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Romeo and Juliet

In the opening scene of the play, two Capulet servants, Sampson and Gregory, attempt to start a fight with a servant from the house of Montague as he is walking past them. They are aware of the law...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2017 9:33 am UTC

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Mercutio, who has a way with words as much as Romeo does, uses hyperbole or exaggeration when he tells Benvolio: Thou, why, thou wilt quarrel with a man that hath a hair more or a hair less in his...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2021 11:03 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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In act 2, scene 6, Friar Lawrence is portrayed as a sagacious and rational spiritual adviser by initially commenting that he hopes the heavens will bless Romeo and Juliet's marriage. When Romeo...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2018 5:27 pm 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 says that young men’s love lies in their eyes, not their hearts. Friar Lawrence is a mentor to Romeo. He has many poignant things to say to him, because Romeo seems to love very...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2016 9:59 pm UTC

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Inspired by maternal feelings and a servant's deep loyalty, the nurse agrees to help Juliet marry Romeo. When the nurse meets Romeo in act 2, scene 4, she tries to determine whether Romeo's love...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2017 8:20 pm UTC

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In act 3, scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet, the first order of business for Friar Laurence is to prevent Romeo from despairing or killing himself. When he has done this, indignantly telling Romeo how...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2021 11:55 am UTC

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Juliet's original answer is "It is an honour that I dream not of." By this, she may mean either of two things. One, that she doesn't want to get married. While this may be the case, it's unlikely...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2010 1:15 pm UTC

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Romeo and Juliet are supposed to hate each other; their families have an "ancient grudge" between them, and these two young people are expected to continue the cycle of hate. The two realize this...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2021 11:16 am UTC

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Romeo attends the Capulet's ball at the urging of Benvolio and Mercutio, who want to jolt him out of his lovesick longing for Rosalind, who has no interest in him. They are hoping he will meet...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2021 11:37 am UTC

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In this soliloquy, Juliet uses a number of metaphors to communicate her hopes and dreams about her visit with Romeo that night. For example, she refers to the passing minutes as "fiery-footed...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2021 2:43 pm UTC

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Romeo and Juliet are both upset. Both confide in their protector (friar and nurse), and go to the friar for help. Naturally, Romeo and Juliet are both upset when they realize that Romeo has been...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2013 10:12 pm UTC

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Shakespeare uses alliteration as Juliet describes her premonitions after she is left alone by her mother and her nurse. Alliteration occurs when a writer repeatedly uses the same letter at the...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2017 5:33 am UTC

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This line is taken from the prologue of Romeo and Juliet and is in reference to the conflict between their two families, the Montagues and Capulets. Referring to it as "an ancient grudge"...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2020 6:01 am UTC

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A dramatic foil is a secondary character whose own character traits are completely opposite of another character's. The dramatic foil is used in juxtaposition with another character, helping the...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2012 7:56 am UTC

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The primary reason Mercutio makes fun of Romeo is because he has a strong feeling Romeo is hiding nearby and means to lure him out by insulting him. Not having witnessed Romeo's dance with Juliet,...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2018 12:03 am 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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As a previous poster stated, in Shakespeare's tragedies the main characters always die. Each of these characters always has a fatal flaw. Romeo's fatal flaw was that he was too impulsive. Look...

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

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We do not learn a whole lot about Juliet's feelings for Tybalt, so we do not really know how Tybalt's death truly affects her, accept in the way that his death is associated with Romeo.We can...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2012 4:50 am UTC

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When doesn't Romeo act emotionally immature in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet? The first time that Romeo is mentioned in the play—after the brawl in the streets of Verona between the feuding...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2020 2:01 am UTC

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Romeo glorifies Juliet's beauty by comparing her appearance to objects and abstract concepts observable in nature. In his soliloquy in act 1, scene 5, Romeo compares Juliet to fire light, a star or...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2018 7:19 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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Romeo and Juliet is thought to have been written by William Shakespeare some time between the years of 1594 and 1596. An unauthorized quarto was first published in 1597, with the authorized quarto...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2017 8:19 pm UTC

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There are, as suggested by Shaketeach, a number of approaches to take. There is hatred on a personal level, especially Tybalt's hatred for the Montagues and, specifically Romeo. A thesis statement...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2010 8:57 pm UTC

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Once Benvolio comes to understand that it is Romeo’s unrequited feelings for Rosaline that makes him so unhappy, he advises his cousin, “Be ruled by me. Forget to think of her.” If Rosaline has...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2021 1:40 pm UTC

