Romeo and Juliet Quotes

Prologue – A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life…the fearful passage of their death-marked love – Chorus- Prepare the audience for termoil and tumble. Prepares them for the future events that will take place later in the play.- Fate- The two lovers were destined to never have a happy ending. Their love affairs would lead to their own deaths no matter the circumstances. Their zodiac signs and stars were never meant to be together or align. Foreshadows that they will take their own lives. Love and hate – their love will only bring out death and hatred
Act 1 Scene 1 – “What? Drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word/As I hate Hell, all Montagues, and thee./Have at thee, coward!” – Tybalt to Benvolio – Dialogue- Gregory and Sampson (Capulets) and Abram (Montague) are fighting with one another and Benvolio enters in attempts to keep the peace between the two households. Unlike Benvolio, Tybalt is an aggressive man who hates the Montague family and begins to fight with him because he hates peace. – Haste- Although Tybalt has just entered the scene he is already ready to fight without understanding the situation at hand. He shows a special haste to make a scene and argue with any one who associates with the Montagues. He is ready to fight and act in anger. Love and hate – Tybalt is angry and talks about how much he hates the Montagues while Benvolio is trying to obtain peace.
Act 1 Scene 1Cankered with peace, to part your cankered hate./If ever you disturb our streets again,/Your lives shall pay the foreit of the peace. – Prince to both families-Monologue- After the Capulets and the Montagues cause a disturbance in Verona once more the Prince comes out to see what the issue is. Because the two families fight an excessive amount he decides that if they bother anyone again their punishment will be death. – Fate – Foreshadows that there will be more fighting and that death will come from the fighting. Love and death – You should love each other as citizens of Verona but you are just cankers and diseases to the city.
– Act 1 Scene 1- With tears augmenting the fresh morning’s dew./Adding to clouds more clouds with his deep sighs./[…]away from light steals home my heavy son/And private chamber pens himself,/Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out,/And makes himself an artificial night./Black and portentous must this humor prove – Lord Montague to Benvolio- Monologue- After the Prince threatens the two families with death Lady Montague asks where Romeo is and Lord Montague responds, telling her that he is in a somber state and has been avoiding everyone recently. Romeo is upset because Rosaline would not agree to sleep with him. – The existence and paradox of light and dark – Romeo prefers the dark instead of the light and he likes to stay inside. He shuts the windows and makes his bed chamber dark to represent his soul and feelings. Fate- Foreshadowing that something terrible will happen to him soon.
– Act 1 Scene 1- Here’s much to do with hate but more with love./Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate,/O anything of nothing first created! O heavy lightness, serious vanity,/ Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms!/Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health/Still-waking sleep that is not what it is! This love fell I, that feel no love in this. – Romeo to Benvolio – Monologue- Romeo got rejected by Rosaline and is heartbroken. Benvolio gets frustrated because he is trying to cheer up his friend but he won’t stop talking about the topic. Oxymoron or paradoxical statement. Romeo’s melancholic state- Love and hate- Oxymorons; contrasts love and hate with things that are opposite of them. The paradoxical statements represents Romeo’s melancholic state. Romeo shows how his love is clouded by his families hatred using ironic and contrasting ideas. Haste- Moments before Romeo asks Benvolio where they are going to eat then continues to rant about Rosaline.
– Act 1 Scene 2- Younger than she are happy mothers made – Paris to Lord Capulet- Dialogue- Lord Capulet is encouraging Paris to win Juliet’s heart and then possibly be able to marry her in the near future. He says that Juliet is not ready for marriage however in two years she will be. – Haste – Paris is trying to convince Lord Capulet that Juliet’s age does not matter when marrying someone because some girls are younger than her and are already getting married and having children.
– Act 1 Scene 3- “It is an hour I dream not of” – Juliet to Lady Capulet and the Nurse- Dialogue- Juliet is with her mother and the nurse and they are discussing what will happen at the party. Lady Capulet and the nurse want Juliet to get married and find a husband but Juliet does not want to.- Love and hate- Hates the idea of love Haste: Trying to force her to marry a man she doesn’t want to and has never met before
– Act 1 Scene 3 – Go, girl; seek happy nights to happy days. – Nurse to Juliet- Dialogue- In this scene Juliet is getting ready to go to the party with her mother and the nurse. They were having a conversation about marrying Paris and she did not want to marry Paris. Reaction to Juliet’ stubbornness . Nurse is encouraging Juliet to flirt with someone the night of the party. Nurse is talking to Juliet about finding a man that will make her happy and that will lead to happy days.- The existence and paradox of light and dark – If she has fun at the party and finds someone to love it will leave to a lifetime of happiness and sunshine. She is going to find something good or love during the night and darkness which will lead to happiness in the day time. If she finds love at night her life will be filled with happy days.
