My only love sprung from my only hate!

Tonight you have a choice!  You must paraphrase and analyze one of the short speeches below AND comment on your classmates responses to the other speech, the one you did not choose.  After you paraphrase your chosen passage, analyze it carefully.  Please follow the SOAPSTone model, where you discuss the speaker, the occasion, the audience (to whom the lines are spoken, not the audience of the play), the purpose, and the tone.   Be sure also to think about characterization, plot development, and theme.   In addition, you must comment on one of your classmates’ analyses of the other short speech.  Naturally, you are welcome to comment as well on the analyses of the speech you chose for your response.

Romeo:

If I profane with my unworthiest hand

This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this:

My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand

To smooth that rough touch with a kiss.

Juliet:

Go ask his name – if he is married,

My grave is like to be my wedding bed…..

My only love sprung from my only hate!

Too early seen unknown, and is known too late!

Prodigious birth of love it is to me

That I must love a loathed enemy.

R&J blog #5

42 thoughts on “My only love sprung from my only hate!

  1. After reading Act I, Scene v of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Juliet and Romeo are finally introduced to one another. Juliet, who does not know the identity of Romeo, asks her nurse to find out, and she says:

    “Go ask his name-if he is marriéd,
    My grave is like to be my wedding bed….
    My only love sprung from my only hate!
    Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
    Prodigious birth of love it is to me
    That I must love a loathéd enemy.” (ll. 148-149 and 152-155, page 61).

    When paraphrased, it became:

    “Go and find out what his name is-if he is married,
    I think that I’ll die instead of being married….
    The only person I love comes from the only people I hate!
    I saw him too early to know who he was, then found out too late!
    Love is certainly a monster
    For making me fall in love with my sworn enemy.”

    I found this passage to be very interesting. The speaker, Juliet, seems to regret her love for Romeo and frustrated by the fact that he is a Montague. She is almost wishing for him to be anyone else, yet still, she loves him. I also find that when this passage is performed, the only people left on stage are the nurse and Juliet. Shakespeare really wanted to emphasize this scene as it shows the division between the two families. Even as their children love each other, they hate the fact that they belong to the other family. Personally, I like the fact that Shakespeare included this scene. He takes a break from the main story line to focus on Juliet for a minute, and really grasps the reaction she has when learning of Romeo’s identity. Her tone is one of frustration and almost rage because of Romeo. Shakespeare contrasts the two ideas of love and hate right next to each other, as Juliet both loves and hates Romeo, which struck me as another idea of pairs. Overall, I found this scene to be intriguing and am left genuinely guessing as to how the story will progress.

    • I really liked how you analyzed how Shakepeare captured the moment of Juliet’s frustration for her love for Romeo. Good job Matt!

    • Great Job, Matt! You did a great job paraphrasing and explaining your thoughts with proper analysis. Keep up the great work!

  2. Juliet and Romeo finally find out who the other person is, and meet eachother for the first time. Soon after Romeo kisses Juliet multiple times, he starts to leave, and Juliet talks to the nurse.

    Paraphrase: Find out his name and if he is married, I will die without being married… I only love somebody who I should hate! Too early to fix, and too late to know. My love has been strangely created, as I am forced to love an enemy.

    Juliet had fallen immediately in love with Romeo, and at first, she does not know who he is and asks the nurse to find out for her. She finds out his name and that he is not married, but unfortunately for her, Romeo is a Montague, the Capulets enemy. She complains to the nurse of her misfortune, and is in despair that she had to fall in love with a person who she is forbidden to love. The occassion is Juliet’s conversation after Romeo kissed her and talked to her. The audience is the nurse, who Juliet trusts the most and is willing to talk about her true feelings with. The purpose is to complain about her situation, and seek advice and/or comfort from the nurse. The tone is sad and grim, as Juliet is overcome with negativity after finding out that Romeo is a Montague. Romeo and Juliet fall in love at their first meeting, but they both now know that their love for eachother will be very difficult to conceal. Romeo finally brought up courage and made a move to meet Juliet and introduce himself, which is a big development in the story.

  3. In Act v of Romeo and Juliet, the two star crossed lovers finally meet. Juliet asks her nurse to find out who Romeo is, what family he comes from, and if he is suitable enough for her.

    She says,
    Go ask his name- if he is married
    My grave is like to be my wedding bed….
    My only love sprung from my only hate!
    Too early to seen unknown, and is known to late!
    Prodigous birth of love it is to me
    That I must love a loathed enemy

    A translation of this would be….

