Romeo and Juliet Quotes

“Two households both alike in dignity” – Prologue Act 1- Honour- StatusThe houses are similar
“A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life” – Prologue Act 1- Fate- Love- DeathJuliet and her Romeo will die
“Death-marked love” – Prologue Act 1- Love- Death- Fate- TragedyRomeo and Juliet simply weren’t meant to be
“Ancient grudge break new mutiny” – Prologue Act 1- Violence- Death- Hatred- ConflictThings are going to get messy and people will probably die
“Do you bite your thumb at us?” – Abraham (Montague Servant) Act 1- Conflict- Hatred- HonourFight between the Capulet’s and the Montague’s is brewing
“Talk of peace! I hate the word, // As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee:” – Tybalt Act 1- Hatred- Honour- Conflict- ViolenceShows how much the Capulets hate the Montagues, and how much this influences the views of the youths of both houses
“Have thrice disturb’d the quiet of our streets” – Prince Act 1- ConflictIt is not uncommon for the houses to fight – everyone is growing tired of it
“O brawling love! O loving hate!” – Romeo Act 1- Love- HateShows the fact that he is different to his kin – he does not want fighting Also depicts his feelings on love and hate, which is slightly tinted because of Rosaline not returning his feelings
“My child is yet a stranger in the world, she hath not seen the change of fourteen years” – Capulet Act 1- Love- Family- Honour- MarriageJuliet in his opinion is not old enough to be married, and should mature a bit before he has her wedded and beddedAlso important because this was unconventional in Shakespearean times
“Nurse, where’s my daughter?” – Lady Capulet Act 1- Love- Estrangement- StatusHighlights the traditional upbringing Juliet had – Nurse was more of a mother than Lady Capulet as was normal
“Tell me, daughter Juliet, How stands your disposition to be married?” – Lady Capulet Act 1- Marriage- Love- Estrangement- StatusImportant because it shows her parents want her opinion on marriage – they want to be sure she is readyAlso shows estrangement as she does not call her daughter by a fond nickname or even solely by her name
“It is an honour that I dream not of.” – Juliet Act 1- Honour- Marriage- LoveTactful answer – she knows to be careful when talking to her parents in order to get what she wants
” I have a soul of lead so stakes me to the ground I cannot move.” – Romeo Act 1- Love- SorrowHe is ridiculously sad about Rosaline not returning his affectionsAlso MASSIVELY important because it means that we get to see how superficial he is, and how unreliable he is when it comes to loving women (he’s a bit of a player)
“You are a lover; borrow Cupid’s wings” – Benvolio Act 1- Love- FateTelling him to take his love and become better than the average man – highlights fate because cupid is about to strike him
“That plaits the manes of horses in the night // And bakes the elflocks in foul sluttish hairs, // Which once untangled, much misfortune bodes.” – Mercutio Act 1- Fate- LustThere is heavy foreshadowing in this, it’s basically a metaphor for the rest of the play
“True, I talk of dreams, // Which are the children of an idle brain” – Mercutio Act 1- Reality and Fantasy- LoveMercutio is implying that Romeo is living in a dream-like state and his perception of the line between reality and fantasy is beginning to blur
“Is love a tender thing? it is too rough, too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn.” – Romeo Act 1- LoveHe thinks it is dragging him down – give it five minutes he’ll be drunk on it
“My mind misgives some consequence yet hanging in the stars” – Romeo Act 1- FateHe is about to meet Juliet, and everything will change foreverThe consequence is their deaths
“O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!” – Romeo Act 2- Love- BeautyRomeo is being superficial, and suddenly forgets all about RosalineLoves with his eyes, and not his soulHe moves on easily, as long as he has a pretty girl to look at – would he be a cheater in marriage?
