatred towards one another. They have been in conflict for eternity it seems like. There must be a root to this family feud and I am curious to how it all began. The movie we began watching in class today I feel displayed this scene very nicely and it definitely added to my understanding of the scene.

  7. arihantp1

    The fight between the Montagues and the Capulets occur, due to two Capulets biting their thumbs and agitating the Montagues. Soon a duel occurs, which escalates when civilians and other members of the family join the fight. This continues until the Prince of Verona ends the fight by threatening both families with their lives. The movie version helped me a lot in understanding the text. Shakespeare’s language is very complicated and hard to understand. However after watching the movie version I could easily understand the text and it helped me visualize the setting better.

  8. sofiad1

    This fight begins with Sampson, a Capulet servant, biting his thumb and telling Abram, a Montague servent, he serves his master better. It quickly escalates into a battle with several members of the Montague and Capulet clans/families/crazy Italians (who hold a grudge for too long). The fight ends right after Lord Capulet and Old Montague gets involved, when the Prince intervenes. He threatens the clans with death if they ever do this again. He also asks to speak to Lord Capulet, and then Old Montague later. This conflict is clearly one that happens a lot. The Prince has no reservation of telling them that they will be killed if this happens again, and they don’t question him because even THEY know this happens a lot (and he’s the Prince and they want to keep their heads). Reading the play was very different from watching the movie. For one thing, the play does not make the fight out to be as big as the movie showed it. Also, there was a small exchange between Benvolio and Tybalt, which was not as prominent in the movie as it is in the play. Also, the Prince’s speech was much longer in the play than in the movie, which really accentuated the severity of the situation the clans had put themselves into.

  9. alexo

    The fight starts when Sampson, after plotting with Gregory, sucks his thumb at Abram. In the movie, the fight starts when Sampson trips Abram’s old man, but in the play, the battle begins when Sampson tells Abram that he is a better fighter than him. After being told this, Abram replies “You lie.” And the fight begins. After they start fighting, as seen in the movie, many jump into it. Eventually, Benvolio comes in, drawing his sword and commanding the men to stop fighting. Right after this event, Tybalt comes in and shames Benvolio for drawing his sword against servants, and threatens to kill him. Benvolio says that he was trying to keep the peace, and Tybalt retaliates by commenting on how he was keeping the peace whilst his sword was drawn.

    “What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word,
    As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.
    Have at thee, coward!”

    They then fight, and multiple citizens come in to join the fight, sick and tired of the Capulets and Montagues. Capulet then comes into the scene. He hears the ruckus and asks for his longsword, wanting to join the combat. His wife and Montague’s wife hold them back before each other just before Prince Escalus comes into the square, where the commotion had ben occurring. He then shames all of the people involved for taking part in the fight, and commands all but Capulet to leave. Capulet was to go with him, while Montague would visit the prince in the afternoon.

    The speed at which the conflict began, and the urge Sampson felt to battle the Montagues, shows the reader or watcher that these were two families with a very large, burning grudge. If they had been two normal families, a battle like this would not have broken out so easily.

    This battle establishes the setting for the play by establishing a hostile environment where fighting can break out at any time – the play will be filled with bloodshed throughout its story.

    Based on the events so far, I expect much worse to come out this grudge. Although we already know the sad tale of Romeo and Juliet, I doubt that worse things won’t come from the swords of the two families.

    Watching the movie and reading the play gave me two very different impressions of this story. The play reading made me understand why a fight had started, meanwhile in the movie violence breaks out almost immediately. However, the movie made me better understand the severity of the fighting going on, by giving the fight screen time. In the reading, the only words Shakespeare gives to the battle are “They fight”, which I feel isn’t quite doing it justice.

    First seeing the movie changed how I understood the text by making me better understand the fights. Other else than that, the reading was easier to understand as I had time to go over every confusing sentence, while in the movie many sentences and facts whizzed by me.

