Romeo and Juliet

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. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes/ A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life…Doth with their death bury their parents strife. Chorus to AudiencePrologue A brief summary of the entire play.
On pain of torture, from those bloody handsThrow your mistempered weapons to the ground. Prince to Rioters Act 1The prince yelling at the Montague and Capulet rioters trying to get them to stop fighting, because he thinks its foolish.
My child is yet a stranger in the world. Capulet to ParisAct 1Capulet responding to Paris’s request to marry Juliet, saying she is too young to think about marriage.
Younger than she are happy mothers made. Paris to Capulet Act 1Paris telling Capulet girls younger than Juliet have been happily married, inferring that Juliet is not too young for marriage.
At this same ancient feast of Capulet’s/ Sups the fair Rosaline whom thou so loves, With all the admired beauties of Verona. Go tither, and with unattainted eye/ Compare her face with some that I shall show/ And I will make thee think thy swan a crow Benvolio to RomeoAct 1Benvolio urging heartbroken Romeo to take his mind off of Rosaline by attending a Capulet party filled with beautiful women.
Well, think of marriage now. Younger than you/ Here in Verona, ladies of esteem, Are already made mothers. By my count/I was your mother much upon these years that you are now a maid. Lady Capulet to Juliet Act 1Lady Capulet urging her daughter Juliet to start thinking about marriage, with the “valiant” Paris.
Sometime she gallops o’er a courtier’s nose,/ and then dreams he of smelling out a suit…Sometime she driveth o’ver a soldier’s neck,/ And then he dreams of cutting foreign throat. Mercutio to RomeoAct 1Mercutio is inferring to Romeo that he’ll never be with Rosaline despite what he dreams. He compared Romeos dream of love to a fable he created about Queen Mab.
Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight, For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night. Romeo to HimselfAct 1After laying eyes on Juliet for the first time and instantaneously falling in love Romeo questioned if he ever actually was in love before.
This, by his voice, should be a Montague – Fetch me my rapier, boy. Tybalt to CapuletAct 1Tybalt recognizes Romeo by his voice and wants to throw him out of the party because hes a Montague. The beginning of Rome and Juliet’s love obstacles.
Let him alone. He bears him like a portly gentleman, And, to say truth, Verona brags of him to be a virtuous and well-governed youth. Capulet to Tybalt Act 1Capulet telling Tybalt to just leave Romeo alone because hes a fine gentlemen who wont start any trouble.
My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Juliet to HerselfAct 1Juliet exclaiming that love is a horrible monster because it mad her fall in love with her enemy.
See how she leans her cheek upon her hand. O, that I were a glove upon that hand,/ That I might touch that cheek! Romeo to JulietAct 2(the balcony scene) Romeo confesses his undying love to Juliet and explains to her how he yearns to touch her.
O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name. Juliet to Audience Act 2Juliet asking why Romeo has to be a Montague (rival family) with much vehemence.
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/ By any other word would smell as sweet. Juliet to RomeoAct 2Juliet exclaiming to Romeo how his name is the root of all problems, because without his name he would no longer be a Montague. She also says that Rome would still be himself without the name Romeo.
How camest thou hither, tell me, and wherefore? The orchard walls are high and hard to climb,/ And the place death, considering who thou art, If any kinsmen find thee here. Juliet to RomeoAct 2Juliet telling Romeo that if her family saw him in their compound he would be killed with hesitation.
What a change is here! Is Rosaline, that thou didst love so dear,/ So soon forsaken? Romeo to Friar Lawrence Act 2Friar Lawrence is scolding Romeo about wanting to marry Juliet so quickly,
In one respect I’ll thy assistant be,/ For this alliance may so happy prove/ To turn your households’ rancor to pure love. Friar Lawrence to RomeoAct 2Friar Lawrence agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet thinking it may turn the hatred between the two families into love.
Alas, poor Romeo, he is already dead, stabbed with a white wench’s black eye, run through the ear with a love song, the very pin of his heart cleft with the blind bow-boy’s butt shaft. And is he a man to encounter Tybalt? Mercutio to Benvolio Act 2Mercutio is telling Benvolio how its too late to rescue Romeo, he has already fallen in love.
