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Romeo and Juliet

In Act I, Scene 3, when the Nurse hears Lady Capulet say that Paris wants to marry Juliet, the Nurse says, "As all the world. Why, he’s a man of wax/Verona’s summer hath not such a flower"...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2016 12:24 am UTC

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One main difference between Romeo and Juliet is that Romeo is rash and impetuous while Juliet remains more rational and practical.We especially see Romeo's rash impetuousness when he rushes...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2013 6:59 am UTC

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There are so many good answers to this already. I doubt there are ten more that have not been mentioned elsewhere, but here are a few key pieces I think we are still missing. Young: In many ways...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016 8:07 pm UTC

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William Shakespeare's second tragedy, Romeo and Juliet (the first was Titus Andronicus), was written between 1591–1595 and was first published in an unauthorized and somewhat corrupted version in...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2019 8:55 pm UTC

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Romeo kills Paris in the very last scene of the play, Act V, Scene iii. Paris has come to the churchyard to put flowers on Juliet's grave. Paris doesn't know (for no one does, except Friar...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2009 12:30 pm UTC

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We can best see Romeo's and Mercutio's different perspectives on love in Act 1, Scene 4, the scene in which both Mercutio and Benvolio try to persuade Romeo to crash the Capulets' ball. Here we can...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2013 4:32 am UTC

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In the beginning of this section of the text Juliet uses apostrophe to appeal to heaven to ask for some pity for her situation. Apostrophe is a literary device in which the speaker addresses...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2018 12:46 pm UTC

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Shakespeare is using a metaphor here wherein Romeo compares his meeting and falling in love with Juliet to a ledger, or a record of debts and payments. As my colleague stated, Romeo has just...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2007 8:04 pm UTC

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The general reaction of Lord Capulet, Lady Capulet, and Paris is the same: to grieve loudly and wildly at the discovery of Juliet dead on her wedding day. According to the Capulets, Juliet has...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2009 12:01 pm UTC

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The above quotation is an example of punning, or wordplay. Romeo's feeling pretty down in the dumps and so isn't exactly thrilled at the prospect of going to the Capulets' party. But his good...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2021 10:48 am UTC

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While we are limited in space to discuss adjectives for each character, here are a few ideas to get you started.Two adjectives to describe Romeo are irrational and emotional. We especially see his...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2013 5:02 am UTC

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In the famous balcony scene of Act II, Scene 2, Romeo overhears Juliet express her love for him and her anxiety about who he is. On the balcony, Juliet sighs, "Aye, me!", indicating that she has...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2017 8:45 am UTC

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Lord and Lady Montague run into Benvolio after the fight in act I, scene 1. Lady Montague asks Benvolio if he knows where Romeo is. Benvolio says he doesn't know but adds that he is concerned, as...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2021 10:56 am UTC

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Romeo has just seen Juliet from afar at the masquerade ball and states: Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2016 8:24 pm UTC

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Romeo reacts poorly to the news of his banishment. He tells Friar Laurence that exile holds more terror for him than death. In other words, he would rather face death than be banished from Verona....

Latest answer posted June 17, 2019 8:41 pm UTC

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In Act III, Scene II, when Juliet says, "Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds, / Towards Phoebus' lodging," she is using Greek mythology to express her eagerness for the day to pass and for night...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2012 7:04 am UTC

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Shakespeare does not spend time on the actual wedding ceremony because the fact that Romeo and Juliet got married is actually far less important to Shakespeare than the reasons why they got...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2012 6:13 am UTC

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Fate is an essential element in Romeo and Juliet. The audience is continually reminded that, whatever action they may take, the two lovers are fated to die. Their death is first foreshadowed in the...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2021 2:36 pm UTC

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There are many differences between love and infatuation. Infatuation is an intense, "all-absorbing passion" (Random House Dictionary). It especially lacks all sense of reason and can be very short...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2013 6:36 am UTC

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By act 4, scene 1, Juliet's father has completed a marriage agreement that will allow Paris to very quickly marry Juliet. Lord Capulet does this because he believes that this action will alleviate...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2021 3:44 pm UTC

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It is important to read what Mercutio says about dreams in context. Note how this quote comes after his long speech about Queen Mab, in which Mercutio uses fanciful description, humorous puns, and...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2010 8:49 pm UTC

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In Act 1, Romeo is lonely and depressed. He is deeply infatuated with a girl who essentially shuts him down. However hopeless it seems, though, he swears he will never love another.The rest of the...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2007 10:51 am UTC

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There are numerous examples of personification in act 2 of Romeo and Juliet. A particularly good one comes from Friar Laurence in scene 3, as he goes about filling his basket with various plants...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2021 10:51 am UTC

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Mercutio is notoriously bawdy, and he makes a number of lewd comments and crude sexual jokes throughout the play. Unsurprisingly, then, there is a double meaning in this line. On the one hand, he...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2017 7:54 pm UTC