  10. francescaa

    After reading the first 105 lines of Act 1, scene i, of Romeo and Juliet, the reader is introduced to the scene in which this play is taking place. We are brought to the town square, where two young Capulet men (Sampson and Gregory) see a Montagues man with his elderly parents. These two families had a long history of hatred so powerful, that one word or action could spark a town-wide battle. The fight escalates as men from opposing sides rapidly jump into the sword thrusting spree. Finally, the Prince came and demanded the fighting to cease. He warned the Montagues and Capulets that next time such violence occurs, they will pay the price by death. This event stages the conflict for the whole play, which in turn allows the reader to understand the fundamentals of the plot.

    Right off the bat, Shakespeare continued to write about pairs and the number two. In the very beginning there are two Capulet boys and two families whom are rivals. (Montagues and Capulets). I also noticed that the word “rage” was repeated on line 86. “That quench the fire of your pernicious rage.” As the play goes on, the similarities between the play dialogue and the chorus of the prologue is clear.

  11. Tyler Newby

    In Act 1, the fight begins when two young Capulet men are biting their thumbs at the Montagues. The Montagues see this as an offensive gesture and draw their swords. They begin to brawl in the middle of the market and whilst they are fighting, they are destroying the market. As more Capulets and Montagues enter the market, the fight grows. Even an old man joins in. Chaos continues in the shops until Prince Escalus enters with his train. He threatens to kill anyone who causes fights and chaos. This scene displays the extreme tension between the two families and eager they are to fight one and other. This causes me to assume that there will be more major battles between the two families. Also, this utter chaos was displayed by the movie very well and showed how quickly the situation escalated.

  12. faithw

    The first scene in Act 1 starts off with Sampson and Gregory bickering about the Montague household. When Abram,a Montague servant, comes across their paths, the quarrel escalates and Samson begins to bite his thumb at the Montagues. The fight ends when Prince Escalus threatens to take their lives if the fighting continues. On lines 92 and 93, Prince Escalus states, “By thee, old Capulet, and Montague, Have thrice disturbed the quiet of our streets…” This quote informs the reader that three duels had taken place. This scene shows the reader the strong hatred between the Capulet and Montague families. I believe the clip of the movie we watched in class today helped me better understand the intensity of this fight scene.

  13. maddy

    The introductory scene of Act One commences with a quarrel betwixt servants of the Capulet and Montague households. A Capulet servant by the name of Sampson provoked Abram, a Montague servant, by biting his thumb, and gibing at the Montague servants. Tensions detonated once Sampson ironically referred to a Montague servant as “better”, thus engendering the first brawl. This quarrel led to one of many; an evident chain reaction. Servants as well as citizens began to fight with one another. Once informed of such an occurrence, Capulet and Montague additionally became involved in a quarrel of their own. The fighting was so great that Prince Escalus had to make an announcement ordering all conflicts to cease.

    It is probable that this conflict is far more deep-rooted than Sampson’s provocative commentary. I believe that had it not been for the presumed family feud, quarreling would not have been as intense as it was, or perhaps would not have begun. Sampson’s reasoning as to why he purposely aggravated Abram was due to the contempt and annoyance he held for the Montague servants. The quarreling caused additional fighting because the Capulet servants were disdainful of the Montague servants, and vice versa.

  14. christophert3

    The beginning of Shakespeare is very lively. Soon after the play has just started, a fight is already taking place. The fight starts after some Capulet members provoked a member of Montague to draw his sword and thus, start a fight. Soon afterwards, a Montague member comes questioning why they are fighting and the Montague member, Benvolio, takes out his sword and tells them to stop. But the Tybalt, a Capulet member, comes and provokes the fight again. Then, more people from both sides join the fight. Finally, the citizens, outside of the Capulet and Montague, join the fight with clubs as a revolt against both the Capulet and Montague saying, “Down with the Capulets! Down with the Montagues!” Eventually, the fight is ended by the Prince and his attendants’ arrival. He threatens that since the Capulets and Montagues are causing so much trouble through their quarrel, this being the third time, he has decided that if another dispute were to break out, both the Capulets and Montagues would be killed in order to keep the peace. After this, he leaves. Then Benvolio explains to Montague how the fight had started. Thus, summing up the last 100 or so lines.

