Parallel Speeches

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:

  1. What motivates these two speakers to say such similar words? Are the motivations similar? If not, how could different motivations lead to similar results?
  2. These two passages deal with extreme paradox/contradiction. How does this relate to the central paradox of the play?

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