Romeo and Juliet: My response

this film was great. Baz Lurhman’s style showed through with lots of overdramatized stuff. It was very different to the book, especially at the end, but what movie isn’t? I wasn’t really fazed by the ending because I knew they were going to die, and I only get sad about movies if I don’t know the plot line. overall, pretty good movie, IGN 7/10

Romeos quote Analysis

“…I defy you stars”

I defy the course of fate

Defy. defy means to rebel or go against. Romeo is talking about how he wants to go against the course of destiny because it is a worse fate.

It is ironic to the play because Romeo, being Shakespeare’s creation, has no control over his fate at all.

“Come cordial and  not poison, go with me”

come sweet and not bitter, come with me

cordial/poison. cordial and poison are seen as opposites in this sense. cordial sweetens things while poison makes them bitter and deadly. used in this context, Romeo is saying how he would like to be happy instead of sad.

This is significant to the plot because it hints at Juliet and Romeos drinking of poison, where Juliet’s (poison) is more cordial while Romeo takes an actual, legitimate poison.

delay this marriage for a month, a week, or if you don’t, make the bridal bed in that dim monument where Tybalt lies

If you so much as delay this wedding, you will rest in a grave

Bridal bed. this refers to the bed where the newlyweds would fornicate after marriage. in this case, it is saying that she will be bedding with death if he does not get married.

dim monument. this means the place where Tybalt rests. dim is dark or shadowy

This quote is significant to the story because it forebodes that if she does not marry Paris, she will be laid to rest at Tybalts grave (which she does !SPOILERALERT)

I’ll go to the friar to know his remedy: If all else fail, myself have power to die

I’ll see if the friar can solve this problem, if not, I can kill myself.

remedy. A remedy is a solution or cure. in this case, Juliet wants a remedy for her predicament with Romeo and her parents and Paris.

power to die. She has the ability to commit suicide if she cannot solve the problem of her love. this hints at how she will eventually take her own life.

this is significant because it forebodes her fake suicide and real suicide near the end of the book.

O god, I have an ill-divining soul

“O God, I have an ill-divining soul” – Juliet, A3, S5, L60

oh God, My mind predicts evil things

ill-divining. I think that this means she can predict really bad things that could happen. divining means to discover something through guessing, and ill-divining would mean that what you predict is bad.

I think this quote relates to the play like a lot of the ironic, foreboding lines do. before she says the line, she talks about how she will never see him again. she then exclaims that she has an ill-divining soul, hinting that when she guesses something bad, it ends up happening.

Is love a human invention?

Yes. while other animals can love each other, we are the only ones that actually recognize this as “love”. the actual concept of love is a human construct.

Act 3 Scene 1 quote: black fate

This day’s black fate on moe days depend, This but begins the woe others must end” – Romeo

I think this talks about how Mercutio’s death has started a woe that must be stopped by others on another day. The black fate refers to a bad fate or situation, in this case, Mercutio’s death. On moe days depend means that it will take more time to fix the problem. the second line tells us that someone else must fix the problem that was started by Mercutio being slain at the hands of Tybalt

Violent delights

And in their triumph die like fire and powder, which as they kiss consume.

Triumph die – their love, they can only be together in death.

like fire and powder – fire and powder burn together in their greatest moment, but as they burn they diminish to death.

Which as they kiss consume – as they love, they consume the powdeer like the fire and powder mixture, eventually burning out.

5 min think

“Is a white sheet of paper more blank than a black sheet of paper.

 

yes because paper comes out of the paper machine white. if it is black or any other color, it is because it has been added to make it that color, therefore it is not as blank as a white sheet of paper

 

2 Quotes

“he rests his minim rests, one, two, three in your bosom” – Mercutio

he fights like lightning, feint, feint, strike to your heart

I think it’s interesting because it tells us that Tybalt is a master swordsman and that you don’t stand a chance going up against. this may be foreboding Mercutio’s death at the hands of Tybalt later on.

“Alas, poor Romeo! He is already dead, stabbed with a white wench’s black eye, shot through the ear with a love song, the very pin of his heart cleft with the blind bow-boy’s butt shaft” – Mercutio

This is a great use of metaphor. Mercutio and Benvolio still think Romeo is in love with Rosaline. This quote says how he (Romeo) is dead, for his heart has been torn apart with his non-returned love for Rosaline.

5 Min Think

if I’m being kind to you, but you think I’m being horrible, am I being kind or not.

I think that this question can not be answered because everyone has different opinions on the matter. for example, if I’m being kind, I would say that I was in fact, being kind. this is because I think I have been brought up with good enough morals so that I know what is and isn’t kind. However, there are people like this girl in America who thinks that being beaten by your partner means they love you (IKR?), and I would say that that isn’t kind, but they would see it as kind.

Related image – MFW Romina Garcia

The Video of the girl (Romina Garcia) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U98i_dLkJTE