They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair. Saints do not move, though grant for prayers’ sake. Then move not, while my prayer’s effect I take. [He kisses her] Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purged. Then have my lips the sin that they have took. Sin from thy lips? O trespass sweetly urged! Give me my sin again. You kiss by the book. Song Choice: A Moment Like This [Verse 1] What if I told you It was all meant to be Would you believe me? Would you agree? It’s almost that feeling That we’ve met before – Leona Lewis So tell me that you thinking I’m crazy When I tell you that love has come here and now [Chorus]
A moment like this Some people wait a lifetime For a moment like this Some people search forever For that one special kiss Ooh I can’t believe it’s happening to me [Verse 2] Everything changes, but beauty remains Something so tender can’t explain Ooh well may be dreaming But till awake Can’t we make this dream last forever And I cherish all the love that we share Could this be the greatest love of all wan know that you will Catch me when fall So let me tell you this [Chorus ex. I have been a fan of Leona Lewis since she won X Factor, and when I read this passage in Romeo and Juliet I knew this song would be a perfect match.
This passage is the first time Romeo and Juliet meet, but also their first kiss. The conversation between Romeo and Juliet is a 14-line sonnet, with three ABA quatrains and a rhyming couplet at the end. Sonnets are traditionally associated with love, so it is not a surprise that Shakespeare chose this form to apply to the first exchange of words between the two lovers. Romeo, the bold lover, takes the first quatrain, Juliet the second, they share the third and the final couplet is split evenly between the two.
This gradual merging of speech creates a conversational atmosphere in the form of a sonnet that eternally fits into the dialogue of the scene, highlighting just how compatible the two young lovers are – they speak in shared verse. Romeo clearly believes he is in love with Juliet as soon as he sees her, and from the beginning of the sonnet, tries to convince Juliet to kiss him and to love him. After the first two quatrains, the sharing of the third introduces a sense of urgency. The conversation becomes more passionate as the pair move closer towards their first kiss. This song is all about savoring that special moment. Eel that everybody can relate, because everybody has either had a moment like this or wishes o, one that is extremely special to you. This song embodies so many aspects of the passage, including the lyrics, mood, and atmosphere. First, the music in the song is beautiful and soft, just like the mood in the passage. However, as the level of passion in the conversation increases, so does the tempo of the song. The climax of the passage is the lovers’ kiss and the events preceding it build anticipation as a sense of urgency is implemented, and similarly the song reaches a climax in its chorus, reflecting the kiss and its importance.
The song is also incredibly optimistic and happy, and has a tone of life-changing importance to it. This directly correlates to the text. This song highlights just how critical this moment is and how pivotal a role it plays in the lives and future Of Romeo and Juliet. Additionally, the lyrics are incredibly compatible with the passage. The beginning lines of the song, “What if told you it was all meant to be, would you believe me? Relate to one of the major themes in Romeo and Juliet, fate. It is also reminiscent of the bold way Romeo kicks off the conversation, and the way he asks Juliet if she agrees to what he is saying.
It also says, “love has come here and now’ which is extremely significant because this is the first eating between two people that will become passionate lovers. In regards to this passage, the most important lyrics in the song are “Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this, some people search forever for that one special kiss. Oh I can’t believe it’s happening to me”. In this passage, they are experiencing that “one special kiss” that changes their lives forever. Romeo especially has been in love with the idea of love before, but now he is experiencing what he has wanted for so long – true love.
There is almost a sense of foreshadowing in the future with the lyrics “Could this be the iratest love of all / wan know that you will / Catch me when I fall”. Romeo and Juliet is one of the greatest love stories of all time, and the second part of those lyrics foreshadow the hardships the lovers will go through, and how they must support each other and push through together when those times come. It is also important to notice that this song is very expressive and dramatic, and that expresses the character of Romeo. Throughout the play, Romeo has a tendency to over-romanticizes and over-exaggerate things.
Furthermore, Leona Lewis’ voice is extremely passionate and flawlessly envoys the emotion in this passage. Overall, this song symbolizes the importance of this first exchange between Romeo and Juliet, and I could not have hoped to find a song to better represent the passage. Passage 2: Act 3 Scene 5 Lines 95-114 O nurse, how shall this be prevented? My husband is on earth, my faith in heaven; How shall that faith return again to earth, Unless that husband send it me from heaven By leaving earth? Comfort me, counsel me. Alack, alack, that heaven should practice stratagems Upon so soft a subject as myself! What sty’s thou? Sat thou not a word of joy? Some comfort, nurse. NURSE Faith, here it is. Romeo is banished; and all the world to nothing That he dares newer come back to challenge you; Or, if he do, it needs must be by stealth. Then, since the case so stands as now it doth, think it best you married with the county. O, he’s a lovely gentleman! Romeos a dishcloth to him: an eagle, madam, Hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eye As Paris hath. Bestrew my very heart, think you are happy in this second match, For it excels your first: or if it did not, Your first is dead; or ‘tweeter as good he were, As living here and you no use of him.
