Two classical allusions are found in Act I, Scene 1 of "Romeo and Juliet," when Romeo talks about his love. He states that she will "...not be hit With Cupid’s arrow. She hath Dian’s wit." This references the Greek myth of Cupid, who caused people to fall in love by firing his weapons at them. Romeo also favorably compares his beloved's cleverness to Diana, the Roman goddess of the hunt.Continue Reading
In addition, Scene I, Act 1 contains a classical allusion to Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn. Romeo's mother worries that her son avoids daytime, staying out all night and not coming home until first light: "...as the all-cheering sun/ Should in the farthest east begin to draw/ The shady curtains from Aurora’s bed,/ Away from light steals home my heavy son."
Another classical allusion occurs in Act II, Scene 2, when Juliet tells Romeo that she longs to hear his name spoken over and over, but she must hide their love from her family: "Else would I tear the cave where Echo lies,/ And make her airy tongue more hoarse than mine,/ With repetition of 'My Romeo!'" This is a reference to Echo, a nymph from Greek mythology who was cursed to forever repeat the words of others. Juliet wishes for Echo to copy her, saying Romeo's name until they are unable to continue.Learn more about Classics
An example of blank verse in William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is: "And, when he shall die, / Take him and cut him out in little stars, / And he will make the face of heaven so fine / That all the world will be in love with night / And pay no worship to the garish sun." Another example of blank verse is: "How art thou out of breath, when thou hast breath / To say to me that thou are out of breath? / The excuse that thou dost make in this delay / Is longer than the tale thou dost excuse."Full Answer >
The most well-known apostrophe in William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" occurs in Act 2 Scene 2, in which Juliet asks the absent Romeo, "Wherefore art thou Romeo?" Because an apostrophe can be defined as any time a character speaks to a personified idea or anyone who is not present, there are several apostrophes in the play.Full Answer >
William Shakespeare's play, "Romeo and Juliet," mentions in Act 4, Scene 4, "They call for dates and quinces in the pastry." This is the only specific mention of food in the play resembling the typical diet of upper class Italians in the 16th century.Full Answer >
In William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," Romeo is a free-spirited teenager who, at the beginning of the play, is infatuated with a girl named Rosaline to the point of unhealthy obsession. When he meets Juliet, his affections immediately change, and instead of viewing the object of his love objectively and in a shallow manner, as he did with Rosaline, he views Juliet as a radiant beauty worthy of his awe and admiration. Juliet is younger, not quite 14 years old, and when she first meets Romeo, she no longer thinks logically but rather with her emotions and heart, forsaking the rivalry between her family and Romeo's and meeting him anyways in secret.Full Answer >