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Romeo and Juliet

In act 1, scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet, Tybalt reacts to Romeo's voice by calling immediately for his sword. He is furious to find a Montague at the feast, and his first thought is of physical...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2021, 10:41 am (UTC)

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In act 1, scene 2 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Lord Capulet, Juliet's father, tells Paris, one of Juliet's suitors, that Juliet "hath not seen the change of fourteen years" (1.2.9)....

Latest answer posted November 19, 2020, 6:24 pm (UTC)

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Mercutio: Nay, I am the very pink of courtesy. Romeo: Pink for flower. Mercutio: Right. Romeo: Why, then is my pump well flowered. Well, they aren't actually talking about pumps or flowers....

Latest answer posted February 5, 2013, 4:45 pm (UTC)

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In act 1, scene 2 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Romeo reluctantly agrees to go to the Capulet's party uninvited, and in act 1, scene 4, Romeo, Benvolio, and Mercutio are talking in the...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2020, 5:31 pm (UTC)

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When Mercutio says, "Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man," he is indeed making a pun on the word grave, which means both serious and a hole in which a dead body is buried. I...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2017, 11:59 am (UTC)

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In this line, Mercutio uses a pun or double entendre, which is a word or phrase that contains two or more meanings. Ever the wit and wordsmith, Mercutio, though he is dying, can't resist indulging...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2020, 10:56 am (UTC)

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First and foremost, Juliet is worried that the powerful sleeping potion given to her by Friar Laurence might not actually work. Because then she'd have to yield to her parents' wishes and marry...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2019, 8:30 am (UTC)

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When Romeo first appears in act 1, scene 1 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, he tells his friend, Benvolio, that he's in love with a woman whose name he won't reveal. Romeo says only, "I...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2020, 3:48 pm (UTC)

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Consider this exchange in act 2, scene 3: ROMEO: I pray thee, chide not. Her I love now Doth grace for grace and love for love allow. The other did not so. FRIAR LAWRENCE: Oh, she knew...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2019, 8:01 pm (UTC)

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Lord Capulet, Juliet's father, is one of the most interesting characters in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet because he undergoes what seems to be a dramatic and unexpected change. In the...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2014, 4:34 am (UTC)

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This is an ironic passage: on their way to the party, Romeo insists to Mercutio and Benvolio that he is too heavy-hearted with unrequited love to participate happily in this party. Romeo believes...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2016, 2:03 pm (UTC)

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Romeo and Juliet are alike in being young people who fall quickly and passionately in love, are impatient to get married, and are willing to ignore the feud between their families to be together....

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019, 1:36 am (UTC)

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Puns are a play on words for comic effect. Shakespeare was no stranger to puns, particularly in Romeo and Juliet. Before Romeo kills Tybalt, much of the play resembles a traditional romantic...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2021, 12:09 pm (UTC)

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In act 2, scene 3 of William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, Romeo goes to Friar Laurence early in the morning to tell him about Juliet, the new love in his life, and to ask the...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2021, 5:28 pm (UTC)

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Love and hate are intertwined throughout Romeo and Juliet. In act 1, scene 1, as a street brawl erupts between the Montagues and Capulets, the level-headed Benvolio tries to stop the fighting. He...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2021, 11:08 am (UTC)

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In act 3 of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and his friends happen to run into Tybalt in a public place in Verona. Tybalt is the hot-tempered nephew of Lady Capulet. As a result of their bad blood, Tybalt,...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2020, 1:11 pm (UTC)

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In act 3, scene 3 of the Shakespearean tragedy Romeo & Juliet, Romeo has killed Tybalt and is awaiting news of his punishment. He has also secretly wed Juliet at this point. Friar Laurence...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2021, 4:59 pm (UTC)

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Note that Mercutio does not say this famous phrase—"A plague o' both your houses"—once as an isolated statement. Rather, he voices the sentiment repeatedly as he lies dying. Remember, in act 3,...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2021, 11:32 am (UTC)

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These lines are spoken by Friar Laurence to Romeo, in act 2, scene 6, just before Romeo and Juliet get married. Friar Laurence is warning Romeo not to be too rash, reckless, or extreme in the way...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2019, 3:36 pm (UTC)

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It's important to remember that Juliet is a 13-year-old girl when the play opens. She looks to the Friar as a trusted and reliable source of guidance. When she shows up for her marriage, the good...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2019, 4:48 am (UTC)

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The Prince of Verona first warns the street brawlers to throw their weapons to the ground "on pain of torture." He then says: If ever you disturb our streets again,Your lives shall pay the forfeit...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2021, 11:35 am (UTC)

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One of the key reasons which supports the position that Romeo and Juliet are to blame for their own deaths is that they are both well aware of the longstanding hatred between their two families....