    Juliet says to her nurse,
    Ask him if he is married
    The day I will be married to him will be the day of my funeral // I would rather die than marry anyone.
    I only love the people that my family or I hate!
    I found out who he was too early and now that I know who he is, it is too late!
    I have an enourmous amount of love for him
    However, I cannot love an enemy

    I think this is one of my favorite scenes so far; however, we’ve only read 5 scenes, and there’s many more to come. I find that Shakespeare captured this moment beautifully. You can really see Juliet’s pain of finding out that Romeo is a Montague. Her mother wants her to be married to another man and she says that she would rather die than marry anyone else than Romeo. I also thinks that she means that she wishes she never met Romeo because she knows that a love between Romeo and herself can never happen. I wonder when Romeo and Juliet will have their first interaction without their family members finding out. I also wonder when they will express their love towards each other.

    • I really liked how you described Juliet’s emotions toward the situation. She is clearly in distress. I also like how you brought up what Juliet’s mother wants, because Juliet just wants to follow the rules, and do what her parents need her to do. Great work paraphrasing as well!

  4. Go ask his name – if he is married,
    Go get his name- if he is married,
    My grave is like to be my wedding bed…..
    I will not get married until I die…
    My only love sprung from my only hate!
    The only person I loved is the only one I hate!
    Too early seen unknown, and is known too late!
    I saw him to early before I knew him, and now that I know him it’s too late!
    Prodigious birth of love it is to me
    Bad birth of love I had
    That I must love a loathed enemy.
    That I love a enemy.
    In this part of the scene, Juliet is the speaker. She is talking to the nurse about Romeo. He is leaving and Juliet doesn’t know who he he is and she likes him. They have just kissed at the party. She is saying how if he is married she won’t ever get married. And she says how the only person she loved is her enemy. She also says how she met him to early and didn’t know he was a Montague. The purpose of this was to show she liked Romeo. The tone of this is sort of frustrated and mad. She is frustrated and mad because the only boy she likes is a Montague which means they can’t get married.

    • Nice job, Abigail. I agree that Juliet seems frustrated and a bit angry that her only love is out of her reach.

  5. In Act 1, Scene V of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet finally encounter one another. Juliet did not know the identity of Romeo and, as a result, asked her nurse in order to find out saying:

    “Go ask his name – if he is married,
    My grave is like to be my wedding bed…..
    My only love sprung from my only hate!
    Too early seen unknown, and is known too late!
    Prodigious birth of love it is to me
    That I must love a loathed enemy.”

    Paraphrased:
    Go find out his name and if he’s married
    I think I’ll die rather than marry anyone else.
    The only man I love is the son of the only man I hate!
    I saw him too early without knowing who he was, and I found out who he was too late!
    Love is very unfair to me
    For making me fall in love with my worst enemy.

    In my opinion, this speech was very interesting and definitely my favorite part of this novel so far. Juliet encounters Romeo for the first time and immediately falls in love with him. She asks her nurse about him and finds out that his name is Romeo and that he is a Montague. Juliet seems to regret her love for Romeo and is upset that he is a Montague. She explains that she loves him very much, but saw him too early without knowing who he was and that she would rather die than marry anyone else. She professes that love is being unfair to her for making her love her enemy. Shakespeare focuses on Juliet and further shows the significance of the feud between the Capulets and Montagues. In addition, the nurse is also shown as an advisor and mentor to Juliet, just like Mercutio is to Romeo. I hope to continue reading this romance and gain my knowledge of Romeo, Juliet, and their everlasting love story.

    • I don’t think that anyone did Romeo’s lines yet so I’m sorry. But Ajay, your analysis was really great I really liked the points you made, nice job!

  6. The final scene of the first Act of Romeo and Juliet was very entertaining to read. The party at the House of Capulet begins, and Romeo is there with the Montague boys. Tybalt wishes to investigate, and to stop the Montague boys, but Capulet tells him to calm down, and that being insolent. “You are a saucy boy.” (line 94) This surprised me because it would make sense for Capulet to want to fight them, and create a scene. Instead, he tells Tybalt to ignore them. Perhaps Capulet didn’t recognize the masked men as Montague boys, but it’s possible that he just wanted to have a party without problems. Juliet meets Romeo again at the party, and she does fall for him. Her speech, paraphrased, went like this-

    Ask him what his name is- if he is married, then I would die before I marry… The one I love belongs to the family that my family hates. I saw him without knowing he is a Montague, but it is too late because I am in love with him. This unnatural love has taken over me, and now I love someone who is a hated enemy.

