Freshmen B: R&J Act 1 scene 4

So, Romeo’s a mopey emo mess because the woman he loves, Rosaline, wants to be a nun. What’s going to make Romeo feel better? His buddies Benvolio and Mercutio think crashing a Capulet party will do the trick so that Romeo can meet other women.

This is the first scene where we meet Mercutio, Romeo’s kind of wild and fun friend. This scene, while short, is important because we get to know Mercutio but we learn a little more about Romeo: what are his thoughts on fate and love and dreams — but especially fate? And how do they compare to Mercutio’s?

Take a look at Mercutio’s Queen Mab speech about a fairy who visits dreamers in their sleep and Romeo’s lines at the end of the scene where he says “my mind misgives/Some consequence yet hanging in the stars/Shall bitterly begin his fearful date” (I.4). Follow the directions on the link.

Your superhero essays were due Friday. Make sure I’ve got it.


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