Romeo and Juliet (acts II-V)

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When Juliet appears on her balcony, what does Romeo compare her to?

the sun

What does Romeo say when Juliet leans her cheek on her hand?

he wants to be a glove on her hand to touch her cheek

Juliet asks got into her place. The orchard walls are high, and Romeo's life would be in danger if her relatives were to find him there. What is his response?

walls - love "carried" him over the walls
family - it's night so they can't find him
death - He'd rather her family kill him than be alive and not see her

What was Friar Laurence gathering in his basket?

herbs and plants

"Young men's love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes"

Romeo doesn't actually love Juliet, he just thinks she's beautiful
-the way young men love is shallow and fickle, not based on whats really in their hearts

Friar Laurence agrees to perform the marriage ceremony for Romeo and Juliet for what reason?

because maybe their marriage will brings peace to the 2 families

How does Juliet arrange to meet Romeo to marry him?

-she says she is going to church to give confessions, but is really going to marry him

"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 so."

speaker: Friar Laurence
meaning: Emotions like love that are so extreme that they take over everything, will end badly at their peak, like fire and powder that destroy one another. So, take things slowly because then the love will last
Friar's advice: Slow down, take time, theses extreme emotions won't last.
*"violent delights"=oxymoron, "which as they kiss consume"-kiss=personification

"Virtue itself turns to vice, being misapplied, and vice sometimes by action dignified."

Speaker: Friar
Explanation: Something good used wrong can turn bad, but something bad can be used for good if channeled in the right direction
ex: drugs, money, internet

"Deny thy father and refuse thy name."

Speaker: Juliet
meaning: She wants him to not be a Montague so they can be together
she later says that if he swears he loves her she'll give up her name

"What's in a name...That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet."

Speaker: Juliet
meaning: The name of something is not important. When you call something by another name, it doesn't change the essence of it. She is saying even if his name wasn't Romeo she'd still love him.

"Parting is such sweet sorrow."

Speaker: Juliet
meaning: sorrow b/c they must part, sweet b/c they'll see each other again
*"sweet sorrow"=oxymoron

Why does Benvolio think there will be a fight?

because everyone is cranky and should they run into the Capulets, they won't avoid a fight

Benvolio's nature is...

peaceful

When Tybalt and Mercutio begin arguing, what does Benvolio try to get them to do?

-he is concerned they will get caught so he tells them to:
1. fight in private
2. work it out
3. go home and don't fight

What does Tybalt call Romeo

a villian

Why won't Romeo fight at first?

becuase he just married Juliet and now considers Tybalt close like family

Why does Mercutio keep repeating, "A plague o'both your houses."

meaning: the fued between their 2 families has caused him his death

What does Romeo say Juliet's love has done to him?

taken away his "manly edge"

Why does Romeo call himself "fortune's fool"?

fortune's fool=bad luck
-he marries Juliet then right away Mercutio dies, then kills Tybalt, and he thinks he'll probably die

When is the climax of the story?

After Romeo kills Tybalt b/c the climax is when the character's fortune is reversed

When Benvolio tells the Prince what happened what does he say Romeo tried to do before Mercutio was killed?

get between them

What does Lady Capulet accuse Benvolio of? Why?

lying because he is Romeo's friend

What is Romeo's punishment for killing Tybalt?

permanent banishment
family's punishment: fine

What is Romeo's reaction to his banishment?

He thinks its worse than death because he can't see Juliet

Why can't the Friar understand how Romeo feels about his banishment?

because he's not allowed to be in love since he's a priest

What argument does Friar Laurence use to prevent Romeo from killing himself?

he tells him to be happy because he's blessed:
1. Juliet is alive
2. Tybalt did not kill him
3. punishment is banishment not death

"More light and light, more dark and dark our woes."

Speaker: Romeo
Meaning: The lighter and lighter it gets outside, the more sadness and trouble comes for us

"Then, window, let day in, and let life out."

Speaker: Juliet
meaning: As the window lets the day in, life and happiness exit

"Dry sorrow brinks our blood."

Speaker: Romeo
meaning: They are pale with grief like the sorrow is taking the blood/life out of them

What argument does Juliet use to try to convince Juliet to stay after their wedding night?

she tells him it is the nightingale, not the lark that is chirping

Just as Romeo is about to descend the rope ladder and leave Juliet, what does Juliet say about the way Romeo looks?

