Romeo and Juliet Quotes

Prince: “If ever you disturb our streets again/your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace” (1.1.98-99) Act 1: the prince finds the Capulets and Montagues fighting and warns them. It is foreshadowing that the feud will cause death.
Romeo: “She hath foresworn to love…/Do I live dead that live to tell it now (1.1.231-232) Act 1: Double meaning- He feels dead without Rosaline and her love, he dies for love in the end.
Romeo: “For my mind misgives/some consequence yet hanging in the stars/shall bitterly begin his fearful date…/by some vile forfeit of untimely death/But he that hath directed the steerage of my course/direct my sail” (1.4.113-120) Act 1: Romeo is worried that the party will start a series of events that he can’t control.
Tybalt: “Patience perforce with willful choler meeting/…but this intrusion shall/…convert to bitterest gall” (1.5.100-104) Act 1: At the party, right now Tybalt is being patient, but this is foreshadowing his revenge on Romeo.
Juliet: “If he be married/My grave is like to be my wedding bed” (1.5.148-149) Act 1: Juliet is asking the nurse, double meaning (entendre), if he’s married to someone else, I’ll die alone, if he’s married to me, I’ll die. Dramatic irony because we know she will die but she doesn’t.
Mercutio: “A challenge, on my life” (2.4.9) Act 2: This is about a letter from Tybalt, double meaning- I bet my life that Tybalt is challenging us, Tybalt will challenge his life.
Juliet: “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?/…What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other word would smell as sweet” (2.2.36-47) Act 2: She is asking why he is is Romeo, who is a Montague. He would still be himself with any other name. The rose is a metaphor.
Juliet: “Although I joy in thee/I have no joy of this contract tonight/It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden” (2.2.122-125) Act 2: Juliet just met Romeo and she is being more rational, she thinks they are moving too fast.
Friar Lawrence: “Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast” (2.3.101) Act 2: He thinks Romeo and Juliet are moving too fast, it is foreshadowing to that it will lead to their downfall
Friar Lawrence: “These violent delights have violent ends/And in their triumph die, like fire and powder/Which, as they kiss, consume…/Therefore love moderately. Long love doth so/Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow” (2.6.9-15) Act 2: They are moving to fast and it will die out, foreshadowing to their death, dramatic irony because we know they will die.
Romeo: “Ha, banishment! Be merciful, say ‘death,’/For exile hath more terror in his look/Much more than death. Do not say ‘banishment'” (3.3.13-15) Act 3: Romeo would rather die then be separated from Juliet, it is foreshadowing his death.
Juliet: “Indeed, I never shall be satisfied/With Romeo, till I behold him—dead—/Is my poor heart” (3.5.98-100) Act 3: Speaking to her mother about her grief, double entendre- Juliet won’t be satisfied until she is with Romeo, her heart is dead for Roemo/Tybalt, foreshadowing she will hold Romeo when he dies
Juliet: “O God, I have an ill-divining soul./Methinks I see thee now, thou art so low/As one dead in the bottom of a tomb” (3.5.54-56) Act 3: Foreshadowing Romeo’s death, she is having an evil prophecy.
Mercutio: “Ask for me tomorrow,/ and you shall find me a grave man/…A plague o’ both your houses!” (3.1.101-104) Act 3: Mercutio is dying, this is what came of the fight between families, double entendre of grave, he will be dead, he will be sorrowful, the plague is the death of Romeo and Juliet.
Juliet: “O fortune, fortune! All men call thee fickle./ If thou art fickle, what dost thou with him/ That is renowned for faith? Be fickle, fortune,/ For then, I hope, thou wilt not keep him long,/ But send him back” (3.5.60-64) Act 3: Right after Romeo leaves for exile, she had a vision about his death and she doesn’t want him to leave, she has no control over fate but she wants control and she wants fortune to be kind.
Romeo: “O, I am Fortune’s fool” (3.1.142) Act 3: After Romero kills Tybalt, Romeo is being controlled by fate, he has no control, capital F fortune shows power.
Friar: “I would I knew not why it should be slowed” (4.1.16) Act 4: This is an aside, Friar wished he didn’t know why the wedding to Paris should be postponed (because Romeo is married to Juliet and is mourning his exile) and he wishes he wasn’t involved , breaks the 4th wall.
Juliet: “And I will do it without fear or doubt/ To live an unstained wife to my sweet love” (4.1.89-90) Act 4: After Juliet is supposed to marry Paris, when she is taking the fake death potion from friar, and she is saying she will take it willingly because she is very committed to Romeo, it’s also foreshadowing her death.
Juliet: ‘Twixt my extremes and me this bloody knife/ Shall play the umpire…/ I long to die/ If what thou speak’st speak not of remedy” (4.1.63-68) Act 4: When asking Friar for help about Paris; fate has been taking control but she can take control by killing herself, ironic because that would also be letting fate take control
Capulet: “There she lies/ Flower as she was, deflowered by him” (4.5.42-43) Act 4: After Juliet dies, double entendre of him, could be death or Romeo, dramatic irony that Capulet doesn’t know about Romeo
Romeo: “I dreamt my lady came and found me dead/ Strange dream, that gives a dead man leave to think” (5.1.6-8) Act 5: Romeo is in Mantua, he has a dream, foreshadows to when Juliet finds hum dead, dramatic irony because we know he will die
Romeo: “The world is not thy friend nor the world’s law/ The world affords no law to make thee rich” (5.1.76-77) Act 5: Romeo to the apothecary, trying to convince him to give him the poison, irony because the world is not Romeo’s friend either
Romeo: “Oh, here/ Will I set up my everlasting rest/ And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars/ From this world-wearied flesh” (5.3.109-111) Act 5: Says this as he drinks the poison, he says he is taking control of fate and defying it, but fate still ultimately wins

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