Questions #27, 29: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (Ask me to e-mail original if you like the essay, as most mistakes in it are caused by the website).

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27.Look back over the parts of the play we have studied (up to Act III, Scene ii), and quote at least 4 references to darkness or the night. Indicate the speaker, and the act, scene, and line numbers in each case. Make sure that you take examples from at least three different speakers and three different situations.

Reference to darkness or night was made when Montague said to Benvolio:

But all so soon as the all-cheering sun

Should in the farthest east begin to draw

The shady curtains from Aurora?s bed,

Away from light steals home my heavy son,

And private in his chamber pens himself,

Shuts up the windows, locks fair daylight out,

And makes himself an artificial night (I, i, 131-37).

A second reference to darkness or night was made when Capulet said to Paris:

At my poor house look to behold this night

Earth-treading stars that make dark heaven light.

Such comfort as do y young men feel

When well-apparell?d April on the heel

Of limping winter treads, even such delight

Among fresh female buds shall you this night

Inherit at my house (I, ii, 24-30).

A third reference to darkness or night was made when Juliet?s Nurse said to Juliet: ??Hark ye, your Romeo will be here at night?? (III, ii, 140). A final reference to darkness or night was made when Juliet?s Nurse said to Juliet: ??But you shall bear the burthen soon at night. / Go; I?ll to dinner; hie you to the cell?? (II, v, 76-77).

29.What is Juliet?s initial reaction to the news of Tybalt?s ? What [was] Juliet?s reaction to the nurse?s condemnation of Romeo? Explain these reactions in detail, providing quotations from the scene to support each part of your...