From her perspective from the balcony he looks almost as if he is dead in a coffin and she has a bad feeling

Why does Juliet's family think she is crying?

Because Tybalt is dead

When Lady Capulet threatens to send someone to Mantua to poison Romeo, what does Juliet say?

she says that wishes she could go kill him, but what he really wants is to go save him

"Make the bridal bed in the dim monument where Tybalt lies."

Speaker: Juliet
context: Juliet tells her mother this will happen if she does not delay her marriage to Paris

What is Capulet's reaction to Juliet's threats?

he'll disown her

What is the Nurse's advice in regard to her marriage to Paris?

To marry Paris

"This day's black fate on more days doth depend. This but begins the woe others must end."

Speaker: Romeo
context: Mercutio's death
meaning: This day's horrible tragedy isn't the end. More things will come

"No, 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door; but 'tis enought, 'twill serve. Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man."

Speaker: Mercutio
context: after he is stabbed
meaning: He firsts describes his wound but saying it is not SO bad but it's enough to kill him, then says that should someone try to find him tomorrow they will find him dead(=grave man)

Why is Friar Laurence reluctant to marry Paris to Juliet?

1. Thursday is so soon
2. They don't know how Juliet feels about the wedding

What does Juliet threaten to do if Friar Laurence can not help her?

kill herself

What is the Friar's plan for Juliet?

1. Juliet agrees to marry Paris
2. Wednesday night, sleep alone and drink the potion
3. They will think he is dead and put her in the vault
4. Romeo will come and take her from the vault

How does Capulet change the wedding plans? What implication does this have?

He moves the wedding day up
implications: Romeo has less time to get the letter, Juliet must take the potion right then, and not wait til Wednesday night

If the potion does not work, what will Juliet do?

Kill herself

What are some of Juliet's fears about the potion?

1. The potion won't work and she'll have to marry Paris
2. potion may be poison and the Friar may be trying to kill her so people won't find out he married her to Romeo
3. She'll wake up in the vault before he comes and suffocate
4. She'll be sacred and go mad if waiting up alone

"Death likes on her like an untimely frost."

Speaker: Capulet
context: Juliet's "death"
meaning: death took her too early/she is married to death
*death lies=personification, "like an untimely frost"= simile

Who brings Romeo the news that Juliet is dead?

Balthasar, his Paige

"Then I defy you, stars!"

speaker: Romeo
meaning: He is standing up to destiny and not just accepting she is dead. He is going to take action

Why does Paris go to Juliet's tomb?

1. to mourn her death
2. put flowers there

Romeo's to reasons to Balthasar for entering the Capulet's tomb?

1. get the ring off Juliet's finger
2. to see Juliet

Why does Paris think that Romeo has come to tomb?

to desecrate the bodies

What is it about Juliet that should have told Romeo that she was not dead?

her face and lips are still red, she is not pale

"Death, that hath sucked the honey of thy breath, hath had no power yet upon thy beauty."

speaker: Romeo
meaning: death has taken away your life but has no effect on your beauty

Why doesnt Friar Laurence stay in the tomb with Juliet after she awakens?

because the watchmen are coming and he is afraid he'll be caught

Why does Juliet kiss Romeo after he is dead?

because there could still be poison left on his lips

Why does Lady Montague die?

She was grief stricken over Romeo's banishment

How do Montague and Capulet plan to honor the memories of their children?

By building gold statues of one another's children

"My poverty, but not my will, consents."

speaker: Apothecary
meaning: He does not WANT to sell him the poison, but he will do it because he needs the money

"See what a scourge is laid upon your hate,
That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love.
And I, for winking at your discords too,
Have lost a brace of kinsmen. All are punished."

speaker: Prince
meaning: Romeo and Juliet were killed because they love each other but couldn't be together because of their families' hate. The Prince regrets not dealing as harshly as he should have with them which has lead him to lose Mercutio and Paris. Everyone has been punished b/c of their hatred.

"This shall determine that."

speaker: Romeo
context: Before Romeo and Tybalt fight
meaning: This fight will determine if I (Romeo) will join Mercutio in death

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