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.
Freshmen: we started reading Romeo and Juliet! So far we’ve just been introduced to Romeo, his cousin Benvolio, Juliet, Juliet’s nurse, the parents and Tybalt — Juliet’s cousin.
We’ve already seen a major fight, learned that Romeo begins the book in love with a girl (who’s also a nun) named Rosaline and we’ve left off as Romeo and the other Montague boys are about to crash a party at Juliet’s.
We haven’t done any major classwork yet, but if you’ve missed class just make sure you’re up to speed on who these characters are and the basic plot so far.
Also, your superhero essays are due today.