Romeo Montague

Theme: People should follow their hearts, even if told differently Act 1, Scene 5

There is an example of this as shown in "My only love, sprung from my only hate!" (1018, line 154) This is Juliet's reaction to Nurse telling her that Romeo is a Montague. Juliet's heart tells her that she loves this boy, but she shouldn't because the Montagues are the Capulet's family enemy. But she loves him anyway.

Act 2, Scene 1

"What man art thou that, thus bescreened in night, so stumblest on my counsel?" (Page 1024, lines 56-58) Juliet is speaking to Romeo, asking why he was just listening to her. Romeo had snuck to Juliet's balcony to see her. He followed his heart even though there is a chance of him getting caught and starting a fight, which is punishable by death in Verona.

Act 5, Scene 3

"O my love! My wife! Death, that hath sucked the honey of thy breath." (p.1094 lines.94-95)

Romeo is speaking to the "dead" Juliet. He has snuck into the tomb to see her dead body, he loves her and wants to see her.

Act 2, Scene 5

"Then hie you hence to Friar Laurence' cell; There stays a husband to make you a wife." (p.1040 lines. 73-74)

Romeo has followed his heart into marrying Juliet. It is a secret from their parents. So even though their parents would disagree, they followed their hearts.