Romeo and Juliet quotes

“and we be in choler,” – Sampson Act 1 scene 1 Teasing and witty conversation with punsWritten in prose – lower social standing, everyday conversation
“Put up your swords, you know not what you do.” -Benvolio Act 1 scene 1 Name means all good and powerfulTries to keep the peaceIambic pentameter
“as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.” -Tybalt Act 1 Scene 1 Theme of hateYounger generation do not know what feud is about like the audience but still full of resentment
“locks fair daylight out, and makes himself an artificial night:” – Montague Act 1 scene 1 Romeo shuts himself away from everyoneDistant
“O brawling love, O loving hate,” – Romeo Act 1 scene 1 Oxymoron shows Romeo is confused by love and his feelings Exaggerated emotions – Petrarchan lover
“she’ll not be hit with Cupid’s arrow,” – Romeo Act 1 Scene 1 She will not fall in love with himRomeo talks of her a lot – immature, attention-seekerHis love may not be sincere-teenager
“Younger than she are happy mothers made.” – Paris Act 1 scene 2 Doesn’t have Juliet’s best interests at heart No respect for women-think they should just stay at homeImpatient to marry Juliet
“within her scope of choice lies my consent and fair according voice.” – Capulet Act 1 scene 2 Going to let Juliet have a say in who she marries Going against social normality to ensure her happiness
“if you be not of the house of Montagues, I pray come and crush a cup of wine.” – Servant Act 1 scene 2 Romeo is a MontagueBenvolio wants him to go to get over Rosalind
“Madam,I am here,” – Juliet Act 1 scene 3 Juliet calls her mother madamFormal and distant
“Thou wilt fall backward when thou hast more wit,” – Nurse Act 1 scene 3 One day Juliet will fall in loveSexual awakening – contrast to R & J pure loveTeasing
“Enough of this,” – Lady Capulet Act 1 scene 3 AuthoritativeDiscomfort with intimacy and emotion
“What say you, can you love the gentleman?” – Lady Capulet Act 1 scene 3 Very blunt – expecting Juliet to love someone she is yet to meetTraditional view of marriage – opposite to father
“I’ll look to like, if looking liking move;” – Juliet Act 1 scene 3 Obedient Will act appropriately
“If love be rough with you, be rough with love:” – Mercutio Act 1 scene 4 Sees love as something physical similar to nurseDon’t let love control you and don’t be defeated by these feelings
“Her chariot is an empty hazel-nut,” – Mercutio Act 1 scene 4 Queen Mab speech Fairytale description – childish References to nature Delicate
“by some vile forfeit of untimely death.” – Romeo Act 1 scene 4 Reluctant to go to party – dream states he will dieFor shadows what actually happens
“Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear:” – Romeo Act 1 scene 5 For shadows that Juliet will commit suicide Theme of fateDescription similar to Nurse’s description of daughter Susan
“I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” – Romeo Act 1 scene 5 Said previously no one was as beautiful as Rosalind – love was not genuine Love at first sight
“my flesh tremble” – Tybalt Act 1 scene 5 Will back off from Romeo but anger and resentment remainsTrembling with anger
“holy shrine,” – Romeo Act 1 scene 5 Religious imageryPure and elevated loveExchange between R & J in a sonnet and iambic pentameter – important, emphasizes immediate emotional connection (can continue each others sentences)
“My only love sprung from my only hate!” – Juliet Act 1 scene 5 Person she’s fallen in love with is also her family’s enemy Juxtaposition Frustrated she fell in love with Romeo
“He jests at scars that never felt a wound.” – Romeo Act 2 scene 2 Romeo feels Mercutio had no right to laugh at him – never been wounded by love
“Juliet is the sun.” – Romeo Act 2 scene 2 MetaphorUse of light/dark motif – contrast R & R previous loveJuliet has rescued Romeo from unrequited love
“What’s Montague? It is nor hand nor foot,” – Juliet Act 2 scene 2 Juliet is trying to understand her feelingsStill loves Romeo even though he’s a Montague Person you are is not about physical characteristicsMature considerations for a 13 year old – not visibly angry or frustrated
“for stony limits,” – Romeo Act 2 scene 2 Prepared to take on risk of being killed – bravado – over confident which may lead to unnecessary risks – deep loveFor shadows death in Capulet tomb
“If they do see thee, they will murder thee.” Death is always a threat – no build upDeath at end is inevitable Shows risk Romeo will take to see Juliet
