Key Quotes – Romeo and juliet

“star crossed lovers””fatal loins” 1. they were born into warring families from before they were born, it was fated they would die.2. they are fated to sacrifice their life for love.
Gregory on my word we shall not carry coals” The CAPULET servants won’t put up with any insults “coal” is black, they won’t have their names blackened by being defeated.already characterised as the aggressive house
“Do you bite your thumb at us, sir” “i do bite my thumb, sir” The capulet servants are insulting Montague’s so they start a fight
“is the law or our side if i say ay? Sampson doesn’t want to be responsible for a fight.
“peace! i hate the word as i hate hell, all montagues, and thee” Tybalt thinks the mention of peace is enough to cause a fight. He tries to create conflict when Benvolio speaks of peace creating contrast.
“part, fools! put up your swords” Benvolio is a peace-loving person, trying to avoid conflict by telling the capulet servants to put their swords down.
“your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace” prince escapes has come to the final straw, If anymore duels are to take place you are sentenced to death. Further emphasised Romeos death as he hills Tybalt and is Banished, but not killed? yet he still dies anyway.Ultimatum follows from Tybalts conflict and immediately precedes the intro of Romeo.
“locks fair daylight out, and makes himself an artificial night” Romeo locks himself out from the world. He is trapped in a game of courtly love.
o me! what fray was here? tell me not, for i have heard it all” He (romeo) was so wrapped up in his misery he just noticed further evidence of the conflict.
“O brawling love, oh loving hate” OXYMORON, emphasisng that romeo is confused weather his love for Rosaline is true. Contrasts to his language when speaking to juliet and of his love for her.
“i have lost my self, i am not here. this is not romeo, he’s some other where” recognition that this is a pose – not his true self/character
i’ll look to like, if looking liking move. but no more deep will I endart mine eye than your consent gives strength to make it fly” shows juliet as careful thoughtful considered restrained calm
“it is an honour that i dream not of” Level headed Juliet responds to her mother by carefully masking her thoughts of marriage to her mother, but we as an audience know that she has not thought/considered about it.
“i pray, come and crush a cup of wine” Fate brings peters need for someone to read the list of people + benvolios need to find new love for Romeo.
“make thee think thy swan a crow” Benvolio wants to help Romeo fall out of love. “Thy swan a crow” make romeo think that rosaline is nothing more than a crow a bird which has connotations of being ugly against the beauty of a swan.
“i fear too early for my mind misgives some consequence, yet hanging in the stars shall bitterly begin his fearful date with this nights revels… he that hath the steerage of my course direct my sail”
“she doth teach the torches to burn bright” emphasises romeos impulsiveness by speaking aloud at the Capulet ball when he sees Juliet, he does not control himself in the enemy teretory. Romeo compares juliet to be the most Beautiful in the room as she is so radiant, she makes the room brighter.
“beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear”
“shows a snowy dove trooping with crows” like a white dove, she stands out from the crows(rest of the guests)links to benvoilo, talk go swans and crows earlier
“i will withdraw, but this intrusion now but seeming sweet, convert to bitterest gall” Lord capulet stopped Tybalt from harming Romeo in his house so Tybalt needs to get back at Romeo.
“if i profane which my unworthiest hand this holy shrine, the gentle sin is this,my lips two blushing pilgrims ready standto smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss” Metaphor, Juliet being the saint and Romeo being the pilgrim. He is praying to the saint for a kiss – which she grants + religious image of purity – link to fate the idea that they complete the ideas of the other.
“is she a capulet? o dear account my life is my foes debt””if he be married my grave is likely to be my wedding bed” Romeo is bound for life to the enemy.both R+J link the revelation of the identity of their true love to death! FATE FATE FATE!!!
deny thy father, refuse thy name. or if thou will not but be sworn my love and i will no longer be a capulet.” Like romeo Juliet can see beyond the conflict. she doesn’t care about the civil feud.
“how cams’t thou hither… the place is death considering who thou art””with loves light wings did i o’erperch these walls” Juliet first concerns are practical about Romeos safety and the reality of his presence.Romeo on the other hand is unrealistic and exaggerated.IMPULSIVE IMPETUOUS IN THE MOMENTEMPHASISED CONTRASTING NATURES BETWEEN THE TWO.
“too rash, too unadvised, too sudden. to like the lightening which doth cease to be ere one can say it lightens” This realisation parallels Romeos IFTEFMMMGSCYHITSalso has a good definition of romeo.fear that love is as brief as lightning its self.
“alas poor romeo he is already dead” “the very butcher of a silk button””prince of cats” Tybalts aim is perfect.shakespeare makes the new word ‘duellist’ to convey Tybalts expertise.
“now art thou sociable, now art thou romeo, now thou art what thy art by art as well as nature” Mercutios description of romeo shows that he is back to being himself and also that he is a master of punning and wordplay – another positive quality.
“is Rosaline whom thou didst love so dear, so soon forsaken” F.L recognises Romeo’s impulsive/ impetuous nature/behaviour.
“wisely and slow they stumble that run fast” Friar recognises that Romeo and juliet are heading to their fate. links back to prologue.
“then love-devouring death do what he done” Death is mentioned again in their love and Romeo is right. Fate again being mentioned in the play.
