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Romeo and Juliet

A prevalent device in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is the oxymoron. Remember, an oxymoron is two words with contradictory meanings. For example: Jumbo Shrimp or bitter sweet. Authors often use...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2011 3:07 pm UTC

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I would say that Mercutio's main character traits (or the things that best represent his personality) are his gift for talking and his happy demeanor. Mercutio seems like he would be a really fun...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2010 11:42 am UTC

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I think that the Prologue is probably the best starting point in examining the role of fate in the two lovers' deaths. Consider that Shakespeare himself opens with fate's hand being present in the...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2011 4:35 pm UTC

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Latest answer posted May 20, 2008 2:16 am UTC

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Latest answer posted April 14, 2012 8:50 pm UTC

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From the opening speech of the bard, we know that Romeo and Juliet will "take their lives." It is difficult to keep this dark, looming destruction on our minds as we see a youthful passion...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2011 11:13 pm UTC

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Juliet is the central heroine and one of the protagonists in the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Juliet lives in fair Verona, Italy, a city divided by a feud between two powerful...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2013 10:33 pm UTC

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Near the end of Act I, scene i, Benvolio asks Romeo what's bothering him and Romeo comes out with it. He tells Benvolio how bummed he is that the girl he likes has sworn to live chaste. Benvolio...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2010 4:33 am UTC

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Innocent people are dying in both stories. Because of prejudices between two families, Romeo and Juliet both die. Sadly, two beautiful young people lose their lives because two families cannot get...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2011 8:16 pm UTC

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The new occurence that Mercutio and Benvolio discuss is that, after the Montagues crashed the Capulet party, Tybalt sent a letter to Romeo's father challenging him to a brawl: In Act II, Scene iv,...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2012 12:10 am UTC

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While Romeo and Juliet is a wonderful play, whether it would be a good model for a present day relationship depends on the nature of the people involved. If the girl you wish to invite to...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2015 8:44 am UTC

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In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, it is important to uncover the several ways in which this tragedy comes about. In the Prologue we are informed that Romeo and Juliet are star-crossed lovers. Fate...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2011 8:36 am UTC

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I am going to presume that you are speaking of the moment that Romeo sees Juliet and launches into how she looks. If not, you might need to repost the question. I could only find this as the...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2011 12:30 am UTC

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The subject of love is not a simple one in real life or Shakespeare's famous play, Romeo and Juliet. In the play, love is often fickle and may be seen more as infatuation than true love. In my...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2011 1:11 am UTC

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One of the interesting themes in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is that of fate versus free will. This theme is encountered in the Prologue, which describes the story of the play as...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2016 11:43 pm UTC

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Romeo and Juliet seems intended to demonstrate it is only in youth that people are willing to give their hearts so completely to another. No doubt they are destined to be disillusioned, but perhaps...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2016 1:51 pm UTC

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I think that one would have to direct their attention to the Prologue to start. The idea of a "star- crossed lovers" is something that brings to light that Romeo and Juliet are going to be...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2011 7:03 pm UTC

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Dire Straits has a song called "Romeo and Juliet," which is (you guessed it!) about two lovers and their relationship. Also, The Reflections came out with a song in 1964 called "(Just Like) Romeo...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2010 2:49 pm UTC

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That is a really interesting discussion question because there isn't a single perfect answer. The prologue to the play stresses the role of fate in the story. The lovers are "star-crossed" and come...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2018 9:32 pm UTC

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Personally, I can't imagine the play without this scene. It is an important scene because it continues to give us insight into the character and actions of all of these characters - Romeo,...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2007 11:28 am UTC

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A example of a quotation about the theme of revenge from Act II is found in this exchange between Benvolio and Mercutio, as they discuss the challengeTybalt has sent to Romeo concerning a duel....

Latest answer posted April 1, 2008 9:24 am UTC

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There is a quotation from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" that says, "parting is such sweet sorrow." Juliet says this to Romeo Act 2, scene 2, 176–185. The line is proceeded by "Good night, good...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2008 9:57 am UTC

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The friar is counsel to Romeo first, when young Montague informs the older man that he wants to take Juliet for his wife. Lawrence becomes inextricably entwined in the lovers' affair, so much so...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2011 10:05 am UTC

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The Friar says this when he gives Juliet the potion. It means that she'll seem dead—her body will be cold, she won't breath, and her lips and cheeks will be very pale. In context, there are...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2007 11:59 am UTC

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I think that much about the Capulets can be seen in Act III, sc. 5. Part of the reason why Juliet changes so much throughout the course of the drama is based on how her parents discard her. When...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2012 3:33 pm UTC

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I think you will find it very helpful to read the in-depth character anaylsis here at eNotes, which also contains many  quotations from the play to support the analysis.  A link is...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2007 10:25 pm UTC

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We do have the Romeo and Juliet eText on our website at the link below. The text includes the modern translation and complete line numbers.

