Romeo and Juliet Acts 1-3 Important Quotes

What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word,As I hate hell, all Montagues, and theeHave at thee, coward Speaker: Tybalt To: BenvolioExplication:I hate peace as much as I hate hell, Montagues and youImportance: -Characterises Tybalt: likes to fight, harsh
I do put keep the peace. Put up thy swordOr manage it to part these men with me Speaker: BenvolioTo: TybaltExplication:I keep the peace. Put away your sword, or use it to kill me.Importance: -Characterises Benvolio: Peaceful
On pain of torture, from those bloody handsThrow your mistempered weapons to the groundAnd hear the sentence of your moved Speaker: PrinceTo: everyone that is fightingExplication: Rebels! Enemies of peace! Stop fighting against one and other or there will be consequences!Importance:-if they fight about silly things, how will they feel about a marriage between the two families?-foreshadowing of the chaos to come
Both of myself and many other friends,But he, his own affections’ counselorIs to himself (I will not say how true)But to himself so secret and so closeCould we but learn from whence his sorrows grow.We would willingly give cure as now Speaker: Lord MontagueTo: BenvolioExplication: Romeo has been active very secretive, sad and quiet lately. Could you help us figure out what is wrong?Importance:-Shows that the Montagues care about their son, but don’t really know what to do-They are kidn of clueless, but but loving when it comes to Romeo
Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs,being purged, a fire sparking in lovers’ eyes,Being vexed, seas nourished with loving tears. Speaker: RomeoTo: BenvolioExplication:(very generalised) Love is really hard and sadImportance:-personification of love-Shows Romeo’s heartbreak-Characterises Romeo: romantic, sorrowful
My Child is but a stranger in the worldShe hath not yet seen the change of fourteen yearsLet two more summers wither in their prideEre we may think her ripe to be a bride Speaker: Lord CapuletTo: ParisExplication:My Child is young. She isn’t even 14 years old. Maybe in two years she will be old enough to be a brideImportance:-Capulets care about Juliet-points out the fact that she is YOUNG
Younger than she are happy mothers made Speaker: ParisTo: Lord CapuletExplication:Many mothers are younger than Juliet and they are happyImportance:-trying to make his point to Lord Capulet and win Juliet
Not mad, but bound up more than a madman is:Shut up in prison, kept without my food,Whipt and tormented Speaker: RomeoTo: BenvolioExplication: I’m not mad, but I am bound up more than a mad man is. I’m shut up in prison, and deprived of food. I’m whipped and tormentedImportance:-metaphor: Romeo is not actually whipped to tortured, but he feels this way because he is so lovesick
Now I’ll tell you without asking. My master is the great rich CapuletAnd if you be not of the house of Montagues, I pray you comeAnd crush a cup of wine. Rest your merry. Speaker: Capulet ServantTo: RomeoExplication: My master is Lord Capulet, and if you aren’t a Montague, come to his party tonightImportance:-sets up rest of play/plot: Romeo will meet Juliet @ the party-foreshadowing: if you are NOT a Montague…but Romeo is a Montague, so there will likely be repercussions for his going to the party
Go thither, and with untainted eyeCompare her face with some that I shall show;And I will make thee think thy swan a crow Speaker: Benvolioto RomeoExplication:Go to the party with an open eye, compare her face with some others, and you will find her less attractiveImportance:-foreshadowing: he meets Juliet-Metaphor: Comparison of Rosaline to different birds (swan and crow)
This is the matter. Nurse, give leave a while,We must talk in secret. Nurse come back gain,I have remembered me, thou s’hear out counsel Speaker: Lady CapuletTo: NurseExplication:Nurse, leave us alone for a bit. Actually, come back and hear what we are talking aboutImportance:-Lady Capulet doesn’t know Juliet well enough -The nurse knows Juliet better, so Lady Capulet wants the nurse to be around
