What's the plot summary for Act 1 Scene 1 in "Romeo and Juliet?"

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In this scene, we get something of an introduction to what is going to be important in the rest of the play.

First of all, we see the hatred between the Capulet and Montague families.  We see this when their servants get into a fight in the street.

We also see that the Prince is angry about the feud.  This will be important later on in the play.

Finally, we meet Romeo.  He is, at this point, in love with Rosaline.  We find out that he is, at this point, kind of moody and glum.  He is portrayed as something of an immature, love sick kid.

missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We also meet Lord Montague and Lord Capulet when the two fights are over. Shakespeare uses this scene to introduce the conflict and the characters of his piece.

As the first fight of the play is underway, we meet Benvolio, a cousin of Romeo and we learn he is a peace-maker and reports what happens honestly. This will become increasingly important as he is required to be a reporter throughout the play.

Benvolio also becomes one in whom Romeo confides. He is the one who gets Romeo talking about Rosaline.