Romeo and Juliet: Act 1 Scene 4 Quotes

“Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, Too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like a thorn” Romeo is connotating love with violent and painful terms, juxtaposing the whole idea of love being tender and caring. He uses a rhetorical question to ask his own dreamy conscience but ultimately he is faced with the merciless reality of love.
“Prick love for pricking” Mercutio yet again shows his characters playful and light hearted personality by acting as the source of laughter and light to Romeo’s ‘soul of lead’. He does this throughout the play by including lots of puns and sexual innuendos to entertain not only Romeo but the audience.
“The game was ne’er so fair, and i am done” Romeo already feels conscious about going to the feast at the Capulets, its almost as if fate has already given him a warning to not go, so he says lets quit while they have the chance and leave.
“Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars” Another reference to the power of fate and destiny linked to the pattern of the stars spoken by Romeo, and also multiple times throughout the play emphasising their serious beliefs in religion. He again has a feeling of a ‘fearful date’ that can only end in tragedy and thus a consequence.
“By some vile forefit of untimely death” Romeo’s assumptions are ironically and almost scarily accurate to what will unfold later in the play, the power of fate and God is extremely important in deciding the lovers destiny which is shown very early in the play hinting to the audience of a death/deaths.

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