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The claims from Yevgeny V. Prigozhin including a veiled threat of an uprising against Russia, prompted the F.S.B. to open a criminal investigation.

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By Anton Troianovski and Ivan Nechepurenko

Russian generals late on Friday accused Yevgeny V. Prigozhin, the outspoken mercenary tycoon, of trying to mount a coup against President Vladimir V. Putin, as the Russian authorities opened an investigation into Mr. Prigozhin for “organizing an armed rebellion.”

The long-running feud between Mr. Prigozhin and the Russian military over the war in Ukraine has now escalated into an open confrontation, setting up the biggest challenge to Mr. Putin’s authority since he launched his invasion of Ukraine 16 months ago.

Videos circulating widely on social media showed that military and national guard armored vehicles had been deployed in Moscow and the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, near the front line in Ukraine where Mr. Prigozhin’s fighters had been operating.


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Mr. Prigozhin on Friday accused the Russian military of attacking his Wagner mercenary forces and, in a series of recordings posted to social media, pledged that his fighters would retaliate. Russian authorities, in turn, accused Mr. Prigozhin — whose broadsides against the Russian Defense Ministry had been tolerated by Mr. Putin for months — of trying to foment a revolt.

“This is a stab in the back of the country and the president,” Gen. Vladimir Alekseyev, the deputy head of Russia’s military intelligence agency, said in a video appeal to Mr. Prigozhin’s fighters, urging them to call off any rebellion. “This is a coup.”

Mr. Prigozhin’s Wagner mercenary force has proved pivotal to the Russian war effort in Ukraine, but in recent months, he repeatedly chastised Russia’s top brass for alleged corruption and indifference to regular soldiers’ lives. On Friday night, he took his accusations to a new level, claiming that the Russian military had attacked Wagner encampments, killing “a huge number of fighters.”

“The evil borne by the country’s military leadership must be stopped,” Mr. Prigozhin (pronounced pree-GOH-zhin) said in one of a series of voice recordings posted to the Telegram social network after 9 p.m. Moscow time.

Minutes later, he suggested that his Wagner mercenary force was prepared to go on the offensive against Russia’s own Defense Ministry, saying, “There’s 25,000 of us, and we are going to figure out why chaos is happening in the country.”

He denied that the actions were a “military coup.”

“This is a march for justice,” he said in another audio message on Telegram. “Our actions aren’t interfering with the troops in any way.”

Just past midnight Moscow time, Russia’s prosecutor general announced that Mr. Prigozhin was being investigated “on suspicion of organizing an armed rebellion” and would face as much as 20 years in prison if prosecuted.

The Wagner leader then defiantly took to Telegram again, saying his fighters were approaching the city of Rostov-on-Don and adding: “We are going farther. We will go to the end.”

Mr. Prigozhin’s whereabouts remained unclear, and there was no immediate confirmation that his forces were actually approaching the city.

While President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine had yet to comment as of Friday night, one of his advisers, Mykhailo Podolyak, warned on Twitter that “tumultuous times are coming” for Russia.

White House officials said they were following the events, but would not say much more. “We are monitoring the situation and will be consulting with allies and partners on these developments,” said Adam Hodge, a National Security Council spokesman.


Mr. Prigozhin, a St. Petersburg restaurateur who leveraged his personal connections with Mr. Putin into lucrative government contracts, gained international prominence after his online “troll factory” interfered in the 2016 American presidential election — and after his Wagner fighters were deployed in Syria and across Africa as a shadow force believed to be fighting for Kremlin interests.

For months the Russian war effort has been hampered by the bitter feud between Mr. Prigozhin and top military leaders, whom he has accused in scathing terms of incompetence in conducting the war. He has asserted that Russia’s top brass have refused to provide Wagner forces with needed ammunition even as they fought alongside the Russian military for control of the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut.

But never before had Mr. Prigozhin accused Russia’s military leaders of attacking his forces, nor asserted in such stark terms that the Kremlin’s stated justification for the war was nonsense.

In a 30-minute video released on Friday, Mr. Prigozhin had described his country’s invasion of Ukraine as a “racket” perpetrated by a corrupt elite chasing money and glory without concern for Russian lives.

