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Romeo and Juliet Easy Quotes for Extract Questions
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'Civil blood makes civil hands unclean'
Chorus/Prologue - Wordplay on civil. Civil blood means family ties. Civil hands unclean means - guilty/murderous deeds. Foreshadowing and foreboding.
'A pair of star crossed lovers take their life'
Chorus/Prologue - Dramatic Irony - we are told from the off that the two leads die! The other characters carry on their war as they don't know this. 'Star crossed' = destiny
Act 1 -'What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word
As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.
Have at thee, coward.'
Tybalt - Foreshadows his role in the play. He is the catalyst for the final tragedy. His murder exiles Romeo and sets the tone for their failed eloping plan. Peace, hate, hell are significant.
Act 1 - "'If I profane with my unworthiest hand
This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this.
My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand,
To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.'
Romeo - What a flirt! Uses religious symbolism to woo Juliet and references to sin infers Romeo knows what he is doing is dangerous.
Act 1 -I will withdraw. But this intrusion shall,
Now seeming sweet, convert to bitterest gall.'
Tybalt - Loves to foreshadow. Threatens that Romeo's intrusion won't go unpunished. Language of sweet and bitterness
Act 2 - 'O Romeo, Romeo! - wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name. ' What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.'
Juliet - Multiple quotes about his name. Why must you be Romeo Montague? Names don't matter. References to the beauty of nature in expressing her love.
Act 2 - These violent delights have violent ends.
Friar - Foreshadowing and language. Violent can mean aggression and can mean strong. R&J's relationship is whirlwhind and dangerous. Does the Friar suspect this?
Act 3 - 'A plague on both your houses'
Mercutio - Imagery and dramatic irony. We know that both houses experience a curse of loss and Mercutio's wish seems to foreshadow this via 'plague'
Act 3 - For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.
Benvolio - The role as peacekeeper. Foreshadows blood and death
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