Peace, I have done. God mark thee to his grace,Thou wast the prettiest babe that e’er I nursed.And I might live to see thee married once, I have my wish Speaker: NurseTo: JulietExplication:You were the prettiest baby I ever nursed, and if I can see you marry once, I will have my wishImportance:-Foreshadowing: “see you married once”
It is an honour I dream not of. Speaker: JulietTo: Lady CapuletExplication: (referring to getting married) It is something amazing, but I have never really thought about itImportance:-highlights the fact that Juliet is very YOUNG-she has not yet begun to think of marriage
Well, think of marriage now; younger than you,Here in Verona, ladies of esteem,Are made already mothers. By my count,I was your mother much upon these years Speaker: Lady CapuletTo: JulietExplication:Begin to think about marriage because in Verona, lots of esteemed girls younger than you are mothers. I became your mother when I was about your ageImportance:-although Juliet is young, she isn’t that young-Capulets care about what other “people of esteem” are doing
I’ll look to like if looking liking move;But no more deep will I endart mineThan your consent gives strength to make it fly Speaker: JulietTo: Lady CapuletExplication: I’ll look at him and try to like him, at least if what I see is likable. But I won’t let myself fall for him any more than your permission allows.Importance:-needs permission from parents, even for someone that isn’t a Montague-characterization: open minded
Give me a torch, I am not for this ambling; Being but heavy, I will bear the light Speaker: RomeoTo: MercutioExplication: Give me a torch. I don’t want to dance. I feel sad, so let me be the one who carries the light.Importance:-allusion to light-Juliet= light-sad because of love
If love be rough with you, be rough with love:Prick love for pricking, and you beat love Speaker: MercutioTo: RomeoExplication: If love plays rough with you, play rough with love Importance:-personifies love-allusion to sex “play rough with love”-foreshadowing: get over this past love and be rough with a new love
O then I see Queen Mab hath been with youShe is the fairies’ midwife, and she comesIn shape no bigger than an agate-stone Speaker: MercutioTo: RomeoExplication: Oh, then I see you’ve been with Queen Mab. She’s the fairies’ midwife. She’s no bigger than the stone on a city councilman’s ring.Importance:-use of Puns (Queen-Quean=prostitute)-characterize Mercutio: fun, uses Puns, brings jokes to a tragedy-queen= prostitute
True, I talk of dreams,Which are the children of an idle brain,Begot of nothing but vain fantasy Speaker: MercutioTo: RomeoExplication: True. I’m talking about dreams, which are the products of a brain that’s doing nothing. Dreams are nothing but silly imagination,Importance:-metaphor: dreams= children of an idle brain-lightheartedness, fun loving –> bringing light to a tragedy
I fear too early, for my mind misgivesSome consequence yet hanging in thest artsShall bitterly bring his fearful date With this night’s revels Speaker: RomeoTo: BenvolioExplication: I’m worried we’ll get there too early. I have a feeling this party tonight will be the start of something badImportance:-foreshadowing!!- “consequence yet hanging”- will end in death
O she doth teach the torches to burn bright!It seems she hangs uopn the cheeck of nightAs a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear–Beauty to rick for use, for earth too dear. Speaker: RomeoTo: Servingman (but really himself)Explication: Oh, she shows the torches how to burn bright! She stands out against the darkness like a jeweled earring hanging against the cheek of an African. Her beauty is too good for this world; she’s too beautiful to die and be buriedImportance:-Juliet= light-darkness/light-darkness is the place that Romeo is in right now, and she stands out in that darkness-she is too beautiful to die and be buried: FORESHADOWING!
Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe:A villain that is hither come in spire,To scorn at our solemnity this night. Speaker: TybaltTo: Lord CapuletExplication:Uncle, he is a Montague, our enemy. He is here to scorn our family honorImportance:-foreshadowing: Tybalt is mad about this now, and will be mad about it later
Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone,’A bears him like a portly gentleman;And to say truth, Verona brags of himTo be a virtuous and well-governed youth Speaker: Lord CapuletTo: TybaltExplication: Its OK. Romeo is a gentleman, and the people of Verona say he is a good kid. Importance:Juliet’s father doesn’t despise Romeo
If I profane with my unworthiest handThis hold shrine, the gentle sin is this,My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready standTo smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss Speaker: Romeo To: JulietExplication: Your hand is like a holy place that my hand is unworthy to visit. If you’re offended by the touch of my hand, my two lips are standing here like blushing pilgrims, ready to make things better with a kiss.Importance:-kissing Juliet-personification of lips-simile: hand is LIKE a holy place
Good pilgrim, you do wrong you hands too muchWhich mannerly devotion shows in this,For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch,And palm to palm in holy palmer’s kiss Speaker: JulietTo: RomeoExplication: Good pilgrim, you don’t give your hand enough credit. By holding my hand you show polite devotion. After all, pilgrims touch the hands of statues of saints. Holding one palm against another is like a kiss.Importance:-romance-shows budding love b/t the two of them-this will escalate into something more
Marry, bachelor,Her mother is the lady of the house,And a good lady, and a wise and virtuousI nurse her daughter that you talked withal Speaker: NurseTo: RomeoExplication:Her mom is Lady Capulet and I nurse her daughter (Juliet) who you were just talking toImportance-nurse’s loyalty to Capulets-willingness to accept Romeo-Capulets treat her well
My only love spring from my only hate! Too early seen unknown and known too late!Prodigious birth of a love it is to me That I must love a loathed enemy! Speaker: RomeoTo: NurseExplication:My only love comes from my only hate! I know it too late!Importance:-use of opposites: (love/hate; early/late) which portray the chaos and confusion in Romeo’s life-use of rhyming couplets
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun! Speaker: RomeoTo: JulietExplication: Juliet is the sun which rises in the East!Importance: -Juliet=beautiful, light of the world-she brightens Romeo’s world and controls his heart-allusion to light
Two of the fairest stars in all the heavenHaving some business, do entreat her eye.To twinkle in their spheres till they return Speaker: RomeoTo: JulietExplication: Two of the brightest stars in the whole sky had to go away on business and they’re asking her eyes to twinkle in their places until they return.Importance: -Juliet’s eyes are compared to heaven= stunning-Romeo= love of Juliet continues to grow and he is admiring of her beauty-personifies stars-Juliet= light
Speak again, bright angle, for thou artAs glorious to this night, being o’er my head,As is a winged messenger of heavenUnto the white-upturned wandering eyesOf mortals that fall back to gaze on her Speaker: RomeoTo: JulietExplication: Speak again, my angel, you are as glorious as an angel tonight. You shine above me, like a winged messenger from heaven who makes mortal men fall on their backs to look up at the sky, watching the angel walking on the clouds and sailing on air.Importance: -Romeo: using metaphor-Metaphor= Juliet is an angel and she beholds such powerful beauty that men fall back in awe
WIth love’s light winds did o’er perch these walls; For stony limits cannot hold love out Speaker: RomeoTo: JulietExplication: I flew over these walls with the light wings of love, because stone walls cannot hold back out loveImportance: -their love= strong and powerful-Romeo= not looking back because his love for Juliet is REALY and he feels alive and redeemed
I have no joy of this contract tonightIt is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden;To like the lightning which doth cease to beEre one can say ‘it lightens’ Speaker: JulietTo: RomeoExplication: I can’t take joy in this exchange of promises tonight. It is too crazy. We haven’t done enough thinking. It’s too sudden. It’s too much like lightning which flashes and disappears before you can say “It’s lightning”Importance: -Juliet= having doubts, wants to slow things down and thinks they are jumping into things too quickly-Juliet sees a negative outcome and she is right-foreshadowing