But first let me tell you, if you should lead her in a fool’s paradise, as they say, it were a very gross kind of behavior, as they say. For the gentlewoman is young; and therefore, if you should deal double with her, truly it were an ill thing to be offered to any gentlewoman, and very weak dealing.” Nurse to RomeoAct 2The Nurse warning Romeo that he better not break Juliet’s heart.
The reason that I have to love thee doth much excuse the appertaining rage to such a greeting. Villain am I none. Therefore farewell. I see thou knowest me not. Romeo to TybaltAct 3Tybalt calls Romeo a villain but Romeo tells Tybalt he loves him nonetheless because hes from the same family as Juliet.
Help me into some house, Benvolio, Or I shall faint. A plague o’ both your houses! They have made worms’ meat out of me. Mercutio to Benvolio Act 3Telling Benvolio he will die, and his injury is in fact serious.
This gentleman… my very friend, hath got this mortal hurt in my behalf. My reputation stained with Tybalt’s slander – Tybalt, that an hour hath been my cousin! O sweet Juliet, they beauty hath made me effeminate And in my temper softened my valor’s steel. Romeo to Audience Act 3Romeo is talking about how his friend Mercutio just got killed, and how he just killed Mercutio’s slayer Tybalt. Tybalt, who only not so long ago became family to him because he married Juliet.
And for that offense/ Immediately we do exile him hence. I have an interest in your heart’s proceeding: My blood for your rude brawls doth lie a-bleeding. But I’ll amerce you with so strong a fine/ That you shall all repent the loss of mine. Prince to MontagueAct 3Prince explaining how Romeo is to be exiled for the death of Tybalt.
More honorable state, more courtship lives/ In carrion flies than Romeo. They may seize On the white wonder of dear Juliet’s hand/ And steal immortal blessing from her lips, Who even in pure and vestal modesty,/ Still blush, as thinking their own kisses sin. But Romeo may not. He is banish├Ęd./ Flies may do this, but I from this must fly. They are free men, but I am banish├Ęd./ And sayst thou yet that exile is not death? Romeo to Friar LawrenceAct 3Friar Lawrence tried to explain how the price took mercy on Romeo, but Romeo explains how horrible the punishment is because he can no longer see the love of his life, Juliet.
Oh, he is even in my mistress’ case,/ Just in her case. O woeful sympathy,/ Piteous predicament! Even so lies she,/ Blubbering and weeping, weeping and blubbering./ Stand up, stand up. Stand, an you be a man./ For Juliet’s sake, for her sake, rise and stand. Nurse to RomeoAct 3The nurse telling Romeo to “be a man” and stop crying and to get up off the ground.
Hold thy desperate hand./ Art thou a man? Thy form cries out thou art. Thy tears are womanish. Thy wild acts denote/ The unreasonable fury of a beast. Unseemly woman in a seeming man, And ill-beseeming beast in seeming both! Thou hast amazed me. Friar Lawrence to RomeoAct 3Again, Friar Lawrence is telling Romeo he is an excuse for a man for crying like he is, and his pitifulness is amazing.
Art thou gone so? Love, lord, ay husband, friend! I must hear from thee every day in the hour, for in a minute there are many days. O, By this count I shall be much in years/ Ere I again behold my Romeo. Juliet to RomeoAct 3Juliet telling Romeo how much she’ll miss him, and how slow time will go by without him.
Marry, my child, early next Thursday morn/ The gallant, young, and noble gentleman, The County Paris, at St. Peter’s Church/ shall happily make thee there a joyful bride. Lady Capulet to JulietAct 3Lady Capulet tells Juliet that getting married to Paris will make her happy again.
Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch! I tell thee what: get thee to church o’ Thursday, Or never after look me in the face. Speak not; reply not; do not answer me. Capulet to JulietAct 3Capulet telling Juliet that of she doesn’t marry Paris he will disown her ever.