He also accused the Russian minister of defense, Sergei K. Shoigu, of orchestrating a deadly attack with missiles and helicopters on camps to the rear of the Russian lines in Ukraine, where his soldiers of fortune were bivouacked. And he accused Mr. Shoigu of overseeing the strikes himself from the town of Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia, near Ukraine.

The mercenary leader’s claims could not be immediately verified. The Russian defense ministry denied the allegations, saying in a statement that the messages Mr. Prigozhin had posted about supposed strikes on Wagner camps “do not correspond to reality.”

Dmitri S. Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesman, said that Mr. Putin was “aware of all events around Prigozhin,” according to Interfax, a Russian news agency.

Mr. Prigozhin’s accusations created a ripple effect among Russian pro-war activists, who fear that an open conflict between the army and Wagner forces could threaten the Russian front lines during the Ukrainian counteroffensive. In Ukraine, some viewed his statements as more evidence of internal divisions within the Russian war effort.

In an earlier videotaped speech, Mr. Prigozhin did not explicitly impugn Mr. Putin, instead casting him as a leader being misled by his officials. But in dismissing the Kremlin’s narrative that the invasion was a necessity for the Russian nation, Mr. Prigozhin went further than anyone in Russia’s security establishment in publicly challenging the wisdom of the war.

“The war wasn’t needed to return Russian citizens to our bosom, nor to demilitarize or denazify Ukraine,” Mr. Prigozhin said, referring to Mr. Putin’s initial justifications for the war. “The war was needed so that a bunch of animals could simply exult in glory.”

Friday’s diatribes deepened the enigma of Mr. Prigozhin’s ambiguous role in Mr. Putin’s system. His Wagner troops, composed of veteran fighters as well as thousands of convicts whom Mr. Prigozhin personally recruited from Russian prisons, proved key in capturing the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut in May after a monthslong battle.

But, during the battle for Bakhmut, Mr. Prigozhin also emerged as a populist political figure, excoriating Russia’s military leadership for corruption. His angry recordings and videos posted to the Telegram messaging network cast top military and Kremlin officials as unaware and uncaring of the struggles of regular Russian soldiers.

So far, Mr. Putin has not reined in Mr. Prigozhin, even as Mr. Putin’s security forces have jailed or fined thousands of Russians for criticizing the military or opposing the war. Some people who know Mr. Putin have said they believe that he still sees Mr. Prigozhin as a loyal servant applying needed pressure on a sprawling military apparatus. Others theorized that the Kremlin had orchestrated Mr. Prigozhin’s tirades against Mr. Shoigu, the defense minister, to deflect blame from Mr. Putin himself.

But Friday’s statements complicated the picture, with Mr. Prigozhin going after not just Mr. Shoigu but also unnamed “oligarchs” around Mr. Putin, while casting the entire official rhetoric around the invasion as a sham. He said there was “nothing out of the ordinary” in Ukraine’s military posture on the eve of the February 2022 invasion — challenging the Kremlin’s justification that Ukraine was on the verge of attacking Russian-backed separatist territory in Ukraine’s east.

“Our holy war with those who offend the Russian people, with those who are trying to humiliate them, has turned into a racket,” he said.

Mr. Prigozhin also asserted in his video that Ukraine’s counteroffensive to gain back territory was going much more poorly for Russia than the government was letting on. On Telegram, pro-war commentators quickly pushed back against that claim, including Igor Girkin, a former paramilitary commander who himself has often criticized Russia’s top brass.

“Prigozhin already should have been handed over to a military tribunal for many things,” Mr. Girkin wrote. “Now also for treason.”

Julian E. Barnes and Cassandra Vinograd contributed reporting.

Anton Troianovski is the Moscow bureau chief for The New York Times.He was previously Moscow bureau chief of The Washington Post and spent nine years with The Wall Street Journal in Berlin and New York. @antontroian

Ivan Nechepurenko has been a Times reporter since 2015, covering politics, economics, sports and culture in Russia and the former Soviet republics.He was raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in Piatykhatky, Ukraine. @INechepurenko Facebook

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What happens in Act 1 Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

Act 1 Scene 2

Lord Capulet sends a messenger to invite other guests to the ball. The messenger bumps into Romeo and Benvolio revealing to them the ball is taking place and that Rosaline is one of the guests. Benvolio suggests they go to the ball so Romeo can find someone else to fall in love with.