” A snowy dove trooping with crows” – Romeo Act 2- Beauty- LoveContrasts Juliet with others – she is pure, and she is surrounded by impurity making her stand out
“For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” – Romeo Act 2- Love- BeautyHis previous ‘love’ was only an illusion, a simple fantasy birthed from his love for love, and that this is the real deal
“This, by his voice, should be a Montague. Fetch me my rapier, boy.” – Tybalt Act 2- Hatred- Conflict- Honour- ViolenceDisplay of the hatred the houses have for each other, even in the midst of the budding love that Romeo has towards Juliet dramatic irony
“You are a saucy boy” – Capulet Act 2- Status- Honour- ConflictCapulet is pulling rank over TybaltTrying to teach him a lesson about defending the family honour – they cannot make a move to fight without provocation
“My lips, two blushing pilgrims” – Romeo Act 2- Religion- LoveBeginning of one of the most famous sonnets in Literature – their shared sonnetA continued metaphor, which helps them identify their interest in one another
“You kiss by the book” – Juliet Act 2- LoveShe dryly comments how it appears he has studied how to kiss
“His name is Romeo, and a Montague; the only son of your great enemy.” – Nurse Act 2- Family- Hatred- HonourEmphasise how secret their relationship had to beAllude to what might happen if they were to get found out
“My only love sprung from my only hate!” – Juliet Act 2- Love- Hatred- ConflictEmphasises the fact that the two families hate each other, and her ‘only’ love is completely forbidden to her
“The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars” – Romeo Act 2- Fate- Love- BeautyHe finds Juliet stunningly beautiful
“O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?” – Juliet Act 2- Love- LongingShe wants to know why he is called Romeo, and why she had to fall in love with her enemy
“And I’ll no longer be a Capulet” – Juliet Act 2- Family- Status- HonourShe will run away if that means they can be together
“Parting is such sweet sorrow” – Juliet Act 2- Love- LongingShe does not want Romeo to leave, for she already loves him too much
“The grey-eyed morn smiles on the frowning night” – Friar Lawrence Act 2- Young and Old- New BeginningsThe young people (mourn – morning) are frowning on the old (night)
“Young men’s love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.” – Friar Lawrence Act 2- Love- SuperficialityRomeo appears to be moving on much more quickly than he should be if the love he claimed to have was so strongHe focuses his lust on pretty women and labels it as love
“Women may fall, when there’s no strength in men” – Friar Lawrence Act 2- Marriage- InfidelityWomen will cheat if men are unreliable and do the same
“These violent delights have violent ends” – Friar Lawrence Act 2- Death- LoveIf the two love too hard, they will suffer consequences of the same strength
“These hot days , is the mad blood stirring.” – Benvolio Act 3- Conflict- ViolenceForeshadowing a fight between the two houses – or representatives of both
“Thou art a villain” – Tybalt Act 3- Hatred- Conflict- HonourBeginning to light the fuse that is Mercutio’s temper, and inciting the primal need to defend his honour
“Tybalt, you rat-catcher” – Mercutio Act 3- Conflict- Status- HonourHe is insulting Tybalt – insinuating that he is below his statusBoth taking each other’s bait and seeing who will draw their weapon first
“Good king of cats” – Mercutio Act 3StatusHonourMercutio is mocking Tybalt for his nickname – testing him
“Mercutio, thou consortest with Romeo,” – Tybalt Act 3- Violence- AggressionTybalt provokes Mercutio, he is saying you’re a known associate/friend of Romeo. However he’s hes implying that Mercutio is sleeping with Romeo
“Tis not so deep as a well nor so wide as a church-door, but ’tis enough” – Mercutio Act 3- Life and DeathIt’s not the grand battle wound that Mercutio wanted to go out with but it is enough to kill him.There is also a metaphorical meaning in the church door and the well
“A plague o’ both your houses!” – Mercutio Act 3- Death- HatredHe is wishing death upon both houses – MASSIVE FORESHADOWING
“They have made worms’ meat of me” – Mercutio Act 3- DeathMercutio already knows he will die, and is playing on his humorous characteristic by almost dramatising his death
“Either thou, or I, or both, must go with him” – Romeo Act 3- Death- Honour- ViolenceSomeone else must die in order to avenge Mercutio’s death
“O, I am fortune’s fool!” – Romeo Act 3- Foreshadowing- Fate- StatusReferencing the prologueFeels as though Fortune is being particularly cruel and he is the victim of bad luck
“O serpent heart hid with a flowering face![…]Beautiful tyrant! Fiend angelical!” – Juliet Act 3- Love- HateShe is saying that he is beautiful on the outside but ugly in the inside, twisted and evil
