Romeo and Juliette quotes

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes / A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life / Whose misadventured piteous overthrows / Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife Prologue 6-9
Quote: O she doth teach the torches to burn bright! / It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night / As a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear– / Beauty too rich for use, for Earth too dear! act I, scene v, 43-46
O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? / Deny thy father and refuse thy name act II, scene ii, 33-34.
Quote: What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet. act II, scene ii, 43-44
Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow / That I shall say good night till it be morrow act II, scene ii, 184-5
Analysis: Juliet speaks all the good lines. She’s a rather aggressive Middle Ages girl, don’t you think? Juliet obviously cares little for societal restrictions.Quote: Beautiful tyrant! Fiend angelical! / Dove feathered raven! Wolvish-ravening lamb! / Despised substance of divinest show! / A damned saint, an honorable villain! (III, ii, 73-79).Analysis: Juliet can’t quite wrap her mind around the fact that Romeo has killed her cousin. Shakespeare’s brilliant use of oxymorons emphasizes Juliet’s confused state.Quote: ‘Tis torture, and not mercy. Heaven is here, / Where Juliet lives; and every cat and dog / And little mouse, every unworthy thing, / Live here in heaven and may look on her; / But Romeo may not. (III, iii, 29-34)Analysis: Romeo does not take the news of his banishment very well. He reacts with pure emotion and instability as evidenced by his attempted suicide a few minutes later. At Juliet’s time of greatest need, when she needs Romeo, her husband, to step up and be a man, he sinks to the floor and cries. Poor Juliet.Act IVJuliet fakes her deathQuote: I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins / That almost freezes up the heat of life. (IV, iii, 15-16)Analysis: Shakespeare gives us an array of literary devices with Juliet’s utterance. We get alliteration and foreshadowing. Juliet knows this will not end well.Quote: Death is my son-in-law, Death is my heir (IV, v, 38)Analysis: Capulet’s lament is ironic on so many levels. Death is his son-in-law insomuch that Romeo is dead to the city after his banishment. Romeo will be physically dead shortly as well. The audience knows that Juliet lives, making Capulet’s sorrow unnecessary.Act VFriar’s plan goes wrong.Quote: Ah, dear Juliet, Why art thou yet so fair? Shall I believe / That unsubstantial Death is amorous? (V, iii, 102-3)Analysis: Every time I scream, “Romeo, she’s fair because she’s still alive! Don’t do it!” I expect the end of the story to change. It never does. This is an excellent example of dramatic irony.Quote: For never was a story of more woe / Than this of Juliet and her Romeo (V, iii, 309-10).Analysis: It’s hard to argue with the Prince on this one.

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