ShakespeateRomeo and Juliet


Act 1, Scene 1

Sampson- Gregory, on my word, we’ll not carry coals.

Sampson- Gregory, I swear, we can’t let them humiliate us. We won’t take their garbage.

Act 1, Scene 2

Juliet- O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?Deny thy father and refuse thy name.Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.

Juliet- Oh, Romeo, Romeo, why do you have to be Romeo? Forget about your father and change your name. Or else, if you won’t change your name, just swear you love me and I’ll stop being a Capulet.

Act 1, Scene 3

Nurse- Peace, I have done. God mark thee to his grace!Thou wast the prettiest babe that e'er I nursed.An I might live to see thee married once,I have my wish.

Nurse- Peace. I’m done talking. May God choose you to receive his grace. You were the prettiest baby I ever nursed. If I live to see you get married someday, all my wishes will come true.

Act 1, Scene 4

Romeo- Not I, believe me. You have dancing shoesWith nimble soles. I have a soul of leadSo stakes me to the ground I cannot move.

Romeo- Not me, believe me. You’re wearing dancing shoes with nimble soles. My soul is made out of lead, and it’s so heavy it keeps me stuck on the ground so I can’t move.

Act 1, Scene 5

First Servingman- We cannot be here and there too. Cheerly, boys. Be brisk0awhile, and the longer liver take all.

First Servingman- We can’t be in two places at once, both here and there! Cheers, boys. Be quick for a while and let the one who lives the longest take everything.

Act 2, Scene 1

Mercutio- Nay, I’ll conjure too!Romeo! Humours, madman, passion, lover!Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh!Speak but one rhyme, and I am satisfied.Cry but “Ay me!” Pronounce but “love” and “dove.”Speak to my gossip Venus one fair word,One nickname for her purblind son and heir,Young Abraham Cupid, he that shot so trueWhen King Cophetua loved the beggar maid.—He heareth not, he stirreth not, he moveth not.The ape is dead, and I must conjure him.—I conjure thee by Rosaline’s bright eyes,By her high forehead and her scarlet lip,By her fine foot, straight leg, and quivering thigh,And the demesnes that there adjacent lie,That in thy likeness thou appear to us.

Mercurtio- I’ll conjure him as if I were summoning a spirit. Romeo! Madman! Passion! Lover! Show yourself in the form of a sigh. Speak one rhyme, and I’ll be satisfied. Just cry out, “Ah me!” Just say “love” and “dove.” Say just one lovely word to my good friend Just say the nickname of her blind son Cupid, the one who shot arrows so well in the old story.—Romeo doesn’t hear me. He doesn’t stir. He doesn’t move. The silly ape is dead, but I must make him appear.—I summon you by Rosaline’s bright eyes, by her high forehead and her red lips, by her fine feet, by her straight legs, by her trembling thighs, and by the regions right next to her thighs. In the name of all of these things, I command you to appear before us in your true form.

Act 2, Scene 2

Romeo- By love, that first did prompt me to inquire.He lent me counsel and I lent him eyes.I am no pilot. Yet, wert thou as farAs that vast shore washed with the farthest sea,I would adventure for such merchandise.

Romeo- Love showed me the way—the same thing that made me look for you in the first place. Love told me what to do, and I let love borrow my eyes. I’m not a sailor, but if you were across the farthest sea, I would risk everything to gain you.

Act 2 Scene 3

Friar Lawrence- The gray-eyed morn smiles on the frowning night,Checkering the eastern clouds with streaks of light,And fleckled darkness like a drunkard reelsFrom forth day’s path and Titan’s fiery wheels.Now, ere the sun advance his burning eye,The day to cheer and night’s dank dew to dry,I must upfill this osier cage of oursWith baleful weeds and precious-juicèd flowers.The earth, that’s nature’s mother, is her tomb.What is her burying, grave that is her womb.And from her womb children of divers kindWe sucking on her natural bosom find,Many for many virtues excellent,None but for some and yet all different.Oh, mickle is the powerful grace that liesIn herbs, plants, stones, and their true qualities.For naught so vile that on the earth doth liveBut to the earth some special good doth give.Nor aught so good but, strained from that fair useRevolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse.Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied,And vice sometime by action dignified.

