Highlighted quotes and what they mean (Romeo and Juliet act 2)

“Go then, for ’tis in vain To seek him here that means not to be found.” Benvolio said this, when Romeo was hiding he wanted to be alone so lets just go home is what Benvolio meant
“But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the East and Juliet and is the sun!” Romeo compares Juliet to the sun bc she is as beautiful as the bright sun. She’s the most beautiful thing on earth just like the sun is the most beautiful star in the galaxy
“O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse they name’ Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.” Why do you have to be called Romeo? Change your name or I’ll change my name is what Juliet means
“Tis but thy name that is my enemy.” Juliet is saying that it’s just their names that are keeping them apart, they aren’t bad ppl and if they had different names then they would be able to meet freely and be together
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” A name doesn’t define who a person is Ex. The rose and coocock
“I take thee at thy word. Call me love, and I’ll be newly baptized; Henceforth I never will be called Romeo.” Juliet gave her soliloquy and Romeo believes that she loves him, his new name is love and he will never be called Romeo again
“By a name I know not how to tell thee who I am.” Romeo doesn’t know how to tell Juliet who he is bc he has just changed his name
“O, swear not by the moon, th’ inconsistent moon, That monthly changes in her circle orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.” Juliet doesn’t want Romeo to swear by the moon bc it’s not constant- it grows and it wanes. She doesn’t want his love for her to change
“It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden; Too like the lightening, which doth cease to be Ere one can say it lightens. Sweet, good night! This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath, may prove a beauteous flow’r when we next meet.” Too like the lightening- simile comparing their love to lightening; Juliet says they’re going too fast, their love is just beginning, we need to take the “bud of love” and take some time away from each other and see if we still love each other, if we do- our love will be a beautiful flower and not a bud anymore is what Juliet is saying, it’s also a metaphor comparing their love to a flower
“But to be frank and give it thee again, and yet I wish but for the thing I have. My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee the more I have, for both are infinite.” I would say everything I just said again bc I truly love you, “my bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep”- simile: comparing her love to the depth of the sea, “The more I have, for both are infinite”- hyperbole: exaggerating the size of her love for Romeo, Juliet is saying the more I love you, the more I have to give
“O blessed, blessed night! I am afeard, Being in night, all this is but a dream, Too flattering sweet to be substantial.” Romeo thinks this is too good to be true and he wants to know if he’s dreaming bc it’s nighttime
“The gray-eyed morn smiles on the frowning night.” personification, morning is coming up and smiling, night is leaving and frowning
“And flecked darkness like a drunkard reels.” the night is stumbling out like a drunk man, simile
“For this alliance may so happy prove To turn your households’ rancor to pure love.” The Friar is saying that the marriage might end the feuding families
“Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.” Friar is saying Go slow, if you go fast it could be tragic and problems could come
“Love’s heralds should be thoughts, Which ten times faster glides than the sun’s beams” Juliet is saying that the minute I think it you should receive it because our love is so strong it should be telepathic
“So smile the heavens upon this holy act That afterhours with sorrow chide us not!” Bless this marriage, please let nothing bad happened after they marry is with the Friar saying
“These violent delights have violent ends” The Friar is saying that if you’re too overconfident or hastily then I fear that something bad will happen or it won’t end well
“Therefore love moderately; long love doth so; Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.” The Friar warns Romeo and is saying you need to slow down, you’re not thinking this through

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