Romeo and Juliet- key themes

‘love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs’ love…. Unrequited love, Romeo is in love with love
‘peace? I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee’ hate/conflict… Tybalt’s hatred fro montagues
‘it is an honour I dream not of’ honour… Juliet doesn’t want to marry
‘palm to palm is holy palmer’s kiss’ Religious imagery… flirting between R+J (pun)
‘my only love sprung from my only hate! love/hate… Juliet – both intertwined
‘it is the east and Juliet is the sun’ light imagery/love… to describe Juliet
‘my bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep’ love… description – simile/metaphor
ancient grudge Feud/hatred… between two families (prologue)
‘that villain Romeo’ conflict/hate… Tybalt’s hatred for Romeo
‘civil blood makes civil hands unclean’ conflict… Extent of feud between families
‘then I defy you, stars! fate… romeo defying it
poison hat residence and the medicine power foreshadowing/fate…. contrast, poison can heal fued
if all else fails myself have the power to die fate… defying fate with suicide
star crossed lovers fate… love was meant to be
oh calm, dishonourable, vile submission honour… being unhonourable
you shall be married to this nobel earl honour… Juliet has to marry for family
the grove of the sycamore tree love.. pun for love sick
at thy good heart’s oppressionsuch is love’s transgression love… romeo and benvolio rhyming couplets. philia = greek love for equals
though grant for prayers sakemy prayer’s effect i take love… romeo and Juliet rhyming couplets
Eros greek love – erotic/passionate
Storge greek love for family
Agape greek love for religion/god
speak not, reply not, do not answer me hate/conflict… repetition of imperative verb to obey
oh speak again bright angel religion… comparing Juliet to heaven/sun
so smile the heavens upon this holy act religion… god approves of romeo and Juliet
sex context… they believed in no ____ before marriage
arranged context…. marriages where _____
power wealth marriage was for _____ or _____
crime suicide was a _____
maleclass Elizabethans had a _____ and ______ dominated system
religion they’re lives revolved around _____
“A plague o’ both your houses!” fate, they have been cursed by the feud
“a dog of the house of Montague moves me” hatred is within the whole family
“Doth with their death bury their parents strife.” tragedy, death ends the feud
O, I am fortune’s fool! Romeo and fate after killing Tybalt
to strike him dead I hold it not a sin Hatred between Tybalt and Romeo
“I dreamt my lady came and found me dead” fate, dramatic irony
under love’s heavy burden do i sink Romeo is weighed down by unrequited love

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