characters romeo and juliet

romeo in love with 2 women in act 1, foil to mercuito
juliet honors marriage, has a close relationship with the nurse
nurse has basically raised juliet, has a sense of humor
tyblat Juliets cousin, fiery temper, foil to bevolio
prince escalus ruler of verona, mercuito’s cousin, tired of the feud so he issues a threat
benvolio romeo’s friend, peacekeeper
mercutio romeos friend, kin to the prince, likes to joke around, foil to romeo, give queen mab speech
lord capulet juliets dad
lady capulet juliets mom
lord montague romeos father
lady montague romeos mom
“but soft! What light through yonder window breaks?/It is the east, and juliet is the sun” Romeo says this when he sees Juliet standing on her balcony. She does not know that he sees her. He compares juliet to the sun (light imagery) because her beauty lights up the night
“she speaks, yet she says nothing” Romeo says this about Juliet, it is an example of a paradox
“O single-soled jest, soley singular for the singleness!” Mercutio says this when he and Romeo are joking with each other. It is an example of alliteration – notice the repetition of the initial “s” sound
“If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark” Mercutio says this, and it is an allusion to cupid. It is also an example of personification because love cannot be “blind”
“The gray-eyed morn smiles on the frowning night.” Friar laurence says this when we first meet him. He is walking around getting plants flowers ect. it is an example of personification (morning can’t smile and night can’t frown). He means that the sun is rising and night is fading away
“These violent delights have violent ends and in their triumph die, like fire and powder” Friar laurence talking to romeo after he marries them. It is an example of foreshadowing because he is trying to warn them that he is moving to fast. “Violent delights” is an example of an oxymoron. Also an example of a simile
“O, speak again, bright angel, for thou art/As glorious to this night, being o’er my head/ As is a winged messenger of heaven” Romeo is speaking about Juliet. At this point, Juliet does not know that he has been watching her. He uses a lot of light imagery to describe her, such as angels
“He fights as you sing pricksong-keeps time, distance, and proportion; he rests, one two and third in your bosom!/The very butcher of a silk button, a duelist, a duelist!” Mercutio is describing to Benvolio how good of a fencer Tybalt is. He is basically saying that romeo has no chance against Tybalt in a duel
“That fair for which love groaned for and would die, with tender Juliet matched, is now not fair.” The speaker is the chorus. Fair refers to rosaline; after seeing juliet at the party, Romeo is no longer in love with rosaline
“go then, for ’tis in vain to seek him here that means not to be found” benvolio is telling mercutio that they might as well stop looking for romeo in the capulet orchard because he is trying to hide from them and be alone
“gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds/ Towards phoebus lodging; such a wagoner/ as Phaeton would whip you to the west,/ and bring in cloudy night immedediatly,/ spread they close curtain, lover-preforming night,/ that th’runaways eyes may wink, and romeo/…” Juliet says this as she is waiting for romeo to come on their wedding night. There is an allusion to the greek god phobus apollo (god of the sun) and Phaeton (a mortal who lost control of the suns chariot when he drove it too fast). It also illustrates the light/dark motif-she wants night to come because that means she can be with romeo
“Ah, weraday, he’s dead, he’s dead. He’s dead!/we are undone, lady, we are undone! / Alack the day, he’s gone, he’s killed, he’s dead!” Nurse says this to juliet. It is an example of dramatic irony because we know that tybalt is dead but juliet thinks that romeo has died because nurse was supposed to bring her news from romeo
“Life and these lips have long been separated / death like on her like an untimely frost / upon the sweetest flower of all the field” Lord capulet says this when he finds juliet “dead”. He uses a simile to compare death to a first that kills a flower (juliet)
“come bitter conduct ; come unsavory guide! / Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on / The dashing rocks thy seasick weary bark!” Romo speaking; he says this right before taking the poison in the tomb, not knowing that juliet is about to wakeup
“Thou detestable maw, thou womb of death / Gorged with the dearest morsel of the earth / Thus i enforce thy rotten jaws open / And in despite ill cram thee with more food.” Romeo says this as he’s about to enter the capulet tomb. HE uses a metaphor to compare the entrance of the tomb to jaws, and the tomb itself to a stomach. He is going to cram the stomach with more “food” (himself because he is planning on killing himself”

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