    1. christophert3

      I would also like to add that, whenever I tried picturing the scenes, I came up with scenes from the movie. I also noticed they exaggerated some parts, such as the beginning of the fight. The movie was slightly edited.

  15. cameronl3

    The introduction of Act One involves a bickering between the servants of two different households. Gregory and Sampson, two Capulet servants, are walking through Verona, the setting of where the scene takes place. Very obnoxiously, Sampson rambles about his hate towards the house of Montague. The two continue with their remarks about easily conquering the Montague men and conquering the Montague women’s affection. Gregory eyes a couple of Montague servants coming their way, and asksSampson what the best way would be to provoke them into a quarrel without disobeying the law. Sampson bites his thumb at the Montagues, which is a highly disrespectful gesture, equivalent to the modern day middle-finger. A verbal disagreement quickly escalates into a brawl. Benvolio, a kinsman to Montague, enters and draws his sword in an attempt to stop the commotion. Tybalt, a kinsman to Capulet, sees Benvolio’s drawn sword and draws his own leading to another confrontation. Benvolio explains that he is just trying to keep everything under control, but Tybalt explains his hatred for peace as it is very much as strong as his hatred for Montagues, quickly attacking after. The brawl grows even larger as a group of citizens with clubs attempt to create peace by beating on the combatants. Montague and Capulet enter, but their wives stop them from attacking each other. Prince Escalus finally arrives and commands the fighting stop on penalty of torture. The Capulets and Montagues drop their weapons immediately. The Prince states that the wars between the two families has gone on far too long, and proclaims a death sentence upon anyone who disturbs the town again. He says that he will speak to Capulet and Montague more directly on this matter. As Capulet exits with him, the brawlers disperse, and Benvolio is left alone with his uncle and aunt, Montague and Lady Montague.

  16. margauxc

    Act I, scene i of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” opens with a tension lingering between the house of Montague and the house of Capulet. Sampson and Gregory, two servingmen of the house of Capulet, prowl the streets of Verona with swords and bucklers as they entertain the thought of dueling a Montague. Within their discussion, numerous lewd remarks are made and soon the pair start to discuss methods of legally starting a duel- which they eventually do after Sampson bites his thumb at approaching Montagues. The mood eventually evolves into a life-threatening duel between the Capulets and the Montagues after Tybalt refuses to help Benvolio keep the peace. The transition of mood/tone serves as foreshadowing of the nature of the play- of which Romeo and Juliet’s light-hearted/idealistic romance abruptly darkens after Tybalt and Romeo’s duel. The battle between the Montagues and the Capulets is concluded by the arrival of Prince Escalus- who threatens death to anyone who dares to disrupt the peace once more.

    In this scene, the duality between Tybalt and Benvolio is established- as well as the severity of the rivalry between both households. Through further analysis of the duel, it can be concluded that the opposition of the two households has caused the people of Verona to become divided. As seen in line seventy-five, during the duel, citizens cry out, “Down with the Capulets! Down with the Montagues!” From this, one could infer that a heavy tension hangs over Verona as citizens begin to take sides- and that the strife between Montagues and Capulets affects Verona as a whole, not just the two households individually.

    1. margauxc

      (In another perspective, the last paragraph can also be entirely wrong, depending on varying interpretations of the text. In one perspective, line 75 conveys that the citizens as a whole want BOTH the Montagues and the Capulets to go down. In another perspective though, one could possibly claim that various citizens are specifying which house should suffer defeat. As in, one citizen sides with the Capulets while at the same time another citizen cheers for the Montagues).

