"For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo"Who said this, to who, and what does it mean?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The Prince of Verona speaks this line at the very end of the play--Act 5, scene iii lines 309-310.  It basically means that had these two families mended their differences, then Romeo and Juliet would not have felt the urge to love secretly and to go to such lengths to find happiness.  They could have married and done much good to be the "glue" between the two feuding families and the peace that the Prince had wished for and threatened both the Capulets and Montagues with banishment in the hopes of having for his city.

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dogstar001 | eNotes Newbie

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This is just a concluding statement stating that the play was tragic in nature.

It should also be noted that Shakespeare is  having a final dig at the masculinity of Romeo's character. Shakespeares statement  'Juliet and her Romeo' treats Romeo as a possession of Juliets. In Elizabethian society  woman had few rights and were largely considered the property or possessions of men. In other words they were considered insuperior to men. Hence a remark which infers a male as a females possession can be considered derogatory and unmasculine when directed towards a man. So this statement can be considered a clever, snide remark made against Romeo's masculinity.

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