'Romeo and Juliet' - Act 2 Key Quotations

"Wherefore art thou 'Romeo'?"

- JULIET -

CONTEXT:

Juliet is thinking aloud on her balcony.

THEMES:

Loyalty; Honour; Love

LANGUAGE:

Proper noun = "Romeo" - she wishes Romeo wasn't a Montague.

"In one respect, ill thy assistant be."

- FRIAR LAWRENCE -

CONTEXT:

The Friar shows that he is either really loyal to Romeo or he is doing it for himself.

THEMES:

Loyalty; Honour; Danger

LANGUAGE:

Adjective = "one" suggests that the Friar wouldn't help if it wasn't making him look good.

"Th' exchange of thy loves faithful vow for mine."

- ROMEO -

CONTEXT:

Goes against family and patriarchy and marries in secret.

THEMES:

Individuality; Rebellion; Secrecy

LANGUAGE:

Adjective = "faithful" suggests that Romeo and Juliet are the only faithful people in Verona.

"What satisfaction canst thou have tonight?"

- JULIET -

CONTEXT:

Romeo and Juliet have just met.

THEMES:

Individuality

LANGUAGE:

Noun = "satisfaction" suggests that Romeo could just want sex. Is he mistakenly treating Juliet like Rosaline?

"Turn your household's rancour to pure love."

- FRIAR LAWRENCE -

CONTEXT:

Friar has agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet.

THEMES:

Power; Love; Hope; Religion

LANGUAGE:

Oxymoron = "rancour/love" suggests that Romeo and Juliet's marriage could end the bitterness and resentfulness between the two families, replacing it with love.

“Well do not swear. Although I joy in thee, I have no joy of this contract tonight. It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden”

- JULIET -

CONTEXT:

Love at first sight was much more feasible than today. Juliet’s reaction is much more typical of a 21st century reaction.

THEMES:

Gender; Free will

LANGUAGE:

Rational and cautious = aware of how ridiculously quickly this is moving for them.

List of three =  listing reasons as to why marriage is a bit ridiculous. Foreshadows dire consequences of their impulsiveness.

“Love-devouring death do what he dare”

- ROMEO -

CONTEXT:

Challenging fate would be seen as very risky to an Elizabethan audience who believed in its power. The Queen at the time was a protestant - did not want any religious roles ties with Rome. A questionable Italian Friar in the play demonstrates a lack of trust of the Catholic faith in keeping with English trends.

THEMES:

Love vs. Death; Fate; Free-will

LANGUAGE:

Dramatic irony = Romeo being with Juliet is what ultimately gets him killed.

“These violent delights have violent ends”

- FRIAR LAWRENCE -

CONTEXT:

The Friar warns that the intensity of the pair's love could result in an equally dramatic end.

THEMES:

Danger; Love; Death

LANGUAGE:

Oxymoron = "violent delights", and yet despite this, the Friar marries them anyway.

Foreshadowing = the intensity of their love could result in an equally dramatic end.

“Young men’s love then lies/ not truly in their heart but in their eyes”

"they stumble that run fast”

- FRIAR LAWRENCE -

CONTEXT:

Beauty was seen as one of the most important traits in a woman in the Elizabethan era - something that the Friar is clearly critical of.

THEMES:

Love vs. Sex; Gender

LANGUAGE:

Rhyme = The Friar is implying that Romeo is shallow - use of rhyme shows his wisdom at this point.

“they stumble that run fast” - this warning comes after he agrees to marry R&J - Foreshadows the ending, the verb ‘stumble’ seems like an innocent mistake - undermines the severity of the consequences of their actions.