Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love.

Romeo and Benvolio

Tonight, please finish reading Act I, scene i, (pp.17-25).  Then write a response here.  Consider the following question:

What do you think we are supposed to learn about the character of Romeo based on his conversation with Benvolio? Consider his speech, lines Act I, scene i, lines 181-185:

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs;

Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;

Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.

What is it else? A madness most discreet,

A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.

Be sure to use many text-based details in your response and to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

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39 thoughts on “Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love.

  1. In the remaining pages of Act I, scene i, we learn more about Romeo’s character. After conversing with Montague, his nephew Benvolio goes off to find out what’s making Romeo so sorrowful. Romeo reveals that the reason behind his sadness is that he is in love with a beautiful woman, but she does not love her back. “It was. What sadness lengthens Romeo’s hours? / Not having that which, having, makes them short.” His lack of being in love, he says, drags out his time and makes his hours feel longer. He continues on with a speech, in which through the five lines in his speech:

    “Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;
    Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;
    Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.
    What is it else? A madness most discreet,
    A choking gall, and a preserving sweet,”

    … Romeo attempts to put into Benvolio’s mind how love makes him grieve, and how terrible it is. He means: Love is a smoke from the sighs of lovers. When that smoke is cleansed of impurities, love becomes something great. However, if love is prevented, the lovers will weep. In other words, Romeo is saying how love can be both terrible and amazing. When a lover is refused, they are saddened, and ‘sigh’. If two lovers are together, without issue, that love will shine brightly. But, shall that love be interdicted, they will be miserable. I predict that these descriptions describe what will happen later on. Right now, I think Romeo is in that first stage, where his love for that woman he’s set his eyes upon refuses him. Next, when he finds Juliet, he will at first be joyous, when finally their love is separated by the two enemy households. They then will be so wretched they will end their own lives.

    • Good job Tony. I actually interpreted the lines differently. I saw it as Romeo expressing love as a wonderful thing. However, based on your interpretation, I do agree that certain points of it can foreshadow for what will happen later on.

      • I actually agree with Tony. I thought Romeo was saying how bad love was and how sorrowful it made him. Great analysis, Tony.

      • I agree with both Tony and Ashley. Romeo pointed out how love was both good and bad. Great blog, by the way.

  2. “Love is a smoke made with the fumes of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.” To paraphrase this, line by line, Romeo is basically saying that love is when you swoon over the other person, to be purified and having sparkles in your eyes. Simply crying over how much you love them, being crazy for them. It is a long lasting feeling that is so sweet. Romeo claims that he is no longer himself, and that “the real Romeo” isn’t present. His family notices it as well. He keeps himself in his room, banishes all light from his room, and goes for walks to unknown places during the “sad hours.” In my opinion, Benvolio seemed more eager to get information out of his cousin about his love life, and when he allows Romeo confide in him, he constantly asks him who this girl is. Romeo just goes on to say how her vision of his love is muffled. Does Romeo know the dangers of loving Juliet? He probably does if he didn’t tell Benvolio that it is her. There is a clear motif of light and dark here. Romeo sees “A fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes,” and yet, knowing that love is complicated, he submerges himself in the darkness all alone, as the sun rises. In the part of the film that we watched, the Capulet’s wear fiery colors, and Romeo sees “fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes.” The “fire” could symbolize how Juliet, who is on the other side of this feud, is represented by the warm colors. The Montague’s wear dark, and cold colors. Romeo has taken up the habit of hiding himself in the darkness of his room, when the sun shines bright. In the world that surrounds the lovers, darkness is everywhere, from the duels, and the feud as a whole. However, their love seems to be the only thing with light, and sunshine. We all know that a fire can’t last forever, and all lights will be extinguished at some point in time. Just like the love between Romeo and Juliet, it was never meant to last.

    • I liked reading your blog. Something I immediately noticed was that you thought of love as a good thing. I disagree for some reasons but I like that we have opposing sides of the argument.

