Romeo and Juliet-key themes and quotes

Theme 1 Fate
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes,A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life: Prologue – Alliteration draws our attention to “fatal”, and the sound of it also sound like fat. “Star crossed shows heavenly power
O, I am fortune’s fool! Act 3 Scene 1 Romeo – He is being used for the God’s entertainment. The alliteration draws us to notice “Fortune”
Unhappy fortune! Act 5 Scene 3 – Friar Lawrence – Repeating the idea if fate again, and implies that fate can be kind or unkind, but in this case it was unkind.
“O give me thy hand, one writ with me in sour misfortune’s book” Act 5, Scene 3, Romeo – Talking to the dead Paris. Discusses how Fate is “sour”
Here will I set up my everlasting rest, and shake the yoke of inauspicious stars from this world-wearied flesh Act 5 Scene 3-Romeo- Inauspicious is an adjective meaning unlucky. Shows how the stars and fate are unlucky.
“Heaven finds means to kill your joys with love” Act 5 Scene 3-prince – Why the heavens have killed the children of the montagues and Capulet’s which are their “joys”. OR Heaven might have killed them because of the hate between the families, therefore they may be partly to blame for their children’s death.
Theme 2 Hate
“What, drawn and talk of peace! I hate the word as I hate hell, all Montagues, & thee.” Act 1 Scene 1-Tybalt – He is prejudiced and pre-judges people. He also hates Benvolio for being associated with the Montague’s
Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love:Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate! Act 1 Scene 1-Romeo – The Oxymoron’s support the idea that hate is sometimes felt because of love. It can also infer that loving one family must mean we hate another.
My only love sprung from my only hate Act 1 Scene 5 – Juliet – She hates the Montague’s as a group, but now realises she loves one specific Montague. Which is different from Tybalt who despises ALL Montague’s. We are never taught why they hate each other, the lesson to hate the other has been passes down for generations.
Romeo, the love I bear thee can affordNo better term than this: thou art a villain. Act 3 Scene 1-Tybalt – Tybalt’s hostility can not be overcome
“Proud can I never be of what I hate, But thankful even for hate that is meant love.” Act 3 Scene 5 -Juliet – She hates the idea of being married to Paris because she is married to Romeo, but she doesn’t hate Paris. However she is “thankful” because her parents proposed the idea because they love her.
see what a scourge is laid upon your hate Act 5 Scene 3-Prince – “scourge” is a whip with several strands. The hate of the families is a whip they have used upon themselves. The only way they could cleanse themselves of their hatred of each other is through the death of their children.
Theme 3 Death
“their death bury their parents strife” Prologue – The only way the family dispute can be settled.
The orchard walls are high and hard to clime, And the place death, considering who thou art. Act 2 Scene 2-Juliet – Even through a love scene, the threat of death is everywhere.
Do thou but close our hands with holy words,Then love-devouring death do what he dare; Act 2 Scene 6-Juliet – This is prosthetic, because death will eventually “devour” both of the lovers.
“I’ll to my wedding bed, And death, not Romeo, take my maidenhead.” Act 3 Scene 2-Juliet – She is personifying death. This makes the concept less abstract.
Theme 4 Love
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows Act 1 Scene 5-Romeo – He has developed Benvolio’s black white imagery. The dove is also a symbol of piece.
“For this alliance may so happy prove To turn your households’ rancor to pure love.” Act 2 Scene 3-Friar Lawrence – Wishful thinking. Their love couldn’t overcome the hatred of their families.
Thus with a kiss I die Act 5 Scene 3-Romeo – It ends like it begun, with a kiss.
I will kiss thy lips.Haply some poison yet doth hang on them. Act 5 Scene 3-Juliet – Ironic, because the poisonous words from their families caused it in the first place.

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