“These violent delights have violent ends, and in their triumph die, like fire and powder which as they kiss consume.” Friar Lawrence is giving them another warning about tempting fate. (lightening imagery)
“peace be with you sir, here comes my man”
“thou art a villain””romeo the hate i bear for thee can afford no better term than this- thou art a villain” Tybalt does not know that Romeo married Juliet and that is why he is not giving into the conflict. DRAMATIC IRONY
“Tybalt, the reason that i have to love thee doth much excuse the appertaining rage to such a greeting – villain am i none” Romeo gives Tybalt the reason as to why he’s not giving into the conflict.
“A plague on both your houses” Mercutio curses both families. He is blaming the conflict rather than fate.
“This but begins the woe others must end” Romeo can no longer retain his impetuous nature, and battles with tybalt
“fiery eyed fury be my conduct now” Romeo calles to a higher power to kill Tybalt. his weakest moment is what makes him strongest (fate/religion)
“o i am fortunes fool” Romeo has destroyed his future with Juliet. He has played in the hands of fate and now no longer has control of it.
“for that offence immediately we exile him hence” Romeo has no option but to leave his wife, if not he would get the death penalty.
“thou art wedded to calamity” misery and calamity are now Romeo’s lovers and still the friar is sheltering romeo
“Friar tell me, in what vile part of this anatomy, doth my name lodge? tell me, that I may sack the hateful mansion” He doesn’t rouse when there is a knock at the door luckily it was only the nurse bringing news of Juliet’s tears (Romeo assumes worse) He would have been found and killedImpetuous nature getting better of him
“Come death, and welcome! Juliet wills it so.how is’t my soul. let’s talk; it is not day” Romeo is only joking with Juliet however this quote extremely foreshadows the end of the play. Romeo proclaims he is willing to die to stay with Juliet.Dramatic IRONY, lovers think they are temporarily parting, but we know that this will be permanent. which makes the reluctance to part even more tragic and moving.
“Indeed, I never shall be satisfiedWith Romeo, till I behold him–dead–Is my poor heart for a kinsman vex’d.” Juliet does not want to tell her mother of her love for Romeo but also does not want to lie. She again is being level headed, and carefully placeing her words.Dramatic irony as the audience knows she is speaking of her love for romeo, where as her mother thinks she wants him dead.3rd meaning of Juliet not seeing romeo, till she wakes and finds him dead beside her.
“and you be mine, i’ll give to you my friend; and you be not hang, beg, starve, die in the streets” Juliet is now virtually alone – abandoned by her parents and left with no one to turn to in her hour of need not her long life comparison and most trusted confidant – the nurse
“or bid me go into a new-made grave, and hide me with a dead man in his shroud” Juliet is willing to face any fear – even ironically her gravest fear.
“O son, the night before thy wedding-day hath death lain with thy wife; there she lies, Flower as she was, deflowered by him” Lord Capulet also links death and love (as a personified construct)
“i dreamt my lady came and found me dead.. and breathed such life with kisses in my lips” Romeo once again sees fate within his dreams, we as an audience know that Juliet will infect find romeo dead. DRAMATIC IRONY again
“is it even so, then i defy you stars” back to “star crossed lovers” and “hanging in the stars” romeo is addressing fate. Ironically his actions now actually play into the hands of fate rather than defying it.
“As violently as hasty power fired doth hurry from the fatal cannon’s womb” impetuous nature, recurrance of violent imagery – lightening, skilless, soldiers flask (romeo)
“come, cordial and not poison” cordial revives the heart.cordial in the sense that it revives the heart – reuniting him with Juliet
“one writ with me in sour misfortunes book” Romeo understands paris, he no longer feels anger towards him now recognition on parallels between them, and an indication of romeos perception of himself.
“Death, that hath suck’d the honey of thy breath,Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty:Thou art not conquer’d; beauty’s ensign yetIs crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks,” Juliet is known by the audience to be alive where as Romeo thinks she is dead, yet he describes her as having “crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks” DRAMATIC IRONY as we know this true, romeo does not know how right he is.
“Shake the yoke of inauspicious stars””Thou desparate pilot, now at once run on the dashing rocks thy sea-sick weary bark” (to defy the stars) ref to fate AGAIN.irony most intense as romeo is actually playing into fates hands.sense of harness- both guide and burden- link back to prologue MMMSCYHITS..
“eyes look your last,arms take your last embrace,and lips, o you the doors of breath,seal with a righteous kiss a dateless bargain to engrossing death” A hint of belief in eternal life in the hereafter and that this is welcome.
“ah what an unkind honour is guilty of this lamentable chance” Friar Lawrence is blaming fate first and foremost after arriving too late.
“I will kiss thy lips;Haply some poison yet doth hang on themto make me die with restorative””thy lips are warm” Echoes romeos image of the poison being a cordialtragic intensity as she realises how recently romeo has died.
“o happy dagger! this thy sheath” both welcome death – partly offsets the sense of loss, but not the tragedy that this could have been avoided
“see what a scourge is laid upon your hate that heaven finds means to kill your joys with loveand i for winking at your discords too have lost a brace of kinsmen; all are punished.” scourge – self punishmentirony that the tragedy of their death is boon from the most beautiful emotionsall familes M,C,E loose two (Lady M dies from grief over romeo)

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