Latest answer posted March 5, 2021, 11:07 am (UTC)

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In a play, dramatic irony is where we, the audience, know something that the characters on stage do not. By the time we've reached act 2 of Romeo and Juliet, for instance, we know that Romeo has...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2021, 10:53 am (UTC)

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In act 3, scene 2, the Nurse tells Juliet that Romeo has killed her cousin Tybalt. Horrified by the death of her kinsman at the hands of her new husband, Juliet launches into a series of oxymoronic...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2021, 11:58 am (UTC)

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Of course in the play "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare, Friar Laurence is thinking of the sedative properties of plants, among other things. The relationships between plants and people are...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2010, 12:35 am (UTC)

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Because their families are involved in a deadly feud, Romeo and Juliet know they have to keep their love secret. Juliet is well aware that if her family discovers Romeo is in love with her and...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2021, 12:50 pm (UTC)

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In this instance, Juliet is referring to the importance of a name in contrast to the essence of the object to which it refers. She is essentially saying that even if a rose was called something...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2017, 9:51 am (UTC)

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One moral in Romeo and Juliet is that it can be disastrous to try to control others' lives. The Capulets and Montagues held tight to their "ancient grudge," and their children knew that they had to...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2020, 10:49 am (UTC)

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As other answers have noted, the friar states that he agrees to the hasty and secret marriage in the hopes it will end the feud between the two families. He understands, the level of feuding has...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2020, 10:37 pm (UTC)

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This quote is spoken by Juliet in Act Three, Scene Two. As Juliet waits in the orchard for her Romeo to come to her, she is instead met by her Nurse, who is there to deliver some horrific news:...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2016, 4:48 pm (UTC)

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In Act II, Scene 1, Mercutio is joking with Benvolio about Romeo's love-sickness for Rosaline, saying, I conjure thee by Rosaline's bright eyes.By her high forehead and her scarlet lip,By her fine...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2016, 2:44 pm (UTC)

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Romeo says this line in Act I, before he has met Juliet. The subject of the speech it is part of, copied below, is what we might call the "upsides" and the "downsides" of love. Romeo here...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2016, 10:32 pm (UTC)

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After meeting Juliet and instantly falling in love, Romeo decides to go to Friar Lawrence to seek his aid in wedding Juliet: "Hence will I to my ghostly father’s cell, His help to crave, and my...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2017, 6:28 pm (UTC)

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I think Shakespeare wants the audience to believe this is love at first sight. After all, in the first lines of the play, they are referred to as the "star-crossed lovers," meaning they were fated...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2020, 2:56 am (UTC)

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First, Juliet is rebellious. We have the obvious example of her marriage without the consent of her parents. It's clear that to her father, Juliet's value is as an asset to cement an alliance...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2020, 9:37 am (UTC)

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In this quote, Juliet uses a series of seeming oxymorons to describe the contradiction she now perceives in her lover, Romeo. Her language is metaphorical: she lays out several scenarios in which...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2021, 10:47 am (UTC)

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As Friar Laurence approaches the tomb to sit with Juliet, he uses the literary device of imagery, description using any of the five senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell, to express his...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2021, 12:01 pm (UTC)

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Most of the significant figurative devices in act 4 of Romeo and Juliet can be found in scene 5, when Juliet is discovered: supposedly dead. Juliet's father, Lord Capulet, exclaims that "Death lies...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2019, 6:41 pm (UTC)

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Not only would many in Shakespeare's audience have been familiar with the oral tradition of these star-crossed lovers, but the prologue has told them that Romeo and Juliet will eventually die...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2021, 11:09 am (UTC)

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In these lines, Juliet displays her lack of understanding of the affairs of the heart. Lady Capulet is determined that her daughter should get married to Paris, a young man from a very good family....

Latest answer posted January 17, 2021, 12:18 pm (UTC)

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The main obstacle that Romeo and Juliet face is the feud that divides their two families. On the broadest level, the feud makes it impossible for them to go to their families and request to marry...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2020, 9:43 pm (UTC)

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The main conflict in the play is undoubtedly that between the two warring Verona families, the Montagues and the Capulets. These noble houses have been at each other's throats for years and there's...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2020, 10:37 am (UTC)

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Romeo delivers this line after he kills Tybalt to avenge Mercutio. By calling himself "fortune's fool," Romeo is saying he is a victim of fate, that he has been played, so to speak. This unhappy...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2021, 11:32 am (UTC)

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The quote is taken from act II, scene II of the play, after Romeo and Juliet have already met at the Capulets’ party. Romeo is captivated by Juliet’s beauty and believes that he is in love with...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2021, 6:03 pm (UTC)

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When the nurse looks for Romeo to deliver Juliet’s message of love, Mercutio immediately begins to mock her. She asks her servant Peter for a fan, and Mercutio makes fun of her looks: “Good Peter,...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2016, 12:49 am (UTC)

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Romeo is a romantic idealist, who dreams of falling in love with Rosaline at the beginning of the play and instantly falls in love with Juliet once he lays eyes on her at her uncle's masquerade....

Latest answer posted January 28, 2020, 12:07 am (UTC)

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Friar Lawrence gave the letter to Friar John to deliver to Romeo. While he was on his way, he stopped at a house to visit the sick. Since the authorities suspected that the house might have the...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2008, 10:47 pm (UTC)

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One of the themes present in Romeo and Juliet is that fate shapes the characters' destinies regardless of how the characters themselves attempt to alter the eventual outcome. In the Prologue, the...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2020, 2:25 pm (UTC)

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The word "fatal" is an interesting one in this play. It's connected to another phrase that always brings it to mind: "star-crossed." In modern parlance, the word "fatal" is often used as if it...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2021, 12:02 pm (UTC)

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Juliet speaks these lines in act 1, scene 5 a short time after meeting Romeo for the first time, holding hands with him, kissing him, and falling absolutely in love with him at first sight. It's...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2019, 12:01 am (UTC)

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