very dangerous; hazardous
bold resistance; opposition
increasing; adding to
facial expression; countenance
a cruel and oppressive ruler
descendants; family lineage
a minister; a pastor
"Two households, both alike in dignity
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean."
the opening setting of the prologue
"I fear, too early; for my mind misgives
Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars,
shall bitterly begin his fearful date
With this might's revels and expires the term
Of a despised life clos'd in my breast,
By some vile forfeit of untimely death."
"Black and portentous must this humour prove,
Unless good counsel may the cause remove."
Central One Idea for the play
a statement that is self-contradictory on the surface, yet seems to evoke a truth nonetheless
"Put up your swords; you know what you do."
"A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows
Doth with their death bury their parents' strife."
the dénouement announced
"What, drawn and talk of peace! I hate the word,
As I hate hell, all Mantagues, and thee."
"Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace, P
rofaners of this neighbor-stained steel -
Will htey not hear? What, ho! you men,
That quench the fire of your pernicious rage
With purple fountains issuing from your veins.!"
a succession of similar sounds in nearby words
the metaphor used for Romeo and Juliet's first kiss
"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 arm'd,
From Love's week childish bow she lives
refers to Rosaline
"Earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she;
She is the hopeful lady of my earth."
"My will to her consent is but a part,
And, she agreed, within her scope of choice
Lies my consent and fair according voice."
refers to Paris's suit of Juliet
Give up thinking about Rosaline; look at other pretty women.