What happened in Act 1 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

Act I. Romeo and Juliet begins as the Chorus introduces two feuding families of Verona: the Capulets and the Montagues. On a hot summer's day, the young men of each faction fight until the Prince of Verona intercedes and threatens to banish them. Soon after, the head of the Capulet family plans a feast.

How does Romeo initially respond when Tybalt wants to fight him why does he respond like this? ›

Romeo, now secretly married to Juliet and thus Tybalt's kinsman, refuses to be angered by Tybalt's verbal attack. Tybalt commands Romeo to draw his sword. Romeo protests that he has good reason to love Tybalt, and does not wish to fight him.

What happened in Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

Romeo enters and Friar Lawrence intuits that Romeo has not slept the night before. The friar fears that Romeo may have slept in sin with Rosaline. Romeo assures him that did not happen, and describes his new love for Juliet, his intent to marry her, and his desire that the friar consent to marry them that very day.

What is an important quote in Act 1 Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

My child is yet a stranger in the world; She hath not seen the change of fourteen years. Let two more summers wither in their pride, Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.

What happened in Act 4 Scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

Juliet's father forces her into a marriage with Count Paris. To avoid this marriage, Juliet takes a potion, given her by the friar, that makes her appear dead. The friar will send Romeo word to be at her family tomb when she awakes. The plan goes awry, and Romeo learns instead that she is dead.

What happened in Act 1 Scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

In Act 1, Scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet, Lady Capulet summons Juliet to ask her how she feels about marriage. Juliet responds, saying "it is an honour that I dream not of." Her mother informs her that the highly respected Paris wishes to marry her and she should take the time to consider marrying him.

What happened in Act 1 Scene 4 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

Act 1, Scene 4

Summary: Romeo, Benvolio, and their friend Mercutio arrive at the Capulet party in style. Romeo tells his friends that he doesn't plan on dancing tonight—he's too sad. Plus, he had a dream the night before that gave him a bad feeling about the party.

What happens in Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

Act 1, scene 5 Capulet welcomes the disguised Romeo and his friends. Romeo, watching the dance, is caught by the beauty of Juliet. Overhearing Romeo ask about her, Tybalt recognizes his voice and is enraged at the intrusion. Romeo then meets Juliet, and they fall in love.

Does Juliet forgive Romeo for killing Tybalt? ›

Her nurse arrives, bringing bad news. When Juliet hears of Tybalt's death, she's horrified. But she then realizes that, if faced with the choice between her cousin Tybalt and her husband Romeo, she would choose Romeo. She forgives her husband and grieves over his exile.

Why does Juliet forgive Romeo for killing Tybalt? ›

Aeryn Juliet is first upset at Romeo for killing Tybalt. She wonders how someone so beautiful could be so ugly at the same time. She then forgives him because she loves him and because he is her husband. Noah She is sad, but she realizes that it was either Romeo or Tybalt.

Who killed Tybalt? ›

As soon as Romeo arrives, Tybalt tries to provoke him to fight. When Romeo refuses, Mercutio answers Tybalt's challenge. They duel and Mercutio is fatally wounded. Romeo then avenges Mercutio's death by killing Tybalt in a duel.

Are Romeo and Juliet really in love in Act 2? ›

Romeo and Juliet both had an instant connection with each other and cannot stop thinking about one another. They also both love each other and continue to mention that there is true love between them throughout the play.

How old is Romeo in Romeo and Juliet? ›

However, in the English poem the story is based on (Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke) Juliet is approaching her sixteenth birthday and Romeo is the same age whereas in the Bandello novella she is nearly eighteen with Romeo about twenty.

How old is Juliet in Romeo and Juliet? ›

Because actors ostensibly need training and skill to navigate Shakespeare's words, most productions of Romeo and Juliet cast performers who are older than the characters as he wrote them: Juliet is 13 (“she hath not seen the change of fourteen years,” according to her father); Romeo's age is unspecified, but he's ...

