what do these two quotes mean in Romeo and Juliet?Hi, Can someone please help me understand these quotes? 'love is a fire sparkling in a lovers' eyes' does this mean love is good or bad? and 'A...

what do these two quotes mean in Romeo and Juliet?

Hi, Can someone please help me understand these quotes?

'love is a fire sparkling in a lovers' eyes' does this mean love is good or bad? and

'A chocking gall, a preserving sweet?'

Does this mean love is posinous or sweet and nice?

Thanks!

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The first quote pertains to the blazing passion of love and includes no moral judgment upon love.  In the Prologue to Romeo and Juliet, there are lines that express the passion felt by Romeo and Juliet for each other: "A pair of star-cross'd lovers..." 

The quote also suggests the fire of passion that is uncontrollable and can, because of lack of control, lead to dire consequences.  Romeo, for instance, falls victim to his impetuous emotions.  When he rushes to Friar Laurence in Act II, the priest cautions him, "These violent delights/ Have violent ends."

The second quote exemplifies the paradoxes, apparent contradictions, that tell the truth. For, apparently, love is a wise madness.  In the cases of Romeo and Juliet, the words and gestures of love are "preserving sweets" to pull out on melancholy days. However, love is also "a choking gall" when it is not requited.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Love is sometimes good and sometimes bad, but it can also be very brief.  Love can burn hot, but not for long.  Love is also compared to smoke.  Love can be stifling, as well as invigorating.  Sometimes it changes from one to another.

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