Take a look at this passage from Juliet as she learns that Romeo has killed Tybalt: (3.2.73-84)
O serpent heart, hid with a flowering face!
Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?
Beautiful tyrant! fiend angelical!
Dove-feather’d raven! wolvish-ravening lamb!
Despised substance of divinest show!
Just opposite to what thou justly seem’st,
A damned saint, an honourable villain!
O nature, what hadst thou to do in hell,
When thou didst bower the spirit of a fiend
In moral paradise of such sweet flesh?
Was ever book containing such vile matter
So fairly bound? O that deceit should dwell
In such a gorgeous palace! (3.2.73-84)
Using this passage as a model, find a similar passage that Romeo utters in 1.1. Write a brief paragraph about these two passages. Questions you might consider:
- What motivates these two speakers to say such similar words? Are the motivations similar? If not, how could different motivations lead to similar results?
- These two passages deal with extreme paradox/contradiction. How does this relate to the central paradox of the play?