Romeo and Juliet Literary Terms

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Section 1

Question Answer
asidewords spoken to the audience or another character not intended to be heard by other characters
soliloquya long speech given by a character expressing his thoughts out loud, not addressing others
monologuea long speech directed at or presented in front of other characters
allusiona reference in literature to a well-known person, place, or event
tragic heroof noble birth, has a tragic flaw, makes a series of mistakes, receives a harsh punishment
protagonistthe leading character or one of the major characters in a drama, movie, novel
antagonista character or a group of characters which stand in opposition to the main character

Section 2

Question Answer
foil characterone which has traits that are opposite of another character
rhyme schemethe pattern at the end of each line of a poem, usually referred to by using letters
quatraina four-line stanza
sonneta fourteen-line poem with three quatrains and a couplet, the rhyme scheme is ABAB CDCD EFEF GG
puna "play on words" that have more than one meaning or sound alike but have different meanings
extended metaphora comparison between two unlike things that continues throughout a series of sentences or lines
tragedya dramatic work, a serious / sad theme, character has flaws / weaknesses; usually ends in death

Section 3

Question Answer
SAMPSON (aside to GREGORY) Is the law of our side if I say “ay”? GREGORY (aside to SAMPSON) No.aside
NURSE Even or odd, of all days in the year, Come Lammas Eve at night shall she be fourteen. Susan and she—God rest all Christian souls!— Were of an age. Well, Susan is with God. She was too good for me. But, as I said, On Lammas Eve at night shall she be fourteen. That shall she. Marry, I remember it well. 'Tis since the earthquake now eleven years, And she was weaned—I never shall forget it— Of all the days of the year, upon that day. For I had then laid wormwood to my dug, Sitting in the sun under the dovehouse wall. My lord and you were then at Mantua.— Nay, I do bear a brain.—But, as I said, When it did taste the wormwood on the nipple Of my dug and felt it bitter, pretty fool, To see it tetchy and fall out with the dug! “Shake!” quoth the dovehouse. 'Twas no need, I trow,monlogue
BENVOLIO The date is out of such prolixity. We’ll have no Cupid hoodwinked with a scarf, Bearing a Tartar’s painted bow of lath, Scaring the ladies like a crowkeeper, Nor no without-book prologue, faintly spoke After the prompter for our entrance. But let them measure us by what they will. We’ll measure them a measure and be goneAllusion
ROMEO Not I, believe me. You have dancing shoes With nimble soles. I have a soul of lead So stakes me to the ground I cannot move.pun
ROMEO Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear, Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear. So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows. The measure done, I’ll watch her place of stand, And, touching hers, make blessèd my rude hand. Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.Soliloquy

Section 4

Question Answer
Who is Rosaline's foil?Juliet
Who is Paris' foil?Romeo
Who is Nurse's foil?Lady Capulet
Who is Tybalt's foil?Benvolio
Who is Mercutio's foil?Romeo

Section 5