  3. “Love is a smoke made with the fumes of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.” In this speech, Romeo talks the joys of love. This scene happens after Romeo’s cousin Benvolio ask Romeo, “What sadness lengthens Romeo’s hours.” and Romeo responds that he loves someone but that person don’t love him in return. Based on our knowledge of this play we can assume that the person who Romeo loves is Juliet. Romeo said, “This is not Romeo. He’s some other where.” What Romeo means is that without Juliet returning his life he only feels like a gloomy shadow of his former self. Around his family, Romeo has also acted differently. He hides in the shadows like he is afraid to show himself, which makes household members concerned for him. Also, if they knew who he loved it could damage the household. Something else I noticed was that many lines compare love to object of nature such as smoke, fire, and a sea. I think this is used to show that love is a force of nature. Another thing mentioned is the power of love. After my reading of this quote I believe Love, according to Shakespeare, is bad, Love has weakened Romeo and in Romeo’s speech, the words used to describe love seem to have a negative connotation. Furthermore, Romeo is cursed to love someone who will never love him back. In summary, love is a curse that can tear families apart.

    • Nice response! Just like all things, love has pros and cons. Although I do not understand your connection with family in the last sentence.

  4. In lines 197-201 of Act I Scene i, Romeo defines what he thinks is love. He says that love is a feeling that makes you sigh thinking of the one you love. It gives you a feeling of warmth. It makes one more sensitive, having them sad when troubled. It can make one crazy yet aware. It can make the strong feel weak, and yet give a sweet sensation like candy. When he was describing what feels, he was also describing how he feels. He was supposedly shot by Cupid’s arrow and was foully made to love a woman who “hath forsworn to love.”( I, i, 231 ) He says Cupid’s bow and arrow was too weak to penetrate her heart. From that he felt despair and became distant. Based on how Benvolio reacted to his mood, I am guessing that he is not often gloomy. He blames Cupid for making him love a woman that cannot love him back. It reminds me of Daphne and Apollo. I am interested in what will happen next.

    • Great job! I think that inside, Romeo is truly sad because he is in love and maybe Benvolio responded like he did because he just wanted Romeo to finally be happy. I liked how your blog was short and simple. Keep up the great work!

    • Great blog! I love how you associated Apollo and Daphne’s love problem with Romeo’s. Your analysis was awesome! Keep up the good work. 🙂

  5. In the last few pages of the first act of the first scene, the reader learns something very strange about Romeo. Montague’s nephew, Benvolio, being one of the so-called good people in the play, sees Romeo sorrowful and wants to find out why that was. Benvolio asks, “What sadness lengthens Romeo’s hours.” Romeo responds by telling Benvolio that he loves a girl who does not love her back. “Not having that which, having, makes them short.” Romeo probably likes Juliet, but Juliet probably does not like him back. He even complains by saying that love is awful. He says that:

    Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs;
    Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;
    Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.
    What is it else? A madness most discreet,
    A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.

    The first line means that love only leads to sighs of despair no matter what. That sort of relates to the fact that Romeo and Juliet are star-crossed lovers who commit suicide. The second line means that if the smoke in the love is cleansed, then both people can and will live with each other. This is probably how Romeo and Juliet eventually love each other. The third line means that if the love is controversial, love will only lead to sadness. This is probably the explanation that because of the Capulets and Montagues rivalry, Romeo and Juliet had to kill each other. The fourth line means that other than the three lines above, love has no other meaning or effect or any other outcome. The last line means that love just makes you less bold, sweet and unable to stop being attracted to the lover.

