Romeo and Juliet- Act I, Scene V (Summary)

Act I, Scene 5

Setting: Sunday night, at Capulet’s house

Characters in scene: Old Capulet, servingman (First to Fourth), Cousin Capulet, Tybalt, Romeo, Nurse, Juliet, Benvolio, The Chorus

The Capulet mansion was busy and filled with guests. Romeo, Mercutio and Benvolio enters the party. Old Capulet starts the party through a speech, welcoming all the guests. Then Romeo finds Juliet dancing with Paris, and falls in love at first sight.

Later then, Tybalt recognizes Romeo and wants to start a fight, but Old Capulet restrains him. He says that Romeo is in fact a virtuous and well-governed youth, in which Verona brags of him. He also doesn’t want to make mutiny among his guests and ruin the party.

Juliet meets Romeo and also falls in love. But then Juliet was called by the nurse, interrupting their intense kissing. At that time, Romeo discovered that Juliet was a Capulet. And as Juliet asked her nurse about the guy, which was Romeo, and realized that he is the son of their rival, she quoted, “My love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, That I must love a loathed enemy.”

Key Quotation: My love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, That I must love a loathed enemy. -Juliet

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