Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo Character Analysis

The sixteen-year-old son of Montague and Lady Montague. He is cousins with Benvolio, and friends with Mercutio and Friar Laurence. Romeo's defining characteristic is the intensity of his emotions—whether in anger, love, or despair. Romeo is also intelligent, quick-witted, loved by his friends, and not a bad swordsmen. Over the course of the play, Romeo grows from a an adolescent who claims to be in love with Rosaline, but in reality seems more in love with the idea of love and with being a miserable wretch in the mold of classical love poets, to a young man who shares a deep and passionate love with Juliet and is willing to face the obstacles of friends, family, the law, fate, and, ultimately, death in order to be with her.

Romeo Quotes in Romeo and Juliet

The Romeo and Juliet quotes below are all either spoken by Romeo or refer to Romeo. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Simon & Schuster edition of Romeo and Juliet published in 2004.
Prologue Quotes
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,
Doth 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.
Related Characters: The Chorus (speaker), Romeo, Juliet
Page Number: Prol.1-14
Explanation and Analysis:

The chorus which opens Romeo and Juliet echoes the chorus of ancient Greek tragedies, a troupe of masked performers who explained, summarized, or contextualized aspects of the play. In the case of Romeo and Juliet, the chorus first places the action in Verona at a particular time (after an “ancient grudge” and during a “new mutiny” between two noble families). In the next sentence, this chorus narrows its scope to the play’s protagonists – the “star-cross’d lovers” who will die because of the play’s events. Finally, it tells the audience that the play, the “two hours’ traffic of our stage,” focuses on these lovers’ deaths “and their parents’ rage,” which could only be quenched by the deaths of their children. By framing their summary this way, and placing their description of Romeo and Juliet in the middle of descriptions of their parents, the chorus emphasizes that Romeo and Juliet live within a social context that precedes and succeeds them. This Prologue also informs us that these “lovers” are “star-cross’d” and their “love” is “death-mark’d”; amorphous forces – fate, love, and death – will control the action as much as the characters and actors.

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Act 1, scene 1 Quotes
Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate!
O any thing, of nothing first created;
O heavy lightness! serious vanity!
Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms!
Related Characters: Romeo (speaker)
Page Number: 1.1.181-184
Explanation and Analysis:

The first scene seems to obey the same order as the Prologue: first, a fight breaks out on the street between members of the rival households, and then we see our star-cross’d lover on the stage. Romeo's metaphors echo the contradictory language of the typical Petrarchan lover – a lover who echoes the paradoxical phrases of the Italian poet Francesco Petrarch. Romeo is not yet pining after Juliet, however; here, he longs for the woman Rosaline, whom he feels is the most beautiful woman in the world. Since Romeo begins the play so ardently in love with another woman, we will certainly see his entire love story with Juliet, as the Chorus promised us. Yet, Romeo’s professed love for Rosaline does incite a bit of doubt over the validity of his true feelings for Juliet later, discoloring what has entered popular culture as a famous story of true love—it's important to remember that the protagonists are only young teenagers, experiencing throes of passion that could easily change or disappear.

In this scene, as Romeo is expressing this passion, he shares it with his friend Benvolio—he can't seem to keep it to himself. This introduces the notion that love does not merely occur between two individuals; others can and will mediate the expressions and feelings of love.

Act 1, scene 4 Quotes
Romeo: I dream'd a dream to-night.
Mercutio: And so did I.
Romeo: Well, what was yours?
Mercutio: That dreamers often lie.
Related Characters: Romeo (speaker), Mercutio (speaker)
Page Number: 1.4.53-56
Explanation and Analysis:

Romeo, Benvolio, Mercutio, and several other maskers and torch-bearers are walking through the streets to the Capulet’s household, in order to attend their feast tonight. As they travel, they engage in witty banter that still informs us about the characters’ emotional states – particularly because Romeo seems determined to remain somber and refuse to join in the others’ revelry. Romeo, for instance, divulges that he had a dream which makes him harbor trepidations about attending this feast at all. Romeo’s friend Mercutio, who was actually invited to the feast because he is unrelated to Romeo and the other Montagues, wittily refuses to tolerate Romeo’s attitude. After claiming that he, too, had a dream, Mercutio wittingly says that he learned “that dreamers often lie” in this dream itself. Yet, Mercutio is not merely mocking Romeo here; this comment also alludes to his larger skepticism about love.