  6. In the rest of act I scene i, of Romeo and Juliet, we start to develop an idea of Romeo’s character. While in despair he says to Benvolio, “Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;
    Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.” This is how Romeo sees love and he is trying to explain it to Benvolio. From the start, we can see that Romeo can see the “glass half empty”, meaning that he looks at the down side of things, but he wants to see the glass half full, and be positive. When Romeo mentions, “Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs”, he is saying the negative things to love such that it derives from the sadness of one. In a way I can understand this because when one is sad, it is usually related to love. On the other hand, I don’t get what he is saying because, when one is sad, another person can come over to them and help them go through what they are going through which can eventually lead to love. He then states, “Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes”. This shows how he thinks that all this pain will eventually be surpassed and you will witness something amazing. Romeo is now looking at the positive and he is surely thinking about how through all this pain, something good can happen, which will make the pain worth it. He then mentions, “Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears”, he is having how you can’t mess with love or you will be the one who is hurt. When he said that, it is almost as if he is afraid of love because love is powerful. It kinda seems as if Romeo, in a way, is indecisive about love because he says it’s dangerous but beautiful. Maybe he is trying to make up his mind on weather to trust fate or just go for it and chose fall in love without being told what to do. This relates back to my previous blogs when I said that one can not choose their fate but they can choose to do certain actions which will guide their fate. To conclude, Romeo has a lot on his mind right now and he is showing the reader how he thinks about both things, not just the positive.

  7. With the conclusion of Act I, scene one, we are introduced to Romeo and his love story. While communicating with Montague, Benvolio tries to figure out what is making Romeo so melancholy. Romeo explains that the reason behind his sadness is the struggle of loving a beautiful woman without her loving him back, “It was. What sadness lengthens Romeo’s hours? / Not having that which, having, makes them short.” It is evident that Romeo loves this woman, however, she doesn’t love him back. I wonder if this woman is indeed Juliet, and when Juliet will begin to love Romeo, and why she doesn’t love Romeo. Romeo goes on to complain about his love problems,”Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.” Romeo is explaining the reason the love makes him sad, along as its negative impacts on him. Love has weakened Romeo and changed him for the worse. He is cursed to love someone who will never love him back. His speech stated above can refer to Juliet with the portion of their love story that is already known to me, such as the suicides, extreme love, and emotions. In addition, the text suggests that Romeo is devoted, (a little) emotional, and an overall “good” main character in the novel. I hope to learn more about Romeo’s love story along with the formal introduction of Juliet. I wonder if and how Romeo’s character will change throughout the course of the novel.

  8. In tonight’s reading of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, one of the main characters of the play, Romeo, is introduced. After the fight is over, and only Benvolio and Montague and Lady Montague are left, Montague asks Benvolio how and why this happened. Benvolio speaks to him saying how the Capulets started it and he arrived to break it up. The topic then shifts to Romeo, and Benvolio says, ‘A troubled mind drove me to walk abroad, … So early walking did I see your son,/ Towards him I made, but he was ‘ware of me,/ And stole into the covert of the wood.” (ll. 122 and 125-127, page 17). They try to figure out why Romeo has been so melancholy lately, yet cannot come up with an answer. Then the Lady and Montague leave, revealing Romeo. When inquired by Benvolio for the motivation of his sadness, he reveals it is none other than the feeling of love. He says, “Love is the smoke made with the fume of sighs;/ Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers eyes;/ Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears/ What is it else? A madness most discreet,/ A choking gall, and a preserving most sweet.” (ll. 181-185, page 21). They discuss a little more, and Benvolio tries to break Romeo out of his mood, however Romeo does not believe it is possible. To be honest, I found the introduction of Romeo into the story to be quite interesting. Right off the bat, he seems immediately love struck. Although his love interest is unnamed at the moment, I believe it is who he is destined to be with, the Capulet Juliet. An immediate character trait that stuck out to me while reading this passage was desperation. Romeo is absolutely desperate in his love life, almost chained by its shackles. His comment on the feeling of love I found especially intriguing. He describes love, first with one bad characteristic, and then with one good one. It once again brings up the idea of pairs, as both contribute to the overall meaning of love. Overall, I found this passage enthralling and hope for the interest to continue going into Act I, Scene ii.