“Romeo slew Tybalt, Romeo must not live.” – Lady Capulet Act 3- Death- Honour- ViolenceLady Capulet feels that because Tybalt was killed by Romeo, Romeo must too be killed – an eye for an eye so to speak
“No faith, no honesty in men” – Nurse Act 3- Infidelity- HonourNurse is saying that you cannot trust men, for they will always do things wrong
“I see that madmen have no ears” – Friar Lawrence Act 3- Madness- ConflictFriar Lawrence sees that Romeo cannot focus on anything other than his impending fate – and it is only the mention of Juliet that gets him to shut up enough to stop planning his death and pay attention
“It was the nightingale and not the lark” – Juliet Act 3- FateShe is telling Romeo that he does not need to leave yet – he can wait until it is the lark singing for the lark heralds the morn
“Evermore weeping for your cousin’s death?” – Lady Capulet Act 3- Death- SorrowLady Capulet thinks that Juliet is only crying for Tybalt’s death, when in actual fact she is mourning for the banishment of Romeo, and the fact that she believes she will die a widowed virgin – she has decided only Romeo can take her maidenhood
“He shall not make me a joyful bride!” – Juliet Act 3- Marriage- Hatred- HonourShe is saying that she would hate to marry Paris – he will make her unhappy if she is married to him
“I would the fool were married to her grave!” – Lady Capulet Act 3- Death- Marriage- StatusLady Capulet wishes that Juliet would be married to her grave
“Out, you green-sickness carrion!” – Capulet Act 3- Hatred- StatusCapulet is calling Juliet a bugHe addresses her like she is far below him – not like she is his daughter
“Hang thee, young baggage! disobedient wretch!” – Capulet Act 3- Death- Hatred- Honour- StatusHe is basically dismissing her – a total 180 from Act 1 Scene 2 when he says “my will to her consent is but a part”He is becoming a typical Shakespearean period father – making ‘his property’ do as he wants, and then punishing them when they do not
“Hang, beg, starve, die in the streets” – Capulet Act 3- Death- Honour- Status- HatredHe is pretty much disowning her – told her to die pretty much
“Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee.” – Lady Capulet Act 3- Honour- IndifferenceWhen Lady C. says this, she appears indifferent to her daughter’s needs – another example of their estrangement
“O bid me leap, rather than marry Paris” – Juliet Act 4- Death- DesperationShe would rather someone tell her to die than marry Paris
“Love give me strength!” – Juliet Act 4- LoveShe wants her love for Romeo to keep her strong as she takes a potion that will render her incapacitated for 42 hours – that is, if it works
“What if it be poison…” (which the Friar subtly hath ministered to have me dead, lest in this marriage he should be dishonoured.) – Juliet Act 4- Death- Lies- Conflict- HonourJuliet begins to entertain the idea that Friar Lawrence could only be giving her the potion to kill her, else he could be found out for marrying the lovers in secret and be punished
“Lamb”, “Sweetheart” – Nurse Act 4- Love- AffectionAn example of the affection that Nurse regards Juliet with – again, she was more of a mother to Juliet that Lady C. was
“She’s dead, she’s dead, she’s dead!” – Lady Capulet Act 4- DeathLady Capulet has gone into the first stage of grief – shock
“I defy you stars!” – Romeo Act 5- FateHe is going to attempt to rebel against his fate – instead he seals it
“Your looks are pale and wild” – Balthazar Act 5- Madness- IrrationalityHe is slightly worried that the news he has delivered has unhinged Romeo
“Unhappy fortune.” – Friar Lawrence Act 5- FateFriar Lawrence realises the letter that was vital to the plan was not delivered (no-one expected that to happen)
“Thou detestable maw!” – Romeo Act 5- Death- HatredHe is looking at the tomb Juliet is enclosed in, and called it a horrible mouth of death.
“…tempt not a desperate man.” – Romeo Act 5- DesperationDoes not want to kill Paris – he’s desperate as he thinks Juliet is dead
“O, much I fear some ill unthrifty thing!” – Friar Lawrence Act 5- FearFriar Lawrence fears that something bad will happen, but takes three hours to do anything about it
“I dare no longer stay.” – Friar Lawrence Act 5- Fear- CowardiceFriar Lawrence is wimping out because he might be caught
“O happy dagger” – Juliet Act 5- Death- LoveShe loves the dagger, for it will reunite her with her love for eternity
“O brother Montague, give me thy hand.” – Capulet Act 5- Honour- Status- ReconciliationThe joining of their hands symbolises the joining of their families and the ending of their feud
“Never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” – Prince Act 5- SorrowEnding of the play – Rhyming couplet reminds us all they were in love and died because of it

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