Romeo and Juliet – Key Quotes – iGCSE English Literature

Here are some key quotes from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

“Either thou or I, or both, must go with him.”Romeo. This is a great quote to illustrate Romeo’s headstrong nature. It’s also very short, so really worth trying to learn.

“He shall not make me there a joyful bride!” Juliet. Romeo and Juliet share the characteristic of being headstrong. This quote shows Juliet’s nature.

“O happy dagger!”Juliet. The use of the adjective happy illustrates how Juliet welcomes her death. The use of the exclamation mark heightens Juliet’s emotions. Again, this is a short quote, so see if you can learn it.

“Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone… It is my will.”Lord Capulet. This is a good example of how Lord Capulet is portrayed as being powerful. He is the head of the family.

“Nurse, where’s my daughter? Call her forth to me.” Lady Capulet. This quote illustrates the unknowing nature of Lady Capulet. The use of the word ‘daughter’ illustrates how her relationship with Juliet is formal.

“That dreamers often lie.”Mercutio. This quote shows us Mercutio’s witty side. It is his response after Romeo tells him he had a dream about Rosaline.

The above extract is from Act 3, Scene 1. Tybalt says I am for you highlighting that he is ready for the fight. This shows his confident nature. Mercutio says to Tybalt will you walk?’ questioning whether Tybalt will fight with him. Mercutio calls Tybalt a rat-catcher highlighting the cunning side of Tybalt’s personality. These two points show us the passionate personalities of both characters.

“Till holy church incorporate two in one.”Friar Laurence. The quote illustrates the obviously religious nature of Friar Laurence. It shows how he believes that through marriage the Montague and Capulet households will be united by God.

“I think you are happy in this second match, for it excels your first.”Nurse. Here we see the truthful nature of Nurse. She wants the best for Juliet.

What are your key quotes from Romeo and Juliet?

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