pondělí 12. března 2012

Okay, so the next post is going to be about my reaction about the play and some interesting quotes that I have chosen. In a previous post, I talked about the plot and the ending as well, so you all already know how the play ended. As I have also mentioned in a couple of previous posts, I am a big fan of this play and now I can express what I trully think about it. It is MAGNIFISCENT! I believe that the play is perfect. What I like about it is the contrast. As you know, in real life men and women are different. Men are reffered to as the strong ones, that like violence and tough situations. Women are the ones who are innocent and fragile. But eventhough men and women are opposites, when they join together into a couple it is perfect. That is also what happens in the play. On one hand there is a lot of hatred, blood, killing and violence. On the other hand there is Romeo´s and Juliet´s neverending true love. When we put these two themes together it makes a perfect combination just like putting a man and a woman together in real life. If I was supposed to say something negative about this book, there would be nothing for me to say. The plot is perfect and catchy for the readers, the characters are so extraordinary, that the reader can see himself in at least one of the characters and the language...? Well the language is simply classical Shakespeare´s language that takes the reader´s breath away. Now I am going to show you several different quotes that caught my eye and were interesting to me:
1st quote: 
"O Romeo, Romeo,
wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name,
Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet."

This quote is said by Juliet and it is perhaps the most well known quote of the whole play. Juliet says these words in the balcony scene, still unaware that Romeo is listening. She is wondering why Romeo has to be Romeo, the son of  her greatest enemy. She wishes that he would deny his family for her love. She also adds that if Romeo does not do so, she will deny her family if he tells her that he loves her.
2nd quote:
"O, I am fortune’s fool!"
This short quote is spoken by Romeo and it is very important to the story. I have already told you about the themes and motives of the play in a previous post. I said that one of the themes was fate. This quote here reffering to the fate of the story just like for example the quote "star-cross´d lovers".
3rd quote:
"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-cross'd lovers take their life."

I have mentioned this prologue many times already in this blog. Why? The answer is simple. In my opinion, it is the most catchy beginning of any book I have ever read. After reading only these six lines, I cannot imagine anyone not wanting to read the book. I don´t really know what makes it so interesting for me, but in my eyes this is a perfect introduction.
4th quote:
Abraham: "Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?"
Sampson: "I do bite my thumb, sir"

Abraham: "Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?"
Sampson: "Is the law of our side, if I say ay?"
Gregory: "No."
Sampson: "No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but I
bite my thumb, sir."

This is a dialogue between the Montagues and the Capulets before their first brawl. It shows us how both of the sides are foolish. It is supposed to show the reader that the fighting between the two families is as absurd as Sampson´s biting of his thumb.
5th quote:
"Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes;
Being vex'd a sea nourish'd with lovers' tears:
What is it else? a madness most discreet,
A choking gall and a preserving sweet."

Romeo´s abstract description of love at the beginning of the play. Any reader who has at least a little bit of soul in him, has to love these lines just like me. And every romantic woman who reads this, should wish to find such true and enormous love like Romeo and Juliet did.
6th quote:
"O brother Montague, give me thy hand:
This is my daughter's jointure, for no more
Can I demand."

These are the words of Juliet´s father after the families see what has happened to their children. It is ironical that the two fighting families make peace after their children die and a tragedy like this happens. They have realized too late what their absurd fighting can lead to and now that have to take the blame for it.

1 komentář:

  1. You've chosen some interesting, and at times unusual, quotes to highlight. I like your reasoning for them, as well. A question comes to mind: knowing the nature of life and love and time, if they had lived, what do you think would have become of Romeo and Juliet and their never-ending, star-crossed love?