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The Prince is essentially laying out why Romeo and Juliet are dead. The feud killed them. Had the Montagues and Capulets kept the peace, the two lovers would have never had to hide their love for...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2021 11:24 am UTC

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Keep in mind that the main thrust of Romeo and Juliet is not the forbidden love, but the senseless feud between the Montagues and Capulets. Pay close attention to the Prologue to Act 1: Two...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2016 3:24 pm UTC

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You have certainly chosen a scene fraught with dramatic irony! Of course, before we begin exploring why this is so, it's always good to review the definition. Dramatic irony generally occurs when...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2011 11:23 am UTC

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As has often been noted, Romeo and Juliet marry only one day after they meet and fall in love. But they are young and impetuous and don't want to wait. The scene (2, v) in which they marry starts...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2016 11:43 pm UTC

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The term "wretch" derives from an Old English root that means a wanderer or outcast. It later picked up the sense of someone in a miserable state, both in terms of external circumstances and...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2017 9:48 am UTC

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In Act Three, Scene Five of Romeo and Juliet, Lady Capulet visits Juliet very early in the morning to deliver some unpleasant news: the Capulets have decided that Juliet will be married off to...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2017 6:00 am UTC

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Why not choose actors close to the characters' ages? I think Dakota Fanning would be great as Juliet, and Daniel Radcliffe would be a good Romeo.

Latest answer posted March 5, 2009 1:14 pm UTC

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Blank verse is defined as unrhymed iambic pentameter. It should not be confused with "free verse" which means verse with no regular metrical pattern. As notes above, most of Romeo and Juliet is...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2016 10:55 am UTC

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For audiences, asides are enjoyable as the player speaks to them indirectly on or near an edge of the stage, thus drawing the audience into his/her thoughts and the action. In comedies they are...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2014 12:25 am UTC

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When the speaker of the prologue says, "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny," he is describing the relationship between the two families: the Capulets and the Montagues. These are both old...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2017 3:18 am UTC

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Verbal irony is usually defined as speech that has the opposite meaning of what the words actually mean. Sarcasm is one example. Another type of verbal irony occurs when speech is misinterpreted so...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2019 5:12 am UTC

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Because of her social position and historical context, Juliet is representative of a girl who has no real voice in many decisions which govern her life. Her marriage to Paris is arranged with her...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2020 11:15 pm UTC

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While it is clear that Romeo is very close with his cousin Benvolio who is also his friend, as well as his friend Mercutio, it's also very evident that Romeo and his friends have very different...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2013 3:21 am UTC

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Mercutio is the Prince's kin. He is friends with Romeo and spends most of his time with the Montagues, but he is also invited to Capulet's ball. In act 3, scene 1, Benvolio warns that in the heat...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2019 1:37 pm UTC

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The impatience of both lovers is one of the play's themes, and in this passage from her soliloquy as she awaits Romeo on her wedding night, Juliet expresses that impatience. Twenty-four hours ago...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2021 10:56 am UTC

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A pun is a play on words in which two words are used that have the same sound but have different meanings. Many different puns can be found all throughout Romeo and Juliet.One example of a pun can...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2013 2:19 am UTC

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Shakespeare is a wordsmith for the ages. He is the master of figurative language—metaphors included. Metaphors often get confused with similes. Remember that smilies compare two seemingly unlike...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2017 6:57 pm UTC

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This line means the play will tell us about Romeo and Juliet’s doomed love. The quote "the fearful passage of their death-mark'd love" means the play is about Romeo and Juliet’s doomed story. Their...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2016 8:23 pm UTC

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In act 1, as Mercutio, Romeo, and Benvolio head to the Capulet party, Romeo moons for Rosaline, his unrequited love. Mercutio wants him to snap out of this lovesickness, so he pictures love as a...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2020 4:49 am UTC

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In addition to the examples mentioned in the previous answer, another example of images of light is shown when Romeo compares Juliet's eyes to stars in the night sky. He says: "Two of th fairest...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2011 6:47 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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Lord Capulet is speaking to Paris in reply to the young lord's request to marry Juliet in Act 1, scene 2. Shakespeare employs a metaphor, which is a figure of speech used to apply to a thing...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2017 8:24 am UTC

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In the first three scenes of Act II Romeo pursues Juliet and asks for her hand in marriage. She agrees and Romeo arranges for Friar Lawrence to perform the ceremony. In an example of dramatic...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2016 10:56 pm UTC

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Romeo and Juliet get married so quickly because they are in lust and, due to their young age, do not know how to handle it. Also, the feud between their families plays a role in that they know...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2008 4:39 am UTC

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Mercutio makes one pun from the word "prick" in his lines, If love be rough with you, be rough with love.Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down. (I.iv.28-29) The term "prick" can be used...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2012 7:34 am UTC

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In Act 2, Scene 4, the nurse seeks out Romeo at Juliet's request. Juliet wants to know what Romeo's intentions are. Romeo tells the nurse to tell Juliet that he wants to marry her (Juliet) that...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2016 10:57 pm UTC

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