  9. We are introduced to Romeo for the first time in the second half of Act I scene i. Through Benevolio, we get a look into Romeo’s feelings. He is at a very depressed state. He thinks hours are very long, and isolates himself in the dark.
    “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.”
    Romeo is clearing talking about love. He is in love with a beautiful women (probably Juliet), who does not love him back. I believe that Romeo is not talking about the positives of love, but of the negatives. He is talking about the challenges and hardships love brings, and the meaning of love. This is a way for Romeo to cope with his depression. I imagine him just listing all the bad things about love, but kind of losing track of his mind and daydreaming about being with the one he loves while doing so. Romeo is a very sensitive man, and I think that this will influence events later on. He loves a women, and when he is rejected, he passes out. He is full-out depressed. He is either very sensitive, or his love is very strong.
    Let’s talk about Benevolio. I love Benevolio. He is sweet and kind, and is able to get all the feelings out of Romeo. He doesn’t care about the rivalry between the two families, all he wants is the best for everyone. I look forward to what they both will do next!

  10. During his talk with Benvolio, Romeo tells him, “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs;/ Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;/ Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears./ What is it else? A madness most discreet,/ A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.” (pg 23, lines 197-200) I interpreted these lines to mean that there is no love without pain or suffering, and because of that, Romeo doesn’t want to be in love. In the first line, sighing is a show of pain or sadness, and love is a result of that. Love is being created because of the pain being caused for the lovers. Then Romeo says that love is a obvious madness and a choking gall, but also a sweet. I also remember that before, Romeo said that there was “Misshapen chaos of [well-seeming] forms,”(pg 21 line 184) Maybe he means that love is one of those chaoses and most people think that love is great and amazing but really it’s horrid and full of pain and grieving. This is why Romeo doesn’t want to be in love. He tells Benvolio this, and also says that he can’t keep his mind off of the beautiful woman that he is in love with. Romeo does not want any pain in his life, and therefore he does not want to be in love.

  11. In the rest of Act 1 we learn a bit more about Romeo’s character. In this text we can see some things about how Romeo feels about love.
    Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs;
    Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;
    Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.
    What is it else? A madness most discreet,
    A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.
    Romeo thinks love can be good and bad. He thinks that love is good when it works out but when it doesn’t it stinks. In the lines “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;” he compares love to a fire. The smoke has fumes of sighs. When the fire is put out the fumes are sighs. This means that’s when the love dies you are full of grief. But when there is no smoke the fire burns and the people love each other and love is great. He finishes by saying “What is it else? A madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a persevering sweet.” He says how love is madness because it plays with our emotions. It can make us so happy but then so sad. He says how it’s a choking gall and a preserving sweet. This means it’s bitter and sweet. This may foreshadow what is to come. Maybe at first Romeo and Juliet’s love will be sweet and then it will turn bitter.

  12. In the second half of the first scene in Act I, we meet Romeo and somewhat see into his personality. Romeo had been very sad and depressed in recent days, and his cousin, Benviolo and his parents are worried about why this is the case. When Benviolo and Romeo meet after the two families fought, Romeo reveals the reason for his sadness. He says that he is greiving over being in love with somebody who he cannot have. He states that she is too fair, too wise, and is basically saying that she is too good for him and that he would never be able to have her. Romeo also states that love can either be a great thing, or a horrible thing. He says that if the two lovers are together, than love is perfect and sweet. But, if the two lovers are prevented from being together, than the love is horrible and grim. Romeo had been very sad and moody, which led the people around him to wonder what was going on in his head. Finally, Benviolo was able to get Romeo to tell him what was wrong, but was not able to find out who exactly Romeo was in love with.