    Here, Juliet realizes that she loves a Montague. She and Romeo kissed a few times at the party, and she sends her nurse to get his name, and if he is married. When the nurse returns with the news that he is a Montague, Juliet gives her this speech about her troubles. She is very distraught about her situation. The purpose is to show her realization that she loves a Montague. In her speech, she continues to bring up how she loves a foe, so clearly despite his last name she still loves him. I can infer that Juliet has never done anything wrong in her life. She previously told her mother that she would only love someone if her mother approves of it. Juliet simply wants to please those around her. At the end of the scene, Juliet and Romeo must realize the dangers of being in the love with each other, and how much they are risking. I am very excited to read the next Act in Romeo and Juliet.

    • Great blog! I love how you brought up the idea that Juliet probably has never done anything wrong in her life. It does seem as if all she wants to do is to please those around her. Your paraphrasing and analyzing really helped me see the situation that Romeo and Juliet were facing. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  7. I chose to paraphrase Juliet’s lines:

    “Go ask his name-if he is married,
    My grave is like to be my wedding bed…
    My only love sprung from my only hate!
    Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
    Prodigious birth of love it is to me
    That I must love a loathéd enemy.”

    When paraphrased they are:

    Ask what his name is and if he is married
    If I marry him I’ll die
    The one love I have ever had is linked with my one hate
    We met too early and found out who we were too late
    It is not okay to me and my family
    That I will love my enemy

    Juliet says this to the nurse after she finds out who Romeo really is and that he belongs to the Montague family. She is pained because within seconds of meeting, these two fell in love with each other. To them, it was love at first sight and now, they have found out that it can never be. Juliet was raised to do the right thing always, and one of those things was to respect her parents. At a young age I’m sure that she absolutely knew to never interact with the Montagues as a Capulet and now, that is all she wants to do. If I were to put myself in Juliet’s shoes, I really understand how she could feel lost and upset. For such a young girl she is feeling strong emotions for the first time and has to go through it while knowing that it is forbidden. She is probably also stuck because she knows that there is a man set up for her to marry already, that she can’t love and doesn’t want to have to. She now knows there is someone out there that she can love and wants to but it is not her choice. Juliet is in pain but cannot reach out to anyone else for comfort, she has to go through it all on her own. Having to face the reality of that is probably the hardest part for her to go through. That pain of reality is what she is expressing to the nurse and in the speech we had to paraphrase.

    • Great job, Ryan! It is very helpful that you put both the original and your version of Juliet’s short speech! The analysis was great, too! Keep it up!

  8. Juliet speech paraphrased:

    Go ask him for his name – if he is married,
    I’d rather die than marry someone else .
    My only love birthed by my only hate!
    I have seen him too early without knowing his identity, and I now know too late!
    This love created is monstrous to me
    That I must love a hated enemy

    In this speech, Juliet is speaking to her nurse about her love of Romeo. She attempts to portray how frustrated and saddened she is that the only person she loves is an enemy. Juliet has almost a grieving tone in her exasperation. She is sorrowful that the only love she felt was lost to the hate between their 2 families. Juliet feels such an intense feeling for Romeo that she even states that she would rather die than have to marry someone instead of him. Earlier, Romeo had also shown such feeling. “And did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight / For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” All of this sets the stage for later, showing how Romeo and Juliet have fallen in love, but realize that they cannot be together. In addition, the theme of duality appears once more. The idea that love is never without hate takes a part in how the two enemy families prevents their love. A line that really struck me was, “My only love sprung from my only hate!” Shakespeare goes as far to say that hate almost gives birth to love, which only strengthens that idea. Overall, Juliet’s speech allows much insight into the story.