Act 1, scene 5 Quotes
Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear,
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear.
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows
As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows.
The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand,
And, touching hers, make blessèd my rude hand.
Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.
Related Characters: Romeo (speaker), Juliet
Related Symbols: Light/Dark and Day/Night
Page Number: 1.5.51-60
Explanation and Analysis:

Before Romeo learns Juliet's name, he is amazed by her beauty and begins to use the analogy of light to describe her particular radiance. Juliet has immediately replaced Rosaline in Juliet's mind—a fact that Romeo alludes to directly and indirectly. Directly, he claims that Juliet surpasses all other women; she is a "snowy dove" in comparison to the "crows." Indirectly, he neglects to mention even Rosaline's name in referring to his past loves—indeed, he does not say Rosaline's name again until the Friar Laurence reminds him of it in a later scene (after which Romeo claims that he "forgot" that name and the emotions associated with it).

You kiss by th'book.
Related Characters: Juliet (speaker), Romeo
Page Number: 1.5.121
Explanation and Analysis:

At Lord Capulet’s feast, Romeo is drawn to Juliet’s beauty, and he professes that she is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. Without knowing who she is, he comes to her and asks to kiss her. When he asks, he (somewhat sacrilegiously) uses religious lexicon – comparing her hand to a “holy shrine,” describing his lips as “two blushing pilgrims” – as he creates metaphors to describe the physical actions he is proposing (such as holding hands and kissing). Juliet parallels this, using such spiritual terminology as well. After they kiss twice, though, she tells Romeo that he kisses “by the book,” or by the rules. Here, she implies that Romeo kisses her just as he ought to, bringing their conversation down to worldly rules and away from the spiritual realm that Romeo was creating with his words.

My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
Related Characters: Juliet (speaker), Romeo
Page Number: 1.5.152-153
Explanation and Analysis:

As the guests are leaving her house’s feast, Juliet decides to find out who Romeo is. She first asks her nurse who two other gentlemen are and then finally asks her one of the most significant questions of the play, the question of Romeo’s identity. The notion of fate is at play even in Juliet’s question; right after she requests that her nurse ask for Romeo’s name, she says that, if Romeo is married, her “grave” will likely be her “wedding bed.” The nurse never mentions if Romeo is married, but his identity as a Montague, “the only son of your great enemy,” is evil enough, spurring Juliet to give this eloquent exclamation. With these lines, Juliet arrives at the emotional contradiction at the heart of the play: she loves a man whom her parents hate. This play will juxtapose such opposites, manifesting the tumultuous, contradictory feelings of the jilted Petrarchan lover.

Act 2, scene 2 Quotes
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!
Related Characters: Romeo (speaker), Juliet
Related Symbols: Light/Dark and Day/Night
Page Number: 2.2.1-2
Explanation and Analysis:

After the feast ends, Romeo does not journey away from the Capulet’s house along with his friends; instead he climbs and leaps down a wall, in order to seek out and rejoin Juliet. He exclaims that his “heart” is somewhere else now, with her. When he sees her, he is again struck by her beauty, as he declares that she is “the sun.” These lines are thematically significant as well as beautiful (and extremely famous), and they illustrate yet another contradiction at work. It is undoubtedly night at the moment when Romeo claims that the “light” through the “window” is the light of daybreak, which comes from the East. Romeo is not merely engaging in eloquent, fictitious language; he is also introducing another duality for the strength of their love to overturn. Juliet is so beautiful that she can transform the night into the day.

