-First Impressions with Quotes-

"This is not Romeo. He's some other where." 1.1.206.
Romeo thinks that this love has overcome him and he is no longer himself. He rambles on about this girl (Rosaline), in his rambling he contradicts himself quite frequently. "Why then. O brawling love, O loving hate." 1.1.181. This is a good example of Romeo being very contradictory.

"Ay me, Sad hours seem long" 1.1.166
Romeo is an over dramatic lovesick boy. Judging from the title of this play, his affections for the girl that is later discovered to be Rosaline is obviously not as serious and ever-lasting as he makes it out to be.

"[he] shuts up his windows, lock fair daylight out, and makes himself an artificial night" 1.1.142-143
From this a reader may be able to conclude Romeo is infatuated because he spend all his time alone probably thinking about a girl and he never comes out of his room. He's a confused teenage boy who is in 'love'.

"Out of her favor where I am in love" 1.1.173
From this a reader may be able to conclude Romeo is heartbroken because he finds out that the Rosaline doesn't really like Romeo but he still likes her very much.

"Tut,I have lost myself." 1.1.205
Romeo is a young boy who obviously believes he has learned what true love really is. He believes that without her his life would be without meaning.

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(Romeo Day dreaming about Rosaline)

"Not mad, but bound more than a madman is, Shut up in prison, kept without my food,Whipped and tormented, and—good e’en, good fellow." 1.2.57-60
Romeo is obviously very dramatic. He also is very good at making metaphors and being very romantic.

"I am too sore enpiercèd with his shaft. To soar with his light feathers, and so bound. I cannot bound a pitch above dull woe. Under love’s heavy burden do I sink." 1.4.18-22
Romeo is very good at punning and he seems to also be able to do it very fast too. It seems Romeo is quite intellectual.

"Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight, For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night." 1.5.59-60
Romeo was first madly in "love" with Rosaline but now it seems that Romeo's suddenly found a new girl. He quickly changes his mind, from being once love sick about Rosaline to loving Juliet. It shows Romeo is very rash and can quickly change his mind.
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-I Am What I Say-

