|‘But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. Arise fair sun and kill the envious moon, Who is already sick and pale with grief That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.’ These lines spoken by Romeo contain a conceit, which is an extended metaphor. Explain what is being compared and what Romeo means by it.
||Romeo is comparing Juliet with the sun. He is meaning that Juliet is as beautiful as the sun and the moon is Rosaline and Juliet is more beautiful than her and is making Romeo’s grief from Rosaline go away.
|What is Juliet asking in the line, “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”
||She is asking why he has to be a Montague. Because she is not in love with his name, just him.
|Juliet says to Romeo: “O, swear not by the moon, th’ inconstant moon. That monthly changes in her circled orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.”a) What does she mean?b) What does this offer as far as characterization of Juliet?
||a) She wants Romeo to love her always not be everchanging his feelings for her.b) She is sensitive and doesn’t want to marry just anyone, she wants to be loved back just as much.
|What news does Juliet ask Romeo to send to her the next day?
||Whether or not to be married. When and where at as well as if they will be married.
|“Shrift” is confession. Given the time period, why is it so important that Juliet have permission to go to shrift in order to get married?
||Young women were not able to go anywhere by theirselves except to confession, but she had to have permission to go. That way she could also be married in secret.
|In his opening speech in Scene 3, explain what Friar Lawrence is saying as he ponders the power of herbs and flowers.
||He is saying that even good things can become bad if used wrongly. Also that some bad things have the potential for good if used in a dignified way.
|Why does Friar Lawrence agree to marry Romeo and Juliet?
||He believes it will put an end to the long family feud.
|What is the purpose of the meeting between the Nurse and Romeo?
||The Nurse told Romeo that Juliet can come to get married and that she will tell Juliet that he proposes. The Nurse also tells Romeo not to do anything dirty with her, she is a young girl.
|Define dramatic irony
||The reader knows something more than the characters.