– Act 1 Scene 4- A torch for me. Let wantons light of heart/Tickle the senseles rushes with their heels,/For I am proverbed with a grandsire phrase./I’ll be a candleholder and look on/[…]I fear too early, for my mind misgives/Some consequence yet hanging in the stars/Shall bitterly begin his fearful date/With this night’s revels and expire the term/Of a despise life closed in my breast/By some vile forfeit of untimely death. – Romeo to Mercutio and Benvolio- monologue- His friends are trying to convince him to go to the party but he is still heartbroken for Rosaline. I will go with you because you are forcing me but I don’t not want to go. Second part of the quote is Romeo’s reaction to the dream and something bad is going to happen. Mercutio is telling Romeo about his Queen Mab speech.- Fate- Predicting that something terrible will happen from the party. Both of our bad dreams are signs that something bad will happen soon and we should not go to the party.
– Act 2 Scene 2- But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?/It is the east, and Juliet is the sun./Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon{…}Two of the fairest starts in all of heaven[…] The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars/ As daylight doth a lamp. Her eye in heaven/Would through the airy region stream so bright/that birds would sing and think it were not night – Romeo to Juliet- Monologue- When Romeo first arrives at Juliet’s bedchamber after netting at the party and is hiding in the bushes. He is telling the sun to kill the moon and he wants to make Rosaline jealous. – Fate – talks about the stars and how she is above the stars and how Juliet is better than Rosaline. If she is heaven she is not Earth and cannot exist on Earth which foreshadows her death.Light and darkness- She takes my darkness/depression and brings light to my life
– Act 2 Scene 2- Tis but thy name that is my enemy./Thou art thyself, not a Montague./What’s Montague? It is nor foot,/Nor arm nor face, nor any other part/Belonging to a man. Oh, be some other name!/What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other word would smell as sweet[…] Romeo, doff thy name,/And for thy name, which is no part of thee,/Take all myself – Juliet ot Romeo- Monologue- Balcony scene – Romeo is complimenting Juliet and telling her she is the love of his life. Juliet is willing to give up her name to be with Romeo and Romeo says he will get rid of his.- Haste- Juliet believes that the two families’ feud and constant bickering does not apply to her and Romeo. She thinks that Montague is just a name and does not define the person who has it. She doesn’t care that they are enemies; he will love him no matter what She is willing to change her last name to be with him despite the fact that they only met a short while ago.
– Act 2 Scene 2- With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls,/For stony limits cannot hold love out,/And what love can do, that dares love attempt./Therefore thy kinsmen are no stop to me. – Romeo to Juliet- dialogue- Romeo and Juliet say that they will get rid of their family names to be with each other. Romeo is letting other people control him because he will get rid of it because it is a bother to her. She tells Romeo that he has to leave because if her kinsman finds him here then he will be killed.- Haste- Romeo jumps into a dangerous situation and believes the purity of his emotion will save him Love and death- I can conquer death with my love for you. His love with defeat her kinsmen.
– Act 2 Scene 2- I have night’s cloak to hide me for their eyes,/And, but thou love me, let them find me here;/My life were better eneded by their hate/Than death prorogued, wanting of thy love.[…] I am no pilot, yet – Romeo to Juliet- monologue- Balcony scene; Juliet is saying that he’s crazy that he’s there and he should leave because if her guards find him he will get killed. – Love and death- If you don’t love me I’d rather have your kinsmen kill me because I would rather die than live without you. He has the night to protect him. He is a follower at this point and doesn’t control his life.
– Act 2 Scene 2- Oh, swear not by the moon, th’inconstant moon,/that monthly changes in her circle orb,/Lest that thy love prove likewise variable. – Juliet to Romeo- Dialogue- Before the special night and he has just made his first vow of love to her and swears by the moon. Don’t say you love the moon because it is inconsistent. Showing maturity and chastising him for his haste and immaturity but then goes back to her immaturity because she is planning the wedding soon after.- Haste- The moon is changing so do not swear your love on the moon because it is constantly shifting its shape and position. Juliet Santa a solid love not a destructive one. However, moments later she is arranging their own marriage.
