Who said the following lines and why? a. "is she a Capulet? O dear account, my life is my foe's debt."   and b. b. "My only love sprung from my only hate Too early seen unknown and known too...

Who said the following lines and why?

a. "is she a Capulet? O dear account, my life is my foe's debt."

 

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b. b. "My only love sprung from my only hate Too early seen unknown and known too late."

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At the Capulet's ball, Romeo asks the nurse about Juliet's identity and he is distraught at hearing that she is a Capulet, sworn enemy to the Montagues, Romeo's family. There exists an age-old feud between the two houses.

Romeo uses an accounting metaphor: by mentioning a "dear account" he suggests that there is a high price to pay for being in love with one's enemy.

"My life is my foe's debt" implies that Romeo's life is now in his enemy's hands. Whatever account there is to settle will be paid for with his life - this foreshadows his tragic death later. Furthermore, it also suggests that his life will be controlled by his enemy. He will forever be at Juliet's command for he loves her. She will be master of his fate and the paradox is that she is, at...

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the first quote is by romeo and its cause he's fallen in love with a capulet which is his family's enemy so his debt is to his enemy

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