What is a famous quote from Act 3 Scene 1 Romeo and Juliet? ›

An if we meet we shall not scape a brawl (3.1.) I do protest I never injuried thee, But love thee better than thou canst devise (3.1.) Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man.

What is an important quote from Act 2 Scene 1? ›

Mercutio. If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark. As maids call medlars when they laugh alone. An open-arse, or thou a popp'rin pear!

What is the most important line from Act 1 Scene 3 in Romeo and Juliet? ›

Thou wilt fall backward when thou hast more wit, Wilt thou not, Jule?” (1.3.)

What is the quote from Act 4 Scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

Good night: Get thee to bed, and rest; for thou hast need. Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again.

What happened in Act 4 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

Act 4, scene 5 The Nurse finds Juliet in the deathlike trance caused by the Friar's potion and announces Juliet's death. Juliet's parents and Paris join the Nurse in lamentation. Friar Lawrence interrupts them and begins to arrange Juliet's funeral.

What is Juliet's speech in Act 4 Scene 3? ›

Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again. I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins, That almost freezes up the heat of life: I'll call them back again to comfort me: Nurse!

What is happening in Act 3 Scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

Act 3, scene 3 Friar Lawrence tells Romeo that his punishment for killing Tybalt is banishment, not death. Romeo responds that death is preferable to banishment from Juliet. When the Nurse enters and tells Romeo that Juliet is grief-stricken, Romeo attempts suicide.

What happens in Act 3 Scene 2 in Romeo and Juliet? ›

Act 3, scene 2 Juliet longs for Romeo to come to her. The Nurse arrives with the news that Romeo has killed Tybalt and has been banished. Juliet at first feels grief for the loss of her cousin Tybalt and verbally attacks Romeo, but then renounces these feelings and devotes herself to grief for Romeo's banishment.

What happens in Act 3 Scene 3 Romeo and Juliet? ›

Summary: Act 3, scene 3

In Friar Lawrence's cell, Romeo is overcome with grief and wonders what sentence the Prince has decreed. Friar Lawrence tells him he is lucky: the Prince has only banished him. Romeo claims that banishment is a penalty far worse than death, since he will have to live, but without Juliet.

What happened in Act 4 Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

Juliet's father forces her into a marriage with Count Paris. To avoid this marriage, Juliet takes a potion, given her by the friar, that makes her appear dead. The friar will send Romeo word to be at her family tomb when she awakes. The plan goes awry, and Romeo learns instead that she is dead.

What happens in Act 2 Scene 4 Romeo? ›

Act 2, scene 4 Mercutio and Benvolio meet the newly enthusiastic Romeo in the street. Romeo defeats Mercutio in a battle of wits. The Nurse finds Romeo, and he gives her a message for Juliet: meet me at Friar Lawrence's cell this afternoon, and we will there be married.

What happens in Act 4 Scene 4 of Romeo? ›

Summary: Act 4, scenes 4–5

Capulet sends the Nurse to go wake Juliet. She finds Juliet dead and begins to wail, soon joined by both Lady Capulet and Capulet. Paris arrives with Friar Lawrence and a group of musicians for the wedding. When he learns what has happened, Paris joins in the lamentations.

What happens in Act 3 Scene 5 of Romeo? ›

Juliet refuses to marry and her father threatens to disown her. Juliet begs her mother to help her but she refuses and leaves Juliet with the the Nurse, who also tries to convince her to marry Paris. You can take a look at the whole scene and watch it in performance here.

What happens in Act 3 Scene 6 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

Enraged, Romeo declares that his love for Juliet has made him effeminate, and that he should have fought Tybalt in Mercutio's place. When Tybalt, still angry, storms back onto the scene, Romeo draws his sword. They fight, and Romeo kills Tybalt.

What happens in Act 2 Scene 6 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

Finally Juliet learns that if she wants to marry Romeo, she need only go to Friar Lawrence's cell that afternoon. Act 2, scene 6 Juliet meets Romeo at Friar Lawrence's cell. After expressing their mutual love, they exit with the Friar to be married.