– Act 2 Scene 2- It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden,/Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be/Ere one can say “It lightens.” – Juliet to Romeo- monologue- balcony scene- Haste – Juliet is being mature by telling Romeo that this relationship is moving too fast. Later in that same conversation decides that the two will get married and that by the next day at nine they will determine when they will be married.
– Act 2 Scene 3- With baleful weeds and precious-juiced flowers,/The earth, that’s nature’s mother is her tom./What is her burying grace, that is her womb,/[…]In plants, herbs, stones, and their true qualities,/[…] Virtue itseld turns vice, being misapplied,/And vice sometime by action dignified./[…]Poison hath residence, and med’cine power./…Being tasted, stays all senses with the heart. – Friar Laurence- Soliloquy – Romeo and Juliet decide they are going to get married and Romeo goes to the Friar’s cell to talk to him about him because they have a close and trusting relationship.- Fate- first mention of the potion that that puts Juliet in a death-like state. Love and death: Metaphor love; love is a force that is used in the correct way it can restore life and bring joy but if it is a toxic love it can bring about destruction and death. He is talking specifically to plants that they can bring life and vitality but they are also destructive and the larger metaphor is to love. Foreshadowing the potion that Juliet will use
– Act 2 Scene 3- Wise and slow. They stumble that run fast. – Friar Laurence to Romeo-Dialogue- Friar was telling Romeo how he knows nothing about love and that his feelings for Juliet are just based on attraction. Friar is shocked that Romeo moved on from Rosaline so quickly. He says the feelings for Rosaline must not have been true emotion. Then moments later Friar agrees to marry the two.- Haste -They are rushing into a marriage that they are not ready for and they should slow down and take time to think out their decisions.Fate- It can lead to destruction if they take their relationship too quickly. Stumble relates to destruction.Irony- breath before he told Romeo that he’s not really in love and the next moment he agrees to marry them
– Act 3 Scene 1- A plague o’ both your house – Mercutio to both families- Dialogue- Mercutio and Tybalt have just gotten in a fight and Romeo steps in between the two to try and stop them. Tybalt stabs Mercutio underneath Romeo’s arm. Tybalt is hurt and runs away. He curses the two households three times. – Fate- curses both houses with bad luck; foreshadows destruction of both families. Haste: If Romeo hadn’t acted on his impulsive decision of stepping in between the two Tybalt would not have stabbed Mercutio.
– Act 3 Scene 2- Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds,/Toward Phoebus’ lodging. Such a wagoner/As Phaeton would whip you to the west/And bring in cloudy night immediately. Spread thy close curtain love-performing night […] Come thou day in night,[…] Come, loving black-browed night – Juliet- Soliloquy- Juliet is married and waiting in her bedroom for Romeo. She is saying that she needs the day to end and she wants it to move as swiftly as Phaeton did which is connected to disaster and destruction. She is referring to Romeo as the day, the light, the happiness and she needs it to be the evening so she can be with him and the darkness will cover him.- Fate- Foreshadowing destruction and death because Phaeton destroyed his father’s sun chariot and was killer as punishment. Haste- Don’t jump into anything too quickly Light and dark- He is the light to her life however he has to come at night because that’s the only time that they can be together which is when she is happiest.
– Act 3 Scene 2- Did ever a dragon keep so fair a cave?/Beautiful tyrant; fiend angelical!/Dove-feathered raven, wolvish-ravening lamb!/Despised substance of divinest show,/Just opposite to what thou justly seem’st./A damned saint, and honorable villain – Juliet to Nurse- Monologue- Juliet has found out that Romeo killer Tybalt and he is exiled- Love and hate: oxymoron; he is beautiful on the outside and evil on the inside. Haste: One moment she is upset at Romeo for killing her cousin, Tybalt. Suddenly, her emotions change and she is defending him while yelling at the nurse for saying mean things about her husband.