  17. marinas1

    Immediately after the prologue, the reader is immediately swept away into a completely different world. The Capulet “serving men” enter, and begin to express their detestment of the Montagues, calling them “dogs”. The play reads “‘A dog of the house of Montague moves me…A dog of that house shall move me to stand…'” This is particularly interesting, for the prologue previously mentioned states “‘Two households, both alike in dignity'”, clearly indicating that the Montagues and Capulets are of the same class, have the same wealth, and are no better (socially speaking) than one another in their town of Verona. In this way, The Capulets calling the Montagues “dogs” makes absolutely no sense, for both are of the same “dignity”. If the Montagues are considered “dogs”, then the Capulets should be as well. From this, we as readers can obviously see how biased and twisted one side is when mentioning the other side, showing us how this ancient grudge has played out and affected peoples’ views over time.

    As the play continues, the Capulet serving men begin to offend the Montague serving men, which ends up in a fight. What then ensues is a “domino effect”, in which one brawl or quarrel leads to another, until all the people on the street are fighting.

    Another portion of the text that interested me was what the citizens have to say about the brawl. The citizens exclaim “‘Clubs, bills, and partisans! Strike! Beat them down! Down with the Capulets! Down with the Montagues!'” This is quite striking, for the citizens do not pick sides. They are all against both the Capulets and the Montagues. This goes back to the Capulets and the Montagues being “‘both alike in diginity'”, for they are both notoriously hated by their surrounding community. After all, their feud is indeed disturbing the town’s peace. This could possibly be a hint of foreshadowing; the neighbors could quite probably riot against the hated members of their community.

    After the immense brawl, the prince of Verona, Prince Escalus, enters the scene and terminates all the fighting. When giving a speech about it, he mentions the line “‘Profaners of this neighbor-stained steel'”, which, in modern-day translation, means “you who put weapons to degrading use by shedding you neighbors’ blood”. This also goes back to the prologue, which pronounces “Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean”, emphasizing the importance of the feud and brawl that were displayed. This evidently demonstrates how the feud that occurred in scene one will certainly not be the last, and will serve an impact on all those involved. Here, spilling your neighbors’ blood will ultimately make one less of a person, and more of a monster, again foreshadowing plot points as the play progresses.

  18. eshap

    William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet begins by immediately addressing the dispute between the Capulets and Montagues in Act 1, scene i. Two Capulet servingmen, Sampson and Gregory, are conversing of a plot to start a fight with the Montagues. Sampson seems to be the more confident one of the pair, as he goes on to make threats and assumptions that Gregory questions. “[Sampson] ‘I stroke quickly, being moved.’ [Gregory] ‘But thou art not quickly moved to strike.’” (lines 6-7) Here, Gregory contradicts the claim made by Sampson, which makes it seem as though Sampson is stretching the truth. As the two continue preparing themselves, a servingman of the Montagues, Abram, approaches them. The quarrel initially starts when Sampson bites his thumb in front of Abram, a sign of offense. Although it was directed to the Montague, he decides not to say the truth in order to escape a penalty. Instead, the two Capulets go on to say how they would be “as good a man as you” (lines 55-56) to Abram. At this, Abram sees a lie, and Benvolio arrives after the Capulets drew their swords. At this, the fighting begins.

    The quarrel develops further when the civilians join in, crying, “Down with the Capulets! Down with the Montagues!” (page 75) Attention is then brought to Capulet, who feels the need to join the fight, and Lady Capulet, who struggles to prevent her husband from going off. The Montagues enter, with Montague feeling tempted to join as Capulet is there, and Lady Montague, who tries to keep her husband at bay just as Lady Capulet. Soon after Capulet and Montague join, Prince Escalus enters, ending the fight that disrupted the day’s events.

    As the Prince gives his speech, he gives emphasis on certain parts. He says, “Profaners of this neighborhood-stained steel,” (line 84), which goes back to line 4 of the prologue, “ Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.” This means that the blood being spilt between equals is a waste and shows how their drive was stronger than common sense. Furthermore, the Prince mentions the number three two times. “Thrice civil brawls bred of an airy word…Have thrice disturbed the quiet of our streets.” (lines 91 and 93) The repetition emphasizes how the quarrel between the Capulets and Montagues has disrupted the town one too many times. The dispute should be ended before the civilians are harmed in the process of deciding who’s right and who’s wrong. This ongoing dispute has disturbed the peace of the town each time. “Cankered with peace…Your lives shall pay for the forfeit of the peace.” (lines 97 and 99) On the verso of the page, the definition given for ‘cankered’ is rusted. In this case, that means that the peace is slowly fading away, and at the “forfeit of the peace”, or when the peace between sides ceases, and the dispute gets out of hand, the threat of death will come.

