Romeo and Juliet quotes

“Part, fools! Put up your swords, you know not want you do.”-Benvolio His first quote is peacefulLove theme
“I do but keep the peace.”-Benvolio Benvolio character trait
“Turn thee, Benvolio look upon thy death.”-Tybalt Immediately establishes Tybalt, as this is first line.Violence ThemeComplete opposite to the love of Benvolio
“talk of peace? I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.”-Tybalt Complete opposite to the love of Benvolio and establishes the extreme hatred that Tybalt has towards Montagues.
“Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.”- Prince Threatens execution, hate/violence theme
“Three civil brawls bred of an airy word.”-Prince Violence themeShows the extremity of the hatred between the Capulets and the Montagues.
“Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate,”-Romeo Oxymoron for love’s confusion and how horrible it can be. He is superficial, in love with the idea of being in liv, dramatic at time and morose.
“Examine other beauties”-Benvolio Benvolio tries to cheer up depressed Romeo
“But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart.”-Lord Capulet Paris is a good suitor, and is encouraged by Lord Cap to get Juliet’s consent
“I will make thee think thy swan a crow.”-Benvolio Juxtapostion as servant asks Romeo and Benvolio to read the Capulet Ball invite and Benvolio seizes this opportunity.
“Faith, I can tell her age unto an hour.”-Nurse Nurse has a closer born to Juliet than her own mother
“I look to like, if looking liking move.” -Juliet Very obedient, respectful, innocent and naive
“If love be rough with you, be rough with love.”- Mercutio Mercutio more blunt than Benvolio, love theme
“By some vile forfeit of untimely death.”-Romeo Premonitions about the future and prophesies the future. Fate theme
“A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their lives… Doth bury their parents strife.” -Prologue Fate theme
“O doth teach the torches to burn bright!”-Romeo Love themeLight imageryburn bright with beauty
“Did my heart live till now?”-Romeo he has superficial love, as he has forgotten about Rosaline, shows his flaw of rash decisions- younger generation
“To strike him dead I hold it not a sin.”-Tybalt Love/Hate theme, as just after Romeo and Juliets love begins. Tybalt is paranoid, he is immediately aggressive and finds any excuse to fight
“My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready to stand.”-Juliet Juliet is ‘holy’, the blasphemy elevates their love for each other. They use iambic pentameters, it elevates Romeo’s speech making it more poetic and beautiful. Extended religious metaphor. Juliet is starting to loose her innocence by flirting, disobeying the constraints of society
“My grave is likely to be my wedding bed.”-Juliet Love/hate and fate themeForeshadowing and showing that she trusts the Nurse
“My only love sprung from my only hate!”-Juliet love/hate theme
“But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east , and Juliet the sun.”-Romeo Love themeSoliloquyuses light imagery
“O speak again bright angel.”-Romeo Continued angelic imagery’O’ represent love and romance
“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.”-Juliet Contrasts innocent and obedient Julietlove theme
“What’s in a name?”-Juliet She is in eternal despair, trying to reassure herself
“the God of my idolatry”-Juliet Blasphemous and shows how much she worships him and the extremity of their love. Love theme
“too sudden, too like the lightning.”-Juliet simile for how fast they have fallen in love, reveals Romeo’s character flaws that he is impulsive, impetuous and makes rash decisions, a lot like the younger generation.
“Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books but love from love, towards school with heavy looks”-Romeo Paradox, which emphasizes how sad Romeo feels about leaving Juliet.
“Young men’s love then lies. Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.”-Friar Lawrence Making fun of younger generation and how he is being quite superficial
“To turn you households rancour to pure love.”-Friar Lawrence He sees Romeo’s request as a strategic marriage. Love/Hate theme
“These violent delights have violent ends.”-Friar Lawrence Extreme love leads to violent consequencesForeshadows Oxymoronlove/hate theme
“Thou art a villain.”-Tybalt about Romeo It is juxtaposition because he insulted his newly cousin in law and dramatic irony.
“And so, good Capulet, which name I tender as dearly as mine own, be satisfied.”-Romeo He is being respectful and trying to make peace.
“Tybalt, you rat-catcher, will you walk?”- Mercutio If Romeo won’t fight, then I will, also Tybalt is ‘Prince of Cats’ so it is a play on words, which is what Mercutio does.
“A plague a’both houses! I am sped.” – Mercutio Mercutio’s death ruins the Friar’s plan to unite the warring families.
“I thought all for the best.” “And fire-ey’d fire be my conduct now!” – Romeo He wants revenge
“Oh, I am fortune’s fool.” -Romeo This is because he tried to stop the fight, which causes Mercutio to die and then he kills Tybalt. Fate theme
“Prince, as thou art true. For blood of ours, shed blood of Montague.”-Lady Capulet Which is dramatic irony because she wants her son in-law to be killed. love/violence theme
” O serpent heart, hid with a flow’ring face!” – Juliet Juliet feels shocked, confused and deceived, she is bewildered by the apparent contrast between appearances and reality.
” that one word ‘banished’, Hath slain ten thousand Tybalts.”-Juliet This shows the extremity of their love and she even threatens to kill herself which foreshadows later on.
“disobedient wretch!”-Lord Capulet she should be grateful that Paris who has a high status wants to marry her, showing that he cares alot about his reputation. He makes her choose either marriage or he will disown her. hate theme
“Come weep with me, past hope, past cure, past help!” -Juliet When Paris leaves Juliet is panicking and has lack of hopelove/hate theme
“take thou this vial.””no warmth, no breath shall testify thou livest.”-Friar Lawrence Friar realises he has to take desperate measures as Juliet is threatening to kill herself, as she would rather die than marry Paris. So he comes up with the plan
“Never was seen a black a day as this.”-Nurse he Nurse is extremely upset since she was like a mother to Juliet
“O me, O me, my child, my only life!” – Lady Cap Juliet’s ‘death’ shows us that Lady Cap really does care about and she says
“And with my child my joys are buried.” Also he says, ” All is death.”-Lord Cap Juliet was his only child now death has taken her away from him, he now leaves everything to death.
“meagre, worn, ill and musty.” -Romeo As Romeo doesn’t know Friar’s plan, he goes to the Apothecary, which he describes as personification of death/Foreshadowing
“Unhappy fortune!” -Friar Lawrence Friar John tells Friar Lawrence that he couldn’t get the letter to Romeo because of the plague.Fate theme
“O woe” -Paris Paris is visiting Juliet’s tomb which shows that he actually cares about her,
“hungry churchyard, rotten jaws” -Romeo Romeo comes to the tomb with an iron crow, ready to break in. He personifies the graveyard as hungry monsters. Making it morbid and grotesque
“lay me with Juliet”-Paris Dying wish-really cared
“One writ with me in sour misfortune’s book” -Romeo Fate theme
“O happy dagger”-Juliet Love/hate themeOxymoron
“Capulet, Montague? See what a scourge is laid upon your hate”-Prince Prince blames them for their deathHate theme
“O brother Montague” -Lord Cap By the end of the play the families have made up
“A glooming peace” – Prince this oxymoron represents that it is tragic but now it is peaceful. love/hate theme

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