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.
Related Characters: Juliet (speaker), Romeo, Montague
Page Number: 2.2.36-39
Explanation and Analysis:

It seems that Juliet cannot forget Romeo either; she begins to speak to herself about him, while he watches from below. As Juliet ponders aloud, she does not only ask why her love is a Montague, her family’s rival household; she asks why ("wherefore" means "why") he is “Romeo,” inviting us into a broader discussion about the power and purpose of naming and language in general. Can verbal expression truly rearrange bonds between individuals? Juliet claims that Romeo could “deny thy father and refuse thy name”; in other words, Romeo could genuinely separate himself from his family through spoken words and through refusing to own the name they gave him. Through marriage, Juliet could certainly do this; if she marries Romeo (and he is “sworn my love”), then she will legally as well as emotionally “no longer be a Capulet.” Juliet will continue to reflect on this theme as this scene, one of the most famous love scenes in all of drama, continues. This reminds us that much of love comes from words and wordplay.

'Tis but thy name that is my enemy; —
Thou art thyself though, not a Montague.
What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? That which we call a rose,
By any other word would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title: — Romeo, doff thy name;
And for thy name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.
Related Characters: Juliet (speaker), Romeo
Page Number: 2.2.41-52
Explanation and Analysis:

As Juliet continues to dwell upon this theme of love and language, the audience can realize the extent of her emotional upset. She presses further, even saying that Romeo “art thyself” and is “not a Montague.” Although Romeo may be embedded within the societal network of the Montague family, his physical body is his own; his identity as a Montague is not a “hand, nor foot, / Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part / Belonging to a man.” Juliet starts to repeat herself, again urging Romeo to refuse his name: “O, be some other name!”; “Retain that dear perfection … without that title”; “Romeo, doff thy name.” Such repetition must come from a tumultuous state of mind. Despite her emotional furor, through, Juliet inspires a larger conversation about naming, language, and societal identity in general with her famous “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, / By any other word would smell as sweet” observation. (i.e. does language affect even our senses? Science suggests it actually does, but that's another question.) She closes this soliloquy by wholly giving herself to her lover: “Take all myself.”

I take thee at thy word:
Call me but love, and I'll be new baptis'd;
Henceforth I never will be Romeo.
Related Characters: Romeo (speaker), Juliet
Page Number: 2.2.53-55
Explanation and Analysis:

Romeo finally reveals his presence, after Juliet has declared her love for him on her balcony. His reply echoes the same themes which Juliet mentioned: love and language, individual and society. Romeo claims that he can “be new baptis’d,” if Juliet will “call me but love.” Of course, he cannot truly baptize himself, as this ceremony is performed by a social figure—a priest who is invested with authority by human society and by the Christian God, who himself expresses his love in covenants: solemn agreements which can be delivered through language. Romeo himself provides the first possible solution to the two lovers’ difficult situation; it is not surprising that, for “star-cross’d” individuals with “death-mark’d” love, such an idealized solution is an impossibility.

Good-night, good-night! Parting is such sweet sorrow
That I shall say good-night till it be morrow.
Related Characters: Juliet (speaker), Romeo
Related Symbols: Light/Dark and Day/Night
Page Number: 2.2.199-201
Explanation and Analysis:

Another one of the play’s famous phrases (“Parting is such sweet sorrow”) is here delivered by Juliet as she and Romeo slowly end the "balcony scene." Juliet describes parting as an oxymoron, an event which is sweet (because it allows her to speak to her lover) and sorrowful (because it heralds a separation from him). To deal with this contradiction, Juliet puts in place another: she will continue to say “goodbye” (a word that, by definition, necessitates a subsequent parting and silence) until the night turns into day. Her actions will thus contradict her words. The day and night motif appears here as well, as Juliet acknowledges the separation between day and night, although later scenes in the play will further play with this binary.

