Summarize the opening scene of "Romeo and Juliet."

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reidalot eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The play begins with a street fight between the Capulets and the Montagues, the two quarreling houses, in Verona. The Prince enters, and he is furious. He orders the families to stop the civil brawls upon pain of death. He will meet with each head of the family to decide upon punishment, if there should be one. Romeo enters and speaks with Benvolio, his Montague cousin, about his broken heart in his latest love affair. Shakespeare uses Scene 1 to set up the feuding families and show the audience Romeo as a character who is in love with being in love!

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finnuala | Student

Shakespear starts the play with a prologue which lets the audience know that two star crossed lovers end their lives for their love for one another.This makes the audience want to know what pushes them to such drastic measures.The play then starts with two Capulet servents (Sampson and Gregory)having a conversation using adult humour.Shakespeare also uses puns to engage the audince,examples include when they refer to their 'tool' and 'naked weapon'.