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"I know not how to tell thee who I am..
Because it is an enemy to thee.
Had I it written, I would tear the word."
I don't want to say anything that offends you, so I don't know how to say who I am to you. Since my name offends you, I won't say it, I'd destroy it.
After the Capulet party, Romeo goes to Juliet's balcony. Romeo is very desperate for Juliet and very love sick for her too.
He would go as far as to disown his name for Juliet. He would
do anything for her.
Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight, For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night
Is this the first time I've been in love? It must be,
this is the first time I've seen something that is truly
This is Romeo's reaction upon seeing Juliet for the first time,
and he had very recently been whining about Rosaline. This shows
that Romeo is rash, impulsive and disloyal concerning love.
"Sin from my lips? O trespass sweetly urged!
Give me my sin again."
I gave you my sin through my lips? But the kiss was so tempting!
Give me my sin back (with another kiss)
Romeo is again showing how passionate he is; he kisses Juliet
even though they don't know each other very well at all at Capulet's party. After she says she received his sin, he says he will just have to take it back with another kiss. Romeo is also shown to be
how most teenage boys are, very hormonal.
"Alive in triumph, and Mercutio slain! Away to heaven respective lenity, And fire eyed fury be my conduct now." 3.1.127-129
Tybalt is alive victorious while Mercutio is dead!
No more lenience, it went to heaven,
Anger will fuel my actions now.
Romeo attempted ignoring Tybalt because of his new wife but
this shows that he has a line that can't be crossed. Mercutio was
killed so being protective of his family he thinks only about his
rage and revenge.
"Ha, banishment? Be merciful, say "death,"
For exile hath more terror in his look,
Much more than death. Do not say "banishment."
Banishment? Be kind and say it is death
Exile looks much worse
Worse that death. Do not say banishment
Romeo is talking about how he would rather die than be away
from Juliet. Exile seems so terrifying because he would have to
be alive but without is true love. This shows how Romeo goes to such an extreme for love.
"With Rosaline, my ghostly father? No. I have forgot that name and that name's woe."
With Rosaline father? No. I have forgotten her and the sadness caused by her.
This shows that Romeo has forgotten about Rosaline and moved
on to someone new; he put behind the sadness that has been
caused by Rosaline by not showing the same affection towards
Romeo the way he did to her.
"Draw, Benvolio. Beat down their weapons. Gentlemen, for shame! Forbear this outrage. Tybalt, Mercutio! The Prince expressly hath
Forbidden bandying in Verona streets.Hold, Tybalt! Good Mercutio!"
3.1. 87-91
Draw your sword, Benvolio. Let us relieve them of their weapons. Gentlemen, stop this disgraceful fight. Tybalt, Mercutio, the Prince has banned fighting in the streets of Verona. Stop, Tybalt. Stop, good Mercutio.
Romeo really loves Tybalt, and he is trying to break up their fight.
I don't necessarily think it's because "the prince banned fighting"
but because he had some sort of idea that if they continued to
fight, there would be a severe outcome; which he especially
didn't wish upon Tybalt because of how much he loved him.
"With love's light wings did I
o'erperch these walls, For stony limits cannot hold love out,"
I came to your house because of my love for you. Nothing can hold me away from you not even walls, gates, or any thing.
Romeo is shown to be pretty reckless. He came all the way
to Juliet's balcony just to see her. He would probably do
anything to see her, nothing would be able to keep him from
her. He would go through anything to see her even if it is
dangerous are not very wise.
"And, but thou love me, let them find me here. My life was better ended by their hate, than death prorogued, wanting
of thy love"
I would rather die by your families hand than you telling me that you don't love me. I would rather die because it would be better than waiting for you to love me.
Romeo no longer cares about death because of his love
for Juliet. He would rather choose death if Juliet didn't love him
or if Juliet's love was gone from him. This shows Romeo's desperation for Juliet's love.
"Hadst thou no poison mixed, no sharp-ground kinfe, No sudden mean of death, though ne'er so mean, But "banished" to kill me? 'Banished"?
Since I'm banished form Juliet, I would rather die. I want to die, do you have anything that could kill me quickly and efficiently because it's better than having been banished.
Upon hearing new of his banshisment from Friar Lawrence. Romeo is mad for Juliet. He wants to commit suicide for being banished and not being able to see her. He even asks the Friar for a tool to kill himself with. Romeo would probably have killed himself if the Friar hadn't helped him come to his senses.
"I doubt it not; and all these woes shall serve For sweet discourses in our times to come."
I have no doubt; all these problems will serve
as stories to talk about later.
It's ironic that Romeo tries to comfort Juliet by saying that they will see each other again but what ends up happening is that Romeo and Juliet die. What is said is the complete opposite.
"In faith, I will. - Let me puruse this face.
Mercutio's kinsman, noble county Paris!
What said my man when my betosséd soul
Did not attend him as we rode? I think
He told me Paris should have married Juliet."
You have my word that I will. Let me study this face.... Mercutio's relative, Paris!
