Romeo and Juliet Act 2-3

Young men’s love then liesnot truly in their hearts, but in their eyes. (2.3.71-72) Situation: The morning after the party, the friar and Romeo talk about Juliet. Significance : The friar’s statement suggests that romeo, like most young men love with their eyes, not with their hearts. The friar seems disappointed with Romeo’s approach to love. FRIAR TO ROMEO
Then hie you hence to Friar Laurence’s cell There stays a husband to make you a wife (2.5.73-74) Situation: The Nurse returns from meeting with Romeo to tell Juliet the news that Romeo told the Nurse to tell Juliet. Significance: This reveals that Romeo and Juliet will be getting Married, and the Nurse seems to approve.Meaning: “Then hurry up and rush over to Friar Lawrence’s cell. There’s a husband there who’s waiting to make you his wife. “Nurse to Juliet
See how she leans her cheek upon her hand! Oh, that I were a glove upon that hand,That I may touch that cheek. (2.2.24-26) Situation: The night of the party, after it has ended, Romeo is watching Juliet from the Capulet’s gardens while she stands on the balcony.Significance: Romeo is expressing his for her, however it is only physical and has to do with her body, he says nothing about her personality. This suggests that his love for her is very superficial, and doesn’t have to do with her personality, only her looks.Meaning: ” Look how she leans her hand on her cheek. Oh, I wish I was the glove on that hand so that I could touch that cheek.”Romeo to himself
Alas poor Romeo, he is already dead! Stabbed with a white wench’s black eye . . . (2.4.14-15) Situation: Mercutio and Benvolio look for Romeo because he ditched them last night.Significance: Mercutio is saying that Romeo can’t be hurt by Tybalt because he has already been stabbed by Rosaline, by love. This is showing that he and Benvolio still don’t know about Romeo. This makes it seem that Mercutio has a very negative view on love.Meaning: Oh, poor Romeo! He’s already dead. He’s been stabbed by a white girl’s black eye. Mercutio to Benvolio
Oh, find him! Give this ring to my true knight, And bid him come to take his last farewell (3.2.156-157) Situation: After Tybalt is killed by Romeo Juliet learns that he is banishedSignificance: Juliet is saying for the Nurse to go and find Romeo and to take the ring to him so he knows it’s from her and is legit. By calling him her true knight she still signifies that she loves him. Meaning: Oh, find him! Give this ring to my true knight! And tell him to come here to say his last goodbye.Juliet to nurse
Oh, swear not by the moon, th’ inconstant moon That monthly changes in her circled orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable. (2.2.114-116) Situation: Romeo and Juliet talk after the party in the Capulet’s garden Significance: Juliet notices Romeo’s impulsive look towards love as he says to swear by the moon, which disappears time to time. Showing how Romeo’s love may not be that deep and Juliet may question it.Meaning: Don’t swear by the moon. The moon is always changing. Every month its position in the sky shifts. I don’t want you to turn out to be that inconsistent too.Juliet to Romeo
Here comes your father, tell him so yourself And see how he will take it at your hands. (3.5 129-130) Situation: Juliet informs her mother that she is not interested in Paris, so Lady Capulet says that she will tell Capulet about thisSignificance: Lady Capulet is upset and wants her to marry Paris. She says she will let Juliet’s father handle this and do the discipline.Meaning: Here comes your father. Tell him so yourself, and see how he takes the news.Lady Capulet to Juliet
. . . the love I bear thee can afford no better term than this –thou art a villian. (3.1.61-62) Situation: Tybalt confronts Romeo the day after the party about Romeo being thereSignificance: Tybalt is saying how much he hates Romeo for the small thing that he did. This reinforces the idea that Tybalt is truly a hostile character and has no tolerance for any Montague.Meaning: Romeo, there’s only one thing I can call you. You’re a villain.Tybalt to Romeo
Graze where you will, you shall not house with me. Look , think on ‘t, I do not use to jest. (3.5 200-202)Thursday is near. Lay hand on heart, advise. Situation: Capulet talks to Juliet about marrying Paris, and she disagrees.Significance: Capulet is saying here how Juliet will be put on the streets if she does not marry Paris, and that she will marry him on Thursday so be ready. This shows how girls had little power over their fathers and choice of a husband.Meaning: Eat wherever you want, but you can no longer live under my roof. Consider that. Think about it. I’m not in the habit of joking. Thursday is coming. Put your hand on your heart and listen to my advice. Capulet to Juliet
In one respect I’ll thy assistant be. For this alliance may so happy proveTo turn your household’s rancor to pure love. (2.3.97-99) Situation: The morning after the party, Romeo asks if the Friar can marry him and Juliet.Significance: The Friar thinks that if Romeo and Juliet get married, then the feud between the families will end. He says that this is his only reason for agreeing to marry them.Meaning: I’ll help you because this marriage can solve your family feud.Friar to Romeo
There is no world without Verona walls, But purgatory, torture, Hell itself. (3.3.18-19) Situation: Romeo finds out that he has been banished from Verona by the PrinceSignificance: Romeo is saying how everywhere besides Verona is terrible, comparable to hell even. This shows how much he loves Verona and how much he cares/wants to live there. Meaning: There is no world for me outside the walls of Verona, except purgatory, torture, and hell itselfRomeo to Friar