Nor aught so good but strain’d from that fair use Revolts from true birth stumbling on abuse:Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied;And vice sometimes by action dignified Speaker: Friar LawrenceTo: RomeoExplication: And there is nothing that does not turn bad if it’s put to the wrong use and abused. Virtue turns to vice if it’s misused. Vice sometimes becomes virtue through the right activity. Importance: -Friar Lawrence: goodness can be made bad if misused (Romeo and Juliet’s love will be destroyed if they aren’t careful)-metaphor AND foreshadowing
Then plainly know my heart’s dear love is set On the fair daughter of rich Capulet;As mine on hers is set on mine. And all combined,Save what thou must combine by holy marriage Speaker: RomeoTo: Friar Lawrence Explication: I love rich Capulet’s daughter. I love her, and she loves me. We’re bound to each other in every possible way, except we need you to marry usImportance: -Romeo and Juliet= ready for marriage, came to mutual decision and want this to happen because they are bound by love
Young men’s love then liesNot truly in their hearts, but in their eyes Speaker: Friar LawrenceTo: RomeoExplication: Young men love with their eyes, not their heartsImportance: -physical beauty vs internal beauty-love= superficial-allusion to eyes: you don’t know love, they just like what they see-lust
In one respect I’ll assistant be; For this alliance may so happy proveTo turn your household’s rancor to pure love Speaker: Friar LawrenceTo: RomeoExplication: I’ll help you will you secret wedding. This marriage may be lucky enough to turn the hatred between your families into pure love Importance:-Friar Lawrence is agreeing, but only in an attempt to unite their quarrelling families
The clock struck nine when I did send the nurse;In half an hour she promis’d to returnPerchance she cannot meet him: that’s not so Speaker: JulietTo: AudienceExplication: I sent the nurse at nine o’clock. Maybe she can’t find him. That can’t beImportance:-Juliet=anxious, excited, impatient-impatient is a quality of a lot of young people…highlights her youth
She would be as swift in motion as a ball;My words would bandy her to my sweet love;And his to me Speaker: JulietTo: audienceExplication: If she was young and passionate, she’d move as fast as a ball. My words would bounce her to my sweet love, and his words would bounce her back to me. Importance:-opposites: old nurse…takes forever vs young juliet…uses words like sweet and bounce
He is not the flower of courtesy,but, I’ll warrant him, as gentle as a lamb Speaker: NurseTo: JulietExplication: He’s not the most polite man in the world, but, believe me, he’s as gentle as a lambImportance:-Nurse: wants what is best for Juliet and knows Romeo will take care of her-Simile: gentle as a lamb
I pray thee, good Mercutio, let’s retire.The day is hot; the Capulets, abroad;And if we meet we shall not ‘scape a brawl,For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring. Benvolio –> MercutioExplication: I’m begging you, good Mercutio, let’s call it a day. It’s hot outside, and the Capulets are wandering around. If we bump into them, we’ll certainly get into a fight. When it’s hot outside, people become angry and hot-blooded.Importance: Characterizes Benvolio and Mercutio, explains the family feud between Montagues and Capulets
We talk here in the public haunt of men.Either withdraw unto some private place,And reason coldly of your grievances,Or else depart. Here all eyes gaze on us. Benvolio –> Mercutio & TybaltExplication: We’re talking here in a public place. Either go someplace private, or talk it over rationally, or else just go away. Out here everybody can see us.Importance: Characterizes Benvolio, describes family feud
Romeo, the love I bear thee can affordNo better term than this: thou art a villain. Tybalt –> RomeoExplication: Romeo, there’s only one thing I can call you. You’re a villain.Importance: Shows Tybalt’s rage and his perspective of the Montagues
Tybalt, the reason that I have to love theeDoth much excuse the appertaining rageTo such a greeting. Villain am I none.Therefore, farewell. I see thou know’st me not. Romeo –> TybaltExplication: Tybalt, I have a reason to love you that lets me put aside the rage I should feel and excuse that insult. I am no villain. So, goodbye. I can tell that you don’t know who I am.Importance: Romeo’s underlying feelings about Juliet allow him to put aside their family problems
I do protest I never injured thee,But love thee better than thou canst devise,Till thou shalt know the reason of my love.And so, good Capulet—which name I tenderAs dearly as my own—be satisfied. Romeo –> TybaltExplication: I disagree. I’ve never done you harm. I love you more than you can understand until you know the reason why I love you. And so, good Capulet—which is a name I love like my own name—you should be satisfied with what I say.Importance: Romeo does not want a fight, he wants to make peace with Tybalt, he hints at his love for Juliet