Did Romeo and Juliet sleep together? ›

At the beginning of Act III, scene v, Romeo and Juliet are together in Juliet's bed just before dawn, having spent the night with each other and feeling reluctant to separate. We might conclude that we're meant to infer that they just had sex, and that may be the way the scene is most commonly understood.

Who betrayed Juliet in Romeo and Juliet? ›

The Nurse recognizes that Juliet shows no interest in Paris' courting and is the only member of the older generation to take Juliet's feelings into consideration…that is, until she suddenly betrays Juliet's trust by saying that she should marry Paris.

What does Romeo say when he kills himself? ›

He attempts to defy that fate by killing himself and spending eternity with Juliet: “Well, Juliet,” he says, “I will lie with thee tonight” (5.1. 34). Tragically, it is Romeo's very decision to avoid his destiny that actually brings fate about.

What did Juliet say to Romeo after he killed Tybalt? ›

I beg for justice, which thou, prince, must give; Romeo slew Tybalt, Romeo must not live.

What did Romeo do after he killed Tybalt? ›

Another fight breaks out in Verona and Tybalt kills Romeo's friend Mercutio. Romeo had tried to prevent the fight but, after Mercutio's death, he kills Tybalt. The Prince banishes Romeo from Verona because of what he has done. Juliet is distraught by the news of Tybalt's death and Romeo being banished.

What does Romeo blame for Tybalt's death? ›

Romeo blames himself, saying "My very friend, hath got his mortal hurt/ In my behalf" (lines 112-113) and "Juliet,/ Thy beauty hath made me effeminate/And in my temper softened valour's steel" (lines 115-117).

What were Juliet's last words? ›

O happy dagger, This is thy sheath: there rust, and let me die.

Why did Juliet fake her death? ›

Juliet feigns death to avoid her arranged marriage to Paris and free herself to leave with Romeo (whom she has already married). For the trick, she drinks a substance that gives her the appearance of death. She expects that when she wakes from this slumber, she and Romeo will leave Verona together.

Who kills Juliet? ›

As Friar Lawrence enters the tomb, Juliet awakes to find Romeo lying dead. Frightened by a noise, the Friar flees the tomb. Juliet kills herself with Romeo's dagger.

Did Juliet ever love Romeo? ›

Juliet's love for Romeo seems at least in part to be a desire to be freed from her parents' control by a husband who can't control her either. More experienced characters argue that sexual frustration, not enduring love, is the root cause of Romeo and Juliet's passion for one another.

Did Romeo really love Rosaline? ›

Although an unseen character, her role is important: Romeo's unrequited love for Rosaline leads him to try to catch a glimpse of her at a gathering hosted by the Capulet family, during which he first spots her cousin, Juliet. Scholars generally compare Romeo's short-lived love of Rosaline with his later love of Juliet.

Why does Rosaline not like Romeo? ›

Answer: Rosaline doesn't like Romeo because she has chosen to become a nun and has taken a vow of chastity, which means she cannot reciprocate Romeo's feelings.

How old is Juliet when she dies? ›

Romeo and Juliet were teenagers when they died in the play Romeo and Juliet, with Juliet being thirteen years old, nearly fourteen. We do not know Romeo's age; he is treated as a man and, but described as young and appears to be youthful.

Was Juliet 13 years old? ›

In Shakespeare's original story, Romeo is given the age of 16 years and Juliet is given the age of 13 years.

How old was Romeo when Juliet died? ›

Let's research how old were Romeo and Juliet when they died According to the play, Romeo is about 17 years old when he dies, while Juliet is just 13 years old. In Act IV, Scene 1, Juliet's nurse reveals that Juliet is “not fourteen” (line 16), which means that she is 13 years old.

Is Romeo and Juliet appropriate for 12 year olds? ›

Parents need to know that this film features a considerable amount of blood, violence, and explicit references to sex. Prostitution, brief nudity, teen sex, gang-related deaths, car assaults, bloody fistfights, and a gangster pointing a pistol directly at a child's face, makes this film inappropriate for kids under

What age did Juliet marry Romeo? ›

In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is thirteen years old, just a few weeks away from her fourteenth birthday. Shakespeare does not specify Romeo's age, but he is treated like a man who still has youthful traits. He is likely between fifteen and seventeen.

