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A pair of star-crossed lovers take their lives
Prologue: links to fate and gives dramatic irony as audience know the end.
Here's much to do with hate, but more with love
Asks the audience to questions which is more powerful, love or hate.
Is she a Capulet? O, dear account! My life is my foe's debt
Romeo lamenting the fact that his love is a member of his enemy's family.
My only love sprung from my only hate'
Juliet frustrated that she is from the only family he can't marry into.
But soft, what light through yonder window breaks'
Romeo first sees Juliet on the balcony
O, Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo?
Juliet asking why Romeo is who he is, unaware he is in the garden.
That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet
Juliet noting the ridiculous nature of the hate of her family.
Parting is such sweet sorrow
Oxymoron used to show how much they hate saying goodbye but love each other very much.
O true apothecary. Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die
Romeo at the end saying how he will die and has a last kiss.
O happy dagger. This is thy sheath: there rust and let me die
Juliet's last words before killing herself.
For never was a story of more woe, Than this is Juliet and her Romeo
Ending line. Highlights the destructive power of hatred.
But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart: My will to her consent is but a part
Lord Capulet to Paris about getting his daughter. He acknowledges she has some say in the decision.
For this alliance may so happy prove, To turn your households' rancour to true love
Friar happy about the prospect of a marriage between the families.
A plague o' both your houses
Mercutio as he is dying saying the feud is ridiculous.
Deny thy father and refuse thy name
Juliet telling Romeo to abandon his name and family to marry her.
If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine
Romeo's religious linked poetry when he first meets her. Metaphor of holy shrine.
As a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear
Romeo describing Juliet as something very valuable.
Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace
Prince warning the families that future conflict will end in death.
Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight.
Romeo asking himself whether he had actually loved before. Fickle change in affection. Very naive. Instant love.
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night
Romeo saying how he believes Juliet to be the most beautiful lady he's ever seen.
Juliet is the sun
Romeo saying how much he needs Juliet in his life.
Thou art a villain
Tybalt to Romeo expressing how much he hates him.
They have made worms’ meat of me
Meructio on his impending death.
O, I am fortune’s fool.
Romeo after killing Tybalt and lamenting how he's fated his love to have a negative end.