– Act 3 Scene 2- I’ll to my wedding bed,/And death, not Romeo, take my maidenhead! – Juliet to Nurse- monologue- Romeo got banished and Juliet tells the nurse to get Romeo for her because she cannot live without him. She just became informed that she would marrying Paris. She would rather die and have death take her virginity then another man. She will only give herself to Romeo and no other man.- Haste- The first solution her mind goes to is suicide rather than thinking about other more logical options. Fate- Foreshadows that she will die because death will take her virginity. Love and death- I would rather die that give myself to a man other than Romeo
– Act 3 Scene 4- Monday. Ha, ha. Well, Wednesday is too soon,/O’Thursday let it be. – Lord Capulet to Paris- Monologue- Juliet’s dad is forcing Juliet to marry Paris as a way to make the family happy again since they are mourning Tybalt’s death. He wants Juliet to marry Paris as soon as possible but nit too soon otherwise it would look bad on the family.- Haste – It is Monday when the two are talking and Lord Capulet thinks that Wednesday is too soon for the two to get married so he decides on Thursday. Juliet has never met Paris and her dad is already planning the wedding between the two. Not only is the wedding being rushed, but Juliet’s cousin has just died and he is not giving her enough time to mourn.
– Act. 3 Scene 5- It was the lark, the herald of the morn/[..] Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day/Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops. I must be gone and live, or stay and die […] More light and light, more dark and dark our woes. – Romeo to Juliet- Monologue- Romeo and Juliet have just spent their first night together after being married and they are arguing over what type of bird they hear. The type of bird decides when Romeo has to leave. Since it is the lark Romeo has to go.- : Light and dark: Romeo can only be with Juliet in the cover of darkness and when the light comes he has to leave because they can not be seen together. Love and hate- Jocund=jocular; positive word which contrasts his final depressing statement Haste: Romeo has to quickly leave Juliet’s estate before he gets caught by her kinsman and dies.
– Act 3 Scene 5- 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. Either my eyesight fails, or thou lookest pale. – Juliet to Romeo – Dialogue- After spending the night together, morning approaches and Romeo has to leave before he gets caught. Romeo is questioning whether they will see each other again.- Fate- foreshadows the future that he will end up in a tomb because Juliet says he looks so pale he looks dead and looks like he is laying in his tomb.
– Act 4 Scene 1- Or bid me go into a new-made grave/And hide me with a dead man in his tomb-Things that, to hear them told, have made me tremble-/And I will do it without fear or doubt/To livean unstained wife to my sweet love. – Juliet to Friar Laurence- Monologue- Juliet goes to Friar and tells him that her parents are forcing her to marry Paris against her will. She is asking him how she could prevent the marriage. She would do anything to be with Romeo. Not only does she not want to marry Paris because she is already married to Romeo and that is a sinful behavior, but she is also still in love with Romeo. If there is no solution to the problem I want to die. Friar Laurence expresses that he has a crazy plan that could possibly work. Juliet says she would rather endure anything marry Paris.- Fate- Foreshadows that she dig her own grave and kill herself because she can’t be with her true love Love and death- She would kill herself to be with he love. She would rather kill herself than be married to Paris. Haste- Jumping to extremes rather than thinking through the problem and discovering other solutions
– Act 5 Scene 1- Is it e’en so? Then I defy you, stars. – Romeo to Balthasar- Dialogue- Romeo is expecting a letter from the Friar pertaining details about current events in Verona and Juliet. Instead, he has just been informed by Balthasar that Juliet is dead because the letters from the Friar entailing the truth did not make it into Mantua because of a plague outbreak.- Fate – Romeo curses to himself and denies fate and its hold on him. He doesn’t want to believe fate and what it is telling him in this situation, therefore, he will be punished. He then plans to get poison to kill himself so that he does not have to live without Juliet.
– Act 5 Scene 3- O true apothecary,/Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die. – Romeo- Soliloquy- Romeo is inside the tomb with Juliet after killing Paris and placing him neck to her body. He is pointing out characteristics about her that only someone that is alive would have, but he does not put the two together to realize that she is still alive. He wants to die quickly so he can be reunited with Juliet again in heaven and kisses her before he drinks the potion.- Haste- Romeo wants to die quickly and decides to kill himself without thinking through his decision and how it will affect the apothecary. He wants everything to be rushed so he can be reunited with Juliet as fast as possible. Love and death- In order for Romeo to reunite with his love, he has to die.

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