“if thou think’st I am too quickly won, I’ll frown and be perverse,” – Juliet Act 2 scene 2 Worried that Romeo thinks Juliet is being too forwards Compromised idea of courtly love – prepared to step backwards (play hard to get)Shows depth of her feelings for him
“It is too rash, too unadvis’s, too sudden, too like the lightning which doth cease to be” – Juliet Act 2 scene 2 Juliet is concerned their love is progressing too quickly Worried their love is transient like the Lightning
“thy purpose marriage,” – Juliet Act 2 scene 2 Interprets Romeos behavior as wanting to get married – surprising Time of play – need to be married for proper relationship – Juliet is aware of own status and social conventions
“I have forgot why I did call thee back.” – Juliet Act 2 scene 2 Forgets why she came outShows young and naive side to her
“The grey-ey’d morn smiles on the frowning night, check’ring the eastern clouds with streaks of light;” – Friar Lawrence Act 2 scene 3 Important for audience to know time to see how swiftly it is passing – theme of time and hasteVerse in rhyming couplets – to show he is educatedLawrence is neither M nor C – separates him from that aspect of the play
“with baleful weeds and precious-juiced flowers.” – Friar Lawrence Act 2 scene 3 Nature contains both weeds and flowersRefers to the feud which takes rise to R & J’s profound love – even though they die they end the feud Theme of fate – foreshadowing Theme of love and hate
“The earth that’s nature’s mother is her tomb;” – Friar Lawrence Act 2 scene 3 Considering the good and bad of nature Living in a kind of balance Highlights contrast of bad and good – antithesis
“Young son,” – Friar Lawrence Act 2 scene 3 Refers to Romeo as his sonTerm of endearment Father-son relationship
“And bad’st me bury love.” – Romeo Act 2 scene 3 Foreshadowing that love will be buried in a grave – death Omninous
“for this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households’ ran out to pure love.” – Friar Lawrence Act 2 scene 3 Marrying R & J may be a way to end the feud – has to justify going behind their parents backsNo can remember how feud started – very bad so needs to stop – prince threatened execution
“O let us hence, I stand on sudden haste.” – Romeo Act 2 scene 3 Shows impetuous side to Romeo Example of impulsive nature of youth Theme of time and haste Theme of young vs old
“Wisely and slow, they stumble that run fast.” – Friar Lawrence Act 2 scene 3 Take things slowly – mature If you go too fast something could go wrong Theme of young vs old Theme of time and haste
“the immortal ‘pasado’, the ‘punto reverso,’ the ‘hay!'” – Mercutio Act 2 scene 4 Mocking Tybalt Over the top language and lots of references to his his skill
“Now arts thou sociable, now art thou Romeo;” – Mercutio Act 2 scene 4 Romeo has gone back to his usual self – good relationship and loyal friend
“if ye should lead her in a fool’s paradise, as they say, it were a very gross kind of behaviour,” – Nurse Act 2 scene 4 If Romeo deceives Juliet it will be very shameful Nurse cares about Juliet
“The clock struck nine when I did send the nurse; in half an hour she promis’d to return.” – Juliet Act 2 scene 3 Anxious and impatient to hear what Romeo has said about marriage Slightly immature – typical of someone her age – 13/14Unlike maturity in act 2 scene 2
“Love’s heralds should be thoughts, which ten times faster glides than the sun’s beams,” – Juliet Act 2 scene 5 Natural imagery Ponders speed which she thinks should be associated with love – contrast with how slow the nurse is being
“But old folks, many feign as they were dead,” – Juliet Act 2 scene 5 Blames nurse’s age for her slowness Foreshadows that J will do this – fake her death
“I am a-weary, give me leave a while.” – Nurse Act 2 scene 5 Teases J – keeps changing the subject and putting it off – comedic elementBuilds tension for the audience – want nurse to tell J about the marriage
“”These violent delights have violent ends,” – Friar Lawrence Act 2 scene 6 Excessive passion may lead to tragedy
“Then love-devouring Death do what he dare,” – Romeo Act 2 scene 6 R doesn’t mind if he dies as he gets to marry JEchoes his bravado – would rather live J and die than not love her at all Mood of impending doom
“A public place:” – stage direction Act 3 scene 1 Initial street brawl takes place in a public placeMore worrying as it isn’t happening in secret R & J associated with isolation and darkness – forbidden loveConflict of M & C in broad daylight
“these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.” – Benvolio Act 3 scene 1 Heat of day associated with heat of people’s emotions