What was it that my man [Balthasar] said on the way here, while I wasn't paying attention to him? I think he might have said that Paris was supposed to marry Juliet.
Paris' last wishes were to be buried with Juliet. Romeo seems to oblige to this request.
This shows a different side of him. I would not have expected this from him at all. It is revealed here that, when it comes down to it, Romeo is very respectful, and will give a dead man their dying wish, even if it is to lie with Romeo's wife.
"I must indeed, and therefore came I hither. Good gentle youth, tempt not a desp'rate man. Fly hence and leave me. Think upon these gone. Let them affright thee. I beseech thee youth, Put not another sin upon my head by urging me to fury."
I know, I do need to (die), and thats why I'm here. Please young man, dont' tempt me. Run away and leave me alone. Think about the dead people here. Let them scare you. I urge you, don't anger and make me get my hands dirty once more.
This quotation displays the transformation of Romeo's character. At the beginning of the book he was arrogant, and would have fought anyone that challenged him to a duel. Now, suicidal over the death of Juliet, he pleads to just be left alone. He has already killed Tybalt, and does not want to kill again. He doesn't want to unnecessarily waste anyone else's life.
"Shall I believe That unsubstantial death is amorous, And that the lean abhorred monster keeps Thee here in dark to be his paramour? For fear of that I still will stay with thee And never from this [palace] of dim night."
Shall I believe that death that has no substance is a lover, And that the lean ugly monster keeps you here in dark to be his mistress? Because I’m afraid of that, I still will stay with you, And never leave this palace of dim night Again.
This quote shows the reader that Romeo has truly accepted the idea of dying along side his wife. It shows the maturity of a very young teen, his loyalty to Juliet truly is 'Till death do us part". He has decided to no longer live because the love of his life has died, and with out her his life meant nothing at all.
"Come, bitter conduct; come, unsavoury guide! Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on The dashing rocks thy seasick weary bark! Here's to my love! O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die."
Come on, bitter escort. Come on, unsavory guide! You desperate sea captain, now run your sea-sick weary ship Onto the dashing rocks all at
once! Here's to my love! O, Apothecary, you told the truth! Your
drugs are quick. So, I die with a kiss.
It seems to me that he wants to get this over and done with and he wants to join Juliet as soon as possible. Sadly, Juliet is actually alive. Juliet kills herself once she wakes up and finds Romeo dead, these deaths were all caused by a misunderstanding by Romeo that Juliet had died.
"She hath forsworn to love, and in that vow
Do I live dead, that live to tell it now."
She has refused to love, and with that promise, I feel dead, though I am alive
Even though this quote comes from the beginning of the play, and is about Rosaline, it demonstrates that Romeo is a passionate person, and suggests that, for him, he is not apathetic at all, and cares very strongly about things in general, not just his love interests.
"Death,that hath sucked the honey of thy breath, hath had no power yet upon thy beauty. Thou art not conquered. Beauty's ensign yet is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks, and death's pale flag is not advanced there."
5.3.92 - 96
Death has sucked the honey from your breath but it has not yet ruined your beauty. You haven't been conquered. There is still red in your lips and in your cheeks. Death has not yet turned them pale.
Romeo is very affectionate, and this quote shows much he truly loves her. Through this quote you could see how committed and attached Romeo is to Juliet and you can kind of get a sense of how much he would do for her, and how much he's willing to give up for the two of them to be together happily.
"Amen, amen. But come what sorrow can,
It cannot countervail the exchange of joy
That one short minute gives me in her sight."
Amen, The sadness can come but
it won't intervene/ trump the happiness
that one moment with Juliet gives me
Romeo feels that he will be okay because he has Juliet and being with her is enough happiness to overcome everything. It is interesting that he says this because Romeo is so devastated in having to leave Juliet. In the big picture it can be used to show that Romeo feels like he has had a good life because the happiness he had with Juliet is enough forever.
"I dreamt my lady came and found me dead
(Strange dream, that gives a dead man leave to think!)
And breathed such life with kisses in my lips
I had a dream that Juliet came and found me dead
It's a strange dream to have but gives a dead man reason to think
She kissed my lips and brought me back to life
It is almost funny that Romeo had a dream about Juliet coming to find him dead and she did. This is very good foreshadowing on Shakespeare's part. Romeo has said a couple of times that he senses something is going to happen that has ended up happening in the past. If Romeo had listened to his gut and his dream then he may not have killed himself, later being able to be with Juliet.
"I'll go along, no such sight to be shown
But to rejoice in splendor of mine own."
I will come along, but I will not socialize, and enjoy my own company.
This is from the scene where Benvolio and Mercutio are trying to talk Romeo into attending the Capulet party to pursue other women. This shows that while he may be in a bad mood, he is always in the mood for adventure. He craves excitement in a way, and this reckless decision demonstrates that.

