Respond Emotionally. (Act 1) How do the events of the play make you feel at this point?

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Concerning your question on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, I'm not sure why you want reactions from other people.  My reaction doesn't have to reflect yours, and probably won't.  If this is a writing assignment you should use your own reaction to Act 1.

You just need to ask yourself some questions about what you felt seeing certain things in Act 1:

  • When you read The Prologue, what did you feel?  Did you understand it, or did you feel only confusion?  Did you feel interested, or sad, or both?  Or did you feel surprise that the writer would tell you the main characters are going to die before the action even begins?
  • What was your reaction to Samson and Gregory looking for a fight?  Interest, excitement, or disgust?
  • Did you feel bad for Romeo when you read about his sadness over Rosaline, or did you think he is a wimp and he is being stupid?
  • What did you feel when Romeo and Juliet met and started to fall in love:  interest, embarrassment, disbelief, excitement?

As long as you read the play, this is an easy assignment.  And your reactions are certainly more valuable to you and your teacher than my reactions.   

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I wonder if this can be answered in any sort of objective answer.  It seems like the nature of the question is an emotional response.  This allows you, the answerer, a great deal of latitude in composing your answer.  Such a question is giving you the freedom to answer as you see fit.  Some questions you might want to ask is, "After Act I, how do I feel?"  It seems real basic, but developing an emotional frame of reference would be critical in answering the question.  Another question might be, "Have I ever been in a similar position?  How could I relate to what is going on?"  In these lights, I think being able to develop your own response to the events in Act I is what you might have to do to effectively answer the question.  Since it is so emotional, there is little others can do for your emotional frame of reference is yours alone.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If I had missed the Prologue, I would be pretty happy at the end of Act I.  I really dislike sad endings (so why am I at a tragedy) so if I saw the Prologue, I would be pretty unhappy.

Without the Prologue, Act I would be a pretty happy thing.  The Prince has stopped the feuding in public.  Romeo and Juliet have fallen in love with one another.  This is looking good -- maybe it will be a case where the two can have a good life together and can even end the feud.

But the Prologue tells me this won't happen.  So it really is pretty sad.  I'm watching these two people fall in love and I know it's going to cause them both to die...

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