Act 3, scene 1 Quotes
Romeo, the hate I bear thee can afford
No better term than this: thou art a villain.
Related Characters: Tybalt (speaker), Romeo
Page Number: 3.1.61-62
Explanation and Analysis:

When Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin, sees Romeo in a public place, he does not deny or weaken his feelings as he expresses his hatred. The strength of Tybalt’s declaration reminds us of Juliet’s words; Tybalt’s hatred impels him to name Romeo (as “a villain”), just as Juliet’s love drove her to name him (as her lover). Yet, Romeo next gives us a sense for how hatred and love can intertwine; he responds that he will refuse to acknowledge Tybalt’s hatred because he has reasons to love Tybalt. For Romeo in this scene, love overpowers hatred; this demonstrates that love and hatred are not merely opposing phenomenon in this play, but rather are engaged in interplay.

Romeo: Courage, man; the hurt cannot be much.
Mercutio: No, 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church-door; but 'tis enough, 'twill serve: ask for me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man.
Related Characters: Romeo (speaker), Mercutio (speaker)
Page Number: 3.1.99-102
Explanation and Analysis:

Mercutio receives a wound from Tybalt during their fight, and it is indeed mortal, although Romeo claims it isn't as he attempts to inspire courage in his friend. Mercutio is under no such delusion; his dark pun that he will be a “grave man” tomorrow (a man who is somber or a man who is in a grave) demonstrates his acknowledgment of his true condition. Mercutio is ever the realist, about his own life and about others’ lives. Mercutio will die, and he will become a victim of the feud between the Capulets and Montagues, although he does not belong to either family. This indicates the extent to which these two households’ rivalry affects the larger society of Verona.

O, I am fortune's fool!
Related Characters: Romeo (speaker)
Page Number: 3.1.142
Explanation and Analysis:

Romeo exclaims that he is "fortune's fool" after two deaths occur -- the death of his friend Mercutio and the death of Juliet's cousin Tybalt. Of course, we know from the play's Prologue that Romeo is indeed "fortune's fool," as he is one of two "star-cross'd" lovers who will die because of the drama's events. Yet, Romeo ironically utters this statement after he himself kills Tybalt, with his own sword and hands, during a combat which he immediately incited because of his passion over Mercutio's death. This inspires a degree of uncertainty about whether Romeo is indeed "fortune's fool," or whether he cooperates with fortune of his own free will, thus partially causing his own death as well. 

Act 3, scene 2 Quotes
Come, gentle night, — come, loving black brow'd night,
Give me my Romeo; and when he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of Heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night,
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
Related Characters: Juliet (speaker), Romeo
Related Symbols: Light/Dark and Day/Night
Page Number: 3.2.21-27
Explanation and Analysis:

Before the Nurse enters and informs Juliet that Tybalt has died, Juliet speaks alone in the Capulets' courtyard about her desire for Romeo. She urges the night to "come" so that she can meet Romeo under the cover of darkness, as forbidden lovers do. As she passionately continues speaking, Juliet visually imagines Romeo's head existing in the night sky, illuminating the world with his fairness. Juliet's vision of Romeo serving as an image for the whole world to behold is imaginative, and it also suggests an inner longing to make their love less secretive. She dreams that night could become a force which allows the world to view her love, instead of the only time when it is safe enough to seek out her lover's company. 

Act 3, scene 5 Quotes
Wilt thou be gone? it is not yet near day.
It was the nightingale, and not the lark,
That pierc'd the fearful hollow of thine ear;
Nightly she sings on yond pomegranate tree.
Believe me love, it was the nightingale.
Related Characters: Juliet (speaker), Romeo
Related Symbols: Light/Dark and Day/Night
Page Number: 3.5.1-5
Explanation and Analysis:

The nightingale has a rich tradition as a symbol in medieval romances, and it is fitting that Juliet references this creature when she attempts to convince Romeo that it is not yet day and their night of love-making is not over. Although Juliet was earlier willing to acknowledge the separation between day and night (when she said she would say good-bye until night became day), here she conflates the two. It is now day, but Juliet situates herself and Romeo within a fictitious night. This indicates how the lovers’ situation has grown more desperate, which Juliet also suggests herself, with her description of “the fearful hollow of thine ear”—both lovers are afraid of the coming day, and what it may bring.