  9. In this speech, Romeo is saying:
    If I am rude and disrespectful with my undeserving hand
    To you my sacred shrine, it is because
    My lips desire to fix
    The trouble my hand’s cause, with a kiss
    The speaker in this situation is Romeo. In his usual romantic fashion, he begins speaking in a metaphor, where he is a pilgrim who has disgraced a shrine with his hands but ends with him speaking directly to Juliet (Without a Metaphor) telling her that he will fix the pain that he causes with his lips. This is very romantic, as we have come to expect from Romeo. The main reason he is so romantic, however, is the occasion and the audience. He is speaking to who he believes to be the love of his life for the first time. He, therefore, as anyone would, tries to make a good first impression. On the contrary, he does not know that Juliet is of the house of Capulet. This means he is much more open to asking her to a dance.The purpose of this speech is to make a good first impression on Juliet. This is why he refers to her as a sacred shrine that he has disgraced by touching. By putting himself lower, he puts her higher. Finally, the tone of the speech. Romeo speaks in a soft, loving manner in which it seems that Juliet holds the highest honor in his heart and his life.

  10. Romeo and Juliet finally meet each other in Scene 1 act 5 of the Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare. Juliet does not actually know who Romeo is and asks his nurse to find out. Juliet tells her to ask:

    Go ask his name – if he is married,
    My grave is like to be my wedding bed…..
    My only love sprung from my only hate!
    Too early seen unknown, and is known too late!
    Prodigious birth of love it is to me
    That I must love a loathed enemy.

    What this means (paraphrased):

    Find out his name and whether or not he is married,
    My wedding will be the cause of my death…..
    The only person I love is part of a family that I despise
    Earlier on, I did not know him and now it is too late to get to know him
    My love for him is just too great
    for me to hate this person

    Juliet is saying that she loves him too much to hate him even if he is a Montague and wishes that he be anyone else so that her love for him will not lead to her own despise. She thinks that her only true love came from a hated family and that faith was against her in a way. If she had met Romeo earlier, maybe they could be together, but like this, it is impossible.

  11. Romeo:

    “If I profane with my unworthiest hand

    This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this:

    My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand

    To smooth that rough touch with a kiss.”

    Romeo’s speech paraphrased:
    I hold your hand with my unworthy ones,
    Your hand is a holy shrine which I shall not touch,
    My lips stand, like two blushing pilgrims,
    Ready to be fixed through a kiss.

    The speaker is obviously Romeo, and he is speaking to Juliet. He is in love with her, and believes that she will “fix” his depression with one kiss. He thinks that Juliet is too great for him, and believes that he is unworthy of holding her hand. The occasion is to express his love, and he speaks in a very romantic tone. Romeo meets Juliet without knowing that she is a Capulet, and Juliet does not find out that he is a Montague until she is told this by the Nurse. Juliet says how the only person that she’s fallen in love with is Romeo, and that her love has sprung from hate. She describes love as a monster, for making her love a boy too quickly, before finding out that he is a Montague. At this point, I do not know if Romeo and Juliet love each other, or hate each other. They certainly loved each other when they first met, but when they found out they were enemies, they were not so sure anymore. However, we all know that they will eventually fall deeply in love.

    • Great job Ellie! So far I see you are one of the only ones to do this line, and I am so happy you did! Your analysis made the line make a lot more sense. Nice work!

  12. Tonight I wanted to paraphrase Juliet’s speech:
    Go and find out who that man was- If it turns out he is married
    I will probably die before I find a husband.
    The only man I love is part of our group of enemies!
    I met him too early to know this and it is too late now, I love him.
    This giant abnormal love has finally gotten to me,
    And my lover is an intense enemy all the same.

    The speaker is Juliet, who has met Romeo at the party. They kissed and right after she is told that the man she now loves is a Montague, which is the enemy family. She is very conflicted and doesn’t know what to do, she has never felt intense love like this. She is first speaking to the nurse, but her inner conflict is aside, so no one can hear. The purpose of this line is to let the audience know how Juliet felt about her encounter with her first love, who is also her sworn enemy at the same time. The tone is very pure, with that spark of love but nervousness. Juliet is so happy to finally fall in love, but she knows her family will never let her marry Romeo just because of his family. This is such a hard situation for her, and it really brings in the theme of forbidden love. Is Juliet going to love Romeo no matter what, or is she going to do what her family wishes and marry Paris. This is a hard decision for her, but we all know which one she chooses. I think this was the right decision because the really fell in love at first sight. I am excited to see what happens next!

    • Patsy, I think you have a great paraphrased version of her speech, and your analysis is really good as well. I like how you said that she has never felt love like this and she is so happy to finally find it. Great work!

