Act I, Scenes 3–5: Questions and Answers
- What joke does the Nurse reminisce about?
- How does Juliet feel about marriage in general?
- How does Juliet react when her mother tells her that Paris is interested in her?
- What strange feeling does Romeo express to his friends before they arrive at the ball?
- Who is Queen Mab?
- What happens when Tybalt realizes that Romeo, a Montague, is at the Capulet party?
- What is Romeo’s reaction when he sees Juliet for the first time?
- What types of metaphors do Romeo and Juliet use during their first conversation?
- What does Juliet tell the Nurse just before she sends her off to find out who Romeo is?
- What is Juliet’s reaction to learning that Romeo is a Montague?
- The Nurse brings up a time when young Juliet fell over and the Nurse’s husband joked that Juliet will fall backwards (a reference to sex) when she gets older.
- Juliet tells her mother that marriage is something she has not given much thought to.
- Juliet obediently says that she will look at Paris tonight and consider his proposal.
- Romeo says that he has a feeling that the events of the night will somehow lead to his untimely death.
- Mercutio describes Queen Mab as a tiny fairy who visits dreamers as they sleep.
- When Tybalt recognizes Romeo’s voice, he prepares to challenge him. Lord Capulet intervenes, however, and forbids Tybalt from disturbing the ball. Tybalt vows to get revenge on Romeo.
- Romeo is stunned by Juliet’s beauty, and compares her to a bright light in darkness.
- Romeo and Juliet make use of religious metaphors—Romeo is compared to a pilgrim that worships Juliet, who is likened to a saint.
- Juliet tells the Nurse that she will feel like dying if it turns out that Romeo is already married.
- Juliet is distraught when she learns that her new love is also her enemy.