Act 4, scene 1 Quotes
Or bid me go into a new-made grave,
And hide me with a dead man in his shroud -
Things that, to hear them told, have made me tremble -
And I will do it without fear or doubt,
To live an unstain'd wife to my sweet love.
Related Characters: Juliet (speaker), Romeo
Page Number: 4.1.85-90
Explanation and Analysis:

After Juliet suggests that her bridal bed with County Paris and her tomb should be conflated, she finds herself making a similar suggestion as she pleads with her ally the Friar Laurence for assistance. Shortly before she makes this exclamation, Juliet was forced to discuss her impending marriage with both Paris and Friar Laurence, and this encounter has likely added to her constant emotional tumult, to produce the desperation she describes here. Yet Juliet also expresses a sort of strength through her desperation; she will do what she must “without fear or doubt” because she fosters such a passionate regard for Romeo. It is moments such as these that have made Romeo and Juliet two of the most famous lovers in history, as they are so renowned for their ability to resist their surrounding society.

Act 5, scene 1 Quotes
Then I defy you, stars!
Related Characters: Romeo (speaker)
Page Number: 5.1.25
Explanation and Analysis:

Balthasar has brought word to Romeo that Juliet is dead and lies in the Capulet’s tomb vaults. Romeo’s immediate response is the question “Is it even so?,” a momentary refusal to recognize the death of Juliet, which only briefly precedes his exclamation “then I defy you, stars!” Here, we witness how these lovers are “star-cross’d”: fate causes Romeo to hear that Juliet is dead, which will soon lead to his own death and her actual death. We see our lovers strive against the more amorphous forces which oppose them. The stars do not only “defy” Romeo’s wishes; through his use of language, Romeo is able to “defy” them, as well.

Act 5, scene 3 Quotes
O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. — Thus with a kiss I die.
Related Characters: Romeo (speaker), Juliet, The Apothecary
Page Number: 5.3.119-120
Explanation and Analysis:

In Juliet’s tomb, Romeo believes that his lover is dead, along with Tybalt, and near to Paris, whom he has just killed and lays in this grave as well. Romeo delivers a lengthy soliloquy, beginning by describing Juliet’s beauty (her quality which first attracted his notice) and claiming that death has not slighted her appearance in any way. Romeo also makes peace with Tybalt; even his last declaration of love to Juliet is contextualized by others, and by the greater society in which they exist. Finally, Romeo drinks the poison, which swiftly begins to kill him, urging him to say that the apothecary was “true” in selling him an effective poison. The natural substances – which, as Friar Laurence earlier reminded us, can either work for good or for evil – here are fulfilling the purpose which Romeo hopes they will fulfill.

For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.
Related Characters: Prince Escalus (speaker), Romeo, Juliet
Page Number: 5.3.320-321
Explanation and Analysis:

As Prince Escalus ends the play, another figure finally acknowledges the intimate association between the two lovers; he refers to Romeo as “her Romeo,” thus belonging to Juliet. Yet he also recapitulates their story as a story with the most woe, and thus language allows him to circumscribe the lovers’ narrative with his own words. The broader society of Verona, which is led and symbolized by Prince Escalus, is personified in the play both after and before Romeo and Juliet appear. This places the play’s love story within the sphere of broader forces – of human society, of spiritual dominion, of secular fate – that conspire to form the final outcome.