Speakers thou from thy heart? And from my soul too; Or else bestrew them both. Amen! What? Well, thou hast comforted me marvelous much. Go in: and tell my lady am gone, Having displeased my father, to Laurence’ cell, To make confession and to be absolved. Marry, I will; and this is wisely done. EXit Ancient damnation! O most wicked fiend! Is it more sin to wish me thus forsworn, Or to dispraise my lord with that same tongue Which she hath praised him with above compare So many thousand times? Go, counselor; Thou and my bosom henceforth shall be twain. I’ll to the friar, to know his remedy: If all else fail, myself have power to die.
Song Choice: We Are Broken – Paramour Start at 0:35) am outside And I’ve been waiting for the sun With my wide eyes I’ve seen worlds that don’t belong My mouth is dry with words I cannot verbalize Tell me why we live like this Keep me safe inside Your arms like towers Tower over me ‘Cause we are broken What must we do to restore Our innocence And Oh, the promise we adored Give us life again ‘Cause we just wan be whole Lock the doors Cause I’d like to capture this voice That came to me tonight So everyone will have a choice And under red lights I’ll show myself it wasn’t forged We’re at war We live like this And I’ll take the truth at any cost This passage takes place after Gullet’s parents tell her that she is betrothed to marry Paris on Thursday, and that she, despite her protests, has no other choice. Though her father defeats her, Juliet does not revert to being a little girl. Shakespeare situates this development in Gullet’s maturity directly after Gullet’s wedding night, linking the idea Of development from childhood to adulthood with that of getting married.
Juliet is upset and broken for herself and for Romeo, and she wants nothing more than for someone to comfort her and to give her advice on what to do (with the situation with Romeo, the tuition with Paris, etc). Juliet recognizes the limits of her powers and says that if another way cannot be found, she will commit suicide. In my interpretation of this song, it is about someone who is broken and yearns for someone to comfort them and keep them safe, lead them back to happiness and a place where they can be “whole again”. However, this path is not easy by any means. Regardless, they don’t want to sit back and allow whatever happens to happen, this person wants to take action. I have never personally been in this situation, but have been the friend that the person caches out to, so I can relate. This song impeccably represents the passage.
The mood or tone of this song is angered and broken, but it is by no means weak. On the contrary, this song has a certain strength to it. This relates to Gullet’s character who, although broken and hurt, displays her maturity and plays the role of a strong woman who wants to assert authority over herself. Juliet shows strength in the final lines Of this passage, with her willingness to disobey her parents and lie to the Nurse for what she wants and believes in. There is no doubt that she is hurt but she does not feel helpless, on the notary, she feels almost empowered that she has the authority to kill herself if all else goes wrong. She will not sit back; she will take action.
This song captures this mood well and the broken but “keep fighting’ attitude Juliet has. Additionally, the lyrics of the song apply to the text. First, “We’re at war, we live like this” is important in several ways. First, it shows Juliet is not thinking only of herself in this passage, but of Romeo as well. She refers to them combined, as a ‘ uh”, not individual parts but an inseparable whole. Juliet is saying they are at war because it seems like everything is going against the woo lovers. Romeo has been banished, Juliet is to be married to another man, and they are on their own. Even Gullet’s closest companion, the Nurse, is turning her back on Juliet and telling her to forget about Romeo and marry Paris. We live like this” relates to the way they live as though they are in war, with their families at feud, not even aware of the lovers’ secret marriage, and Romeo illegally spending the night with Juliet due to his banishment. The secret words and sweet nothings they whisper into each others ears are few and far between because they are often separated. This is in contrast with the ay a traditional married couple should live, happy and free to see their lover when they wish. Hence, “Tell me why we live like this”. Also “What must we do to restore / Our innocence / And Oh, the promise we adored? ” is Juliet asking what can she do to make Romeo innocent once again (and herself by association), and “the promise we adored” symbolizes their promises to each other when they got married.
Juliet yearns for an answer of how she can fix what is slowly unraveling in front of her. In the beginning of the text, Juliet asks the Nurse to “comfort me, counsel me”. Thus at that point, the lyrics Keep me safe inside / your arms like towers / Tower over me” may apply because she is asking the Nurse to keep her safe within her love for Juliet, as she has often done before. However, as the passage goes on we realize that Juliet cannot and does not trust the Nurse any longer. Thus, she says she will go to the Friar in hopes that he will know what to do, to “keep her safe” by giving her a solution. This relates strongly to those same lyrics.