Romeo and Juliet Quotes

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  • Romeo and Juliet Quotes
    • LOVE
      • 'Alas, that love, whose view is muffled still,Should without eyes see pathways to his will' -Romeo
        • Romeo in love with Rosaline but language shows his first love is less mature than the love he will develop for Juliet
          • Cliche ideas and obvious rhyme would seem ridiculous to a contemporary audience + Benvolio and Mercutio repeatedly make fun of them
      • 'My only love sprung from my only hate' -Juliet
        • Juliet after learning Romeo is a Montague
        • It seems impossible for them to be together as their families hate each other. Audience wonder how they will react.
      • Romeo- 'Give me my sin again.              Juliet- 'You kiss by'th book'
        • Share 14 lines which make up a sonnet. Juliet completes the final line to finish the sonnet.
          • Shows how well they understand each other. The language slots together and they immediately match each other's rhymes and rhythms.
          • 'Pilgrim' 'Holy palmers' 'Saint' 'Sin' 'prayer'
            • Religious imagery within the sonnet shows they already worship each other.
      • 'My naked weapon is out. Quarrel, I will back thee.' -Samson (Capulet servant)
        • Opening establishes that Verona is a place where violence can break out over nothing.
          • Punishment for fighting is every bit as violent as the fighting itself
            • Trapped between two threats of violence: violence of enemies and violence of Prince, who has threatened to execute anyone who continues the feud. Helps create the play’s sense of confinement.
              • 'Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace' -Prince
      • 'Peace, I hate the word, as I hate Hell all Montagues and thee' -Tybalt
        • Benvolio tries to stop the conflict but is drawn into the fray by fiery Tybalt
          • Benvolio's name literally means 'good will'
          • Perhaps foreshadows the way that violence is so powerful in this play that it draws in characters in spite of their best intentions
            • e.g. Romeo killing Tybalt later on in the play
    • FATE
      • 'From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life' (Prologue)
        • opening lines tell us that Romeo and Juliet will die, and that their tragic end is fated.
          • Their births and deaths are described in the same short phrase, which again suggests that their deaths were fated from the moment they were born.
      • 'I fear too early, for my mind misgives; Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars, Shall bitterly begin' -Romeo
        • Before he goes to the ball where he meets Juliet, Romeo has a feeling that the consequence of his decision to go will be “bitter.”
          • He suspects that this is his fate—“hanging in the stars”—and his use of the word “stars” reminds the audience that he is “star-crossed”
            • Romeo’s fear that he will arrive at the masque “too early” points to an important theme of the play. Almost every event in the play happens too early.
              • Juliet’s marriage to Paris is decided too early, before Romeo can return from exile. The lovers die too young.
    • YOUTH
      • 'My child is yet a stranger in the world; She hath not seen the change of fourteen years' -Capulet
        • Capulet denys Paris’s request to marry Juliet, because she is too young
          • Juliet is thirteen, but the word “thirteen” never appears in Romeo and Juliet. Instead we are repeatedly told that she is not yet fourteen.
            • The fact that Juliet’s father is looking forward to a birthday she will never reach emphasizes that Juliet’s life is cut very short.
      • 'So tedious is this day As is the night before some festival To an impatient child that hath new robes And may not wear them' -Juliet
        • Juliet expresses her impatience for her wedding night. By comparing herself to a child, Juliet reminds us that she is almost a child herself.
          • Juliet is impatient to grow up. As soon as she meets Romeo she wants to marry him. To the audience, Juliet’s hurry to grow up is tragic, because we know she will die only a few days after her marriage


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