    The speech given by the Prince does establish the setting for the play by describing the long-term quarrel. Giving the number of times the Montagues and Capulets quarreled shows how much their disagreement affects the events of the town. From this, the reader can prepare to see further fights break out between the two families despite the threat of death waiting for them. In addition, we see how the civilians react to a fight between the Montagues and Capulets. They seemed almost eager to join, jumping in the middle shouting cries to get more people involved.

  19. willowm

    The play begins with two Capulets, Sampson and Gregory, speaking about how the Montagues provoke them. Sampson appears to be assertive while Gregory is more realistic. The fight begins when Sampson bites his thumb at Abram, one of the house of the Montagues. Sampson and Gregory continue to provoke Abram before they draw their swords. Benvolio temporarily stops the fighting before Tybalt makes the situation worse and the fight becomes bigger, similar to a snowball effect. It ends when the prince arrives and commands them to stop fighting. He then says “If you ever disturb our streets again, Your lives shall pay the forfeit of peace.” (lines 98-99)

    We can conclude that there is a long standing hatred between the Montagues and Capulets from the conversation between Sampson and Gregory, in which Sampson says “A dog of the house of Montague’s moves me.” (line 8) This line shows that Sampson is looking to be provoked so that the law is on his side when he starts a quarrel, meaning he is looking to start one. We can also assume this from the prince’s remarks. He says that already three fights have broken out, and he is so fed up that with the next quarrel there is a penalty of death.

    Based on the willingness of the rivals to fight each other, we can predict that there will be more fights, because if they are willing to risk their lives over a small dispute, they likely won’t hesitate to do it again, only to be killed by the prince.

    The movie helped my understanding of the text because it helped visualize the text and get a general sense of what was happening.

  20. Kat

    In the beginning of this drama we meet two servants from the Capulet family and one servant from the Montague family. In this beginning the servants get into an argument that eventually branches into a fight. I think that this was a very powerful and very important opening scene. I think that Shakespeare purposefully opened with more minor characters then major characters like Romeo and Juliet. The fact that it is servants fighting in the opening and not actual members of the family shows how deep this feud really runs. The dynamics between these two “sides” of the fight is very interesting. I found it interesting that even the lowly servants have honor and pride because of the family that they serve. These 105 lines really transport us to a different time and we really see how different times were. One detail that proves this is how offended Abram gets when Sampson bites his thumb. I really zeroed in on this part because at first it seemed comedic. I wondered why this was an offense at the time, and I still do. Shakespeare also introduced another character early on. The prince warns the quarreling peoples that they will be severely punished. The fact that the prince concerns himself with servants and knows that they have fought often shows that painful interactions between these two groups occur often.

  21. alekhya

    William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet begins with a fight between the Capulets and the Montagues which begins with two Capulet servingmen, Samson and Gregory, who provoke a Montague servingman, Abram. In the opening scene, Samson is telling Gregory how he hates the Montagues and how he is itching to fight with them. “A dog of that house shall move me to stand. I will take the wall of any of any man or maid of Montague’s.”(lines 12-13) Gregory in turn questions Samson stirring his desire to fight even more. “To move is to stir, and to be valiant is to stand. Therefore if thou art moved thou runn’st away.”(lines 9-11) Just at that moment when hate and a thirst for violence are coursing through the veins of Samson, Abram shows up and approaches them. In an attempt to provoke Abram so that he would not be the one who started the fight, Samson bites his thumb at Abram and says that “I serve as good a man as you.” When Abram says that Samson’s master is no better than Abram’s master, Samson says that his master is better. Enraged Abram draws his sword and a fight breaks out between the Montagues and Capulets who are soon joined by the rest of the citizens.