  13. I found Romeo’s speech to be extremely interesting, “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs/ Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes/ Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears./ What is it else? A madness most discreet,/ A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.” This gives us that he has the knowledge of love that seems to be only obtainable by those who have experienced it before. Only those who have been in love know how it feels. As well as this, through his speech, we can clearly see that his good-natured and does not wish to partake in the hate between the families. He describes it in both a negative and positive and negative light at the same time. This I see as a metaphor for the entire play. The love between Romeo and Juliet does them both good, but in the end, sill ends both of their lives to an end. This thought carried me to an interesting question. Is it love that kills them or hate? To me, it is clear that the cause of their deaths was these unlikely and unlucky circumstances, one could go both ways, however, without the hate between the families, there could never have been reason for them to take their lives, and without their love, there would be no story to tell, for family rivalries like this are not uncommon.

  14. In the reading of Romeo and Juliet, this first scene introduces us to Romeo t this introduction comes with a bit of a shock. In a play called Romeo and Juliet we would expect Romeo to be in love with Juliet. But instead he is in love with Rosaline. Romeo’s love for Rosaline, then, seems an immature love, more a statement that he is ready to be in love than actual love. “Well, in that hit you miss. She’ll not be hit with Cupid’s arrow. She hath Dian’s wit. And, in strong proof of chastity well armed from love’s weak childish bow, she lives uncharmed.” Romeo is so madly in love that it harms his well being. We learn what love can do to the mind, it is almost sickening. “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.” This quote shows how love is amazing, but it can be what starts horrible things, such as a broken heart. I feel bad for Romeo, and I am also confused how he is so lovesick over a woman he soon forgets about, because he obviously ends up with Juliet. I guess e will keep reading to find out.

  15. The lines 181 – 185 from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet are:

    “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs;
    Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;
    Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet. A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.”
    These lines say something big about Romeo. Romeo’s family, the rest of the Montagues, are all obsessed with hatred and fighting, (especially with the Capulets) they spend a lot of their time fighting and letting their own revenge take up their time. Romeo, here when he is talking to Benvolio seems to feel differently than what his family thinks. He seems to be done with the fighting and wishes it would just end. He is so used to living around pain and hate and dealing with hurt that he just wants it to end. He says to Benvolio “ What is it else? A madness most discreet.” this to me, is him saying why fight? Why go through this? What is it for? Romeo is sick of watching innocent people get hurt just because of a feud that began a long time ago, possibly with different people. This shows us that Romeo has a good heart, and that he was the kind of person that had a good moral universe, and wants to make a difference.

  16. After reading Act I scene i of Romeo and Juliet, I have but one question: Why does everyone speak in iambic pentameter all the time? Seriously, though, go back and open to any page from any of the readings we have done so far and I can guarantee that there is at least one place where someone makes a poetic statement. Honestly, I’m pretty impressed that Shakespeare has done this for 27 pages, and I’ll be even more so if he keeps this up for the next 216 all the way to the end of the book. Anyway, we learn a lot about Romeo here, due to all of his lamenting about how (who we know to be Juliet) will never love him back, and from all his speeches about how “love hurts” and the typical drama of a heartbroken teenager.

    “ ‘Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs; / Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; / Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears. / What is it else? A madness most discreet, / A choking gall, and a preserving sweet,’ ” (I.i.197-201).

    From this quote, we know what Romeo thinks of love.. The first line of the above quote, “ ‘Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs,’ ” is saying that love causes grief. Sighing is generally a sign of wanting what cannot be taken. The second line, “ ‘Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes,’ ” means that without this feeling of grief, when everything goes right, love is as it should be. It is a wonderful feeling that brings people together. The third line is, in my opinion, the hardest one to make sense of. I think it means that at its worst, you are forced to hold in all of your feelings (other people probably have better definitions; this is just my guess, and it might be totally wrong).The fourth line is clearly saying how love can drive a person insane. The last line is saying that it is both beautiful and destructive at the same time.

