- 1 What is the chorus in the beginning of the play Romeo and Juliet?
- 2 What does the chorus reveal to the audience in the prologue of Romeo and Juliet?
- 3 Who is the chorus in the prologue of Romeo and Juliet?
- 4 What purpose does the chorus and the prologue serve at the beginning of each act?
- 5 How old is Juliet?
- 6 What does biting your thumb mean in Romeo and Juliet?
- 7 What two families are fighting in Romeo and Juliet?
- 8 Why is Lord Capulet hesitant on marrying Juliet to Paris?
- 9 What does the Chorus reveal to us as readers?
- 10 How old was Romeo?
- 11 What begins the feud between the Montagues and Capulets?
- 12 Who said do you bite your thumb at us sir?
- 13 What events does the prologue foreshadow in Romeo and Juliet?
- 14 What is Benvolio trying to do when Tybalt enters?
- 15 Who is Romeo in love with at the beginning of the play?
What is the chorus in the beginning of the play Romeo and Juliet?
As a prologue to the play, the Chorus enters. In a fourteen-line sonnet, the Chorus describes two noble households (called “houses”) in the city of Verona. The houses hold an “ancient grudge” (Prologue. 2) against each other that remains a source of violent and bloody conflict.
What does the chorus reveal to the audience in the prologue of Romeo and Juliet?
The prologue which opens Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet provides a brief exposition of the play. The Chorus tells the audience that the play is set in Verona, Italy, and that the plot involves two feuding “households,” or families, “both alike in dignity,” meaning of equal high stature.
Who is the chorus in the prologue of Romeo and Juliet?
In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare designates a single person (rather than a group of people) as the chorus. The individual only appears before the first and second acts to tell the audience how the play is going to end. In similar fashion to the singing Greek chorus, Shakespeare’s chorus speaks in a poetic sonnet.
What purpose does the chorus and the prologue serve at the beginning of each act?
In the play Romeo and Juliet, the audience knows the outcome of the play even before we meet the main characters. The chorus begins the play by presenting the Prologue. This introduction to the play sets up the story by explaining the plot that is about to take place.
How old is Juliet?
Juliet is thirteen years old. In Shakespeare’s primary sources, Juliet is considerably older than she is in the play.
What does biting your thumb mean in Romeo and Juliet?
Biting your thumb—placing a thumb behind your front top teeth and then flicking it out—is a symbolic gesture similar to “flipping someone off.” The action is a silent and immature way to insult someone and could be interpreted as an invitation to violence.
What two families are fighting in Romeo and Juliet?
Romeo and Juliet begins as the Chorus introduces two feuding families of Verona: the Capulets and the Montagues. On a hot summer’s day, the young men of each faction fight until the Prince of Verona intercedes and threatens to banish them.
Why is Lord Capulet hesitant on marrying Juliet to Paris?
Lord Capulet is initially reluctant to accept Paris’s proposal that he marry Juliet because he feels his daughter is too young to marry. Capulet suggests the proposal of marriage be delayed for two years so Juliet has more time before she becomes a bride.
What does the Chorus reveal to us as readers?
As was the case in ancient Greek theater, the Chorus provides commentary on the play, and its purpose in the Prologue seems to be to tell the audience exactly what is going on and will happen in the play.
How old was Romeo?
Romeo’s age is never given, but since he carries a sword, it can be assumed that he is not younger than Juliet’s thirteen years. It is much more likely that, given his immature responses to problematic events in the play, that he is probably about sixteen or seventeen years old.
What begins the feud between the Montagues and Capulets?
Tybalt and Romeo Being a Capulet, Tybalt is very upset when Romeo, a Montague, crashes a Capulet party. This is the origin of the feud between these two, and it eventually leads to the death of Tybalt at the hands of Romeo, after he killed one of Romeo’s close friends.
Who said do you bite your thumb at us sir?
Act 1 Scene 1
|Original Text||Modern Text|
|SAMPSON I do bite my thumb, sir.||SAMPSON I’m biting my thumb.|
|ABRAM Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?||ABRAM Are you biting your thumb at us?|
|SAMPSON 40 (aside to GREGORY) Is the law of our side if I say “ay”?||SAMPSON (aside to GREGORY) Is the law on our side if I say yes?|
What events does the prologue foreshadow in Romeo and Juliet?
The deaths of Romeo and Juliet are the most heavily foreshadowed events in any of Shakespeare’s plays. We learn that the lovers will die in the Prologue: “A pair of star-crossed lovers… Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife” (1.1..).
What is Benvolio trying to do when Tybalt enters?
Benvolio, a kinsman to Montague, enters and draws his sword in an attempt to stop the confrontation. Benvolio explains that he is merely trying to keep the peace, but Tybalt professes a hatred for peace as strong as his hatred for Montagues, and attacks. The brawl spreads.
Who is Romeo in love with at the beginning of the play?
At the beginning of the play he is madly in love with a woman named Rosaline, but the instant he lays eyes on Juliet, he falls in love with her and forgets Rosaline. Thus, Shakespeare gives us every reason to question how real Romeo’s new love is, but Romeo goes to extremes to prove the seriousness of his feelings.