  13. Tonight I chose to paraphrase Romeo’s short speech. At the Capulet’s party, the two star-cross’d lovers finally meet. Romeo and Juliet share a kiss and find out that they are supposed to hate each other since they were from different families. When Romeo catches Juliet’s hand, he says the following;

    If I profane with my unworthiest hand
    This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this:
    My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
    To smooth that rough touch with a kiss.

    I paraphrased this to;

    If I hold with my unworthy and disrespectful hand
    Your sacred shrine, there is a small sin:
    My lips, two red travelers, are ready act
    To fix the roughness of my touch with a kiss.

    Romeo is clearly in love with Juliet. She is beautiful and he wants her to love him back. Although he is disrespecting her by taking her hand without her permission, he says that he will make up for it by giving her a kiss. He says that even though his touch is rough, his kiss would be smooth and gentle. Romeo is at the party and his only audience is Juliet, although Tybalt suspects him. Romeo’s purpose is to tell Juliet that she should not be afraid of him, and that he might be someone worth liking. The tone of Romeo’s lines is to be gentle and nothing too dramatic. Juliet also looks like she is falling in love with Romeo. But now that both of them know that their crush is from the other family, they lose hope that they could ever have any kind of relationship.

  14. In reading the two short speeches, I have decided to paraphrase Juliet’s short speech:

    My version will be the only one stated here:

    Ask his name, wether he is married or not

    My wedding bed is likely going to be my grave

    The only love I had came from the only hate I had!

    Seen too early was the unknown, and the known seen too late

    Unnatural love is birthed to me

    That I have to love a hated enemy.

    Analysis:
    Juliet seems very frustrated in being forced to love a supposed enemy. She seemed to not have expected this to happen. She seems to be speaking to someone she trusts, for example her nurse. When she is talking to the nurse, and she seems to pour slot of her emotion for the nurse to listen to. The purpose would be for Juliet to explain her perspective on the love between her and Romeo. The tone seems to be a frustrated confusion mixed with a deep emotion of undeniable love and devotion. Juliet is hopelessly in love in this speech.

    • Great job! I think you really understand what is happening here. One thing is that I think she says this speech to herself. Anyways, great job and keep up the great work!

  15. In tonights reading on Act I Scene v of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, the two main characters finally meet. This scene has been long waited but now we see the star-crossed lovers meet. Although, this happiness soon turns into fear for Juliet after learning his name. Juliet tells her nurse, “Go ask his name.—If he be married. My grave is like to be my wedding bed.” When the nurse replies with Romeo from Montague, Juliet responds with, “My only love sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, That I must love a loathèd enemy.” This can be translated to, ask his name, if he’s married than i’d rather morn and die instead of marrying another man; the only man I love is the son of the only one I hate. I fell in love too early, without knowing who he is, but now that I know, it’s too late. Love is horrible for making me fall in love with him. This scene is a spectacular scene because not only do the two meet but Juliet’s emotions change just by knowing his name. This shows how someone’s name or status in society can change everything. One second she was in love and the next she is hating herself for even talking to him. If Juliet didn’t know his name, she would’ve been in love but since she knows who he is now, she is mad at herself and blames herself for just letting fate do its thing. With this sprouts a new motif of names or classes. It’s as if their class controls them when it truly shouldn’t. This might be one of the many things that Shakespeare is trying to tell others, love is working it’s magic so don’t hate something or change your mind just because someone i different then you. The two meet for a reason and just because their status in society is different, it doesn’t mean they should split apart. After doing a bit of research on William Shakespeare, I found out that at the time William Shakespeare was writing this play, many people married someone who had a similar social status as you do. What I mean by this is that if you were poor, you married a poor person, and it was rare and difficult to marry someone out of your status. This is where the pieces connect, William Shakespeare was probably tired of this stereotype and wanted to raise awareness of this stereotype that needed to be broken.

  16. In Act 1, Scene v of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet finally meet! After they meet Juliet sends her nurse to go find out who he is, and is broken the news that he is from the other house. She says,

    “Go ask his name – if he is married,
    My grave is like to be my wedding bed…..
    My only love sprung from my only hate!
    Too early seen unknown, and is known too late!
    Prodigious birth of love it is to me
    That I must love a loathed enemy.”

    Paraphrased, this means,

    Go ask his name and if he is married,
    I’d rather die than be married….
    The only person I love is that who I should hate!
    I saw him before I knew who he was!
    Bad love has formed for me
    Since I love who was my enemy.