For this gentlewoman is young; and therefore, if you should deal double with her, truly it were an ill thing to be offered to any gentlewoman, and very weak dealing. (2.4.170-174) Situation: When the Nurse goes to give a message to Romeo from Juliet and talks to him about marrying Juliet. Significance: The Nurse is saying how not to treat Juliet, like cheat on her, stop loving her, be mean to her etc. This makes it seem as if the Nurse does not trust Romeo and is skeptical about him and Juliet.Meaning: If you lead her into a fool’s paradise, as the saying goes, it would be an outrageous crime because the girl is so young. And if you try to trick her, it would be an evil thing to do to any woman and very poor behavior.Nurse to Romeo
A pack of blessings light upon thy back; Happiness courts thee in her best array But like a misbehaved and sullen wench,Thou pouts thy fortune and thy love. (3.3.151-154) Situation: Friar Lawrence scolds Romeo when he cries on the floor after hearing that he has been exiled.Significance: Friar Lawrence is saying how Romeo has luck and happiness on his side, yet he mopes and pouts about it. This could show how the friar may think of Romeo as a negative person who thinks that everything is against him, when it’s not. Here he is also giving Romeo advice, supporting the fact that he is more of a parental figure than Romeo’s real parents.Meaning: Your life is full of blessings. You have the best sorts of happiness to enjoy.But like a misbehaved, sullen girl, you’re whining about your bad luck and your love. Friar Lawrence to Romeo
We shall have vengeance . . . I’ll send to one in Mantua Shall give him such an unaccustomed dramThat he shall soon keep Tybalt company. (3.5.92-96) Situation: After Romeo and Juliet part, Lady Capulet comes in to talk to Juliet.Significance: Lady Capulet is saying that they will send someone to the island that Romeo is exiled to and that he will keep Tybalt company or in other words he’ll be killed, showing the hatred between families. Meaning: We’ll have revenge for it. I’ll send a man to Mantua, where that exiled rogue is living. Our man will poison Romeo’s drink, and Romeo will join Tybalt in death. And then, I hope, you’ll be satisfied.Lady Capulet to Juliet
Part 2: Oh, swear not by the moon, th’ inconstant moon That monthly changes in her circled orb (2.2.114-116) Shakespeare uses celestial imagery (astronomical objects like planets and stars), more specifically, he describes the moon. The moon imagery suggests that Juliet doesn’t want Romeo to swear his love for her on something as changeable as the moon which disappears every month.Juliet to Romeo
Part 2: And feckled darkness like a drunkard reels From forth days path . . . (2.3.3-4) This is a simile, it uses like.Friar Lawrence to himself
Part 2: It is the east and Juliet is the sun . . . (2.2.3) Romeo to himselfShakespeare uses this metaphor/light and celestial imagery describing Juliet and her beauty to Romeo as the sun. Later he says that she will kill the moon, as in her beauty is so bright that it outshines the moon. In the same speech he talks about her as stars and suns, using lots of celestial imagery and some religious, when she is referred to as an angel.
Part 2: Then love-devouring death do what he dare . . . Romeo to Friar LawrenceShakespeare uses alliteration here. Maybe to draw attention to this line, as it could be a hint towards what happens in the end. This is because it talks about death doing what he wants and Romeo and Juliet end up dying in the end.
Part 2: Ask for me tomorrow and you will find me a grave man. Mercutio to Romeo and BenvolioThis is an example of a pun with the word grave. Grave has two meanings, one is sad or serious, the other is a literal grave where someone is buried. So Mercutio is saying that this is serious and that he will die and be in a grave tomorrow.
Part 2: I beg for justice, which thou, prince must give. Romeo slew Tybalt; Romeo must not live. Shakespeare uses end rhyme here, this could be to make it stand out more. This is because this is an important line because it shows how much they care for their family and hate the other, and it will become a major plot point. This could also be foreshadowing, as he ends up dying prematurely in the end. Lady Capulet to Prince
Part 2: Speak to my gossip Venus one fair word, One nickname for her purblind son and heir, Young Abraham Cupid . . . (2.1.13-15) Mercutio to BenvolioShakespeare uses allusion (Gods and other beings), he talks about Venus and Cupid. The use and reference of these mythological characters suggests that the is referring to love and things to do with being lovestruck. Seeing as Venus is the goddess of love and beauty and cupid made people fall in love
Part 2: Fiend angelical! Dove-feathered raven, wolvish-ravening lamb! Juliet to Nurse Oxymoron, signifies that she is very confused about her state of mind, she loves somebody that she should hate.
Part 2: Methinks I see thee, now thou art so low, As one dead in the bottom of the tomb . . . (3.5.55-56) Juliet to RomeoThis is a metaphor used by shakespeare to describe Romeo. Juliet is saying that she thinks that Romeo looks so sad he looks like a body in the bottom of a tomb. This is FORESHADOWING because she will literally see him later as one dead in the bottom of a tomb.
Part 2: 10. More light and light, more dark and dark our woes. Romeo to JulietIt is irony as in it is ironic that on the first night after they are married they must be
Part 2: I take thee at thy word. Call me but love and I’ll be new baptized. Romeo to JulietHere Shakespeare uses religious imagery, saying how Romeo would be able to give up his god and make Juliet his new one. This is because in the Catholic religion when you are baptised you now worship God, and when Romeo says he will be baptised anew the same will happen but with Juliet

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