Romeo and juliet quotes about violence
Romeo and Juliet Quotes by William Shakespeare
'Hate' in Romeo and Juliet: Key Quotes & Analysis
Romeo and Juliet
Enter Chorus. 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-crossed lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-marked 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; Prologue. Think of this like a mini-reading guide: here, Shakespeare or the Chorus tells us up front that, over the course of the play, "two households," or families in Verona, are going to get caught up again in a long standing feud, or "ancient grudge. In just a few lines, Shakespeare lays out the plot and a few of the major themes—done and done. Okay, what is going on here?
The play follows the lives and deaths of Romeo and Juliet, two young star-crossed lovers from feuding families in Verona. What light through yonder window breaks? These violent delights have violent ends, And in their triumph die; like fire and powder, Which, as they kiss, consume: the sweetest honey Is loathsome in his own deliciousness, And in the taste confounds the appetite: Therefore love moderately: long love doth so. Spoken by Friar Lawrence before he marries Romeo off to Juliet, this short speech counsels the young lover to temper his amorous passions. In this quote, the friar uses the example of honey, which, although delicious to our taste buds, can cause serious stomach pains if we eat too much too quickly. It is Friar Lawrence who agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet, even though he knows these two lovers only met a few weeks ago.
The action of Romeo and Juliet opens with Samson boasting that he is a violent man. When some Montague servants appear, he draws his sword and asks his companion Gregory to start a quarrel that might lead to a fight. This opening establishes that Verona is a place where violence can break out over nothing. Samson and Gregory and their Montague opponents are all afraid of breaking the law, which reminds us that the punishment for fighting is every bit as violent as the fighting itself. From the beginning of the play, all the young men involved in the feud are trapped between two threats of violence: the violence of their enemies and the violence of the Prince, who has threatened to execute anyone who continues the feud. He rests his minim rests, one, two and the third in your bosom; the very butcher of a silk button, a duellist, a duellist 2. At the time Shakespeare was writing, a new style of fencing swordfighting had recently been imported from Italy.