“quarrel” – Mercutio Act 3 scene 1 Repeated Teasing Benvolio and says he’ll quarrel with anyone but he is actually talking about himself The more he mentions the word quarrel the more he is ready to have oneExpresses aggressive streak similar to view of love
“Villain am I none; therefore farewell, i see thou knowest me not.” – Romeo Act 3 scene 1 Mature response to Tybalts insult Wants to leave not fight
“O calm, dishonourable, vile submission! ‘Alla stoccata’ carries it away.” – Mercutio Act 3 scene 1 Tone of anger could be aimed at Romeo or TybaltRomeo is being submissiveTybalt has an Italian name
“Romeo steps between them” – stage direction Act 3 scene 1 Tries to stop the fightSees Tybalt as family because he’s married JulietDoesn’t want Mercutio or Tybalt to get hurt
“A plague a’both houses!” – Mercutio Act 3 scene 1 Cursing both the Montagues and the Capulets – blames feud for his injury Not picking sidesPlague was feared at time of play
“Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man.” – Mercutio Act 3 scene 1 Two meanings to grave man – dead man and serious manDark humour – still in character of Mercutio despite him being injured
“thy beauty hath made me effeminate, and in my temper soften’d valour’s steel!” – Romeo Act 3 scene 1 Feels he has been softened by experiencing love for Juliet – matured a lot
“fire-ey’d fury be my conduct now!” – Romeo Act 3 scene 1 Learns that Mercutio has died – doesn’t want to keep the peace anymore Going to be consumed by his anger – feels guilty as he played a part in his death
“O, I am fortune’s fool.” – Romeo Act 3 scene 1 Theme of fateAt mercy’s fate – referring to higher force controlling destiny Stays – deathGo – no Juliet Panicking & lost sense of perspective
“Tybalt deaf to peace,” – Benvolio Act 3 scene 1 Benvolio is associated with fairness but still prepared to bend the truth for family – misses out how Mercutio provoked Tybalt
“Romeo must not live.” – Lady Capulet Act 3 scene 1 Shows bitterness of the family feudvengeful
“immediately do we exile him hence.” – Prince Act 3 scene 1 Act 1 scene 1 said they will be executed if there’s another street brawl but doesn’t keep to his wordThis is catalyst for ultimate tragedy of play
“mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.” – Prince Act 3 scene 1 Doesn’t execute Romeo because it will only add fire to the feud – lead to more violence and death
“Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds,” – Juliet Act 3 scene 2 Theme of time and hasteEager and impatient to see Romeo Shows she desires him and how quickly their relationship is developing
“Night,” – Juliet Act 3 scene 2 Repeated motif Refers to fact that romeo and Juliet have to have their relationship under the cover of darkness
“whiter than new snow upon a raven’s back.” – Juliet Act 3 scene 2 Romeo is a light in the darknessThinks Romeo is very pure but doesn’t know he killed Tybalt
“Beautiful tyrant,” – Juliet Act 3 scene 2 Uses lot of oxymorons – highlights her confusion Trying to weigh up how Romeo could have killed Tybalt
“a damned saint, an honourable villain!” – Juliet Act 3 scene 2 Religious imagery is used when Romeo and Juliet first meet but now it is negative Tybalt calls Romeo a villain before they fight – Juliet’s view of Romeo at the time
“Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband?” – Juliet Act 3 scene 2 Before she showed loyalty to her family but now she is married to Romeo – sense of duty to be loyal to himJuliet is angry at first similar to LC but then changes and comes out with a logical conclusion – matureLC remains stubborn and irrational Theme of young vs old but opposite way round – Juliet is showing the mature, old view
“and death, not Romeo, take my maidenhead!” – Juliet Act 3 scene 2 For shadows fact that death does take her in the end – ominous
“O deadly sin! O rude unthankfulness!” – Friar Lawrence Act 3 scene 3 Thinks Romeo is being ungrateful – Prince spared his lifeEmotions start to show more as Romeo’s over the top and self – indulgent reaction make friar angry
“Flies may do this, but I from this must fly;” – Romeo Act 3 scene 3 Flies are free but he must fly from Verona so not free Pun – play on words – two words usually sound the same but with different meanings Adds to Romeo’s despair instead of being humourous Overreacting
“Thou canst not speak of that thou dost not feel.” – Romeo Act 3 scene 3 Theme of young vs oldRomeo says older generation are unable to understand the strength of love young people feel
