"o romeo, romeo, wherefore art thou romeo? deny thy father and refuse thy name. Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love and I'll no longer be a Capulet."I need to know the significance of...

 "o romeo, romeo, wherefore art thou romeo? deny thy father and refuse thy name. Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love and I'll no longer be a Capulet."

I need to know the significance of those lines!! I've already tried! Thanks in advance!

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Those lines higlight the main theme the play is built on; star crossed lovers.

Juliet is asking Romeo to leave his family, resign the relation that binds him to the Montagues (his father - remember this is the 15th century). By doing this the one obstacle before their union will be removed. She (Juliet) goes on to say that if Romeo will not severe this relation all he needs to do is profess his (true) love for her and she will severe her relations with the Capulets so they can unite.

These lines sum up the circumstances that makes this play a tragedy. 

These lines remind the audience of the prologue, and thus remind them that this a tragedy not a love story (a common device in shakepearean plays to ensure the audience is keeping up with the plot).

However they also FORESHADOW the conclusion of the play. By the final act both have left their famillies. When they die Juliet is no longer a Capulet (she's married Romeo), and although Romeo has not formally denounced the Montague name, by choosing death over seperation from juliet he makes it clear that he would 'deny' his name for Juliet.

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