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Romeo Character Timeline in Romeo and Juliet

The timeline below shows where the character Romeo appears in Romeo and Juliet. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, scene 1
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...Benvolio and Montague discuss the fight a little later, Lady Montague says she's glad that Romeo, her son, wasn't involved. Benvolio says that just before dawn he saw Romeo looking melancholy... (full context)
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Benvolio learns from Romeo that he is in love with Rosaline, a woman who has taken an oath of... (full context)
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Benvolio advises Romeo to find someone else to love. Romeo walks off, saying that he can't forget Rosaline.... (full context)
Act 1, scene 2
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...servant, Peter, to deliver the rest of the invitations. But Peter can't read. Just then, Romeo and Benvolio happen along. Peter asks them if they'll read the list of invitations aloud... (full context)
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...was one of the names on the list. He suggests they crash the party so Romeo can see his love isn't anything special compared to the other beauties there. Romeo agrees... (full context)
Act 1, scene 4
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Romeo, Benvolio, and their friend Mercutio (a kinsmen of Prince Escalus), walk toward the Capulet's ball.... (full context)
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Romeo says he dreamed that going to the feast was a bad idea. (full context)
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...more nightmarish, revealing men's greed, violence, and sexual desire. Mercutio works himself into a fervor. Romeo breaks in and calms him down. (full context)
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Benvolio breaks in to say they'll be late if they don't hurry. Romeo again says he has a bad feeling. He senses that the events of the night... (full context)
Act 1, scene 5
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Romeo catches sight of Juliet. He doesn't know who she is, but immediately forgets Rosaline. He... (full context)
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Romeo approaches Juliet. Their entire first conversation is an intertwined fourteen line sonnet, in which they... (full context)
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The Nurse interrupts, calling Juliet to her mother. Romeo learns from the Nurse that Juliet's a Capulet. Moments later, Juliet says about Romeo, as... (full context)
Act 2, prologue
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In another sonnet, the Chorus describes the obstacles facing the new love between Romeo and Juliet, but also says that "passion lends them power" (2.p.13). (full context)
Act 2, scene 2
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Just then, Romeo sees Juliet walk out onto a balcony. In a whisper he compares her to the... (full context)
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Juliet speaks: she asks why Romeo must be Romeo. She asks him to forswear his name, to give up being a... (full context)
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Romeo emerges from his hiding place, startling Juliet. She says that if Romeo is noticed he'll... (full context)
Act 2, scene 3
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Romeo rushes into Friar Laurence's cell. Friar Laurence immediately sees that Romeo did not sleep that... (full context)
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The Friar is suspicious of Romeo's sudden switch from Rosaline to Juliet. Romeo responds that Juliet, unlike Rosaline, returns his love.... (full context)
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...an opportunity to end the feud between the Montagues and Capulets, and agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet. (full context)
Act 2, scene 4
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Benvolio and Mercutio wonder what happened to Romeo the previous night. Benvolio mentions that Tybalt has challenged Romeo to a dual. In a... (full context)
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Romeo appears. Mercutio mockingly compares Rosaline to all the great heroines of classical literature. Romeo and... (full context)
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The Nurse appears, looking for Romeo. For fun, Mercutio compares the Nurse to a prostitute for a while, then goes off... (full context)
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The Nurse threatens some dire response if Romeo means to mislead Juliet. But Romeo says that if Juliet can get to Friar Laurence's... (full context)
Act 2, scene 6
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Friar Laurence and Romeo wait for Juliet. Romeo is so excited he says that no matter what sorrow might... (full context)
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Juliet arrives, and Romeo asks her to describe her love for him. But Juliet refuses. She comments that "They... (full context)
Act 3, scene 1
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Romeo appears. Tybalt calls Romeo a "villain," but Romeo refuses to duel, saying that he loves... (full context)
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Mercutio, furious that Romeo refuses to stand up for himself, challenges Tybalt. They draw their swords and begin to... (full context)