Why the devil came you between us? I was hurt under your arm. Mercutio –> RomeoExplication: Why the hell did you come in between us? He struck me from under your arm.Importance: Mercutio does not like the way that Romeo intervened because he wants to fight Tybalt
I am hurt.A plague o’ both your houses! I am sped. Mercutio –> Romeo & BenvolioExplication: I’ve been hurt. May a plague curse both your families. I’m finished.Importance: Mercutio’s final words as his life comes to an end, overcomes feud and wishes harm on both families
Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-browed night,Give me my Romeo. And when I shall die,Take him and cut him out in little stars,And he will make the face of heaven so fineThat all the world will be in love with nightAnd pay no worship to the garish sun. Juliet –> herselfExplication: Come, gentle night. Come, loving, dark night. Give me my Romeo. And when I die, turn him into stars and form a constellation in his image. His face will make the heavens so beautiful that the world will fall in love with the night and forget about the garish sun.Importance: Contrast between day and night/dark and light, imagery
Ah, welladay! He’s dead, he’s dead, he’s dead!We are undone, lady, we are undone!Alack the day! He’s gone, he’s killed, he’s dead! Nurse –> JulietExplication: Oh, it’s a sad day! He’s dead. He’s dead. He’s dead! We’re ruined, lady, we’re ruined! What an awful day! He’s gone. He’s been killed. He’s dead!Importance: Nurse shouts about someone being dead, which get Juliet worried about Romeo
What storm is this that blows so contrary? Is Romeo slaughtered, and is Tybalt dead? Juliet –> NurseExplication: What disaster is this? Has Romeo been killed, and is Tybalt dead too?Importance: Juliet worries that Romeo is dead with Tybalt
There is no world without Verona wallsBut purgatory, torture, hell itself.Hence “banishèd” is banished from the world,And world’s exile is death. Romeo –> Friar LawrenceExplication: There is no world for me outside the walls of Verona, except purgatory, torture, and hell itself. So to be banished from Verona is like being banished from the world, and being banished from the world is death.Importance: Romeo alludes to death and being without Juliet
Yet “banishèd”? Hang up philosophy!Unless philosophy can make a Juliet,Displant a town, reverse a prince’s doom,It helps not, it prevails not. Talk no more. Romeo –> Friar LawrenceExplication: You’re still talking about “banished?” Forget about philosophy! Unless philosophy can create a Juliet, or pick up a town and put it somewhere else, or reverse a prince’s punishment, it doesn’t do me any good. Don’t say anything else.Importance: Romeo believes he has nothing without Juliet
Thou canst not speak of that thou dost not feel.Wert thou as young as I, Juliet thy love,An hour but married, Tybalt murderèd,Doting like me, and like me banishèd,Then mightst thou speak Romeo –> Friar LawrenceExplication: You can’t talk about something that you don’t feel. If you were as young as I am, if you were in love with Juliet, if you had just married her an hour ago, if then you murdered Tybalt, if you were lovesick like me, and if you were banished, then you might talk about it.Importance: Romeo is in such a state that he blocks out the ones who want to help
Go, get thee to thy love, as was decreed.Ascend her chamber, hence, and comfort her.But look thou stay not till the watch be set,For then thou canst not pass to Mantua,Where thou shalt live, till we can find a timeTo blaze your marriage, reconcile your friends,Beg pardon of the Prince, and call thee backWith twenty hundred thousand times more joyThan thou went’st forth in lamentation.— Friar Lawrence –> Nurse & RomeoExplication: Go be with your love, as it was decided at your wedding. Climb up to her bedroom and comfort her. But get out of there before the night watchmen take their positions. Then you will escape to the city of Mantua, where you’ll live until we can make your marriage public and make peace between your families. We’ll ask the Prince to pardon you. Then we’ll welcome you back with twenty thousand times more joy than you’ll have when you leave this town cryingImportance: Friar Lawrence has a plan to wed Romeo and Juliet that could end all family feud and sadness
I think she will be ruledIn all respects by me. Nay, more, I doubt it not.— Capulet –> ParisExplication: I think she’ll do whatever I say. No, I think she’ll do all that and more. I have no doubt about itImportance: Capulet is unaware of Romeo and Juliet and is sure that she will obey him, when in reality she is in love with Romeo