    In this part of the play Juliet is the speaker. She is speaking upon meeting Romeo, but then finding out he is part of the other house. She is talking to her nurse, who told her who Romeo is. She is saying how it is terrible how she has fallen in love with this boy, but she cannot have him. She is sad and frustrated. I feel like this is an extremely important scene to the development of our understanding of the time period, since it really shows the separation between houses. From the moment that Juliet knows Romeo is part of the other house, she knows he cannot have him. Shakespeare captured her pain and sorrow beautifully- without making it too complicated which I like. Overall, this scene, and speech in particular, is so important and so beautiful. This is one of those scenes that I will remember.

  17. “Go ask his name – if he is married,/Ask for his name- if he’s married,
    My grave is like to be my wedding bed…../My marriage shall be like death.
    My only love sprung from my only hate!/I have fallen in love with my only hate.
    Too early seen unknown, and is known too late!/I only known of it too late.
    Prodigious birth of love it is to me/Enormous birth of love it is to me
    That I must love a loathed enemy.”/That I must love my enemy.

    In Act I, Scene v of Romeo And Juliet, the Montagues crashed the Capulet’s party. Tybalt found out, and was about to fight Romeo until Capulet came in and allowed the gentlemen to stay, despite Tybalt’s opposition to the idea. That is when Romeo and Juliet meet face-to-face. With his charms, he charms Juliet into falling in love with him. When everyone is leaving, Juliet asks her nurse to ask who Romeo was. She said that if he was married, her marriage would be like death. When she learned out who he was, she was upset that she has fallen in love with the enemy. She fell in love with a person that was her enemy long before they were born.

  18. Here is Juliet’s speech/ monologue paraphrased:
    “Find out who he is, and if he has a wife.
    I will die before I am wed…
    My one true love is of the family I am supposed to hate!
    I met him before I had known, and now it is too late!
    A great love has been given to me.
    That I have fallen for my rival.”
    Analysis:
    This monologue follows Juliet and Romeo’s first meeting and first kisses. She at the time of their shirt meetings at the party had no idea that he was a Montauges, but now she has been made aware of his true identity. Here she laments woefully about this great love she feels for him and how it’s cursed because his of her rivals household. It’s like she loves him so much and wants to be with him so bad that she’d like to marry him and won’t be we’d if he is not to be her husband. She’s frustrated and conflicted, and at such a young age and is feeling an unknown flurry of emotion, but their is even more weight added to it since the love is forbidden. Juliet is feeling great confusion with these new feelings and is trying to process them.

    • Fantastic analysis Maya! This really helped me understand what Juliet was saying and gave me a good grasp on her emotions.

  19. Act I Scene v, Lines 104-107 paraphrased

    Romeo-
    I disrespected you with my unworthy hands,
    You’re sacred body, the reason is
    My lips stand ready
    To fix the troubles my hands have caused with a kiss

    Here, Romeo is speaking to Juliet in these lines at the party. Romeo has taken notice to Juliet at the party and has a love at first sight moment. “For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night,”(Line.60). This situation is very important because he believes that Juliet is his true love and that he is meant to be with her. For that reason, he compares himself to a pilgrim that has disgraced a shrine when he touches her. He then says he will fix his rough touch with a kiss, and he then proceeds to kiss her. Wow, he is a rash decision maker when it comes to girls. He seems to fall in love so easily and try to marry the first beauty in his sight. It’s no wonder how he is filled with heartache and pain. After these actions, Juliet appears flattered by Romeo’s kindness, and she says that Romeo accuses his hand of too much wrong. The tone presented is romantic, but also slightly comical. If you picture the play happening, you can only imagine Romeo freaking out over how he is “disrespecting” Juliet and him just continuously kissing her to try and make up for each of his sins. However, he can not make up for his ultimate sin, which is approaching her in the first place. We know this is his ultimate sin/mistake because we already know the ending of this play: it’s a tragedy. However, perhaps had Romeo not believed they were so called lovers meant to be the minute he saw her, perhaps they would not have ever been associated with each other. After all, Montagues and Capulets do not associate with each other unless it is on a brawl. This scene and speech help develop the plot because they draw Juliet towards him and start the “beginning of the end” for them both.

    • I liked reading your blog. I especially like how you mentioned the ultimate sin was that Romeo approached Juliet and that mistake caused both of their deaths.

