Excellent revision notes for the English exam on May 2012; Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet Theme Quotes ­ Act 5
LOVE THEME:
Romeo and Juliet are two of the most famous lovers in history, but some people doubt that
their historic love lives up to its reputation. Romeo starts the play infatuated with Rosaline, a
gorgeous girl with no interest in him. His "trueloveatfirstsight" encounter with Juliet seems
like it could be just another case of puppy love. The two lovers come from warring families,
but their love overcomes their families' hatred. Their whirlwind romance, however, ends in
tragedy when each thinks the other is dead and chooses to commit suicide rather than live
alone. While Romeo and Juliet never doubt the power of love, other characters criticize love
and reject is as simply infatuation or lust.
LOVE QUOTES:
Quote#1
ROMEO:
`'Here's to my love!
O true apothecary!
Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die''
Explanation:
Death becomes an act of love for Romeo; because he thinks that suicide will enable him to
be with Juliet as he thinks she's dead.
Quote#2
CAPULET:
`'O brother Montague, give me thy hand:
This is my daughter's jointure, for no more
Can I demand.''
MONTAGUE:
`'But I can give thee more:
For I will raise her statue in pure gold;
That while Verona by that name is known,
There shall no figure at such rate be set
As that of true and faithful Juliet.''
CAPULET:
`'As rich shall Romeo's by his lady's lie;
Poor sacrifices of our enmity!''
Explanation:
After Romeo and Juliet are found dead, Montague offers to erect a "statue" of "pure gold"
in Juliet's honour and Capulet promise to do the same for his dead son-in-law, Romeo.
Although the young lovers' deaths unite the warring families and put an end to the feud.
-enmity = hated.
-warring = a conflict.

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HATRED THEME:
In Romeo and Juliet, love and hate are two sides of the same coin, as two children from
warring families (the Capulet's and the Montague's) turn their hatred of each other into an
insatiable passion. Ultimately, the hatred between their two families propels the lovers
towards their tragic deaths. When their parents discover Romeo and Juliet dead in each
others' arms, they vow to end the feud between their two families.…read more

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When their parents discover Romeo and Juliet dead in each
others' arms, they vow to end the feud between their two families.
MORALITY QUOTES:
Quote#1
ROMEO:
`'Thou detestable maw, thou womb of death,
Gorged with the dearest morsel of the earth,
Thus I enforce thy rotten jaws to open,
And, in despite, I'll cram thee with more food!''
Explanation:
Romeo describes the Capulet family tomb as a "womb" that has swallowed Juliet's dead
body.
Quote#2
ROMEO:
`'Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight.…read more

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There are also plenty of players (the meddling Friar and Nurse, Romeo and
Juliet's warring parents, etc.)
FATE QUOTES:
Quote#1
ROMEO:
`'Is it even so? Then I defy you, stars!''
Explanation:
Romeo rejects the stars that have decided to separate Juliet and him. He will be with Juliet
despite their plans. He also says: `'I defy you, stars!'', which may suggest that Juliet's death
was fated to happen.…read more

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Romeo's obligation to avenge his friend's murder and defend his
masculinity and family name. Juliet's father and mother, who try to push her into an unwanted
marriage, are also to blame.
FAMILY QUOTES:
Quote#1
PROLOGUE:
Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
Explanation:
In the Prologue, the Chorus tells us that Romeo and Juliet is a play about domestic conflict.…read more

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