“From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life” – Prologue This refers to the destiny and inevitability of the two characters paths crossing. The term ‘star-crossed’ also adds onto the idea that their fate has been pre determined.
“But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east and Juliet is the sun. Arise fair sun and kill the envious moon.” – Romeo The window becomes the east and Juliet becomes the sun in Romeo’s thoughts. He imagines that she is the sun transforming darkness into daylight. Romeo likewise personifies the moon later on calling it “sick and pale with grief” at the fact Juliet, the sun, is far brighter and more beautiful.
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet” – Juliet In this quote Juliet is telling Romeo that a name is meaningless and artificial convention. She is saying she loves the person called Montague, not the name and not the family. Which explains Juliet’s ill fate of being a Capulet and Romeo being a Montague. Romeo and Juliet explore the complex relationship between fate and free will. This idea is conveyed through the quote when Juliet states “What’s in a name?” which explains her unfortunate fate of being a Capulet and Romeo being a Montague. In this quote, she tries to question why their surnames have to keep them apart.
“Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate, O anything of nothing first create!” – Romeo The feud between the two powerful families has been going on for so long, no one now knows what it is about although Romeo is stating that to love being a Montague you have to hate Capulets and vice-versa.
“What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.”- Tybalt Tybalt claims here that he hates peace and would rather fight the Montagues this is suggesting he wants the feud between the families to continue.