Latest answer posted April 7, 2010 4:14 am UTC

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Given that Romeo has been whining and crying non-stop about the fact that Rosalyn will not return his love, everyone would assume that he would have been with her. He even went to the party hoping...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2011 8:58 am UTC

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Mercutio, Romeo's best friend, is a witty wordsmith and bright conversationalist. He has a sparkling personality and always comes up with something entertaining to say. These traits make him a good...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2019 5:13 pm UTC

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The families are most to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Without their longstanding feud, the events of the play would very likely never have happened. From the first brawl at the...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2016 8:51 pm UTC

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Since we are limited to space, and since students are limited to asking only one question per post, below are some ideas to help get you started, as well as to get you on the right track so that...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2013 1:46 am UTC

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There are about four or five bedchamber scenes. Can you be more specific?

Latest answer posted March 26, 2007 1:03 am UTC

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To summarize a piece of literature, one must first zero in on the key events found in the work. One thing that makes literature easy to summarize is knowing that almost every work of literature...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2013 1:42 am UTC

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This society was highly influenced by the Catholic church, so when he refers to heaven he is referring to God's divine intervention in human life. Essentially he is saying that God has been trying...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2010 10:40 am UTC

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In the prologue, the lines "a pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life", "do with their death", and "the fearful passage of their death-mark'd love" all refer to...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2008 1:03 pm UTC

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The wedding scene in West Side Story takes place inside the bridal shop where Maria works. In this scene, Maria and Tony imagine their wedding, and they arrange mannequins to play the parts of...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2016 6:51 pm UTC

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Romeo and Juliet was written in the mid-1590s.

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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In pretty much every occurrence in the play, Shakespeare overlaps both choice and chance. In other words, perhaps a few things happen by chance, but the choices of the characters either lead to the...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2012 5:16 am UTC

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When talking to Balthasar, Romeo is forceful and confident. He tells Balthasar his errand is simply to see Juliet and take a ring from her finger. He orders Balthasar not to follow and insists he...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2007 6:57 am UTC

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Wordplays are on "coals"--"carry coals": to bear insults,, "colliers": coal workers," "in choler": angry, "collar"; a hangman's noose. ll.1-4) Wordplay with "wall" occurs when Sampson says, "A...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2009 9:44 am UTC

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I'm not sure that I understand your question. Are you confusing actor and character? Actors play characters created by a playwright, in this case William Shakespeare. The job of the actor is to...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2010 12:38 pm UTC

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This is a very interesting choice for a comparison. There are two main intersections between the song and the play that would make for a strong essay (in my opinion). First, the quick escalation...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2016 9:16 pm UTC

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Romeo Montague utters these words in Act 1, scene 4, on lines 113–114. He is still quite depressed about his inability to successfully woo the fair Rosaline, and his friends are trying to get him...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018 2:10 am UTC

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I would also recommend using an existing sonnet as a template. With my students, I have them write a sonnet in the style of Sonnet 130. Because it starts off so seemingly insulting, my students...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2007 1:38 am UTC

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Juliet is their only living child at the time of the play. Lord Capulet tells Paris, "She is the hopeful lady of my earth" (I, ii), meaning that Juliet is his "heir and hope for...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2007 11:28 am UTC

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Juliet's refusal to obey her elders while knowing that the consequences would be great shows how headstrong she is. It also shows how deeply in love she is, as well. Both Juliet's and Romeo's...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2008 10:44 am UTC

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You could also discuss how they are both naive and how this ultimately leads to their deaths. They both don't really think things through, are quick to make decisions, fall in love at first sight,...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2007 11:06 am UTC

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As the daughter of an weatlhy and influential family scion, Juliet's prescribed role in life would have been to have entered into a marriage that would have brought additional riches and influence...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2012 5:27 pm UTC

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When you say "historical background" I am thinking you are asking about the sources which inspired Shakespeare to write Romeo and Juliet.  There are several.  In 1562, the British poet...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2007 11:39 pm UTC

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The Capulets are not unhappy in Act IV, Scene 4. They are happily preparing for what they think will be Juliet's wedding (to Paris). So I wonder if you are really asking about how they feel in the...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2010 12:26 pm UTC

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