Romeo And Juliet Essay

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1. In Act One Scene Four, Mercutio delivered his famous.He is trying to convince Romeo to put aside his love over Rosaline and come to the Capulet feast. Romeo says that he is saddened from a dream. Mercutio responds by giving speech about Queen Mab. Queen Mab is the fairy who delivers dreams to sleeping humans. The main point of the speech is that the visions that Queen Mab delivers are directly related to the person that she delivers to dream to.For example, a lover would dream of love, a barber would dream of hair, a soldier would dream of war, inventor would dream of new an amazing gadgets. The other part of the speech talks about virginity. “Maids lie on their back” refers to maids having sex. “Presses them and learns them first to bear” is maids getting pregnant. This speech shows that Mercutio is very fun loving and joking. Reproduction is part of the human condition and it ties in with the theme of love. (168)
2. “Then, I defy you stars!” is an example of free will versus fate portrayed by Romeo in Act Five Scene One. The quote is an allusion to a quote in the Shakespeare’s same work in the prologue. Romeo is crushed by the latest news from Balthasar that his love, Juliet, is dead. Fate is not at all sympathetic towards free will. Romeo is signifying that he is in charge of his own life, and not ruled by some preset order of events. Ironically, Romeo tried to change his fate, however, he killed himself before the Friar could stop him or Juliet woke up. This highlights and emphasizes the love that Romeo has for Juliet. The characterization adds to the theme of young love. Love is one of the most basic principles and characteristics of the human condition. The stars can be defied. We are not ruled by preset events, but there are events that must take place for our own learning, emotions, and survival. (165)
3. “A plague on both your houses! They have made worms’ meat out of me!” is spoken by the prince in Act Three Scene One. This is just after Tybalt killed Benvolio by stabbing him underneath Romeo's arm. Then, Romeo avenged his friend’s, Mercutio's, death. “A plague on both your houses” means that the prince is very displeased with the fight. He is cursing their “houses” or families. “They have made worms’ meat out of me” is referring to the prince’s embarrassment. He cannot control the Capulet’s and Montague’s fights. This one especially made him angry because it resulted in the death of Lord Capulet's nephew and a Mercutio a montague. He has already warned the families, so he is not at all sympathetic toward them. He banishes Romeo from Verona, and therefore crushes his hopes of being with Juliet. The embarrassment is part of the human condition. This shows the prince is a leader. It also makes the theme more dramatic by adding a problem. (166)
Short Answer
2. Romeo and Juliet is very famous for its dysfunctional relationships between parents and children. Romeo and Juliet do not tell their parents about...

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