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hoppytheelf | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 7, 2010 at 9:45 AM via web

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In the play Romeo and Juliet, what are three quotes that show love is heavenly; explain why each works for this metaphor?

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mike-krupp | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 7, 2010 at 11:23 AM (Answer #1)

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Beginning with the Balcony scene, Romeo and Juliet are ecstatic with each other's love.  There are many more than three places to quote; Romeo, especially, is always describing Juliet as heavenly or celestial:

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?

It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.

(- - -)

. . . her eyes in heaven

Would through the airy region stream so bright

That birds would sing and think it were not night.

(- - -)

She speaks:

O, speak again, bright angel! for thou art

As glorious to this night, being o'er my head

As is a winged messenger of heaven

Juliet replies:

My bounty is as boundless as the sea,

My love as deep; the more I give to thee,

The more I have, for both are infinite.

Romeo and Juliet are married, but Romeo encounters Tybault, is attacked, and winds up killing him.  For his crime he is banished from Verona.

That evening, Juliet is in her room with her nurse.

Juliet:

Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-brow'd night,

Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die,

Take him and cut him out in little stars,

And he will make the face of heaven so fine

That all the world will be in love with night

And pay no worship to the garish sun.

Again, not to belabor the point, Juliet in her excitement sends Romeo to heaven.

Then the Nurse tells her that Romeo is banished.  Romeo himself learns from Father Laurence.  Romeo makes his way, unobserved, to Juliet's room and they have their only night together.

Romeo is rather somber for a man who has just spent the first night with his love:

It was the lark, the herald of the morn,

No nightingale: look, love, what envious streaks

Do lace the severing clouds in yonder east:

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.

From this point, although they are still in love, both are living in Hell.  There is no more talk of Heaven.

The time when Romeo and Juliet are first discovering their love is, I think, about the most beautiful scene in literature.  Their happiness soars to Heaven, which makes their descent into tragedy the more painful to see.

 

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jmj616 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted October 8, 2010 at 5:21 AM (Answer #2)

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1) "A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life" (Prologue).  The love between Romeo and Juliet is portrayed here as something that is beyond human control.  It is the result of the two young people being "crossed" or charmed by the stars.

2)"You are a lover; borrow Cupid's wings,
And soar with them above a common bound"  (Act I Sc. IV).

Here, a lover is portrayed as someone who has an angel's wings and thus can soar above the "common bound" that ties people down to earth.

3) "Immoderately she weeps for Tybalt's death,
And therefore have I little talk'd of love;
For Venus smiles not in a house of tears" (Act IV, Sc. I).

In this scene, Paris explains that he has not spoken to Juliet about love because she is preoccupied with mourning over the death of her cousin Tybalt.  Paris says, "Venus smiles not in a house of tears."  Venus was the Roman goddess of love; Venus (meaning love) does not smile (take effect) in a house of mourning.

Here, love is portrayed as the work of a supernatural goddess who resides in the heavens. 

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