Who is Juliet supposed to marry? ›

Capulet, saying that Juliet will do as she is told, promises Paris that she will marry him in three days. Act 3, scene 5 Romeo and Juliet separate at the first light of day. Almost immediately her mother comes to announce that Juliet must marry Paris.

What happens in Act 1 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet quizlet? ›

A band of Montagues come down the street. Suddenly, because of their loyalty to their family, they agree to settle their temporary difference and fight the Montagues, their common enemy.

What is Romeo's problem in Act 1 Scene 1? ›

Benvolio soon discovers that Romeo's problem is that he loves a woman who doesn't return his love. What does Benvolio try to get Romeo to say?

What was Romeo like in Act 1 Scene 1? ›

To conclude, in Romeo's first scene in the play, Shakespeare presents him as someone inexperienced who is still confused and troubled by love. He resembles a Petrarchan lover, one whose love is immensely powerful yet painful.

Who tries to break up the fight in Act 1 Scene 1 Romeo and Juliet? ›

ACT 1, SCENE 1. Servants of the Capulet family start a fight with Montague family servants. Benvolio, a Montague, draws his sword and attempts to break up the fight.

What happens at the end of Act 1 in Romeo and Juliet? ›

From across the room, Romeo sees Juliet and asks a serving-man who she is. The serving-man does not know. Romeo is transfixed; Rosaline vanishes from his mind and he declares that he has never been in love until this moment.

What is the purpose of the dialogue in Act 1 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

The dialogue is meant to entertain readers just before a violent confrontation occurs between servants of the two feuding families, which demonstrates how Shakespeare balances comedy and tragedy throughout the rest of the play. This lesson will provide examples of the most famous puns found in Act I.

What happened in Act 2 Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

Act 2, Scene 2

Summary: Romeo stands below Juliet's balcony, marveling at her beauty. Not knowing he's there, Juliet speaks, wondering why Romeo must be a Montague, and she a Capulet. She thinks a name is simply a word, and it would be easy for Romeo to take a new name, and therefore not be forbidden to her.

What happened in Act 2 Scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet? ›

Act 2, Scene 3

Friar Lawrence agrees to officiate the Romeo-Juliet nuptials. Summary: As Romeo approaches, Friar Lawrence delivers a speech about the power of herbs and plants to both heal and poison. Romeo enters halfway through, waits for the Friar to finish, and then asks for his help in marrying Romeo and Juliet.

Why is Romeo so sad in Act 1 Scene 1 *? ›

A melancholy Romeo enters and is questioned by his cousin Benvolio, who learns that the cause of Romeo's sadness is unrequited love.

Who is Romeo in love with in Act 1 Scene 1? ›

With a touch of sadness, Romeo tells Benvolio that he is in love with Rosaline, but that she does not return his feelings and has in fact sworn to live a life of chastity.

Who is Romeo in love with in Act 1 Scene 2? ›

Act 2, Chorus Again the Chorus's speech is in the form of a sonnet. Act 2, scene 1 Romeo finds himself so in love with Juliet that he cannot leave her. He scales a wall and enters Capulet's garden. Meanwhile Benvolio and Mercutio look for him in vain.

What literary devices are used in Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 1? ›

Shakespeare makes use of several literary devices in 'Act I Prologue'. These include but are not limited to allusion, alliteration, and enjambment. The first of these, allusion, is the most prominent. This entire fourteen-line sonnet is one extended example of allusion.

How is violence presented in Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 1? ›

(1.1.) The action of Romeo and Juliet opens with Samson boasting that he is a violent man. When some Montague servants appear, he draws his sword and asks his companion Gregory to start a quarrel that might lead to a fight. This opening establishes that Verona is a place where violence can break out over nothing.

What happened in Act 1? ›

Act 1 is usually called the setup, and the basic components in the first act are: Exposition — This is the part of the story that introduces the characters, their relationships to each other, and places them within a time and place (fictional or real).


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