Romeo and Juliet, Act 2 Conley

“He jests at scars that never felt a wound” Mercutio is making fun of me for loving, even though he has never felt the emotion before
“Can I go forward when my heart is here?Turn back, dull earth, and find thy center out.” Metaphor: Romeo is the ‘dull earth’–Juliet is his center.
“But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks?” Metaphor: Juliet is the ‘light’
“Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon/Who is already sick and pale with grief/That thou her maid art far more fair than she. Personification: giving the moon human emotions-envy
“That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet” Analogy: The name of something does not affect its essence–associates Romeo with a rose, symbol of love and beauty
“With love’s light wings did I o’verperch these walls, For stony limits cannot hold love out,And what love can do, that dares love attempt.Therefore thy kinsmen are no stop to me.” Metaphor: Romeo used love’s wings to jump the wall–and her family can’t stop him from getting to her!
“If they do see thee, they will murder thee””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” Juliet shows herself to be more practical than the lovestruck Romeo–at least at first.
“For naught so vile that on the earth doth live/But to the earth some special good doth give;/Nor aught so good but, strained from that fair use,/ Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse. All things have the potential for good or evil.
“Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here!/ Is Rosaline, that thou didn’t love so dear,/So soon forsaken? Young men’s love then lies/ Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.” Friar Laurence is surprised by Romeo’s request to marry Juliet; advances theme of women only being valued for their beauty.
“Oh, she knew well/Thy love did read by rote and could not spell.” Metaphor: Rosaline understood that Romeo only loved her for her beauty; that is, his love was only surface deep, like someone who only memorizes words instead of knowing how to spell.
“For this alliance may so happy prove, To turn your households’ rancor to pure love” Friar Laurence agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet to stop their parents’ feuding.
“Alas, poor Romeo, he is already dead! Stabbed with a white wench’s black eye, shot through the ear with a love song…/And is he a man to encounter Tybalt?” Mercutio is concerned about Romeo fighting Tybalt because Romeo is lovesick, which affects his fighting skills, and Tybalt is an excellent duelist.
“Jesu, what haste! Can you not stay a while?Do you not see I am out of breath?” The Nurse is teasing Juliet; once again, she talks so much that she puts off telling someone important information.
“These violent delights have violent ends/ And in their triumph die, like fire and power/ Which as they kiss consume” Foreshadowing: Friar Laurence is concerned that Romeo and Juliet’s relationship is too sudden and intense, and will explode like gunpowder.
Soliloquy This is a speech spoken by a character who is alone on stage
Allusion A reference to another work of literature, person, or event
Metaphor A comparison without using like or as
synecdoche a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa
Paradox a paradox is a statement that is self contradictory because it often contains two statements that are both true, but in general, cannot both be true at the same time.
dramatic irony Literary element when the characters don’t know what the readers know.

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