    From this, Romeo seems fragile, like any second he could break down and shatter into a million pieces. And I suppose heartbreak does that to a person. Before, he was normal (as in, not shutting himself up in his room and pouting over his lost love). “ ‘The shady curtains from Aurora’s bed, / Away from light steals home my heavy son / And private in his chamber pens himself, / Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out, / And makes himself an artificial night. / Black and portentous must this humor prove, / Unless good counsel may the cause remove,’ ” (I.i.139-145). This is how Romeo has been acting more recently. We can tell he normally doesn’t act like this by Benvolio’s follow-up question: “ ‘My noble uncle, do you know the cause?’ ” (I.i.146). It can be inferred that Romeo doesn’t normally act this way, since Benvolio is asking for the reason for Romeo’s behavior. In the end, this weekend’s reading introduced us to a main character in the story, and gave us some insight into his personality as well.

    • Arjun, I think you have a wonderful analysis of Romeo’s character and of these pages in general. And as for the iambic pentameter, I’m pretty sure it continues on for the rest of the play. Shakespeare uses it for all of his plays, and it can be kind of annoying at first, but you get used to it after a while. Great response!

  17. Romeo is heavily characterized through the passages we read from act I, scene 1. In the text is says, “’Tis the way
    To call hers, exquisite, in question more.
    These happy masks that kiss fair ladies’ brows,
    Being black, puts us in mind they hide the fair.
    He that is strucken blind cannot forget
    The precious treasure of his eyesight lost.
    Show me a mistress that is passing fair;
    What doth her beauty serve but as a note
    Where I may read who passed that passing fair?
    Farewell. Thou canst not teach me to forget.”
    Romeo is nothing like the other characters we’ve seen so far. He’s sensitive and humane, and passionate and also a truly hopeless romantic. Romeo vents to Benvolio about his unrequited love and the pain it’s causing him. He openly expressing how he feels, and kind of rejects the stereotypical masculine behavior of the time. He is not intrested in the violence, or the bad blood of the two families, he looks beyond the superficial things in life. Romeo could also care less about the Montauge and Capulet’s rivalry, in fact he goes out of his way to avoid it. Romeo doesn’t want to live a life of unneccessary fighting and hate and would rather fill his heart with love rather than hate. Romeo is very fragile, soft and sort of dainty, He’s passionate and has a lust for life and love. He’s such a poetic character. His thoughts are quite deep. I loved his last line to Benvolio about how he refuses to forget about his lover. He actively chases his love no matter how much it hurts him. He doesn’t concern himself with petty feuds and is seeking something more in life. Romeo seems to have broken the mold of a typical Monatuge men. Romeo is different from his father and the men of his family, which will make following his character throughout the play much more interesting.

  18. By reading the rest of Act 1, Scene 1, we get more insight of Romeo’s character, as he talks with his cousin, Benvolio. Benvolio wants to know what is making Romeo so miserable, and he finds out that it is because he is in love with the beautiful Rosaline, but she doesn’t love him. Romeo describes his pain to Benvolio:
    “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs;
    Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;
    Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.
    What is it else? A madness most discreet,
    A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.” (lines 197-201)
    I think that the first line is Romeo saying that love is an idea created by the sighs of lovers, and that if it is cleansed of its imperfections and impurities, it becomes something beautiful. However, if their love is stopped and prevented, they weep. The fourth line is saying that love can also be something dangerous, as it can drive you mad. Overall, Romeo is describing how love has two sides, one sweet and beautiful, and one that is sad and dangerous. I think that it’s safe to say that Romeo is a bit of a romantic, though a poetic one. He also doesn’t seem worried about any of the conflicts in the city, and honestly seems kind of self-absorbed in my opinion. There are literally people dying in the street because of some ancient grudge, but he’s too busy moping around because he can’t handle rejection. I wonder if the points that he made will reappear later on, as Romeo falls in love with Juliet instead and their love is prevented by the quarreling families. The madness he describes may be the unfortunate ending, when they both kill themselves for their love of each other.