    The fighting stops when Prince Escalus arrives on the scene and accuses the Montagues and Capulets for fighting and causing so much bloodshed. He threatens them with a life sentence if they are to quarrel again. It will be interesting to see if the idea of death will stop them from fighting or if they hate each other so much; the death of their children.

    Watching the film version of Romeo and Juliet also served as a sharp reminder that this story is not quite a romance but a story of animosity and enmity, bringing us back to the play in which the opening scene itself is warfare. Shakespeare is trying to tell the audience that this will not be a story of true love and happy endings but of bloodshed.

  22. Rebecca F

    In this chapter, two servingmen of house Capulet, Samson and Gregory, start a fight with Abram, a servingman of House Capulet. What ensues is utter and complete chaos as men draw their swords, fighting one another. I was intrigued by how, although the fight is between House Capulet and Montague, the entire city got involved in it. The citizens of the city took sides, and charged into the fray, throwing their support to one side or the other. The feud between the two houses run deep, with only a prince’s decree being able to stop it.

  23. laurena2

    In this scene of Romeo and Juliet, members of the caplet household begin to bite their thumb at members of the Montague household. This leads to a fight amongst the few members. Eventually, many people join in leading to a huge fight among many members of the two households. The prince of Verona soon cuts into the duel and orders it to stop.

    When watching the movie in class, I was confused and did not understand what was going on. After reading the scene, the two clicked together and they both helped me get a strong understanding of what was going on. Before reading this scene, I was concerned that I would be totally lost while reading. However, I understood the entire scene and enjoyed reading this part of the book.

  24. adam

    In this scene, two men of the Capulate family provoked their enemy, the Montague famaily. These families are known for a strong hatred of each other. The Cauplate servants are biting their thumbs, but claims it wasn’t to him. So, He does this gesture because it is harmful to others yet not against the law.Out of anger and frustration, Momtague calls for a dual. So, he pulls out his sword, as do others. They quarrel, but soon the fight absolutely escalates. Suddenly, the whole city is involved, fighting at eachother with no evident reason. But, this does not last too long. The rulers of the town came in on horses and was disgusted with the occurrence. He stated firmly it will not happen again, or else death will strike all men involved. This makes me think that the two families will make up in the end and Romeo and Juliet can be from the same families

  25. ivanl

    In the beginning scene, members of the Capulet household bite their thumbs towards members of the Montague household, insulting them, as well as instigating a fight. At first, only a few members are involved in the fighting, but it “ripples” and before you know it, the entire town is fighting against one another. After some fighting between the two families, Prince Escalus enters and breaks up the fight, threatening them with death, should they fight again. They have fought twice before this scene, which explains the long held hatred the two families have held against each other.

  26. george

    The first few scenes in Romeo and Juliet we see just how much the two families hate each other. This is shown when they try to kill each other over a sqable in the square. They were so deticated to killing each other that the only reason they stopped was because the prince threatened to kill all of them if they disturbed the peace again. I have a theory that some people within each family will decide they don’t want to fight becau=sue too many were killed already.

  27. briannag3

    In lines 1-105 a fight happens. In the beginning two Capulets are talking to each other (Gregory and Sampson) when Abram (a Montague) comes by. Sampson bites his thumb at Abram, which is a sign of disrespect. They get into an argument that escalates into a sword fight. Another Montague (Benvolio) tries to make peace but Tybalt, a Capulet, won’t allow it. Tybalt says, “What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. Have at thee, coward!” I think that maybe there was a chance that Benvolio could’ve kept both sides at bay for long enough until the prince arrived, however Tybalt would not let that happen. The citizens begin to cheer for either sides and before long Capulet and Montague are joining into the fight. Shortly after they arrive at the battle scene, the Prince arrives. The Prince stops the fighting and tells both sides that if there is another fight that they will pay with their lives. Watching the movie version helped me understand the text better because when my reading is paired with a visual it helps me absorb more meaning. However, in the movie version we watched in class the fight scene lasted for a much shorter amount of time then I had imagined, and it progressed much quicker than I had envisioned inside my mind.


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