-Romeo's Roles-

Act 1
  • Scene 1: Romeo comes in after the big fight. Benvolio goes and talks to him to figure out why he seems so sad. All he does is talk about how he is in love with someone.
  • Scene 2: Romeo reads the letter announcing the party and finds out that Rosaline will be there. The servant invites them but assumes that they are not Montagues. Romeo and Benvolio then decide to go to the party.
  • Scene 3: N/A
  • Scene 4: Romeo goes with Mercutio and Benvolio to the party. They start to tease Romeo about this "love." Romeo then says he has a bad feeling about this night and party. He says he feels that this night will start the beginning of something leading to his death.
  • Scene 5: This is where Romeo sees Juliet for the first time. He forgets about Rosaline and says he has never been in love like this before. Romeo and Juliet share there first kiss, and their second as well. Romeo also finds out that Juliet is a Capulet and is devastated. This is also where Tybalt realizes that Romeo came to the party.
Act 2
  • Scene 1: Romeo only speaks two lines at the very beginning of the scene, and exits. It is later revealed that he scaled the Capulet's wall after the party and entered their garden, due to his sudden infatuation with Juliet
  • Scene 2: This is the famous balcony scene. Romeo overhears Juliet talking aloud about him and, being in her garden, out of sight, answers her. It is here that Romeo and Juliet reveal their love for one another and thier desire to be married.
  • Scene 3: In this scene, we are introduced to Friar Lawrence, when Romeo immediatley comes to him and requests that he marry Juliet and himself as soon as possible.
  • Scene 4: A newly giddy Romeo meets up with his friends, Mercutio and Benvolio. After a witty, pun-filled dialogue between Mercutio and he, he is approached by Juliet's nurse. She brings a message from Juliet that insturcts him to come to Friar Lawrence's cell that afternoon, where they will be married.
  • Scene 5: N/A
  • Scene 6: Romeo marries Juliet, with the assistance of Friar Lawrence.
Act 3
  • Scene 1: Romeo enters when Mercutio and Tybalt are insulting each other. Tybalt, who was looking for Romeo, insults him but Romeo ignores it. Mercutio in shock of Romeo's action, fights Tybalt. Romeo gets in between them to stop the fight and Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo's arm. Later, Romeo finds out that Mercutio has actually died. He blames his love for Juliet for making him weak. In his grief for Mercutio, he duels Tybalt and kills him. From the advice and instructions of Benvolio, Romeo flees before the townspeople come.
  • Scene 2: N/A
  • Scene 3: Romeo learns from Friar Lawrence that he has been banished form Verona for slaying Tybalt. Romeo cries out to Friar Lawrence why death is far more better than banishment, in many ways. Romeo is not comforted by Friar Lawrence's counsel at first. Romeo refuses to hide when a knock on the door comes. When the nurse enters, he asks for new on how Juliet is and threatens to kill himself because he assumes that Juliet might think he is a bad person and a murderer. However he listens to Friar Lawrence's plan and agrees to it and runs of to comfort Juliet.
  • Scene 4: N/A
  • Scene 5: The morning after Romeo has spent the night with Juliet, he prepares to leave. However he doesn't want to leave but Juliet persuades him to leave or else he will be caught. Romeo leaves after he and Juliet share a kiss.

Act 4
  • Scene 1:N/A
  • Scene 2:N/A
  • Scene 3:N/A
  • Scene 4:N/A
  • Scene 5:N/A

Act 5
  • Scene 1:Balthasar a friend of Romeos, arrive in Mantua with news of Juliet's death, The news arrives before Friar Lawrence is able to notify Romeo of their plan. Then Romeo has Balthasar buy them horses to return to Verona. Before they depart though, Romeo makes a quick stop at an Apothecary to buy poison and die with Juliet.
  • Scene 2:N/A
  • Scene 3: Romeo arrives at Juliet's tomb and has an encounter with Paris, in which Romeo kills Paris. After the fight Romeo opens Juliet's tomb and kisses her on the lips. After doing so he drinks the poison that he bought at the apothecary's and dies instantaneously.

-Final Assignment-

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