Can somebody help me match the numbers and letters based upon characters from Romeo and Juliet? 1) Comments upon the action2) Forbids the feud from continuing3) Appears somewhat indigent4) Makes...

Can somebody help me match the numbers and letters based upon characters from Romeo and Juliet?


1) Comments upon the action
2) Forbids the feud from continuing
3) Appears somewhat indigent
4) Makes an insulting gesture
5) Why Romeo goes to the Capulets' ball
6) Gives an imaginative speech about a fairy
7) Wants Romeo to get over Rosaline
8) Falls in love, marries, and dies twice in four days
9) Occasionally speaks latin


A) Escalus
B) Apothecary
C) Balthasar
D) Friar Lawrence
E) A Montague servant, possibly Peter
F) Abram or Abraham
G) Rosaline
H) Juliet
I) Benvolio
J) Lady Capulet
K) Mercutio
L) The Chorus

Thanks guys, appreciate the help!

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Although most already know the story of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's play is a delight to read or to attend as the lines are replete with figures of speech, imagery, and lyrical rhythms. Then, too, there are delightful characters such as Mercutio, who becomes so powerful a force in the play that Shakespeare removes him from the drama in Act III lest he overtake Romeo's role.  

Here is the matching of characters with actions:

1. L. The Chorus recites the two prologues. The first prologue explains what the play is about, and the second prologue, which is prior to Act II, explains the new feelings of Romeo as well as those of Juliet.

2. It is Prince Escalus who forbids the Montagues and the Capulets from continuing the feud under penalty of death: "If ever you disturb our street again,/Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace." (1.1)

3. The apothecary to whom Romeo goes for poison is so poor that he breaks the law and sells poison to Romeo.

4. E This one is a bit confusing because E reads "a Montague servant, possibly Peter," but Peter is a Capulet servant, and it is a Capulet servant, not a Montague servant, who bites his thumb at Abraham, the servant of the Montagues, in the first scene of the play: 

SAMPSON: Nay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at them, which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it. (bites his thumb)

ABRAHAM: Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?
SAMPSON: (Aside to Gregory) is the law on our side if I say aye?
GREGORY: No.
SAMPSON: No, sir. I do not bite my thumb at you, sir; but I bite my thumb sir. (1.1.38-42)

Do you think the teacher accidentally put the wrong name? I would say so because "possibly Peter" accompanies this answer and he is a Capulet. The only other choice for an answer is F, Abraham. But, this is clearly incorrect because Abraham asks Sampson if Sampson is biting his thumb at him.

5. Romeo attends the Capulets' ball on the urgings of Benvolio, who believes doing so will help Romeo forget Rosaline.

6. K Mercutio's monologue on Queen Mab is a famous flight of fancy.

7. I Benvolio, Romeo's good friend, urges him to forget about Rosaline. As he urges Romeo to accompany him to the Capulet ball, he tells Romeo,

Your lady's love against some other maid
That I will show you shining at this feast.
And she shall scant show well that now seems best. (1.3)

8. H Juliet falls in love with Romeo, marries him the next day, and takes a potion which makes her seem dead in Act IV after going to Friar Laurence and telling him her parents want her to marry Paris. The priest hopes to delay things and will tell them Juliet is already married to Romeo. But things do not works out and when Juliet wakes in Act V only to find her beloved Romeo dead, Juliet kills herself.

9. As a priest, Friar Lawrence does speak Latin, as in Act II, Scene 3, when Romeo says "Good morrow, Father" and Friar Laurence replies, "Benedicte!" which means "God bless you."

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