I am doing this for an english project and i need help....i already have the ring romeo got from juliet......also i need the importance of why romeo would keep the item
I agree on the sword. Oddly enough, I see Romeo as keeping mementos of all his former loves, so I would see him keeping something that would remind him of Rosaline as well as Juliet. Perhaps a flower, a glove, or some other trinket?
I also see him keeping either the vial that contained the poison or perhaps a sample of the poison itself. A grim reminder, maybe? The deaths he caused would weigh on him greatly, so I could see him keeping, if not the weapon, then perhaps some article of clothing from Tybalt?
To remind himself of the dangers of impetuous behavior, a wizened Romeo may keep his sword which caused Mercutio to be injured so "gravely." And, if he has ever touched Juliet with his glove, as a romantic lover, he would be likely to keep it since he has made the comment in Act II, scene ii, in the orchard:
See how she leans her cheek upon her hand!/Oh, that I were a glove upon that hand/That I might touch that cheek! (21-23)
Probably something to remind him of Mercutio, his friend--the mask from the dance they attended together?
He might include something to repent and remind him of the deaths of Tybalt and Paris.
What about a pressed flower or herb that would stand for Friar Lawrence? He did, after all, marry Romeo and Juliet.
Maybe some token of appreciation from the nurse...a hanky or fan...that would represent her affection for Juliet and therefore Juliet's husband, Romeo.
Good Luck! This sounds like a fun project!