Romeo and Juliet quotes from book + meaning  Hello, I am writing a expository essay which is due 6/14/10. I need 3 supporting evidence (quotes) + meaning on both characters. for my general...

Romeo and Juliet quotes from book + meaning


Hello, I am writing a expository essay which is due 6/14/10.

I need 3 supporting evidence (quotes) + meaning on both characters.

for my general statement I've put points about romance being everywhere. We see it in movies and plays such as Romeo and Juliet.

In Argument #1 I am contrasting Romeo's characteristics.

In Argument #2 I am contrasting Juliet's characteristics.

In Argument #3 I am comparing both.

any help is greatly appreciated.

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mstultz72 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would focus on two scenes to compose this paper:

  • Act II.ii (the balcony scene):

Romeo is full of infatuation, reckless and unadulterated passion.  He is willing to die for love immediately.  Juliet says that her family will kill him if they find him inside their walls.  Romeo responds:

I have night's cloak to hide me from their sight;
And but thou love me, let them find me here:
My life were better ended by their hate,
Than death prorogued, wanting of thy love.

Juliet is a bit more practical, realistic, and mature:

I have no joy of this contract to-night:
It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden;
Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be
Ere one can say 'It lightens.' Sweet, good night!
This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath,
May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.
Good night, good night! as sweet repose and rest
Come to thy heart as that within my breast!

  • Later in Act IV scene v (the honeymoon scene), Romeo again is ready to die for love.  He refuses to leave her bedchamber and acknowledge that it is day:

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.

Juliet, again, is more cautious and pragmatic.  She urges him to leave, else he be killed:

Yon light is not day-light, I know it, I:
It is some meteor that the sun exhales,
To be to thee this night a torch-bearer,
And light thee on thy way to Mantua:
Therefore stay yet; thou need'st not to be gone.

All in all, both lovers are too full of passion and haste for their secret marriage, honeymoon, and exile to be successful.  Compared to Romeo, though, Juliet at least sees the consequences of their actions.  Romeo is completely blinded by love, even to the point of self-sacrifice.  His death wishes lead to his tragedy and suicide.  After meek counter-arguments, Juliet, in both cases, follows his lead--even in death.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you need another characteristic in addition to the cogent ones already mentioned, you may wish to consider the fatalism of Romeo and Juliet.  This trait, of course, is concomitant with their impetuosity. 

Both Romeo and Juliet summon and allude to fate as a force acting in their lives. In the first act, Romeo has a sense of foreboding:

I fear, too early.  For my mind misgives

Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars,

Shall bitterly begin his fearful date

With this night's revels, and expire the term

Of a despised life closed in my breast...(1.4.113-117)

 After Mercutio's death, Romeo ,

This day's black fate on more days doth depend,

This but begins the woe others must end....

Oh, I am fortune's fool! (3.1.120-121,137)

This sense of foreboding certainly affects the actions of the two lovers.  When faced with the dilemma of marrying Paris when she is already married to Romeo, Juliet also resorts to thoughts of fate:

I'll to the Friar, to know his remedy.

If all else fail, myself have power to die. (3.5.252-253)

In Act V, with his sense of fate, Romeo assumes that Juliet's death is true, and cries out, "Then, I defy you, stars" (5.1.24) and rushes to the apothecary.  Likewise, Juliet succumbs to the same fate as her Romeo in her impulsiveness.  They are, indeed, "star-crossed" lovers.

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