Romeo and Juliet Youth Quotes

‘My sword, I say! Old Montague is come and flourishes his blade in spite of me.’ Lord Capulet is way too old to be fighting, but when the young members of the houses fight he wants to join in!
‘My child is yet a stranger in the world.’ Capulet feels at the beginning of the play that Juliet is far too young to get married, even though girls younger than her are.
‘Love’s heralds should be thoughts, which ten times faster glide than the sun’s beams.’ Juliet makes reference to the fact that love moves quickly when you’re young.
‘Wert thou as young as I…’ Romeo gets angry at the Friar, saying he doesn’t understand Romeo’s problems because he’s too old.
‘To answer I’ll not wed…I am too young.’ Capulet gets angry at Juliet for saying she won’t marry Paris because she’s too young. But he said the same earlier in the play!
‘An you be mine, I’ll give you to my friend.’ Children in this time had no control over their own lives – Capulet makes Juliet’s decisions for her.
‘And beg your pardon.’ Juliet lies when she apologises to her Father – she is just following the Friar’s instructions.
‘But old folks…unwieldy, slow, heavy, and pale as lead.’ Juliet suggests that old people do not understand how passionate love can be when you are young.
‘For men so old as we to keep the peace.’ Capulet knows that he and Montague are old enough and mature enough to stop the fighting – but they don’t!
‘You and I are past our dancing days.’ Capulet reminds us again that he is old – perhaps Shakespeare is reminding us just how young Romeo and Juliet are in contrast to their parents.

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