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.Know More
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 climax in the play "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare occurs with the deaths of both Romeo and Juliet inside of the Capulet tomb. The climax happens in Act 5, Scene 3, and it is in the same scene that the prince and the parents find the bodies.Full Answer >
William Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet" is still relevant in 2014 because people still suffer from forbidden, doomed or unrequited love and recognize the story as universal. Because the play captures the rashness that comes with young love, it makes audiences think about whether young love is all that different from love between older adults.Full Answer >
In William Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet," Romeo says "I defy you stars!" after seeing Juliet dead in the tomb. He is saying that he is going to defy fate, sometimes referred to as "the stars," for trying to keep them apart by killing himself to be with her.Full Answer >