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Romeo is the first to find out that he has fallen in love with an enemy. After he has become deeply enamored of Juliet at the Capulet party, Juliet's nurse comes up to her at the same party and...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2019 11:51 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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In Act III, Scene 3, Romeo is informed by Friar Lawrence that he has been banished, instead of being sentenced to death, for killing Tybalt. The Friar is trying to console Romeo by telling him...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2012 1:02 am UTC

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Among the figures of speech used in act III, scene 3 are personification, hyperbole, and metaphor. Personification is the attribution of human qualities to animals, things, or ideas. An example...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020 6:59 am UTC

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These lines are spoken in Act II, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The scene is usually referred to as the balcony scene as Romeo has gone into the Capulet orchard to catch another...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2016 8:23 pm UTC

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Anyone who knows Romeo well has witnessed his morose reaction to being rejected by Rosaline in recent days. His friends have encouraged him to move on and forget about her. When Romeo meets the...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2021 11:07 am UTC

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In act 4, scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet, and also in act 5, scene 3, Shakespeare personifies death. For example, in act 4, scene 5, when Juliet's parents discover her apparently dead body, her father...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2021 10:47 am UTC

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Mercutio is a foil to Romeo in their attitudes toward love and in their personality traits. Whereas Romeo is in love with love, speaking of it in Petrarchan reverence as he pines over Rosaline,...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2017 3:56 pm UTC

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As Mercutio, Benvolio, Romeo and others walk to the Capulet's masquerade party in scene four of the first act, Mercutio shows himself to be a witty, high-spirited storyteller as well as a...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2017 8:16 am UTC

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In Act three, scene 1, Benvolio says: I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire.The day is hot, the Capels abroad,And if we meet we shall not 'scape a brawl,For now, these hot days, is the mad...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2017 12:10 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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The prologue is rich in personification and metaphor: "civil blood makes civil hands unclean" (line 4). "Civil" in this instance is a reference to respectable and/or respectful. The blood of...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2015 6:11 am UTC

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Sampson, a servant of the house of Capulet, starts the street brawl. He is looking for a fight and provokes one. He tries to stay within the law so that he can't be blamed, indicating that the...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2021 10:58 am UTC

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In the famous balcony scene, Romeo is so enamored of the lovely Juliet that he starts using flowery, extravagant language to express his passionate feelings. Carried away by his beating,...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2021 10:52 am UTC

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One example of an allusion in Romeo and Juliet is the reference in act 1, scene 4 to Queen Mab, the Queen of the fairies in Celtic folklore. Another example can be found in act 3, scene 2, when...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2021 12:05 pm UTC

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In act 1, scene 4 of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo, Mercutio, and Benvolio are on their way to crash the Capulet ball. However, Romeo is having a hard time mustering any enthusiasm, since he is still...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2021 10:53 am UTC

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Romeo's mood in the first scene of Act 1 is extremely depressed and sorrowful due to Rosaline's rejection. In fact, we can say that he is in a state of emotional agony. Part of his agony is due to...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2012 12:22 am UTC

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After their greeting, Romeo asks Benvolio if that was his father he just saw leaving and Benvolio replies in the affirmative. He also tells Benvolio that his sad hours seem long and tells him that...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2016 3:34 pm UTC

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Romeo has had a dream telling him that something will happen that night, which he assumes means at the Capulet masquerade party that he, Benvolio, and Mercutio are walking toward, torches in hand....

Latest answer posted April 11, 2017 11:35 am UTC

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Let us first examine the relationship between Romeo and his parents and what their actions reveal. We learn, at the beginning of the play, that both Lord and Lady Montague share a deep concern for...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2015 6:17 pm UTC

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Benvolio wants Romeo to attend the Capulets' masquerade party because Romeo's father has been worried about the extent to which Romeo has been mooning about and acting strangely. Benvolio wants to...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2018 2:23 am UTC

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This line from Romeo and Juliet reminds one of modern-day female teenagers, especially as depicted in some motion pictures. Juliet seems the pubescent teenage girl, who, in her hysteria over young,...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2015 11:59 pm UTC

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The irony of the exchange between Juliet and the nurse is found in the following line of dialogue spoken by Juliet. "if he be married/ My grave is like to be my wedding bed." Act I, Scene 5 is...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016 2:32 pm UTC

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Benvolio speaks the line, "[a]nd I will make thee think thy swan a crow," when he is trying to persuade Romeo to forget about Rosaline (I.ii.91). In the previous scene, after seeing how heartbroken...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2013 12:43 am UTC

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