Friar Lawrence- The smiling morning is replacing the frowning night. Darkness is stumbling out of the sun’s path like a drunk man. Now, before the sun comes up and burns away the dew, I have to fill this basket of mine with poisonous weeds and medicinal flowers. The Earth is nature’s mother and also nature’s tomb. Plants are born out of the Earth, and they are buried in the Earth when they die. From the Earth’s womb, many different sorts of plants and animals come forth, and the Earth provides her children with many excellent forms of nourishment. Everything nature creates has some special property, and each one is different. Herbs, plants, and stones possess great power. There is nothing on Earth that is so evil that it does not provide the earth with some special quality. And there is nothing that does not turn bad if it’s put to the wrong use and abused. Virtue turns to vice if it’s misused. Vice sometimes becomes virtue through the right activity.

Part II

Romeo- Is love a tender thing? It's too rough to rude, too boisterous and It pricks like thorn.

Mercutio- It love be rough with you be rough with love.

Lady caputae- I just remembered, you can listen to secrets, you know how young my daughter is

Nurse- yes I knew he rage down to the hour

Mercutio is the foil character because he is not romantic and making fun of Romeo when he is romantic. This makes Romeo look a lot more than he is.

The nurses states that she knows exactly how old she. Is makes Juliet's mom look foolish and not a good mother. The nurse acts like Juliet's mother.

Part III

In act 2 scene 2 Romeo goes to Juliet's window and listens to her talk abt him. This is important because he gets to know her feelings for him. Then he talks to her about how much he loves her.  Also how much Juliet loves him. Juliet comes up with the idea for them to get married. This is important because it is the first time they share their feelings and what the plan for the future,


Lady Capulate- She wants to convince Juliet that just as wealth as her. She explained how he is related to the king and he would be a perfect fit for her. She also mentioned how she will not stay young forever.

Part V

Aside - Words spoken by a character to the audience or to another character that are not supposed to be overheard by others on stage

Example: Abram. Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?
(Act I, Scene 1) Sampson. (aside to Gregory). Is the law of our side if I say ay?

Gregory. (aside to Sampson). No.

Sampson. No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir; but I bite my thumb, sir.

Dramatic Monologue- A long speech directed at other characters onstage

Example: Juliet. Thou knowest the mask of night is on my face; (Act 2, Scene 1) Else would a maiden blush bepaint my cheek? For that which thou hast heard me speak to-night. Fain would I dwell on form -- fain, fain deny. What I have spoke; but farewell compliment! Dost thou love me? I know thou wilt say 'Ay';  And I will take thy word. Yet, if thou swear'st, Thou mayst prove false. At lovers' perjuries, They say Jove laughs. O gentle Romeo,If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully. Or if thou thinkest I am too quickly won,

Sonnet- Fourteen-line poem—usually written in iambic pentameter---having a specific rhyme scheme

Example: (Prologue)

Two households, both alike in dignity. In fair Verona, where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny. Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes. A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life. Whose misadventured piteous overthrows. Do with their death bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love. And the continuance of their parents' rage. Which, but their children's end, nought could remove. Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage. The which if you with patient ears attend, What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.  

Pun - Play on the multiple meaning of a word OR words that sound alike but have different meanings

Example: Mercutio. That dreamers often lie. (Act I, Scene 4) Romeo.

In bed asleep, while they do dream things true.

Dreamers lie (are false), and lie (down)

Soliloquy - Long speech in which a character who is alone onstage expresses his/her thoughts aloud Example: Juliet.

(Act II, Scene 5) The clock struck nine when I did send the nurse; In half an hour she promised to return.

Perchance she cannot meet him: that's not so.
O, she is lame! love's heralds should be thoughts, Which ten times faster glide than the sun's beams, Driving back shadows over louring hills:
Therefore do nimble-pinion'd doves draw love, And therefore hath the wind-swift Cupid wings. Now is the sun upon the highmost hill
Of this day's journey, and from nine till twelve
Is three long hours, yet she is not come.

Imagery - Language that appeals to the senses Example: Romeo.

(Act I, Scene 5) My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.

Couplet - Two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme

Example: Chorus.
(Prologue) The which is you with patient ears attend,

What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

Personification occurs when an inanimate object or concept is given the qualities of a person or animal.

Juliet— “For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night / Whiter than new snow on a raven’s back. / Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-brow’d night” (Act III Sc. 2)

An oxymoron describes when two juxtaposed words have opposing or very diverse meanings.

Juliet – “Beautiful tyrant! fiend angelical!” (Act III Sc.2)

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