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A Raisin in the Sun: Quotes – Act 1, Scene 1

Still, we can see that at some time, a time probably no longer remembered by the family (except perhaps for MAMA), the furnishings of this room were actually selected with care and love and even hope – and brought to this apartment and arranged with taste and pride. (stage directions)

The above quote shows that the family’s history of pride is represented through their furniture.

MAMA:
Crazy ‘bout his children! God knows there was plenty wrong with Walter Younger – hard-headed, mean, kind of wild with women – plenty wrong with him. But he sure loved his children. Always wanted them to have something – be something. That’s where Brother gets all these notions, I reckon.

The above quote deals with the theme of family.

WALTER (to Ruth):
Anybody who talks to me has got to be a good-for-nothing loudmouth, ain’t he? And what you know about who is just a good-for-nothing loudmouth? Charlie Atkins was just a “good-for-nothing loudmouth” too, wasn’t he! When he wanted me to go in the dry-cleaning business with him. And now – he’s grossing a hundred thousand a year. A hundred thousand dollars a year! You still call him a loudmouth!

WALTER:
…Baby, don’t nothing happen for you in this world ‘less you pay somebody off!

The above quote shows us that Walter believes he needs to spend money in order to gain money. He means to spend money on a bribe to help get his liquor license. This is a good quote when talking about the theme of poverty.

WALTER (to Beneatha):
Have we figured out yet just exactly how much medical school is going to cost?

This is another good quote for the theme of poverty.

RUTH:
(Wearily) Honey, you never say nothing new. I listen to you every day, every night and every morning, and you never say nothing new. (Shrugging) So you would rather be Mr. Arnold than be his chauffeur. So – I would rather be living in Buckingham Palace.

The above quotes shows us that Ruth is weary from hearing her husband have the same complaints and the same ideas to fix their problems. The family’s issues have put a strain on their relationship. This is a good quote if you’re talking about the theme of suffering.

BENEATHA:
Get over it? What are you talking about, Ruth? Listen, I’m going to be a doctor. I’m not worried about who I’m going to marry yet – if I ever get married.

The above quote is Beneatha talking to Ruth. It’s a useful one if you’re discussing the theme of gender.

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Symbolism – Lord of the Flies

Piggy’s Glasses

Piggy is intelligent. His glasses represent the power of science and intellectual endeavour in society. This symbolic significance is clear from the start of the novel. When Jack’s hunters raid Ralph’s camp and steal the glasses, we see that these characters have given up on the ideas of science and intellect.

The Beast

The beast stands for the primal instinct of savagery. The boys are afraid of the beast. As the boys grow more savage, their belief in the imaginary beast also grows. The boys leave it sacrifices and treat it as a totemic god. The boys’ behaviour is what brings the beast into existence.

The Island

Golding’s tropical island is essentially a symbolic Garden of Eden. While the uninhabited island represents paradise, the boys’ arrival soon changes this.

The Adults

Adults symbolise civilisation. However, the World War raging outside the island makes it clear that the adult “civilisation” is as savage as the boys’ “civilisation“.

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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.

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