“thy Juliet is alive,” – Friar Lawrence Act 3 scene 3 Trying to reconcile with Romeo Romeo offers to kill himself – immature – shouldn’t kill himself if Juliet is alive
“I think she will be rul’d in all aspects by me; nay more, I doubt it not.” – Capulet Act 3 scene 4 Now adopting a much more traditional, assertive, paternal relationship Before he was going to wait and let her choose – important because now Juliet only has till Thursday to let her parents know about Romeo and stop the wedding – tension starts to rise Capulet doesn’t doubt that Juliet will obey – ironic as Juliet has shifted her loyalties to Romeo – more independent
“it was the nightingale, and not the lark,” – Juliet Act 3 scene 5 Wants it to be the nightingale singing – sings at night – so they can spend more time together.If it is the lark then it is morning and R has to leave – feeling of longing Their love can only happen under the cover of darkness
“come, death, and welcome! Juliet wills it so.” – Romeo Act 3 scene 5 If J wants him to stay, he will even if it means death – causes J to start being sensible R knows it is dawn but has sense of bravado – shows how much he loves J
“As one dead in the bottom of a tomb.” – Juliet Act 3 scene 5 As R climbs down J looks down and it appears that R is in a graveForeshadowing R and J’s death
“And if thou couldst, thou couldst not make him live; therefore have done.” – Lady Capulet LC thinks J is weeping over Tybalt but she is actually caring over RTells her to stop crying as it won’t bring him back – insensitive and unsympathetic
“and yet no man like he doth grieve my heart.” – Juliet J’s words are deliberately ambiguous Goes along with with what LC thinks – able to tell her how she feels about R because LC thinks it is about TAble to deceive her mother – intelligent
“I wonder at this haste,” – Juliet Act 3 scene 5 Theme of time and hasteDoesn’t understand why things are happening so fastGives little time for R to come back
“I will not marry yet … it shall be Romeo,” – Juliet Act 3 scene 5 Not very obedient as she was before Tells LC she will marry R – LC doesn’t know they are already married so doesn’t realize how tense scene is getting
“but thankful even for hate that is meant love.” – Juliet Act 3 scene 5 Cannot marry Paris – doesn’t love himBut grateful as she can see her Fathers decision came out of love
“I beseech you on my knees,” – Juliet Act 3 scene 5 Kneels down – submitting to her fatherAble to remain controlled and rational Able to hide her emotion
“My fingers itch.” – Lord Capulet Act 3 scene 5 Wants to hit Juliet – threatening Contrast to how he was earlier
“but now I see this one is one too much,” – Capulet Act 3 scene 5 Would rather not have her as a child Foreshadowing J’s ultimate faith
“You are to blame, my lord,” – Nurse Act 3 scene 5 Stands up to Capulets – shows love for JUnusual and dangerous to talk back to master – brave
“Go, counsellor, thou and my bosom henceforth shall be twain.” – Juliet Act 3 scene 5 Nurse doesn’t offer J the advice she was looking for so tells her she won’t confide with her anymore – mother/daughter relationship severed Isolated from family, nurse and 4She will turn to Friar and if that fails – suicide – last resort – R contemplates suicide but doesn’t consider other options first
“Past hope, past cure, past help!” – Juliet Act 4 scene 1 Rule of 3 – used to create greater emphasis Repetition of past – desperation as she feels nothing can be done
“O bid me leap, …, from off the battlements of any tower,” – Juliet Act 4 scene 1 Prepared to go through hell in order to remain married to RomeoFriar Lawrence has a risky plan – requires strength of character which J has – she is prepared to kill herself
“O tell me not of fear.” Act 4 scene 1 Being brave and strong – prepared to come over risks of Friars plan – someone to be admired
“we’ll to church tomorrow.” – Capulet Act 4 scene 2 Theme of time and hasteTragic consequences to come as J will have to take potion early so less time for letter to be delivered
“Come, vial.” – Juliet Act 4 scene 3 Potion is personified Shows her isolation as she can’t talk to anyone else – way of strengthening her resolve – courage
“What if it be poison which the Friar subtly hath minister’d to have me dead,” – Juliet Act 4 scene 3 Worried poison will actually kill her – thinks maybe FL is not as trustworthy as he seems – kill her so as not to deal with dishonor

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