I need a quote or something that I could use to compare to Romeo as a way to begin my seminar for Romeo and Juliet.I am doing a unit seminar on how Romeo is to blame for the tragedy, and my three...

I need a quote or something that I could use to compare to Romeo as a way to begin my seminar for Romeo and Juliet.

I am doing a unit seminar on how Romeo is to blame for the tragedy, and my three main ideas for the seminar are that he is superficial, selfish and impulsive.

For example: Romeo is like a horse with those things on the side of his eyes that blocks him from seeing anything that isnt right in front of him.


If you have any ideas, they would be greatly appreciated !

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You could definitely use a quote from the Chorus at the beginning of Act II, to show how impulsive Romeo is.  He says:

Now old desire doth in his deathbed lie

And young affection gapes to be his heir;

That fair for which love groan'd for and would die,

With tender Juliet match'd is now not fair.

The Chorus is making fun of Romeo a bit here, calling his love for Rosaline "old desire" (when it really wasn't very old in terms of years at all) and his feelings for Juliet new and "gaping" like a baby.  You could have fun, in your presentation, with the difference between love for Rosaline like an old tired person versus love for Juliet, which is like a little baby.  The Chorus is a good character to use for a presentation such as yours, since he stands outside the action commenting on it, which is what it appears you will be doing.

By the way, the image you describe in your question refers to "blinkers" or "blinders" that a horse wears to keep his focus on the track in front of him when he races.

Good luck with your presentation.

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