English Literature- Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Quotes and Meanings

What quote shows that Romeo sees Juliet as a light? (Romeo) (Love) (Light and Dark) “But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?/ It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.” Romeo uses a metaphor to describe her and implies that she has enlightened him and brought life back to his life. The metaphor extends with the light being from the east, as this is a sunrise inferring a new life for Romeo.
What quote uses religious imagery to describe Juliet? (Romeo) (Love) (Religion) “Bright angel.” The use of religious language emphasises the purity and sacredness of Romeo and Juliet’s love. It again shows how Romeo sees Juliet as a light in his life.
What quote shows Juliet starting to break free from her family ideas? (Juliet) (Rebellion) “What’s in a name. That which we call a rose/ By any other word would smell as sweet.” In this, Juliet expresses a very modern idea, your name doesn’t define you. In this, we can see Juliet’s rebellious streak coming through, as she starts to go against her parents rules on family feuds.
What quote shows that Romeo wants Juliet to promise her love for him? (Romeo) (Love) (Fate) “Th’ exchange of thy love’s faithful vow for mine.” This shows how Romeo wants to make a promise to Juliet. It proves how forward and fast pace their relationship is. The noun “vow” also is related to marriage, so shows how they are foreshadowing what will happen?
What quote shows that Juliet has infinite love at such an early stage in the relationship? (Juliet) (Love) (Fate) “My bounty is as boundless as the sea,/ My love as deep; the more I give to thee/ The more I have, for both are infinite.” The sea is controlled by the moon, and their love, while it will not become shallower, will eventually be betrayed. The lovers often attempt to somehow alter the very fabric of the universe, to push on time when apart but make it stand still when together. Juliet states her feelings of love so early in the relationship that it is almost unbelievable.
What quote shows how the Friar has some good phrases? (Friar) (Love) (Fate) (Responsibility) “To such opposed kings encamp them still/ In man as well as herbs-grace and rude will.” This statement shows how the Friar is a man of advice. He is inferring that everyone has a two sides- a good and bad side. This continues in love-love can be great but it can kill you. It perhaps foreshadows the future when they kill themselves.
What quote shows that the Friar thinks that Romeo should slow down with Juliet? (Friar) (Love) (Responsibility) (Fate) “Wisely and slow, they stumble that run fast.” This phrase shows how the Friar is warning Romeo not to rush into things. The verb “stumble” shows how he feels something will go wrong if they take it too fast.
What quote shows that the Nurse is prepared to do anything for Juliet? (Nurse) (Familial Love) (Responsibility) “If ye/ should lead her in a fool’s paradise, as they say, it/ were a very gross kind of behaviour, as they say.” The Nurse is, to a certain extent, threatening Romeo, on Juliet’s behalf. It shows how she has a motherly love for Juliet. The adjective “gross” shows how she would feel disgusted if he took her to “fools paradise”.
What quote shows that Romeo and Juliet will die because of their love? (Romeo) (Love) (Fate) (Death) “Then love-devouring death do what he dare.” This foreshadows the deaths of Romeo and Juliet as he says “love-devouring death”. The verb “devouring” infers that their love will consume them, so much so that they will reach their “death”.
What quote shows that the Friar wants Romeo to think before marrying Juliet? (Friar) (Love) (Death) (Responsibility) “These violent delights have violent ends.” Again, the Friar is foreshadowing the death of R and J, as he says “these violent delights have violent ends”. The repetition of the adjective “violent” shows how he feels that their love is a bad thing. He also says their “delights” have “ends” meaning, that eventually their love will come to an end.

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