Act 2: Romeo and Juliet Quote Study

“He jests at scars that never felt the wound.”Act II, i who? Romeo to whom? out-loud to no one – this is an aside. about what? He talks about how Mercutio is making fun of being lovesick when he himself has never suffered nor experienced unrequited love like Romeo has.figurative language: metaphor = he’s comparing his heartache to a wound that’s left a scar.
“But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the East, and Juliet is the sun! O rise fair sun and kill the envious moon who is already sick and pale with grief that thou her maid are far more fair than she.”Act II, ii who? Romeo to whom? no one – soliloquy – after seeing Juliet appear on her balcony. He compares Juliet to the sun (metaphor) and that she is even more beautiful than the moon (simile), who is jealous and envious of Juliet (personification).theme = romantic love
“Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name … What’s in a name? Tis but thy name that is my enemy, Thou art thyself, though not a Montague. O, be some other name!What’s in a name? that which we call a roseBy any other name would smell as sweet;…Romeo, doff thy name,And for that name which is no part of theeTake all myself.Act II, ii who? Julietto whom? to no one, – her monologue – she doesn’t know that Romeo overhears her. She’s thinking about the meaning of names and how unfair it is to judge someone based on a name; a name does not make the person. She’s willing to reject her name of Capulet if Romeo proclaims his love for her.fact: “wherefore” means “why”, not “where”. So she’s saying, “why are you Romeo?”
“O, swear not by the moon, the fickle moon, the inconstant moon, that monthly changes in her circle orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.”Act II, ii who? Juliet to whom? Romeo – she’s not happy over his declaration of love because the moon isn’t constant and she wants his love to be something more constant and lasting than the moon.
“Well, do not swear. Although I joy in thee,I have no joy of this contract tonight.It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden -Too like the lightning, which doth cease to beEre one can say ‘It lightens’.”Act II, ii who? Juliet to whom? Romeo – she’s saying that she doesn’t want him to proclaim his love for her because everything is moving too quickly – like lightning – that’s over before you can say, “lightning”. Romeo is impulsive, Juliet is cautious.theme: contrast (fast vs. slow), romantic love
“Three words, dear Romeo, and good night indeed.If that thy bent of love be honourable,Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow…but if thou meanst not well, I do beseech thee, to cease thy strife and leave me to my grief”Act II, ii who? Juliet to whom? Romeo = she asks him to prove that his intentions to be with her are honorable and that it can only be through marriage (no nookie before marriage!) and that if he’s not serious, to leave her alone to her sadness.So she, in essence, proposed the idea of marriage to Romeo. Smart girl, level-headed, lives by values.
“Good night, good night!Parting is such sweet sorrowThat I shall say good night till it be morrow.”Act II, ii who? Juliet to whom? Romeo.figurative language device: oxymoron – sweet sorrow is like saying, “bitter-sweet”.
“Within the infant rind of this weak flower; poison hath residence and medicine power…Two such opposed kings encamp them stillIn man as well as herbs – grace and rude will ;And where the worser is predominant,Full soon the canker death eats up that plant.” Act II, iii who? Friar Laurenceto whom? no one – talking about the yin/yang effect in people – every person has a dark side (poison/rude will) and a light side (medicine power/grace) in them. irony(ies): foreshadowing/dramatic ironytheme: contrast ( balances between good vs. evil)
“Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here!Is Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear,So soon forsaken?But come, young waverer, come, go with me,In one respect I’ll thy assistant be,For this alliance may so happy proveTo turn your households’ rancor to pure love.(Romeo: Oh let us hence, I stand on sudden haste!)Wisely and slow, they stumble that run fast.Act II, iii who? Friar Laurence to whom? Romeo After learning that Romeo wishes to marry Juliet, Fr. L doesn’t think it’s a good idea. He thinks that Romeo is too rash and impulsive (first, you love Rosaline, now Juliet!?), but he agrees to marry them in the hopes that it’ll end the feud. irony(ies): dramatic and situational irony. He also foreshadows what will happen: Romeo doesn’t take the time to stop, think, and slow down. He rushes into everything and he will end up “stumbling” and hurting himself (and Juliet)theme: contrast: patience vs. rash behavior, personal choices – he chose to marry them against the law and common sense.