  19. Nearing the end of Act I in Romeo and Juliet. Benvolio wants to know why Romeo is in a depressed state of mind. Romeo opens up to Benvolio about the woman he loves and how she doesn’t love him back. He also explains how this Love has changed his personality as well.”Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs;
    Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.What is it else? A madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.” In these heartfelt words Romeo expresses how love can bring both weaknesses and strength. He explains how it is almost the same thing as being mental but yet explains how it gives out warmth. Clearly the woman he is talking about is Juliet and it must bring him his sadness even more when he realizes that he can never be with her. However Benvolio seems to be a close companion to Romeo and might try to help him in the sake of his happiness.

  20. This poem in general shows different aspects of love. There is love that makes you melancholy, like Romeo. There is love between two people that makes them happy. There is Love that makes you angry. There is love that forces death, like Romeo and Juliet’s. In general, this poem shows just how love can come in so many forms, and how love influences so many choices in our lives.

  21. In Act 1 scene i, Romeo seems as he is a gloomy and meloncholy. He also appeared to me as selfish. But that might just be me. There are people fighting in the street, hurt and almost dying and here he is with Benvolio, talking about his love life. He complains that Cupid has picked him to be the victim of “blind love.” He is in immense pain that he cannot shake his love away. He also explains how love is magical, and warm, a feeling you will never feel unless you are deeply in love with someone. The saddest thing about Romeo’s case is that he thinks that his love, Juliet will never find him. However, she loves him so much to a point where they both die for each other. I am excited to read about their first encounter together.

  22. When Romeo has a conversation with Benvolio, he expresses trough many speeches just what kind of character he is. He defines his motivations, his hopes, his fears, and his personality. The best lines to sum it up are these:
    “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs;
    Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;
    Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.
    What is it else? A madness most discreet,
    A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.”(Act I scene i lines 181-185)
    The first thing to notice about the entire line in general is how extravagantly Romeo prefers to speak of what matters. It might simply be because this, after all, is still a fictional play. But it also characterizes the thought he puts into every word that leaves his mouth. But, on to the actual poem itself, we start with the first line: “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs;”. A sigh would imply a sense of exhaustion or failure. To say that love is made up of this expresses that Romeo has tried and failed over and over, but only gotten exhausted. It also says how difficult love is for Romeo. The next line: “Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;”, continues with the image of fire. It also continues with the idea that love is unattainable, and is better to be forcefully forgotten. The third line, “Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears,”, rephrases what love to Romeo is again. It loses the image of fire, and instead heads for the opposite, water, while still maintaining the statement that love is painful and inevitably unattainable. The final line in this poem, “What is it else? A madness most discreet,” stays loyal to the continually over-arching theme, that love is bad. Here, though, there is no imagery, and instead of comparing it, directly calls it a careful but effective madness. This all expresses Romeos hopeless state in perusing presumably Juliet, and it characterizes how pained he is by this love. We know now the soul motivation of Romeo is love.

  23. After meeting Romeo in Act I scene i, we learn plenty about his personality. Romeo is a lot like your big marshmallow, who doesn’t want to fight and is very sensitive. He is very passive and does not enjoy fighting at all. “-O me! What fray was here? Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all. Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love,”(Lines.178-180). Romeo does not even want to hear of the fight, and feels that just knowing that a fight broke out in the marketplace is enough for him. However, him saying that the fight has more to do with love gives us even more insight into his personality. When you think of war, you imagine fighting, hatred, and death. However, you would most likely not imagine contrasts, love, and sacrifice. Romeo has the mindset that the fight took place because of passion for each sides household, not the hatred of each other. From this I’ve gained that Romeo is an optimist, and is positive and means no harm in his actions. However, with that being said, how can this personality lead to his death? He was not murdered, he took his own life as said in the prologue. What changes could occur in his life that would make him want to give up, when he appears to be positive. One theory is that his constant dead-end love for women is a contributing factor in his death. However, I strongly disagree because he seems used to this constant rejection, sadly. With his scholar-like analogies on being lonely, he must spend time dwelling on his love life. Also, he ends his life with Juliet, and they are told to be star-crossed lovers. This means that while they aren’t meant to be, they are still both in love with each other. For me, it appears to be a mystery of why he takes his own life.

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