English Literature-Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Quotes and Meanings

What quote shows that Romeo and Juliet were destined to fail? (Fate) (Love) (Chorus) “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.” Refers to those lovers whose relationship is destined to fail, stars actually control the destiny of human beings. We can call this couple ill-fated. Shows how two characters love each other, but are unable to continue due to societal and family conflicts, leading to a tragic end.
What phrase foreshadows Romeo’s banishment? (Fate) (Prince) “If ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall bear the forfeit of the peace.” It foreshadows Romeo’s banishment which is important because that is the event that started the chain of events that led to both of their deaths.
What quote shows that Romeo is lost without Juliet? (Love) (Benvolio) “Underneath the grove of sycamores.” Though his family doesn’t know why Romeo’s sad, the play gives a clue through a bad pun. Sycamore = sick amour (or “sick love”). Before, Romeo meets Juliet, he lost and sick.
What quote shows the Romeo doesn’t know how to feel without Juliet? (Love) (Romeo) “This is not Romeo, he’s some other where.” Shows that Romeo feels like he isn’t himself-that he doesn’t feel normal. Makes when he meets Juliet more of a significant moment.
What quote shows that Romeo is fed up of Rosaline? (Love) (Role of Women) (Romeo) “She will not stay the siege of loving terms.” Romeo is frustrated that Rosaline won’t love him back. Shows how women were expected to show love to their partners and it was unusual for them not to.
What quote shows that Romeo is very shallow character? (Love) (Role of Women) (Romeo) “She will not ope her lap to saint seducing gold.” Rosaline doesn’t want to have sex with Romeo. This shows that Romeo only gives up on Rosaline because she won’t have sex with him. If Romeo is not so shallow then he would not have run to the next available woman he finds, who he thought might have sex with him. This then would not lead Romeo and Juliet to fall in love, get married and devote themselves purely to each other; and literally die for one another.
What quote shows that Lord Capulet has a love for his daughter and is protective over her? (Love) (Family) (Status) (Role of Women) (Capulet) “My child is yet a stranger in the world, she hath not seen the change of fourteen years” Capulet is comparing Juliet’s naivety and inexperience to the lack of knowledge one has a stranger to something. Juliet is too young to consider marriage. Can infer, that Capulet afraid that she, because of her youth, might embarrass her family.
What quote shows that Capulet sees Juliet as the only important thing left in his life? (Love) (Family) (Capulet) “Earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she.” The world had taken everything of value from him and Juliet was the only thing he had left. Important to the play because if Lord Capulet was worried about letting Paris marry Juliet then he would have never even given it a thought if Romeo would have gone to him for permission to marry his daughter.
What quote shows that Romeo and Benvolio only really care about what girls look like? (Love) (Role of Women) (Fate) (Light and Dark) (Benvolio) “Compare her face with some that I shall showAnd I will make thee think thy swan a crow.” Romeo needs to look for light to become happy again. Rosaline wasn’t the right light for him-Juliet will be. Shows how shallow men were in those times as all emphasis was on how women looked. Swans are beautiful birds whereas crows aren’t so Benvolio is saying that Juliet is the swan for Romeo.
What quote shows that women also were worried about what their husbands-to-be looked like? (Love) (Role of Women) (Nurse) “He’s a man of wax.” Shows that women also cared what their partner looked like-they were just as shallow as the men. The Nurse thinks that Paris is so beautiful it looks like he could be made out of wax.
What quote shows that Juliet is willing to follow her parents instructions even when it’s about big decisions? (Love) (Family) (Role of Women) (Juliet) “I’ll look to like if looking liking move.” Shows how shallow Juliet is as well as Romeo. She will only allow herself to get to know Paris if he is good looking. Repetition of “L” sound, is like “L” of love-shows how perhaps their is a possibility of love with Paris.
What quote shows one of Romeo’s first impressions of Juliet? (Love) (Light and Dark) (Romeo) “Oh she doth teach the torches to burn bright.” Shows how one of the first impressions of Juliet Romeo has, is how beautiful she is. Again, shows shallowness of Romeo. The metaphor again shows light and dark and how Juliet is seen as the light in Romeo’s life.
What quote shows that Romeo and Juliet’s love isn’t limited to physical attraction-despite the talk of appearence prior? (Love) (Religion) (Romeo) “My lips two blushing pilgrims ready stand.” In this there are two lexical fields: religion and sex. We see religion in “pilgrims” but sex in “lips” and “blushing”.They are seething with physical desire and lust whilst simultaneously discussing their religious concerns. This religious language also attests to the seriousness of their relationship. Their love transcends into the realms of agape. We are meant to take them and their love seriously.
What quote shows that Juliet encourages Romeos advances? (Love) (Religion) (Juliet) “Good pilgrim you do wrong your hand too much.” Juliet is happy that Romeo is holding her hand. She again compares him to a “pilgrim” mixing love and religion again. Quote comes from an extract written as a sonnet, showing their love at first sight.

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