Alas, poor Romeo! He is already dead, stabbed with a white wench’s black eye, shot through the ear with a love song, the very pin of his heart cleft with the blind bow-boy’s butt shaft. And is he a man to encounter Tybalt? who? Mercutioto whom? Benvolioabout what? About how Romeo’s been “killed” by Rosaline’s rejection of him.irony: dramatic – we know R’s over Rosaline, Mercutio doesn’t.figurative language: hyperbole = Romeo’s “dead”
Why, is not this better now than groaning for love? Now art thou sociable. Now art thou Romeo. Now art thou what thou art—by art as well as by nature, who? Mercutioto whom? Romeocontext: Mercutio is happy to see Romeo being back to his old self – telling jokes, bad puns, etc.irony: dramatic irony – we know why Romeo is so happy, but Mercutio and Benvolio don’t.
Character A: A sail! a sail!Character B: Two! two. A shirt and a smock! …Good, Peter, to hide her face, for her fan’s the fairer face…Character A: She will indite him to some supper.Character B: A bawd, a bawd, a bawd! So ho! who? and to whom? Benvolio to Mercutio to PeterAbout whom? Nurse – saying that she’s ugly and a prostitute (bawd). When the Nurse wishes to speak to Romeo, M and B believe that she’s a prostitute inviting him to some indecent proposal.irony = dramatic – we know who Nurse really is.
“Pray you, sir, a word… But first let me tell ye, if ye should lead her into a fool’s paradise, as they say, it were a very gross kind of behavior, as they say. For the gentlewoman is young, and therefore, if you should deal double with her, truly it were an ill thing to be offered to any gentlewoman”Act II, iv who? Nurse to whom? Romeo. She warns him about not taking Juliet for a fool because Juliet is young and naive. Nurse doesn’t want Romeo using her for his own pleasure; she wants to make sure he’s honest and noble with his intentions of marriage.
Well, sir, my mistress is the sweetest lady.—Lord, Lord! when ’twas a little prating thing.—Oh, there is a nobleman in town, one Paris, that would fain lay knife aboard, but she, good soul, had as lief see a toad, a very toad, as see him. I anger her sometimes and tell her that Paris is the properer man. But, I’ll warrant you, when I say so, she looks as pale as any clout in the versal world. Who? Nurseto whom? Romeowhat? Nurse is being typical Nurse again – going off about when Juliet was a little girl…but then she tells Romeo that there’s Paris who’s looking to marry her and that Nurse has often angered Juliet in suggesting that Paris is the better match for her, but Juliet turns pale when there’s talk of Paris.theme = family lovefigurative language = simile: J would rather see a toad rather than Paris.J looks as pale as a sheet when Nurse says Paris’ name.
Now is the sun upon the highmost hillOf this day’s journey, and from nine till twelveIs three long hours, yet she is not come.Had she affections and warm youthful blood,She would be as swift in motion as a ball.My words would bandy her to my sweet love,And his to me.But old folks, many feign as they were dead,Unwieldy, slow, heavy, and pale as lead. who? Julietto whom? no one – soliloquy. She’s talking to herself wondering why it’s taking Nurse so long to come back with the news since she sent the Nurse out three hours ago.figurative language: simile: adults are as dead, as pale as lead; if they were young, they’d be as swift in motion as a ballmetaphor: old folks = unwieldy, heavy
character ASo smile the heavens upon this holy actThat after-hours with sorrow chide us not.character BAmen, amen. But come what sorrow can,It cannot countervail the exchange of joyThat one short minute gives me in her sight.Do thou but close our hands with holy words,Then love-devouring death do what he dare;It is enough I may but call her mine. who? Friar Lawrence (character A)to whom? Romeo (character B)about what? Friar is praying aloud that he hopes that the Heavens won’t punish him with sorrow for marrying the couple in secret.Romeo doesn’t care what happens to him after, as long as he can call Juliet his wife, he’d be happy to die after.irony = situational and dramaticfigurative language: personification: love-devouring death.
These violent delights have violent ends and in their triumph die like fire and powder which as they kiss, consume…therefore love moderately, long love doth soAct II, vi who? Friar Lawrence to whom? Romeo before marrying them. Romeo says that he doesn’t care if death takes him, as long as Juliet is his. This is violent in nature and Friar Lawrence counsels Romeo to take things slowly and love moderately. (foreshadowing). irony(es): foreshadowing/dramatic irony.2 themes: personal choices (Fr. L chooses to marry the couple – this choice will lead to their eventual end) romantic love, and contrast: love moderately not so passionately.figurative language: “Violent delights” is an example of an oxymoron.Words are personified as violent delights which die.Simile: words die like fire and powder which is personified by kissing.
…But my true love is grown to such excessI cannot sum up sum of half my wealth.Act II, vi who? Julietto whom? Romeomeaning? She is telling Romeo, just before they are married in Friar Lawrence’s cell, that her true love has made her so rich that she can’t count even half of her wealth.theme: romantic love, power of choice.

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