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In the play/story 'Romeo and Juliet', what does this monoluge mean and where is it set?

The Gerkin 2010/10/12 20:54:00
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Here is the monologue:
JULIET: Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds,
Towards Phoebus' lodging! Such a wagoner
As Phaeton would whip you to the west
And bring in cloudy night immediately.
Spread thy close curtain, love-performing night,
That runaway's eyes may wink, and Romeo
Leap to these arms untalked of and unseen.
Lovers can see to do their amorous rites
By their own beauties; or, if love be blind,
It best agrees with night. Come, civil night,
Thou sober-suited matron, all in black,
And learn me how to lose a winning match,
Played for a pair of stainless maidenhoods.
Hood my unmanned blood, bating in my cheeks,
With thy black mantle till strange love grow bold,
Think true love acted simple modesty.
Come, night; come, Romeo; come, thou day in night;
For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night
Whiter than new snow upon a raven's back.
Come, gentle night; come, loving, black-browed night;
Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
O, I have bought the mansion of a love,
But not possessed it. So tedious is this day
As is the night before some festival
To an impatient child that hath new robes
And may not wear them.
Please answer, it's my drama homework!

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  • Constella 2010/10/12 21:27:36 (edited)
    Constella
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    Phoebus who's Greek name was Apollo was the sun god so Phoebus' lodging is the sun. Phaeton drove the sun in chariot about the heavens in Greek mythology. Juliet is asking for the night to come quickly, as she has a clandestine date with Romeo.

    The story of Romeo and Juliet is one of forbidden love between two members of opposing families who are sworn enemies, they are the Montagues and Capulets. Romeo was a Montague and Juliet a Capulet. So their love affair has to be kept secret and they secretly plan to meet in Friar Lawrence's Cell to be married. I think it is this part in the play, but I am not sure.

    O, I have bought the mansion of a love, But not possessed it. Is referring to them not yet being married but she is hoping to.
  • The Gerkin Constella 2010/10/13 20:51:13
    The Gerkin
    I know what the story is about. I'm just wondering what part of the story is this?
  • Constella The Gerkin 2010/10/13 22:09:01 (edited)
    Constella
    +1
    It's in act 3 scene 2 of 'Romeo and Juliet' when Juliet is doing her soliloquy. It takes place in Juliet house. She is anticipating Romeos arrival, when she hears of Romeos apparent death from the nurse.This link will explain the meaning.
  • The Gerkin Constella 2010/10/14 19:42:33
    The Gerkin
    What link?
  • Constella The Gerkin 2010/10/14 19:50:02
    Constella
    Forgot to paste it.

    Summary: Act 3, scene 2
    http://www.sparknotes.com/sha...
  • Jorden 2010/10/12 21:06:22
    Jorden
    +1
    I was going to answer, but then you said it's your homework. ;)

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