Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye Than twenty of their swords
Act 2, Scene 3: Young vs Old
They stumble that run fast
Act 1, The Prologue: Cycles of Violence
Doth with their death bury their parents' strife
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life
[WHAT IS HAPPENING] During this scene, Romeo is visiting Juliet at her balcony. Juliet says, "If they do see, they will murder thee." This means if Romeo is caught, he will be murdered. Romeo replies by saying, "Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye. Than twenty of their swords." In simpler terms, Romeo is saying Juliet's love is more dangerous that twenty swords. [HOW/WHY THE THEME IS SHOWN] This quote shows the theme of the power of love, because it is very dangerous for Romeo to be at the Capulet house. As Juliet explained, if Romeo is caught he will be killed. The love Romeo has for Juliet is so strong that he will risk being killed to come visit her. [WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT THE THEME] This shows that the power of love can make you do crazy things that can put your life in danger, just like how Romeo risked his life to see Juliet.
[WHAT IS HAPPENING] In Act 2, Scene 3 the Friar is lecturing Romeo about marrying Juliet. The Friar says, "They stumble that run fast." He means that since Romeo and Juliet are moving so fast with their relationship they are more likely to end up breaking up. [HOW/WHY THE THEME IS SHOWN] This shows the theme of the young vs the old, because Romeo and Juliet see things differently than the Friar. From the young perspective, Romeo and Juliet don't think they are moving too fast because they truly believe they are meant to be together. From the older perspective, the Friar believes Romeo and Juliet are moving too fast and that their relationship is going to fall apart. The opposing opinions between Romeo and Juliet and the Friar show the theme of the young vs the old. [WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT THE THEME] This shows that the theme young vs old occurs because younger people see things differently than older people. Also, older people's opinions tend to have more power over younger people's opinions, because older people are though to be wiser.
[WHAT IS HAPPENING] At the beginning of the play, the narrator is giving an introduction to the act. He introduces Romeo and Juliet as "a pair of star-crossed lovers" meaning they are destined to fall in love in this play. He also explains the feud that is going on between the Capulet and Montague family. He also explains that the death of Romeo and Juliet will end the prolonged feud between the families. [HOW/WHY THE THEME IS SHOWN] This quote shows the theme of the cycles of violence, because, as a result of the spiraling violence between their families, Romeo and Juliet will end up taking their lives. The Capulet and Montague families were constantly fighting before and during the time that Romeo and Juliet were together. The cycles of violence is shown, because the fighting was so intense that the only thing that would put an end to is the death of two innocent children. [WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT THE THEME] This shows that the play is going to be about as much as violence as it will be about love. The feud that is between the Montagues and the Capuets is virtually unstoppable.