  20. In Romeo and Juliet, we reach a point in the reading with the given speeches being exchanged between (according to the title) our main characters. To paraphrase, Juliet states something along the lines of the following:

    Go, and find out his name, and whether he his married,

    My grave will most likely be my wedding

    The only thing I love is the only thing I hate!

    And this had been unknown since too early and is discovered too late…

    How strange this love I have

    That I must love a hated enemy.

    This speech characterizes Juliet significantly. We know that she is very proud of her family, and hence hates its enemies equally, fully supporting the quarrel. This is in great contrast to Romeo’s pacifism (yet again portraying duality). This speech characterizes how focused Juliet is, as she realizes this is a catastrophe to all the hopes and goals her family had for themselves and her. She also realizes it will not end well for her if she persues and accepts this love. In general, this portrays the great contrast between Romeo’s and Juliet’s approach to this relationship. It also portrays the forceful nature of the relationship, possibly further characterizing Pam as a symbol for desires and dreams.

  21. Here is Juliet’s speech of love towards Romeo.

    Go ask his name – if he is married,
    My grave is like to be my wedding bed…..
    My only love sprung from my only hate!
    Too early seen unknown, and is known too late!
    Prodigious birth of love it is to me
    That I must love a loathed enemy.

    A summary of her speech, line by line is:

    Ask what his name is – If he already is married,
    I would rather die than marry someone else….
    The son of my one enemy is who I love!
    I didn’t know soon enough and it is too late,
    It is an abnormality,
    That I love a disgusted enemy

    In this speech Juliet is the speaker, the nurse is the audience, and the situation is after Juliet falls in love with the son of her father’s enemy. The reason she says this to the nurse is so she can find out who it is she loves and once Juliet discovers she loves Romeo, Juliet is saddened at the incredible situation she is placed in. On one hand, Juliet can marry her only love but risk her father’s anger or Juliet can ignore Romeo and forever wish she was with him. This situation is an example of Juliet’s duties as a Capulet against Juliet’s desires. When Juliet is saying this speech she is a portrayed as a trapped lover, a maiden in distress. We already have figured out that Juliet chooses to satisfy her desires, secretly love Romeo, and as a result, dies. From this speech and the situation Juliet is in, we can create a lesson that would be “family before yourself” or “think of potential consequences”.

  22. Juliet:

    Go ask his name – if he is married,

    My grave is like to be my wedding bed…..

    My only love sprung from my only hate!

    Too early seen unknown, and is known too late!

    Prodigious birth of love it is to me

    That I must love a loathed enemy.

    Paraphrased

    go get me his name and ask if he is married

    this love will most likely be the death of me

    I have love for one whom I should hate

    I have seen him to early to know him, but now that I do it is too late

    A bad love has birthed in me

    and I Iove a hated enemy

    This speech was said by Juliet talking to nurse. It is clearly about Romeo and in this speech it is clear that she loves Romeo, however she knows it is wrong to love him. “That I must love a loathed enemy” She knows that she is supposed to hate the Montagues since she is a capulet. Juliet also knows that even if she loves him no one would approve of their love. She is clear to show regret about loving him when she says”Too early seen unknown, and is known too late!” This implies that if she had known that he was actually a Montague she would’ve never loved him. Or so that’s what she thought. It is clear that she’s very distraught about this whole situation and Shakespeare shows this precisely through this speech.

  23. ROMEO: If I profane with my unworthiest hand
    This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this:
    My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand
    To smooth that rough touch with a kiss. (pg 58 lines 104-107)

    My paraphrased take on the monologue:

    If I offend you with my undeserving hand
    You, my sacred shrine that I cannot touch:
    My lips stand and wait, like two blushing pilgrims
    That wish to fix their rough touch with your kiss.

    The speaker is clearly Romeo, and his audience is Juliet. They just met at Capulet’s party and believe that they are in love with each other. Romeo is trying to convince Juliet that if she kissed him, his roughness and undeservedness would go away. I would say that he has a very romantic tone, and he is trying to be persuasive at the same time. Unfortunately, neither one of them knows yet that the other is from their opposite family. Right now, they are just so in love with each other that they don’t even assume that it could be possible for them to be in enemy houses. When Juliet speaks to her nurse, she finds out the truth about Romeo and she becomes very upset because she knows they will never be allowed to love each other. It almost seems as if they are trying to convince themselves to hate the other because it would be easier to go back to being enemy families, rather than being in a forsaken love.

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