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Romeo says to himself that love for Juliet has made him "effeminate." Tybalt returns. Romeo avenges... (full context)
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Benvolio tells Prince Escalus what happened. The Capulets demand that Romeo be executed, while the Montagues argue that Tybalt was to blame. Escalus banishes Romeo from... (full context)
Act 3, scene 2
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Juliet begs nightfall to hurry in its coming, and to bring Romeo with it. She imagines that when she dies Romeo will be immortalized as stars in... (full context)
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The Nurse runs in crying and shouting "He's dead!" (3.2.36). Juliet thinks Romeo has killed himself, and threatens to kill herself. (full context)
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...starts calling out Tybalt's name. Juliet realizes there's been a mistake. The Nurse tells her Romeo killed Tybalt and has been banished. Juliet laments that Romeo could seem such an angel... (full context)
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Juliet tells the Nurse to find Romeo and bid him come that night to her room so that they can consummate their... (full context)
Act 3, scene 3
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Romeo, hiding in Friar Laurence's cell, learns he has been banished. He says banishment is worse... (full context)
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There is a knock on the door. Romeo hides. Friar Laurence lets in the Nurse. Romeo believes Juliet must think him a murderer... (full context)
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The Friar tells Romeo to go spend the night with Juliet and then before dawn to flee Verona for... (full context)
Act 3, scene 5
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The call of a bird wakes Romeo and Juliet just before dawn, but Juliet claims the bird is a nightingale rather than... (full context)
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Juliet stops pretending. She says it's day and Romeo must go. (full context)
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The Nurse enters and warns that Lady Capulet is approaching Juliet's room. Romeo hurries down the rope ladder. To Juliet, standing on her balcony, it looks as if... (full context)
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Lady Capulet enters, and soon begins to curse Romeo as the "traitor murderer" (3.5.84) of Tybalt. Juliet speaks so cunningly that it seems like... (full context)
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Juliet asks the Nurse for advice. The Nurse says that Romeo is banished and unlikely to return, so she should marry Paris. The Nurse tries to... (full context)
Act 4, scene 1
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...funeral, and inter Juliet in their family tomb. Meanwhile, the friar will get word to Romeo, who will come to the tomb in time to be there when she wakes, and... (full context)
Act 4, scene 3
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...if the Friar means to murder her to hide his participation in her marriage to Romeo? What if she wakes up in the vault before Romeo arrives, and goes insane because... (full context)
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Juliet sees a vision of Tybalt chasing Romeo, yet lifts the vial, toasts to Romeo, and drinks. (full context)
Act 5, scene 1
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Romeo, in Mantua, contemplates a happy dream he's had: Juliet found him dead, and brought him... (full context)
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Romeo shouts, "Then I defy you, stars" (5.1.24). He orders Balthasar to get him paper and... (full context)
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Romeo addresses Juliet, telling her "I will lie with thee tonight" (5.1.34). He finds a poor... (full context)
Act 5, scene 2
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Friar John, who Friar Laurence had sent to tell Romeo the plan about Juliet's fake death, returns. He explains that he never made it to... (full context)
Act 5, scene 3
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Romeo enters bearing a torch, with Balthasar following him. Romeo gives Balthasar a letter and instructs... (full context)
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Paris recognizes Romeo and thinks he has come to desecrate Tybalt's or Juliet's grave, or both. He draws... (full context)
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Romeo opens the tomb and carries the body of Paris inside. He sees Juliet, and is... (full context)
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Friar Laurence arrives at the churchyard and is greeted by Balthasar, who tells him that Romeo has returned to see Juliet. The Friar, sensing disaster, rushes to the tomb and sees... (full context)
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Juliet sees the vial clutched in Romeo's dead hand and realizes he killed himself by poison. She kisses his lips, hoping to... (full context)
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...the Capulets, and then by Montague, who says his wife has died of grief over Romeo's banishment. Friar Laurence explains to them everything that happened. Balthasar hands over the letter from... (full context)
Act 2, scene 1
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Instead of leaving the party with Benvolio and Mercutio, Romeo jumps the wall into the Capulet garden to try to find Juliet. Benvolio and Mercutio... (full context)