These times of woe afford no time to woo. Paris –> CapuletExplication: These times of pain are bad times for romance. Importance: After the death of Tybalt, it is not the best time to flirt up Juliet
Monday! Ha, ha. Well, Wednesday is too soon,O’ Thursday let it be.—O’ Thursday, tell her,She shall be married to this noble earl.— Paris –> CapuletExplication: Monday! Ha, ha! Well, Wednesday is too soon. Let it be on Thursday. On Thursday, tell her, she’ll be married to this noble earl.Importance: IRONY (Paris plans their wedding while Romeo and Juliet have already been wedded)
Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day.It was the nightingale, and not the lark,That pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear. Juliet –>RomeoExplication: Are you going? It’s still a long time until daybreak. Don’t be afraid. That sound you heard was the NIGHTINGALE, not the lark.Importance: Contrast between light and day
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. Juliet –> RomeoExplication: Are you gone like that, my love, my lord? Yes, my husband, my friend! I must hear from you every day in the hour. In a minute there are many daysImportance: Juliet apart from Romeo (develops)
O God, I have an ill-divining soul.Methinks I see thee now, thou art so lowAs one dead in the bottom of a tomb.Either my eyesight fails, or thou look’st pale. Juliet –> RomeoExplication: Oh God, I have a soul that predicts evil things! Now that you are down there, you look like someone dead in the bottom of a tomb. Either my eyesight is failing me, or you look pale.Importance: Juliet sees bad things in the future…FORESHADOWING
Be fickle, fortune,For then, I hope, thou wilt not keep him long,But send him back. Juliet –> Lady CapuletExplication: Change your mind, luck. I hope maybe then you’ll send him back home soon.Importance: Juliet longs for Romeo’s return
We will have vengeance for it, fear thou not.Then weep no more. I’ll send to one in Mantua,Where that same banished runagate doth live,Shall give him such an unaccustomed dramThat he shall soon keep Tybalt company.And then, I hope, thou wilt be satisfied. Lady Capulet –> JulietExplication: We’ll have revenge for it. Don’t worry about that. Stop crying. I’ll send a man to Mantua, where that exiled rogue is living. Our man will poison Romeo’s drink, and Romeo will join Tybalt in death. And then, I hope, you’ll be satisfied.Importance: Juliet is crying about Romeo’s exile, which makes them give him a bigger punishment THE DEATH SENTENCE
Indeed, I never shall be satisfiedWith Romeo, till I behold him—dead—Is my poor heart for a kinsman vexed. Juliet –> Lady CapuletExplication: I’ll never be satisfied with Romeo until I see him . . . dead—dead is how my poor heart feels when I think about my poor cousin.Importance: Juliet schemes with Friar Lawrence about their plans
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 –> JulietExplication: Forget about you, you worthless girl! You disobedient wretch! I’ll tell you what. Go to church on Thursday or never look me in the face again. Don’t say anything. Don’t reply. Don’t talk back to me.Importance:-Juliet’s family turns against her too-Juliet not getting a say in this matter
Talk not to me, for I’ll not speak a word.Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee. Lady Capulet –> JulietExplication: Don’t talk to me, because I won’t say a word. Do as you please, because I’m done worrying about you.Importance:-her mother as well is done caring about Juliet-love has gotten in the way of family ties-love is disastrous
I think it best you married with the county.Oh, he’s a lovely gentleman.Romeo’s a dishclout to him. An eagle, madam,Hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eyeAs Paris hath. Beshrew my very heart,I think you are happy in this second match,For it excels your first. Or if it did not,Your first is dead, or ’twere as good he were,As living here and you no use of him. Nurse –> JulietExplication: I think the best thing to do is to marry the count. Oh, he’s a lovely gentleman! Romeo’s a dishcloth compared to him. Madam, an eagle does not have eyes as green, as quick, and as fair as the eyes of Paris. Curse my very heart, but I think you should be happy in this second marriage, because it’s better than your first. Even if it’s not better, your first marriage is over. Or if Romeo is as good as Paris, Romeo doesn’t live here, so you don’t get to enjoy him.Importance:-the nurse is the only one who truly has Juliet’s best interest at heart and even she thinks that she should marry Paris
Well, thou hast comforted me marvelous much. Juliet –> NurseExplication: Well, you have given me great comfort.Importance:-Juliet knows the Nurse has her best interest at heart

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