I think it’s best you marry with the County. O, he’s a lovely gentleman! Romeo’s a dishclout to him. An eagle, madam, hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eye/ As Paris hath. Beshrew my very heart, I think you are happy in this second match, For it excels your first. The Nurse to JulietAct 3The Nurse (replying to Juliet’s plea for advice) telling Juliet its in her best interest to marry Paris.
Immoderately she weeps for Tybalt’s death, and therefore have I little talk of love/ For Venus smiles not in a house of tears. Now, sir, her father counts it dangerous That she do give her sorrow so much sway, and in his wisdom hastes our marriage to stop the inundation of her tears. Paris to Friar LawrenceAct 4Paris thinks Juliet is crying over Tybalt’s death, and its best they be married asap, while in reality shes crying over her love, Romeo.
If in thy wisdom thou canst give no help, Do thou but call my resolution wise, And with this knife I’ll help it presently. Juliet to Friar Lawrence Act 4Juliet tells Friar Lawrence that if he cannot think of a way to prevent the marriage (to Paris) she will kill herself with a knife.
Take this vial, being then in bed, And this distilling liquor drink thou off; When presently through all thy veins shall run/ A cold and drowsy humor. Friar Lawrence to JulietAct 4Friar Lawrence explaining the potion will knock her out for two days, and then she will awaken.
In the meantime, against thou shalt awake/ Shall Romeo by my letters know our drift,/ And hither shall he come, and he and I will watch thy waking and that very night/ Shall Romeo bear thee hence to Mantua. Friar Lawrence to JulietAct 4Friar Lawrence explaining the logistics of his plan to Juliet.
“I will walk myself/ To County Paris, to prepare up him/ Against tomorrow. My heart is wondrous light/ Since this same wayward girl is so reclaimed. Lord Capulet to Lady CapuletAct 4After Juliet agrees to the wedding, Lord Capulet tells the news to the husband to be, Paris.
What if it be a poison which the Friar/ Subtly hath ministered to have me dead,/ Lest in this marriage he should be dishonored/ Because he married me before to Romeo?” Juliet to Audience Act 4Juliet doubting the plan, and pondering on countless detrimental outcomes.
Out, alas, she’s cold. Her blood is settled, and her joints are stiff. Life and these lips have long been separated. Death lies on her like an untimely frost/ Upon the sweetest flower of all the field. Capulet to Nurse and Lady Capulet Act 4Capulet finding Juliet dead, and believing it.
Let me have a dram of poison, such soon-speeding gear/ As will disperse itself through all the veins,/ That the life-weary taker may fall dead. Romeo to ApothecaryAct 5Romeo asking for poison to kill himself after he found out about Juliet’s death.
Unhappy fortune! By my brotherhood, the letter was not nice but full of charge,/ Of dear import, and the neglecting it/ May do much danger. Friar Lawrence to Friar John Act 5Friar John telling Friar Lawrence how he was unable to deliver the letter to Romeo.
This is the banished haughty Montague/ That murdered my love’s cousin, with which grief/ It is supposed the fair creature died, And here is come to do some villainous shame/ to the dead bodies. I will apprehend him.” Paris to Romeo (unable to hear)Act 5Paris thinks Romeo came beck to commit crimes against Juliet’s body.
Come, bitter conduct, come unsavory guide! Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on/ The dashing rocks thy seasick weary bark! Here’s to my love. O true apothecary, thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.” Romeo to HimselfAct 5Romeo killing himself, next to Juliet, with the poison.
Yea, noise? Then I’ll be brief. O, happy dagger, This is thy sheath. There rust, and let me die. Juliet to DaggerAct 5Juliet stabs herself with dagger after finding Romeo’s dead body.
But I can give thee more, For I will ray her statue in pure gold,/ That whiles Verona by that name is known, There shall no figure at such rate be set/ As that of true and faithful Juliet.” Montague to Capulet Act 5Montague telling Capulet how Juliet should be honored in this city thus signifying the end of the rivalry.

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